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The Twenty-first Nakshatra: Uttarashadha

The 21st of the 27 Nakshatras is Uttarashadha, spanning from 26°40′ in Sagittarius/Dhanus to 10°00′ in Capricorn/Makara in the Sidereal Zodiac. Uttara, उत्तर, means concluding or higher, and ashadha, अषाढ, means invincible. As an extension of Purvashadha, Uttarashadha refers to the knowledge and wisdom of Jupiter/Guru (ruler of Sagittarius) and … Continue reading

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The Eighteenth Nakshatra: Jyeshta

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 … Continue reading

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The Sixteenth Nakshatra: Vishakha

The sixteenth of the 27 Nakshatras is Vishakha, which spans from 20°00′ in Libra/Tula to 3°20′ in Scorpio/Vrishchika in the Sidereal Zodiac. The symbol for Vishakha is the potter’s wheel, which represents the whirlwind changes and illusions of life. Yet life, the clay, is shaped and molded both by the … 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 Fourteenth Nakshatra: Chitra

The fourteenth of the 27 Nakshatras is Chitra, which spans from 23°20′ in Virgo/Kanya to 6°40′ in Libra/Tula in the Sidereal Zodiac. Chitra, चित्र, means a picture or image, or something that is bright, distinguished, or excellent. The symbol for Chitra is the pearl, a bright and beautiful gem hidden … Continue reading

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The Thirteenth Nakshatra: Hasta

The thirteenth of the 27 Nakshatras is Hasta, which spans from 10°00′ to 23°20′ in Virgo/Kanya in the Sidereal Zodiac. Hasta, हस्त, means hand. The hand or the palm of the hand is the symbol for this Nakshatra. An individual’s destiny and life’s path can be seen on the … Continue reading

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The Twelfth Nakshatra: Uttara Phalguni

The twelfth of the 27 Nakshatras is Uttara Phalguni, which spans from 26°40′ in Leo/Simha to 10°00′ in Virgo/Kanya in the Sidereal Zodiac. Uttara, उत्तर, means concluding, and Phalguni, फाल्गुनी, is that which gives fruit or fulfills our wishes and desires. This is the second half of a constellation in the … 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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