The third of the 27 Nakshatras is Krittika, which spans from 26°40′ Aries to 10° Taurus. Kṛttikā कृत्तिका means white spots and is associated with the sisters of stars, the Pleiades. In Hindu mythology the Krittika were six sisters who raised the god of war, Kartikeya, who is connected with the Greek/Roman god Ares/Mars. The symbol for Krittika is the razor, representing both good and bad power, and war and destruction. This Nakshatra has the capacity for vitality and strength or for destruction and devastation.
Agni, the god of fire, is the presiding deity and the planetary lord is the Sun, full of fiery heat. Though it has a sattvic undercurrent, Krittika’s main Guna is Rajas, and it’s Purushaartha is Kama. Being situated in the heavens in both Aries and Taurus, this adds an additional influence of these signs’ ruling planets: Mars (war, destruction, fire, activity) and Venus (passion, desire, but also creativity). Krittika is layered with power, fire, activity, and passion!
Those born with the influence of this Nakshatra will definitely be passionately driven in their lives, whether it’s to gain material wealth and comfort at the cost of others, or to pursue a life of spirituality and service with passionate dedication. The Moon is exalted in this lunar mansion. The Moon represents the mind, emotions, and intuition. It’s placement in Krittika indicates a powerful and creative mind that is able to face great challenges.
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