The most striking aspect of astrology, the moment you think you know, you know how little you know! As more and more people come across astrologers speaking about the whole space around evaluation of planets, then their aspects, yogas,dashas, transits etc. more and more people are getting curious to learn and understand the finer aspects of the Nakshatras and their role and impact on the planets as they pass through them in the birth chart and divisional charts alike! So how much does this matter, how relevant is this and what should an ordinary person understand from all this and how can one take an informed decision? Join me here as we try to explore this, based on what my personal learning has been through the last decades and something that continues even today!
When it comes to nakshatras there are two approaches, one is the approach wherein the Nakshatra lords are defined and they go on to create the characteristics of the nakshatra. Now we have another approach, wherein we have planetary lordships to these nakshatras! So within Aries we have three nakshatras- Ashwini-Bharani-Krittika whose lordships are Ketu-Venus-Sun respectively! This is where you come across the first divergence- so sure enough, the nakshatra lords of the three nakshatras- will go on to provide the defining characteristics to those nakshatras that they rule but as planetary lordships come into play there is a different layer of interpretation applied to them! So what is this all about!
Well, as I understand it and have seen it play out- the lagna nakshatra, and very very importantly the nakshatra of your moon in the D1 goes a long way to define who you are, your approach to life and your general disposition and attitude to it. This is the foundation on which all other layers get added upon by aspects of other planets (which again come through the colors of the prism of the nakshatras that they are traversing through!)
Next, as planets transit through a sign, they are at any point travelling through three nakshatras and even as they stay in the same sign, as they move through these nakshatras, there will be an impact in terms of manifestations and results that one may experience, sure enough the sensitiveness of that will depend on the planet, the sign, the house and other aspects or transits operating through, lest we forget the Dashas that are been played out! So all this sounds a little chaotic, isn’t it? Well, partly it is, but that’s what creates the differential impact and makes us who we are- similar but unique! So how should one approach this? What is important?
Well, If you ask me, focus on the lord of the ascendant- the nakshatra and the nakshatra of the moon to define the foundation and then check the operating dasha- the antardasha- their respective nakshatras and the transits that are been played out! There is really no need to keep entrenched into the details of the nakshatra unless there are some pressing and critical areas of concern that need to be checked and addressed. In a majority of the cases, planetary placements in the charts, transits and dashas give away vital clues and answer almost 90% of all queries that people may normally have them bothering! The important value of Nakshatra lords comes up especially when some rituals need to be done to pacify some negative impact of the nakshatra at specific times as prescribed by the shastras.
So to sum up, I will just leave you with these thoughts, urging you not to get drawn into details which may become overbearing unless and otherwise as required to address specific matters, and as I said even the fact whether one need to explore the chart at a nakshatra level- can be learnt the moment the chart is seen- some charts are simple- clear and communicative while others remain cryptic and that’s a good enough indication to move your focus to the nakshatras as well!
I will conclude here with these thoughts, it was a short write up, which I wanted to pen down just to let people know, not to be overwhelmed or confused as they seem to learn more and more new things every time they meet or access different resources!
Ciao for now, will be back soon with another article.