17. Nakshatra Anuradha

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Symbol: lotus
3°20' — 16°40' Scorpio

Anuradha (sanskrit: अनुराधा) — the Star of Success.

It consists of three stars in a row, which were seen by the ancients as forming a shape similar to a staff. These three stars are known in modern astronomy as Beta-Scorpionis (Acrab), Delta-Scorpionis (Isidis) & Pi-Scorpionis. All of these stars lie in the beginning of the zodiacal constellation of Scorpio.


  • Range: 3°20' — 16°40' Scorpio
  • Symbol: staff, lotus, triumphant gateway adorned with leaves
  • Deity: Mitra, Radha
  • Mode of Functioning: Passive
  • Caste: Shudra
  • Gender: Male
  • Body parts: Breasts, Stomach, Bowels and the Womb
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Pitta
  • Direction: north, south, west
  • Guna (Essence): Tamas
  • Tattwa (Element): Fire
  • Gana (Type): Deva (godly)
  • Orientation: Level
  • Disposition: Mridu or soft, tender and mild
  • Ruling Planet: Saturn
  • Sounds: Na, Ni, Nu, Ne
  • Animal symbol: Deer
  • Primary Motivation: Dharma
  • Enemy: Bharani


Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (3°20' — 6°40' Scorpio) falls in Leo Navamsa ruled by Sun. The emphasis here is on understanding one's inner self and applying that understanding in the outer world through career etc. The tendency towards excessive pride or militancy has to be curbed here if one wants positive expression of the intense energy available here. Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Ketu are especially strong in this pada.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (6°40' — 10°00' Scorpio) falls in Virgo Navamsa ruled by Mercury. This pada is all about continuous learning, discipline, discrimination, group-work and organisation. This pada delves into the mysteries of the Universe and in doing so takes the mystery out of them. Numbers, calculation and classification are its domain. Being a Pushkara navamsha pada it promises fulfilment of objectives. Mercury & Rahu are especially strong here.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (10°00' — 13°20' Scorpio) falls in Libra Navamsa ruled by Venus. The concerns here can range from arts, music, bohemia to occult. There is always a certain degree of self-undoing and wastefulness pada. Planets here give a highly sociable nature. Venus and Saturn suit this pada's energies more than the other planets.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (13°20' — 16°40' Scorpio) falls in Scorpio Navamsa ruled by Mars. There is abundant energy available here to pursue all kinds of esoteric and exoteric goals. Only struggle here lies in channeling the energy constructively in tune with Universal functionings. Planets here function from a plane of excessive passion and emotion. They can give the ability to achieve much if the rest of the nativity supports it. Sun, Jupiter and Ketu are better suited to handling the energy of this pada.

Lunar Month and Day

It relates to the second half of the lunar month of Vaishakha. This month usually corresponds to middle or late May in the solar calendar.

Anuradha is also related to the Dvadashi (12th tithi or day) of the waxing and waning phases of the Moon's monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

Mars, Saturn and Ketu are the planets connected to this nakshatra. Saturn is the main planetary ruler here and its strong influence is evident in the discipline inherent in Anuradha. Saturn makes Anuradha serious about life in general. It makes Anuradha natives go beyond superficial layers of regular social interactions and search for the answers to the mysteries of life. It gives them an ability to understand and then transcend the limitations of the material realm. A well-defined sense of purpose for one's existence is sought here through the influence of the two main karmic planets - Saturn and Ketu.

Ketu is responsible for this nakshatra's foray into occult and the unseen hidden realms of existence. Mars provides the initiative, impulse and energy necessary for any exploration.

Mars-Saturn conjunctions or mutual aspects, especially when they are placed in Saturnine signs or nakshatas, carry an energy similar to that of Anuradha.

All planets have an ability to function in a beneficial way in this Nakshatra. Like always, their level of beneficiality depends upon the overall tone of the nativity and the evolutionary status of the native.

Professions

Hypnotists & Psychic Mediums; Occultists; Institution & Organisation Heads; Astrologers; Spies; All occupations involving Night Duty; Photographers; Cinema related professions in general; Musicians; Artists; Managers; Industrialists; Promoters; Counsellors; Psychologists; Scientists; Numerologists; Statisticians; Mathematicians; Explorers; Miners; Factory Workers; Diplomats; All professions connected with dealing with Foreign Countries, Travel and Foreigners; All professions requiring group activity.

Places

Forests; Mountains; Caves & Caverns; Lakes; Isolated Landscapes; Old Ruins, Castles etc; Stadiums; Metropolis; Technological & Industrial areas; Study & Research Places; Temples & other places used for the Practice and Study of Religion and Occult/Spiritual Topics; Places of Occult Significance; Organisation Headquarters; All places connected with the above mentioned professions.

Auspicious activities

Group related activities; Research & Study in the sciences or occult subjects; Meditation; Exploring nature; Favourable for managerial activities requiring on the spot decision making; Good for travel; Immigration & dealing with all foreign affairs; Healing; Spending time with friends; Finances & Accounting; Quiet reflection; Secretive Activities.

Inauspicious activities

Marriage; Not good for activities requiring direct confrontation; Not good for inaugurations or beginnings; Unfavourable for routine, mundane activities.

Health Issues

Stomach, bowels, constipation, piles, irregular menses, womb, sore throat, colds, breast problems.

Remedial

For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, best remedial the measure is worship of the twelve Adityas, especially Mitra. Alternatively one can worship the half Vishnu, half Shiva form commonly known as Hari Hara. The practice of Raja Yoga, which involves the raising of the kundalini through the seven sacred centres is one of the best ways to utilise this nakshatra's potential.

Repetition of the root mantra of this nakshatra - "Om Yam" and "Om Ram" 108 times when Moon transits this nakshatra and in its corresponding lunar month 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 red, blue and gold. They should use its directions, undertake all important action.


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