The eighteenth of the 27 Nakshatras is Jyeshta, spanning from 16°40′ in Scorpio/Vrishchika to 0°00′ in Sagittarius/Dhanus in the Sidereal Zodiac. Jyeshta, ज्येष्ठ, means distinguished, respected, older sister (one who is respected), the Ganges (which washes away karma), and the middle finger of destiny (used in a mudra during pranayama to control the breath, and hence life). The symbols for this Nakshatra are an earring or an umbrella/parasol, which are symbols of both spiritual and worldly status, achievement, and wisdom. Those with the natal influence of Jyeshta will have honorable status and be respected by others.
The end of Jyeshta and the end of Scorpio coincide, bringing together the lunar and solar zodiacs. This is a powerful meeting that activates and energizes the kundalini energy within, giving great power. However how this power is used – for the soul’s journey and wisdom or for the ego’s desire and control – will depend upon other aspects and influences in one’s birth chart. The connection and balance between the material and spiritual realms completely opens here. Those on the spiritual path will be drawn towards deeper devotion through yoga, prayer, study, worship, and meditation practices, and those attached to the physical and material may struggle psychologically or become very arrogant and controlling.
The ruling planet of Jyeshta is Mercury, the messenger god who assists in the communications between the earthly world and the divine. The ruling deity of Jyeshta is Indra, the king of the gods, the god of the highest status and respect, which reflects the main influence of this Nakshatra.
The main motivation, or Purusaartha, is Artha. Whether one’s goals are material or spiritual, they will be purposeful and highly respected and admired by others. The Guna quality is dominantly sattvic, which will continuously nudge those under Jyeshta’s influence towards an altruistic, pious, and harmonious life.
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