The eighth of the 27 Nakshatras is Pushya, which spans from 3°20′ to 16°40′ in Cancer/Karkata in the Sidereal Zodiac. Pushya, पुष्या, is a type of plant, but it also means pure and auspicious. It’s main symbol is the flower, representing the potential to blossom and grow, expressing that which is within to the outside world. Two other symbols are the arrow and the circle. The arrow represents drive and direction, and the circle represents seeing life in its entirety and experiencing the fullness of life.
Pushya’s ruling deity is Brihaspati, also known as Jupiter or Guru, the teacher and advisor to the gods and men. Brihaspati is expansive; however, Pushya’s ruling planet is Saturn, which brings restrictions and slows thing down. This tug-of-war between growth and stabilizing and between expansion and contraction represents the duality, the contrasts, of life on this planet. We are here to learn and grow, but some restriction is necessary for knowledge to take root and for wisdom to cultivate.
Pushya expresses all three Guna qualities: sattva, rajas, and tamas Its Purushaartha or main motivation is Dharma, righteousness. Those under the influence of or born with natal Moon in Pushya will be driven to pursue a spiritual path and seek pure consciousness, though there may be some mental distress when restrictions slow one down.
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