The seventh of the 27 Nakshatras is Punarvasu, which spans from 20° Gemini/Mithuna to 3° 20′ Cancer/Karkata in the Sidereal Zodiac. Punarvasu, पुनर्वसु, means restoring or commencement of wealth, but broken down into its two parts we can see more depth to its meaning. Punar/punah means again, once again, and home. Vasu means good, excellent, light, and radiance. Under the influence of Punarvasu, one is driven to seek out and return spirituality, the light, and truth back to one’s home, life, and this earthly realm. The symbols for Punarvasu are the bow and also a house. The bow represents the desire, drive, and forward movement with one’s spiritual objective, and the house represents the destination – the place where one can rest and be at peace within.
Punarvasu’s ruling deity is Aditi, the mother of Surya, the Sun, and of the Adityas, the celestial gods. She is the cosmic matrix of space and the primeval sound (vibration), which when it yokes with Consciousness, matter forms. This celestial mother is unbound, free, and limitless, and as the mother of the Sun, it is she who brought forth the light that sustains life on our home, earth. The ruling planet of this Nakshatra is Jupiter/Guru, who is the teacher who guides us on the righteous path, showing how to bring our intellect and spiritual knowledge (the Gemini/Mercury part of Punarvasu) into our lives on this earthly realm (the Cancer/Moon part – the Moon reflects the light of the Sun onto Earth).
Punarvasu’s main Guna is Rajas with a secondary influence of Sattva, and its main motivation is Artha. One born with their Moon in Punarvasu is very likely to work hard at and to be passionately driven to reach one’s goals, which will most likely be of a highly spiritual nature.
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