This is one of several articles by David Frawley on the Vedas, Vedic Astrology and the Nakshatras. It reflects his special Vedic research. This particular information is not available in any other astrological texts and is part of special Vedic knowledge on astrology from a very ancient period.
Each Nakshatra reflects certain wishes or desires that those who born under them are inclined to have. In the Vedas each Nakshatra deity reflects these wishes, that those who worship this deity and its Nakshatra will gain. This material comes from the Taittiriya Brahmana III.1.4. It affords additional insight on the Nakshatras and their meaning. I have condensed the material to make it as relevant as possible. This information is crucial for a deeper understanding of the Nakshastras. I have developed various astrological interpretative methods based upon it.
It mainly considers the position of the Moon in the chart but can be expended to other planets as well.
- The Ashwins desired, “May we be possessed of good hearing and not be deaf. “One who makes the appropriate offering to the Ashwins and to Ashwini (00 00-13 20 Aries) becomes possessed of good hearing and will not become deaf. Ashwini Nakshatra grants the power of hearing on both outer and inner levels. That is why this Nakshatra relates to secret knowledge and to miraculous powers. The Ashwins are the doctors and miracle workers among the Gods.
- Yama desired, “May I win the lordship of the ancestors.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Yama and to Bharani (13 20 – 26 40 Aries) wins the lordship of the ancestors and wins the lordship of his peers.Those born under Bharani want to be respected by their elders and by their peers. Yama is the deity of death and discipline.
- Agni desired, “May I be the eater of food for the Gods.” One who offers to Agni and Krittika (26 40 Aries to 10 00 Taurus) the appropriate offering becomes an eater of food for mortals. Agni as fire both cooks and digests food. Krittika provides nourishment and the power to digest it as well. Those born under it like to provide for others in this way. Agni represents the digestive fire and fire as a cosmic principle.
- Prajapati created creatures but thus created they went way. Of them he thought about Rohini. He desired, “May she approach me. May we unite together.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Prajapati, to Rohini (10 00 to 23 20 Taurus), his beloved approaches him and he unites with her. Rohini is a Nakshatra of love, passion and sexuality that is generally fertile and creative, but not inclined to tolerate limits. Because of this it is very productive for almost everything but can draw jealously upon it. Prajapati is the Creator among the Vedic deities.
- Soma desired. “May I win the lordship of the plants.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Soma, to Mrigashira (23 20 Taurus to 06 40 Gemini), wins the lordship of the plants, wins the lordship of his peers. Those born under Mrigashirsha want to provide the Soma, delight or enjoyment to their peers. They can be exhilarating and entertaining leaders, shining on others like the Moon. For this reason they usually do best with a retinue of friends. Some is the deity of bliss, healing, rejuvenation and immortality in the Vedas.
- Rudra desired, “May I become the lord of the animals.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Rudra, to Ardra (06 40 to 20 00 Gemini), becomes the lord of the animals. Rudra is the lord of the wild animals and all things wild, strange or disturbing. These come through Ardra, which therefore needs to seek control over them. Rudra is the fierce form of Lord Shiva.
- The Earth in the beginning had no growths. She desired, “May I produce herbs and trees.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Aditi, to Punarvasu (20 00 Gemini to 03 20 Cancer), produces progeny and cattle. Punarvasu is a creative Nakshatra ruled by the Earth as the World Mother Aditi. It gives the ability to create in form and structure. Those born under it like to produce things in a maternal way.
- Brihaspati desired, “May I possess the splendor of spiritual knowledge.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Brihaspati, to Pushya (03 20 to 16 40 Cancer), gains the splendor of spiritual knowledge. Pushya connects us with spiritual knowledge, but also religion, ritual and morality in general. Through it the good overcomes the evil. Brihaspati is the high priest and guru among the deities, who has the power of the Divine Word.
- The Gods and the Demons were at war. The Gods made an offering to Aslesha (16 40 to 30 00 Cancer). This drove away the Demons. One who makes the appropriate offering to the Serpent God, to Aslesha, drives away his hateful opponents.In Aslesha one can defeat one’s enemies. Through it one gains the poison of the serpent to use on others. Those born under Aslesha make powerful warriors with powerful weapons. Aslesha represents the Nagas or serpent deities, their wisdon and power.
- The Fathers desired, “May we flourish in the world of the ancestors.” One who makes the appropriate offering to the Fathers, to Magha (00 00 – 13 20 Leo), flourishes in the world of the ancestors. Magha gives fame that lasts through the generations. Those born under it seek a high reputation for themselves, a kind of kingly or paternal status. The Fathers or Pitaras relate to the ancestors in Vedic thought, both personal and for humanity as a whole.
- Bhaga desired, “May I partake of the best portion of the Gods.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Bhaga, to Purva Phalguni (13 20 – 26 40 Leo), gains the best portion among his peers. Those born under Purva Phalguni seek the best portion for themselves. They become connoisseurs in life, seeking what is subtle and refined. Bhaga represents beauty, charisma, fortune and delight.
- Aryaman desired, “May I become the lord of the animals.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Aryaman, to the Utttara Phalguni (26 40 Leo to 10 00 Virgo), he becomes the lord of the animals. Those born under Uttara Phalguni seek colleagues and followers in order to help them in their causes, which are generally noble in nature (at least to them). Aryaman governs over contracts, agreements, help and service.
- Savitar desired, “May the Gods place their faith in me.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Savitar, to Hasta (10 00 – 23 20 Virgo), men place faith in him. He becomes the Sun among his peers. People born under Hasta want to be believed in and want others to have faith in them. They regard themselves as capable of great achievements and can serve to rally and inspire people around them. Savitar is the solar deity of inspiration and the Gayatri mantra, much like Apollo of the Greeks.
