Here is the basic table of Nakshtaras which is known to all vedic astrologers. When you asked to name the planets in order, you most probably think of weekday order which is the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. Sometimes this order used in a reverse manner which starts from the Moon to Saturn according to their mean speed.
There are some more other orders which might be rarely used but Nakshatra lordship do not follow any of them. As far as I know, the only astrological system employs this order is ancient Persian system although this order as well as many other parts of Persian astrology was lost and never introduced to contemporary astrologers.
This order is pretty simple and logical. Frist place is for the Sun because it is exalted in Aries. Many astrologers such as Maharishi Parashara consider Taurus as exaltation signs of Rahu while many other as well as Persian astrologers consider it exalted in Gemini. Now I explain how this order makes the Nakshatra system clear. Most of modern astrologers think that Ashvini is the first Nakshatra just because it is on the first degree of sidereal zodiac. They are right only when we think that Indians always used the sidereal signs and ashwini logically would be always on zero degree of sidereal Aries.
But is it true? In many older works krittika was mentioned as the first Nakshatra. According to this clear definition, Krittika should be the first Nakshatra. Even the Dasa phalas Results of Dasas of planets are given according to this order. If you check the alphabets associated to Nakshatra padas you will notice that the vowel A is assigned to first pada of Krittika.
Yet there is another important point here about using tropical signs in Indian astrology. I think that Indian astrologer used to employ tropical signs and sidereal Nakshatras and it seems that using sidereal calculations for both Signs and Nakshatras is a recent approach. By recent I mean at least several hundred years of course! This subject needs a very deep discussion and more research. Just keep in mind that once upon a time vernal equinox was in Krittika which was the first Nakshatra on that time and in pretty makes sense that lord of Krittika is as same as exaltation lord of Aries which is the Sun.
If we reorder Nakshatras in their previous form, nothing will be changed in our calculations. The only change is that the first Nakshatra will be Krittika and its lord will be the Sun. The only change is to putting Krittika as the first. After reordering Nakshatras, the relations will be clearer.
This order is more similar to the forgotten Persian order of exaltations. As you can see, by a simple comparison, most planets are the same but still two little difference can be seen. Mars and Saturn are not on the same place. If we simply exclude Mars and Venus, both systems will be same! So we need to ask why this change was made. Is it by mistake or there is a reason behind it? It seems that Indian sages made some little changes in the system they gave from Persian.
They might had not known about the reason behind the system or might had decided to localize it according to their own concepts. In both cases, they changed the order. The only thing that I can think of is about planetary friendship. There is a very famous planetary friendship or Graha Maitram which divides the planets into two groups of Daivy and Asuri. In the first groups, the Sun is the leader and Saturn is the leader of opposite side. It seems that Indians used this system to adjust the order. Therefore, Mars moved after luminaries and Saturn comes before other Asura Planets.
By this little change, all Daivy planets are at the first part and Asuri group is the next part. The structure of Yogini Dasa is more match with the mentioned order of exaltations and despite Vimshottari Dasa, its structure is not changed that much. The only change which is not reasonable is swapping the Moon and the Sun. Despite Parashara, there are some other texts which suggest the Sun as the first planet in Yogini Dasa and here I see a reason to trust the other ideas rather than Maharishi Parasara.
It seems that religious and philosophical viewpoint of Indians made them to adjust the system they gave from Persians and develop their own system. Directional systems made by Persians first and Indians applied that system by associating the modified version of order of exaltation to Nakshatras and making a new system which is known as Nakshatra Dasa. Persian system was not as flexible as Indian Dasa system we know today but still it was based on a very clear basis which was planetary exaltations. However, this system has a thorough theoretical foundation, which cannot be said of every system.
Every Nakshatra represents an energy in which one aim is stressed.
It is the serpent, a specie which has connections to sensuality and erotic female qualities. In the past, this Nakshatra could be very important. The next set begins the Magha Nakshatra on the Leo cusp the next fire sign , and so on, with nine sets expressing throughout the zodiak. It laid the grounds for the development of formal educational systems. In this chart analysis like in some others I emphasis the placements of the faster moving planets.
Therefore, by looking at which planets are in which Nakshatras we can find out which aims of life are stressed in the life of a person. At first sight there seems to be a connection between these aims and the elements. It is easy to see a connection between fire and Dharma, earth and Artha, air and Kama and moskha and water. However there is another division of Nakshatras in tattvas elements. This is a different division then the division in aims of life.
The way the Nakshatras are divided among the aims of life is interesting. At first, the order of the aims is the same as the order of the signs which represents the connected elements in the zodiac. We all know that the first sign in the zodiac is Aries fire , then Taurus earth , Gemini air and Cancer water. Then however something different happens. The fifth Nakshatra Mrigashirsha is also a Moksha Nakshatra and from then, the order is going backwards. The ninth Nakshatra Ashlesha is still a Dharma Nakshatra. From then, the same thing happens as with Rohini. At this point, something happens which may surprise us.
