The twentieth of the 27 Nakshatras is Purvashadha, spanning from 13°20′ to 26°40′ in Sagittarius/Dhanus in the Sidereal Zodiac. Purva, पूर्व, means early or first as in the first part of the two ashadha Nakshatras, and ashadha, अषाढ, means invincible – in this case in reference to the wisdom of Jupiter/Guru, who rules Sagittarius/Dhanus. The symbol for Purvashadha is the elephant’s tusk, which grows from within and expands greatly outside the body. The ivory of the tusk holds great beauty and great value. This symbolizes our inner beauty and wisdom, latent spiritual faculties and potentials, which can be expressed with-out into the physical world.
The ruling planet of Purvashadha is Venus, who brings sensitivity, receptiveness, and intuitive awareness to those born under this Nakshatra, all for the purpose of processing the wisdom of Guru to embark upon spiritual growth and transformation. The ruling deity is Apas, the water god. Water also represents intuition and emotions, and is used in religious and spiritual rituals to cleanse and purify so that the soul can journey closer to God. Water also changes form, symbolizing the transformative quality of Purvashadha.
This Nakshatra is influenced by all three Guna qualities, giving more to the watery shifting, changeability, and potential unsettledness of those under its influence. However, the main motivation, or Purusaartha, is Moksha which will help to steer one towards the spiritual path and to discover hidden knowledge and wisdom.
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