8. Nakshatra Pushya

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Symbol: Cow's udder
3°20' — 16°40' Cancer
Body parts: mouth

Pushya (sanskrit: पुष्य) — the Star of Nourishment;

  • Range: 3°20' — 16°40' Cancer
  • Symbol: milk yielding udder of a cow, wheel
  • Deity: Brihaspati
  • Mode of Functioning: Passive
  • Caste: Kshatriya
  • Gender: Male
  • Body parts: Mouth and Face
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Pitta
  • Direction: from west to north
  • Guna (Essence): Tamas
  • Tattwa (Element): Water
  • Gana (Type): Divine
  • Orientation: Upward
  • Disposition: Light and Swift
  • Ruling Planet: Saturn
  • Sounds: Hoo, He, Ho, Dah
  • Animal symbol: Goat
  • Primary Motivation: Dharma
  • Enemy: Purva Ashadha

Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (3° 20' — 6° 40' Cancer) falls in Leo Navamsa ruled by Sun. The first pada concerns itself with achievement, limelight, wealth and pride in one's family or ancestry. The luminaries, especially, give strong positive results in this pada. They make the native a father or mother figure or the native receives help from such figures.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (6° 40' — 10° 00' Cancer) falls in Virgo Navamsa ruled by Mercury. The hardworking, Service aspect of Pushya finds expression here. Since this is a Pushkara Navamsa pada, all planets barring Venus, give good results here, at least on the material plane. This pada can be called the Cook of the Zodiac.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (10° 00' — 13° 20' Cancer) falls in Libra Navamsa ruled by Venus. The focus here is on home, comforts, luxury and sociability. Superficiality and conformity is the downside of this pada. Moon, Mercury, Venus and Saturn do well here.

3. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (13° 20' — 16° 40' Cancer) falls in Scorpio Navamsa ruled by Mars. This pada relates to the esoteric side of Pushya, which seeks connections with the celestial beings in the other world. It is the pada of mantras and rituals. In its negative aspect, most of Pushya's negative traits like dependance, victimization and bigotry find expression through this pada. Only unafflicted Jupiter and Venus do well in this pada.

Lunar Month and Day

It relates to the second half of the lunar month of Pausha which usually falls in January. Pushya is also related to the Dashami (10th tithi or day) of the waxing and waning phases of the Moon's monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

The planetary influences affecting this nakshatra are Moon and Saturn. Saturn is its main planetary ruler. This comes more of a surprise in comparison to the planetary rulers of other nakshatras. The association of Saturn with Pushya reveals the hidden side of Saturn's functioning - its ability for grounded nurturing and painstaking care. Saturn nurtures through conservation, perseverance and limitations.

Moon represents emotions and Saturn represents stability and so the keyword here is "emotional stability". Moon is the mind and Saturn represents matter, which makes Pushya the asterism which connects mind with matter. This is the reason why it can give easy material expansion on the dictates of the mind.

It is important to consider Jupiter, the ruling deity of Pushya, in the equation here, because by itself the combining of energies of Moon and Saturn is likely to give melancholy and depression more than anything else. It is Jupiter's energies which make Pushya a very well balanced nakshatra. In its negative aspect however, the same Jupiterian energy manifests as dogmatism, shallowness and bigotry. On a higher level, Moon/Saturn/Jupiter influence together allow one to shape an idyllic world.

Saturn is a mass planner and so is Moon, a fact which makes Pushya the most mass-orientated of nakshatras. On a positive level, both Moon and Saturn promote the mindset and values which help foster an idealized civilized society. Moon and Saturn in their negative aspect make the masses tow the line, even in times when the ruling forces are dark and corrupt. Those with strong Moon-Saturn in their Charts become mass leaders in today's times.

Moon/Saturn/Jupiter conjunction in a horoscope carry energies similar to Pushya. A well placed Moon, Jupiter, Sun, Venus and Saturn give excellent results when placed in Pushya. Mercury, Mars and the nodes do not give good results in this nakshatra.


All those connected with the Dairy Industry; Food and Drink Merchants of all types; Politicians, Rulers & Aristocrats; Caterers and Hoteliers; All those in the Restaurant Business; Clergy, Nuns, Priests, Gurus, Spiritual Teachers; Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists; Managers; Those associated with Charitable Organizations; Professional Hosts & Hostesses; River and Lake related professions; Teachers and Education Experts; Child Care Professionals: Mothers; All Care Professions; Artisans; Those involved in all kinds of Business and Creative Activities requiring Finesse; Real Estate Agents; Farmers & Gardeners; Those making a living out of Orthodoxy, Traditionalism and Religious Bigotry.


Rivers, Docks, Wells, Reservoirs, Fountains, Pools, Canals; Boats and House Boats; Public Places; Nests; Homes; Breweries; Women's House Quarters, Hostels and Residences in general; Aquariums; Temples & Churches; Hotels & Restaurants; Foster Homes; Child Care Centres; Maternity Hospitals; Schools; Dairy Factories & Dairy Farms; Laundromats; Manors & Public, Government buildings like Parliament etc.; Charity Organizations; All places connected to the above professions.

Auspicious activities

Creative activities especially Music and Dancing; Travelling; Dealing with Enemies (enemies are at their weakest in Pushya and cannot cause much härm); Seeking Legal Aid; Financial Flanning & Transactions; Cooking & Food preparation; Gardening; Adoption & Purchasing Pets; All activities related to Children; All Healing, Soothing and Nourishing activities in general; Religious or Spiritual Endeavours like Initiations; Spending time with one's Mother; Good for worshipping Mother Goddess energies; Laying Foundation Stones and Starting Construction; Seeking help in general.

Inauspicious activities

Marriage is just about the only activity which is not seen favourable under this nakshatra; Generally unfavourable for harsh, cruel and negative activities.

Health Issues

Skin problems, eczema, stomach, ulcers, nausea, breast cancer, tuberculosis, chest problems.


For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, the best remedial measure is to pay reverence to cows, priests, gurus or brahmins. One can also worship a benign Mother goddess.

Repetition of the root mantra of this nakshatra - "Om Kam" 108 times when Moon transits this nakshatra and in the lunar month of Pausha, is sure to reduce suffering and bring enlightenment into a person's life.

Persons who are benefiting from the positive energy of this nakshatra can also increase the good effects through the above mentioned ways. It is helpful for them to wear colours like white, yellow, orange and golden shades, They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Pushya to undertake all important actions.

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