At first what happens is very much what we would have expected. Of course, it is interesting to know why we skip the Kama Nakshatra. The answer seems to be that in the past there used to be a system of 28 Nakshatras. The 28st Nakshatra is Abhijit. It is the only Nakshatra of which the main star Vega is located far away from the ecliptic. That is also why it is hard to locate it on the ecliptic and probably one reason why it is skipped. However, some fifteen thousand years ago Vega used to be the polestar. In the past, this Nakshatra could be very important. The fact that the deity which belongs to this Nakshatra is Brahma, the creator, seems to underline this.
Today, this Nakshatra is sometimes used for religious purposes,but is not a standard part of the system. However, let us go back to the order of Nakshatras. We have arrived at Dhanistha, which is a Dharma Nakshatra. Now we will find as expected another Dharma Nakshatra, which is Shatabhishak. It is interesting that we start the sequence of Nakshatras with the Nakshatra Ashwini which is a Dharma Nakshatra that has to do with finding our purpose in life and end with a Moksha Nakshatra which is about spiritual liberation.
In the diagram of the Nakshatras, which you can see above in the paragraph about the gunas , you will also find a column which gives information of which purpose of life belongs to which Nakshatra. There is something, which strikes me if I look at the table of the Nakshatras. This connection is logical if you look at the characteristics of the gunas and the purposes of life. The symbolism of the Nakshatras is rich indeed.
In addition to a planet, deity, symbol, aim of life and guna each Nakshatra also corresponds with a certain animal, animal type, caste, sex, temperament, dosha, tattva element and even winddirection. Deities, planets and symbols are mentioned in my booklet the Hindu lunar zodiac, aims of life and gunas in the above paragraphs. I will now give a quick overview of the sexes, temperaments and animals.
When interpreting Nakshatras I sometimes make use of these. There is no real orderly system like with aims of life and gunas when dividing the Nakshatras among the sexes, temperaments and animals. Male Nakshatras are more active than female Nakshatras. It is notable that sometimes male Nakshatras are governed by female deities and the other way around. People who have many planets in demon Nakshatras maybe more harsh then those who have planets in the deva Nakshatras which are mostly soft.
However we have to keep in mind that devas are not necessarily good and demons are not necessarily bad. In fact they both have their role in creation to play and are equally important. If there were no demons, it would be impossible to deal with our karmic problems. In that case, we would probably be playing harp all-day and enjoying the sunshine. There is a connection between certain animal species and the Nakshatras. This is something that can be interesting to know about. You can look in which Nakshatra you have your ascendant, Moon or Sun and look at the corresponding animals.
You can meditate on this animal. When you see it, you can look at its characteristics. You can read books about the way it lives. When you see a program about this animal do not miss it because by watching the program you will learn more about yourself. Personally, I think it is funny and revealing to learn about yourself just by watching a certain animal. Here comes the list. First I mention an animal and after that the Nakshatras which according to Indian tradition correspond with this animal.
As with most connections at first the reason why a certain animal belongs to a certain Nakshatra may not be clear. However, the reason is always there. There are several books in which you will find descriptions of the Nakshatras like my booklet the Hindu lunar zodiac. With these descriptions at your proposal, it may not be too difficult to find out the rational for these connections. If you feel it is difficult, just meditate on it. If things get tough, you can see it as a Zen koan.
In what follows I will look at what the Nakshatras have to say about charts of well known people. I believe that the ancient system of the Nakshatras contain a system of chart interpretation that can stand on its own. It is interesting to see what the similarities and differences between these charts are. What we see at first sight is that the Nakshatra of Hasta is very important in this chart. He has his ascendant, Venus and Mars in this Nakshatra. Here is a quote from my booklet the Hindu lunar zodiac about Hasta: "Hasta is the constellation of the conjurer who uses his hands to perform his tricks.
The morality is not always very noble. The smart salesman of second-hand cars, whose merchandise sometimes has hidden faults, belongs to this constellation. This "cleverness" can work as a boomerang. In this case, the person in whose horoscope Hasta is vividly present has to deal with problems and setbacks because of his supposed "skilfulness". There is even a bar in Washington with that name. Of course, there is a reason why he got this nickname and if we look at the above description that might be it. Because the ascendant is in Hasta this is a trait of his character that is visible for the whole world.
Because the sexual planets Mars and Venus are in Hasta, sexuality certainly is a part of his moral problems.