- Twashtar desired, “May I gain a wonderful progeny.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Twashtar, to Chitra ( 23 20 Virgo to 06 40 Libra). , gains a wonderful progeny. Twashtar is a form of the Creator, usually called Prajapati, with additional special powers of art and magic. Chitra therefore has great creative powers, giving splendor, multiplicity and abundance.
- Vayu, the Wind desired, “May I win the freedom to move as I wish in all the worlds.” One who makes the appropriate offering to the Wind, to Swati (06 40 Libra to 20 00 Libra), gains the freedom to move as he wishes in all the worlds.The Wind, Vayu, has free movement in all the worlds. Those born in Vayu’s Nakshatra of Swati have a similar desire. They don’t like to be held or tied down. They like to travel where they want and when they want.
- Indra and Agni desired, “May I gain the greatest splendor among the Gods.” He makes the appropriate offering to Indra and Agni, to Vishakha (20 00 Libra to 03 20 Scorpio), gains the greatest splendor among his peers. Vishakha is a competitive Nakshatra and has a fiery and lightning like energy and effects, with Indra as lightning and Agni as fire. Its natives seek power and recognition. Yet they also have wisdom and insight.
- Mitra desired, “May I be regarded as a friend in all the worlds.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Mitra, to Anuradha (03 20 to 16 40 Scorpio), becomes regarded as a friend in all these worlds. Those born under Anuradha want to be friends with everyone. They are emotionally sensitive to others and place the welfare of others over their own. Mitra means the friend and represents compassion.
- Indra desired, “May I gain supremacy among the gods.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Indra, to Jyeshta (16 40 to 30 00 Scorpio), gains supremacy among his peers.Those born under Jyeshta seek to be the best and the highest but on their own, by their own effort, as individuals, not by relying on others. They often do their best when left alone. India is the king of the Vedic Gods and gains his supremacy by his individual action of transcendence.
- Prajapati desired, “May I find the root of progeny.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Prajapati, to Mula (00 00 to 13 20 Sagittarius), gains the root of progeny. Here Mula is ruled by Prajapati, the Creator, who also rules Rohini. Ordinarily it is ruled by Nirriti. This gives Mula a more creative energy, which is emphasized here. Mula means root. It gives the root of progeny or strong creative powers, somewhat like Rohini. In the negative sense in the Vedas, Mula ruled by Nirriti takes away the root of one’s progeny or causes the loss of one’s first child.
- The Water Goddesses (Apo Devi) desired, “May we at our wish gain the sea.” One who makes the appropriate offering to the Water Goddesses, to Ashadha, gains at wish the sea. Under Purvashadha (13 20 to 26 40 Sagittarius) one seeks connections like water desiring to reach the ocean. It is a creative, nurturing and healing Nakshatra. The Water Goddesses govern the cosmic waters including thge oceans.
- The Universal Gods (Vishve Deva) desired, “May we win a victory that can never be lost.” One who makes the appropriate offering to the Universal Gods, to Ashadha, gains a victory that can never be lost. Uttarashadha (26 40 Sagittarius to 10 00 Capricorn) is a competitive Nakshatra that causes us to seek great achievements, but in alliance with others, in great partnerships, organizations and associations. One succeeds by virtue of one’s broad connections.
- Vishnu desired, “May I hear people say good words about me. May I not gain any bad regard.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Vishnu, to Shravana (10 00 – 23 20 Capricorn), hears good words about himself and does not come to any bad regard. Those born under Shravana are concerned about what people say about them and about their public reputation. They will strive to keep themselves in good repute. They are sensitive about the opinions of others. Vishnu is the all-pervasive aspect of the solar deity.
- The Vasus desired, “May we revolve around the summit of the Gods.” One who makes the appropriate offering to the Vasus, to Dhanishta (23 20 Capricorn to 06 40 Aquarius), gains the summit among his peers. The Vasus rule over material and worldly splendors of the Earth, which their Nakshatra grants. They gain through high association.
- Varuna desired, “May I be firm and not unsteady.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Varuna, to Shatabhishak (06 20 to 20 00 Aquarius), becomes firm and not unsteady. This firmness also implies freedom from disease and debility. Shatabhishak is a Nakshatra of healing and energization. Varuna rules over karma and its dispensation.
- Aja Ekapat desire, “”May I gain radiance and the splendor of spiritual knowledge.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Aja Ekapat, to Purva Bhadra (20 00 Aquarius to 03 20 Pisces) , gains radiance and the splendor of spiritual knowledge. Purva Bhadra has a great spiritual potential like Brihaspati ruled Pushya. It can give even more insight, perception and spiritual fire – that of the soul. It awakens us to our higher spiritual potential and power in life. Aja Ekapad is a one footed goat that symbolizes our deathless soul.
- Ahir Budhnya desired, “May I find a foundation.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Ahir Budhnya, to Uttara Bhadra (03 20 – 16 40 Pisces), gains a foundation. Uttara Bhadra grants a firm foundation in life, connecting us with the wellsprings of vitality, the serpent who dwells in the middle of the sea Ahir Budhnya).
- Pushan desired, “May I become the lord of the animals.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Pusha, to Revati (16 40 – 30 00 Pisces), becomes lord of the animals. Revati gives lordship over domestic cattle, richness of harvest and fertile fields. Those born under this Nakshatra like the good things of life but as are in harmony with nature. Pushan is the nourisher and the seer among the Sun Gods.