The 25th of the 27 Nakshatras is Purva Bhadra, spanning from 20°00′ in Aquarius/Kumbha to 3°20′ in Pisces/Mina in the Sidereal Zodiac. Purva, पूर्व, means early or first as in the first part of the two Bhadra Nakshatras. Bhadra, भद्र, means fortunate, auspicious, pleasant, blessed, and kind. The symbol for this Nakshatra is the sword, which serves as a tool for the spiritual warrior to fearlessly cut away the obstacles and illusions of the mind and as a symbolic tool for the spiritual warrior’s desire to work for and fight for humanitarian causes and universal consciousness.
Lying partly in Aquarius, ruled by Saturn, and partly in Pisces, ruled by Jupiter, the tug of the contrary energies of restrictive Saturn and expansive Jupiter can cause struggle within the psyche. However, the self-reliance and courage that those born under Purva Bhadra generally have, allows them to transform these contrary energies into a unifying force for the universal good. The ruling planet for this Nakshatra is also Jupiter, which allows the expansive qualities to dominate.
The ruling deity of Purva Bhadra is Aja Ekepada, the one-foot form of Shiva. Sometimes he is depicted with Brahma and Vishnu emerging from his sides as the Trinity (Trimurti), and thus symbolizes the cycles of life and of the universe, which infinitely evolves and revolves around the pillar (one foot) of creative cosmic energy. Those under the influence of Purva Bhadra are able to firmly stand alone, one with the Universe, in spite of all the material illusions surrounding them. They are often seen as non-conformist, eccentric, antisocial, or rebellious.
The main Guna quality is Sattwa with a secondary quality of rajas, which leads one towards harmony with the Universe and towards striving for humanitarian efforts and worldly peace. The main motivation, or Purusaartha, is towards Artha. Those with natal Moon in Purva Bhadra will work hard towards their earthly, social, and spiritual goals regardless of the opinions and judgements of others.
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