Vedic Astrology. The Nakshatras in Chart analysis, Vedic Astrology and Jyotish Each pada has the characteristics of a sign of the zodiac, starting with Aries. Nakshatra, Pada - 1, Pada - 2, Pada - 3, Pada - 4. 1, Ashwini, Tendency to use other's wealth, Childish in acts, Fortunate, Enjoys pleasures; longlived. 2, Bharani .
Another indication that his problems have to do with sex and secrets is that the lord of Hasta, the Moon is in the eighth house of sexual strength. Of course Hasta has other more spiritual traits too, but because Bill Clinton is not really known for being on a spiritual path the above traits surfaces. The deity, which belongs to Hasta, is Savitar, the Sun god. This is appropriate for someone who is president of the USA. In addition, we see he has the Sun in the royal constellation of Magha.
Again, I will give a quote from the Hindu lunar zodiac:"The royal star of Regulus is the most important star in the constellation of Magha. In Western astrology, this star deals with fame and kingship too. This constellation brings prosperity. Someone whose horoscope is dominated by Magha is a natural authority".
The Nakshatra in which the Moon is located is one of the most important Nakshatras. I will give a quote from the Hindu lunar zodiac about Krittika: "In the sky, Krittika is positioned in the form of a group of stars called "The Pleiades", or the "weeping sisters" as they are sometimes called. The warrior may bring destruction and sadness. However, he may also be the protector of the good and the destroyer of evil.
The warrior knows what he wants and he is prepared to give his life in order to protect what is good. Karttikeya, the general of the heavenly army, is the bearer of the golden sword. He fights demons and shines like the sun in his golden armour. That is why Karttikeya is associated with the golden light of the sun and the wealth connected with it. Agni, the other god that reigns over Krittika, brings destruction but also purification".
Bill Clinton has had to deal with several warlike situations during his office. Therefore, we have another indication of leadership. There is more in the chart. Mercury and Saturn are in Pushya. This means two planets are in the Nakshatra about which my booklet the Hindu lunar zodiac says the following: " In Vedic astrology, Pushya and Rohini are considered to be the most favourable lunar constellations for this earthly life. An enterprise which is started when the moon is in Pushya or Rohini can hardly fail.
The god belonging to Pushya is Brihaspati. The constellation brings wisdom and abundance. It gives both material and spiritual nourishment. For this reason, the constellation has to do with teachers, priests, gurus, but also with material wealth and expansion. The expansion can sometimes be pushed too far and for this reason this constellation might suffer from obesity". If we look at a picture of Bill Clinton, we see that he suffers a bit from obesity. At the same time, this is a very beneficial Nakshatra. Now you might say that Saturn in Pushya might spoil his luck. However, the lord of Pushya is Saturn.
Therefore, Saturn is in its own Nakshatra, which means that Saturn is functioning well. In addition we see that Saturn is located in an Upachaya house the eleventh in which malefics are welcomed. Therefore this Saturn in Pushya does not spoil his luck but on the contrary promotes it. Let us look at Rahu in the chart.
Rahu is the shadow planet of insatiable desires. We have to be careful not to attach too much importance on the Nakshatra in which this shadowplanet is in, because Rahu is very slowly moving. Many people of Mr. Still I cannot help to note that Rahu is in Mrigashirsha. This Nakshatra has to do with romantic problems. In my booklet it says: "It symbolises the spiritual seeker with a romantic tendency, who is always looking for new experiences.
There is one more Nakshatra we have to look at. It is Jyeshta in which Ketu is located. In the booklet it says: "The spiritual path belonging to this constellation is that of the warrior and the acceptance of authoritative positions". Clinton is certainly on an authoritative position and had to deal with wars.
What we have seen here is that astrology does not have to be difficult. With the help of a small booklet, we can say a lot about the character of a person. T his is the chart of a person who is well known for his riches. I will use this chart to give an example of another way to analyse a chart by making use of the Nakshatras.
Every Nakshatra symbolises a certain purpose in life. Now l will look at what purposes of life are emphasised in this chart. The most important astrological elements of a chart are the ascendant, Sun and Moon. Therefore the first impression we have of the chart is that this is a chart which is about wealth Artha and desires Kama. If we look further, we can see the same thing.
Mercury and Venus are in Ardra, which is a Kama desire Nakshatra. In fact, the lord of Ardra is Rahu which is the planet of insatiable desires. This same Rahu is also lord of Swati in which the Moon is located.
Therefore, this is a very Rahu oriented and thus materialistic chart. What we see is that Rahu is also in Ardra, which is its own Nakshatra. Therefore, Rahu becomes extra strong. In the tenth house which is the house of career we have the Sun, Rahu, Mercury and Venus. From the point of view of the Nakshatras Rahu is the strongest of these planets because it is in its own Nakshatra.
