The Ninth Nakshatra: Ashlesha


The ninth of the 27 Nakshatras is Ashlesha, which spans from 16°40′ in Cancer/Karkata to 0°00′ in Leo/Simha in the Sidereal Zodiac. This ending at 0° Simha is one of the three points where the Lunar and Solar Zodiacs come together, making Ashlesha a powerfully spiritual Nakshatra and symbolic of rebirth – the ending of one cycle and the beginning of a new one. Ashlesha, अश्लेषा, means entwining, embracing, and an intimate connection, and its symbol is the snake, which is a symbol of rebirth and transformation, healing, and wisdom.

Ashlesha’s ruling deities are the Nagas, (cobra) snake-gods who possess esoteric knowledge and occult powers. The poison of snakes can be used for both healing and for killing, and across many cultures snakes are viewed as both good and evil, and both wise and cunning. The duality of this Nakshatra is reinforced by its ruling planet, Mercury, which is considered a neutral planet, both/neither benefic and/nor malefic. That is, it can go in either direction depending on other influences. Ashlesha has a dominantly sattvic quality, and its main motivation is Dharma.

Those under the influence of or born with natal Moon in Ashlesha will have sharp inner vision to see the non-visible nature of the Universe and understand deep wisdom. However, they can be mercurial, indecisive, and contradictory. Though drawn to knowledge, philosophies, and self-reliance, they can also be self-destructive, spontaneous, and treacherous. The strong Sattva quality and the drive towards Dharma will likely prevail and lead the Ashlesha-born towards spiritual insights, transformation, and evolved consciousness.

All the Nakshatras, Vedic (Sidereal) Zodiac signs, and more can be found in my book, Shedding Light on JyotishaVedic Astrology For Beginners © 2015.

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12 Responses to The Ninth Nakshatra: Ashlesha

  1. renatembell says:

    Thank you for this insightful post, Julianne. My natal Mercury is in Ashlesha.

    • Thank you Renate! My natal Sun is in Ashlesha. This brings up a question (since I know so few Vedic astrologers), when you do natal chart readings, do look at all the planets’ Nakshatras, or just the Moon’s?

      • renatembell says:

        I find it useful and important when looking at upcoming potentials through the dasha sequence to see which planetary dashas and bhuktis are running and when, and if any of the planets running their periods rule the natal nakshatras. For example: if someone is running their Venus Mahadasha, then I will always look to see if any planets, including the nodes and the Ascendant, are in Venus-ruled Nakshatras, as this will indicate some areas of activity then as well. Hope that makes sense.

      • Yes it does. Thank you!

  2. What I love about your posts is that I learn something new each time i visit… 🙂 xxx

  3. Very informative! Thank you so much for this as I learned a great deal. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie

  4. Wow! Beautiful snake-friend! Happy New Year! ♥ tomas ☼

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