If you are familiar with vedic Astrology, by now as a practitioner or a as believer you would be certainly aware about the relevance of the nakshatras (the stars- more appropriately the 27 stars which are spread across the 12 zodiac signs! Needless to say they are the essential constituents of the zodiac sign and many a characteristics/traits in terms of planets moving through a sign under a particular nakshatra will alter the response and attributes displayed by an individual in the area of significance- that is the house where this sign gets placed under that relevant nakshatra!
As one dives deeper and deeper in the vast ocean of vedic astrology, it becomes to become more and more clear, why only predicting through planetary significance and house significance may never be able to tell the whole story and how the nakshatra makes the whole difference- at times being life changing!
Given the limitations of a blog, I will discuss with you further, my experiences with regards to- what I believe- as the most important nakshatra’s in an individual’s chart!- The nakshatra of your ascendant and the nakshatra in which your Moon is placed! No matter what all goes around, what other planetary placements are, how favorable or adverse your dashas are, the whole pivot of your ability to enjoy, sustain, survive or build your life depends invariably on these two cardinal nakshatras! Let me explain…
The ascendant nakshatra is all about what is that you are- who U are- The “soul” force behind your purpose of wearing the human form, the reason why you are born in a particular nakshatra and a specific “pada” (each nakshatra is divided into 4 padas or divisions in vedic astrology- nakshatras have the same deity across all padas- but for those who follow the principle of planetary rulership of nakshatra- that changes with every pada) is more about what you have earlier accumulated and how that accumulation has to be utilized in this birth- whether you have been a great soul who has come back to finish some tasks and progress on- or whether you have been one of those many souls who are trapped for eternity in the karmic cycle of re-birth on account of piled up karmic manifestations!
Nothing more in the world is more dynamic and evident than karma- action and inaction- with or without intent- all that is done- which doesn’t serve the greater good and your soul- will keep you tied up to the chains of bondage and baggage which are nothing but pure drag and a forces that act steadfastly against the progression of ones’ soul!
The Ascendant nakshatra is thus a picture of what you have been, are and will be- the moment we are born- that very moment the whole universe is aligned to make us go through what the soul has set up itself for! Coming to the Nakshatra of the Moon; the Moon is the significator of the discerning mind- the human mind is what makes us human and defines our identity- form each other and among other life forms- the uniqueness of our Mind makes us who we are- As master’s have said it- Thoughts maketh the man! What we think, on an ongoing basis- second to second is what we are and will eventually become! The Moon is the same for everyone, the nakshatra division that it occupies makes us think the way we do- this is why we see an ocean of human emotions, varying in intensity, color and design! Add to this the aspect of the Ascendant nakshatra- you have got the complete package of who You really are!
This unique combination of the ascendant nakshatra and the Moon nakshatra – taking into account the specificity of the pada of the nakshatra’s – gives a comprehensive understanding of the person that an individual is- what drives you, how you think, how you will react, where is your nudge point, what you may like, dislike, what pace you are comfortable with- every aspect of what goes on to make us uniquely who are are can be ready by just studying these two nakshatras; not to forget factoring any other planetary aspects/ presence in those houses which will go on to add another layer and veil to the personality that an Individual is!
The nakshatra of your moon and your ascendant can easily provide an insight on what your basic, intrinsic, mechanisms are- what is that your soul believes and holds on to- whether you like to fight because that comes naturally to you, or whether you believe in risk avoidance- whether you like simplicity, or whether you like to shine bright and be visible always or stay aloof and enjoy your solitude- all these behavioral approaches/traits and response mechanisms can be studied by knowing these two nakshatras!
Sure enough, operating transits, dashas and antardasha’s and the planetary positions – their strengths and weakness will impact and either amplify or limit the intrinsic qualities of the ascendant nakshatra and moon nakshatra- but eventually no matter what you do and how far you reach or how high you soar, eventually it will always boil down to these two nakshatra’s and what you achieve or miss will be in a way or the other a factor of these two alone! There could be veils and layering of the manifestation – how the events unfold- mild- intense- harsh – slow- fast- but the trajectory and the direction will almost always be certain since our reaction and action to life comes from the depths of our ascendant and Moon nakshatra’s! Think about it! When you say, you are thinking, it is your Moon- the mind- and the way it is thinking is aligned to the naskshatra that is impacting it alongside your ascendant which is active each moment of your life ever since you are born and remains so until your last moment! So how can this help us?
Knowing your ascendant and moon nakshatra well, whether you want to follow the Deities that they represent or the planetary lordship or both, it will make great sense to align the path of your life with regards to the activities that you plan to do- education, work, charity with these two nakshatras of the ascendant and the moon. Once you have aligned this way- you will see- your unnecessary struggles fade away, with that goes away the unwanted clutter of people and things that add no value to your soul and your mind! This makes your life all that bit lighter and propel you on the path of your journey sans the unwanted baggage and drag of unproductive people and things!
You ascendant nakshatra is who “you” are in the essence of the soul that you are and the nakshatra of the Moon is aligned to this soul to enable it to progress on the journey that is has to undertake holding this human form! The more aligned they are with each other, your journey becomes that bit easier and smoother, when there is dissonance by virtue of intrinsic attributes of each of these nakshatras with regards to each other- you keep progressing ahead- with the day-in and day-out battles within your mind and those never ending conflicts between what you heart says and what the mind tells you! When dissonance exists- as it will manifest in majority of the cases-it will be wiser to listen to what the nakshatra of your ascendant says, rather than what the nakshatra of the moon is telling you, because completing the urge and desire of the soul is what this life is about- the way may have alternatives- but if that is not adhered to, the karmic trap will just ensure that you get held up in the loop until what is necessary by the soul has been achieved!
I will leave your here, with these thoughts, perhaps you want to take some time and visit your nakshatras, read bout them and reflect what your life experiences have been when you listened to the ascendant nakshatra and when you listened to your moon nakshatra- which of them helped your or harmed you and what you want to decide moving ahead from now on!
Ciao for now, will be back soon with another article! Stay safe and stay wise!