The fifteenth of the 27 Nakshatras is Swati which spans from 6°40′ to 20°00′ in Libra/Tula in the Sidereal Zodiac. Swati, स्वाति, is the Sanskrit name for the star Arcturus, one of the brightest stars in the sky in the constellation Boötes, the herdsman. The symbol for Swati is coral, a sea creature that has a hard outer shell and reproduces from within this casing. The coral represents man, whose soul is encased and restricted by the physical sheaths yet continuously is driven towards expansion.
The ruling planet of Swati is Rahu, the North Node. Rahu can be very materialistically driven, and along with Venus, the earthly desirous and luxury-loving ruler of Libra, those with natal Moon in Swati are usually drawn to seek wealth and material success. The ruling deity is Vayu, the god of wind and prana/breath, who controls our intellect and desires. Through prana, Spirit flows through and within the physical forms to experience the physical/material world. Being in Libra, the Scales, the material side becomes over-laden causing dissatisfaction with accomplishments. The lesson is to find equilibrium between the physical and spiritual.
The main motivation, or Purusaartha, of Swati is Artha. One born here or under the influence of this Nakshatra will seek meaningful and goal-oriented activities related to work, career, and finances; and will also seek to find a balance between the Guna qualities of Tamas (luxury, illusion, sluggishness) and Sattva (purity, harmony, piety).
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