The planet, which is closest to Rahu, is adaptable Mercury. Mercury is an important planet for Nelson Rockefeller because it is lord of the first and the tenth house. Mercury is easily influenced by the planet which it conjuncts. In this case it is influenced by Rahu. There is more to say about this chart. Mars is in Pushya, which is a very beneficial sign. The symbol of Pushya is the udder of a cow, from which comes milk.
Milk is a symbol of riches and indeed Nelson Rockefeller has used his energy Mars to produce riches Pushya. Jupiter in Ashlesha has an uneasy feeling around it. Ashlesha is the sign of the snake and intrigues. The world of business is of course coloured by intrigues. Therefore, there must have been many Jupiter intrigues Ashlesha in his life.
Most of them went well for him influence of Jupiter , and brought him wealth eleventh house. Marilyn Monroe has her ascendant is the Nakshatra of Ashlesha. This is the Nakshatra of the snake. The deity which belongs to Ashlesha is Sarpas, the snake that became a God. In my booklet, the Hindu lunar zodiac we find the following keywords under Ashlesha: " hypnotising, sexual power, controversial". All these keywords seem to describe Marilyn Monroe well. She almost hypnotised her audience especially the male part of it with her sexual charisma and led a controversial life.
This sure is something that we would not have noted if we simply looked at her ascendant being in the sign of Cancer. The Sun is in the sign of Rohini. In addition she also has Mercury which is the lord of Ashlesha, therefore the lord of the Nakshatra of the ascendant in Rohini. In the Hindu lunar zodiac we find the following quote about Rohini: "Rohini was the favourite bride of Chandra, the lunar god.
She became his favourite because of her beauty, artistically talents and expertise in the 'erotic arts'. The colour red which is associated with Rohini Rohini means red relates to passion and sensuality. Again, we find a lot of information about Marilyn Monroe here. She was a moviestar and thus an artist. She had a great many lovers, among them John F.
Her image was coloured by sensuality. What is interesting with Rohini is that the animal specie this is something different than the symbol is the serpent. Again, we see the snake coming back in her chart. The Moon is with Jupiter in Dhanistha. In the Hindu lunar zodiac we find the following keywords about Dhanistha: "wealth, prosperity, optimistic, musical". Marilyn Monroe was also a singer and was wealthy. In addition, according to Hart deFouw Dhanista can give severe problems in relationships. We know this to be true in her case. This Moon is in the seventh house therefore it gives information about her relationships.
All of her relationships were problematic in one way or another.
Mars is placed in the Nakshatra of Purva Bhadrapada. Purva Bhadrapada has the following keywords: " passion, ambition, fascination with the dark side of life, transformation, fire, warmth". Again, this describes Marilyn Monroe very well and especially her love life. Most of the men in her life were powerful and had a lot of ambition. Her relationships brought her also into contact with the dark side of life.
For example, at least one of her lovers had connections to the Mafia. The deity, which belongs to Purva Bhadrapada is Aja Ekapada, which is a form of Rudra, the stormgod or destroyer. I believe the strange circumstances of her death have something to do with Mars being in Purva Bhadrapada. Because Mars is lord of the Nakshatra in which the seventh house Moon is located I think that one of her lovers may very well have to do with her death. It is interesting that Mars is in the eighth house, the house of death. There is more to say about this chart, but because it is better not to make these analyses too long I will limit myself to the most important placements in charts with an emphasis on the role of the ascendant, Sun and Moon.
In this chart, the most important Nakshatra is Purva Phalguni. The ascendant and Moon are located here. If I look at the keywords in the Hindu lunar zodiac of Purva Phalguni we find: "love, sexuality, prosperity, light-heartiness, creativity". This describes Madonna very well. She is a rich and creative woman whose sexual charisma is obvious.
What strikes me about Madonna is that she makes many changes in her image. To me this gives the impression of a certain light-heartiness, not taking these images too seriously and dropping it when she feels like it. The lord of Purva Phalguni is Venus. Venus is located in Pushya, which is a very auspicious Nakshatra.
According to some the most auspicious of all. The keywords of Pushya are: "prosperity, expansion, popularity, nourishing, happiness. Of course, Madonna is popular. Lord of the Nakshatra of the ascendant in this auspicious Nakshatra, which gives popularity, may well account for her continuing popularity. Mars is also located in a Venus Nakshatra, namely the Nakshatra Bharani.
The location of Venus, lord of the Nakshatra of her Mars in Pushya, is good for her Mars and gives her a lot of energy. Mars in Bharani is a very interesting placement of itself. Bharani is a very sexual and somewhat intense Nakshatra. It deals with sexuality as a manner of exploring the mysteries of life and death. This is not about sexuality simply as a way of enjoying oneself, but about sexuality on a much deeper level.
The god which has to do with Bharani is Yama the god of death. This may account of her experimentation with sexuality, including some experiments with SM. The Sun is in Ashlesha, the Nakshatra of the snake.