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The Twenty-third Nakshatra: Dhanishta

The 23rd of the 27 Nakshatras is Dhanishta, spanning from 23°20′ in Capricorn/Makara to 6°40′ in Aquarius/Kumbha in the Sidereal Zodiac. I’ve read in many places that Dhanishta, धनिष्ठ, means drum or bamboo flute, as in Shiva’s drum or Krishna’s flute, but when I … Continue reading

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Navaratri – Nine Nights Celebrating the Goddess

Navaratri means nine nights, from navam, नवम्, nine, and ratri, रात्रि, night, in Sanskrit. This festival is celebrated twice each year, in the Autumn and the Spring. In Spring Navaratri begins when the Moon enters the Nakshatra Ashwini at 0° in Mesha/Aries in the Sidereal Zodiac (Vedic … Continue reading

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The Nineteenth Nakshatra: Mula

The nineteenth of the 27 Nakshatras is Mula, spanning from 0°00′ to 13°20′ in                   Sagittarius/Dhanus in the Sidereal Zodiac. Mula, मूल, means root, source, origin, and foundation, all of which imply the end of one stage and the manifestation of a new one. From the roots, the tree … Continue reading

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The Fifteenth Nakshatra: Swati

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 … Continue reading

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The Eleventh Nakshatra: Purva Phalguni

The eleventh of the 27 Nakshatras is Purva Phalguni, which spans from 13°20′ to 26°40′ in Leo/Simha in the Sidereal Zodiac. Purva, पूर्व, means the former or early, and Phalguni, फाल्गुनी, is that which gives fruit or fulfills our wishes and desires. Purva Phalguni is the first half … Continue reading

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The Tenth Nakshatra: Magha

The tenth of the 27 Nakshatras is Magha, which spans from 0° 00′ – 13° 20′ in Leo/Simha in the Sidereal Zodiac. Magha, मघ, means power, great, and wealth. Magha at 0° Leo marks the beginning of the second phase of our souls’ journey, the journey into … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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