18. Nakshatra Jyeshtha

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Symbol: umbrella
16°40' — 30°00' Scorpio

Jyeshtha (sanskrit: ज्येष्ठा) — the Chief or Elder Star.

It is the seniormost among the first eighteen asterisms, consists of "three stars in a row" which were seen by the ancients as forming a shape similar to an ear-ring (or in some cases the top of an umbrella). These three stars are known in modern astronomy as Alpha-Scorpionis (Antares), Sigma-Scorpionis and Tau-Scorpionis. All of these stars lie in the middle to end portion of the zodiacalc onstellation of Scorpio.

  • Range: 16°40' — 30°00' Scorpio
  • Symbol: round talisman, umbrella
  • Deity: Indra
  • Mode of Functioning: Active
  • Caste: Servant
  • Gender: Female
  • Body parts: neck and right side of the torso
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Vata
  • Direction: north, south
  • Guna (Essence): Sattva
  • Tattwa (Element): Air
  • Gana (Type): Rakshasa (demonic)
  • Orientation: Level
  • Disposition: Hard, Sharp and Dreadful
  • Ruling Planet: Mercury
  • Sounds: No, Ya, Yi, Yu
  • Animal symbol: Stag
  • Primary Motivation: Artha
  • Enemy: Ashwini

Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (16°40' — 20°00' Scorpio) falls in Sagittarius Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. The emphasis here is on family concerns and interests. This pada is very concerned about financial affairs even though its prosperity in that area will swing from one extreme to the other. The lesson here is to take a more easy going attitude in regards to finances. A certain enthusiasm towards acquiring higher knowledge is noticeable here. The normally secretive Jyeshta tends to leak out secrets through Sagittarian carefreeness and frankness. The native is a risk taker. Generosity is more prominent in this pada in comparision to other Jyeshta padas. The native is chivalrous in terms of being protective towards kith and kin. Planets here have a sense of humour. Sun, Mars, Jupiter & Ketu are strong here and Jupiter tends to give the best results. Planets placed in this pada adversely effect the wellbeing of one's siblings.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (20°00' — 23°20' Scorpio) falls in Capricorn Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This pada is very rigid in regards to responsibility and doing the right thing. Natives here are fiercely protective and like to challenge others. This pada produces authority type figures. This pada can be selfish, stingy, materialistic and vengeful. The native is ruthless in regards to getting back at others. A strong sense of maturity is seen in the physical and mental make-up of the speaking voice. This pada is very serious and overbearing and will tend to take its time to achieve its goals. The native usually only achieves native from an early age. The native has an authoritative their goals late in life after much hardwork, perseverance and penance. Natives are cautious, slow and stern. They need to watch a tendency towards too much skepticism, melancholy and negative attitudes in general. Mars & Saturn are strong here in the sense that they give some sort of position of authority. Planets placed in this pada adversely effect the wellbeing of younger siblings.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (23°20' — 26°40' Scorpio) falls in Aquarius Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This pada gives a strong humanitarian instinct and allows the native to play roles which are beneficial or protective towards society. The native works best in professions which involve protecting the underdog or underprivileged. They like serving causes. The native can be very sacrificing when it comes to protecting others. This pada gives a love for researching science or mysticism. The native has their own peculiar brand of family values. The native enjoys espousing their personal philosophy to others. The native gets caught up in bizarre sexual encounters. Saturn, Mercury Venus & Rahu are strong in this pada. Planets placed in this pada adversely effect the wellbeing of one's mother.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (26°40' — 30°00' Scorpio) falls in Pisces Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This is a very emotional pada and the native is inclined to get carried away. The native can simply drown themselves. There is a danger of too much indulgence in fantasy, sexual intrigue and intoxication. The native may be able to channel their emotions into creative expression. The native carries their sense of responsibility and protectiveness to an extreme at times. In its lowest aspect, natives are apt to fantasise about their woes and troubles in life in an unhealthy way. In its highest aspect, this pada can give a strong sacrificing nature and a spiritual devotion to humanity. The native will be fond of children. The native will defend the rights of others and take an interest in occult exploration for liberation purposes. The only downfall is that the penance aspect which is so necessary for Jyestha's proper functioning is difficult to harness in this pada. However Jyestha's capacity for material gain is stronger in this pada and its poverty aspect is decreased. This is true when strong benefics like Venus and Jupiter are placed here. Mars functions poorly in this pada, however Saturn, although giving material adversity, may be helpful in acquiring some sort of spiritual discipline. This pada tends to be the most self destructive, when working through its negative aspect.

Lunar Month and Day

It relates to the first half of the lunar month of Jyaishtha. This usually corresponds to late May / early June in the solar calendar.

Jyeshta is also related to the Saptami & Chaturdashi (7th & 14th tithis or days) of the waxing and waning phases of the Moon's monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

Mercury is the main planetary ruler of this nakshatra. Mercurial energy refines itself from its deceptive, cunning, childlike beginnings to a more serious energy, which tries to control the scattered functionings of the mind. Considering that Moon represents the mass mentality, Mercury's functioning here is directed to controlling that energy. It is no wonder then that Jyeshta natives feel like the police of the world.

Mars, the ruler of Scorpio, of course supports this policing mentality and provides the energy and initiative required for it. The Mercury-Mars combination can turn self-serving very quickly as the martian energy afflicts the perceptive and discriminative part of mercurial energy. Much of the deceit and misuse of power inherent in this nakshatra can be understood from the many tales about the unruly, boisterous behaviour of its ruling deity Indra, the scion of the demigods. Mercury makes Jyeshta sort of a chameleon, whose values are not based upon any real understanding of things, but are dependent upon its surroundings.

Ketu, being co-ruler of Scorpio along with Mars, also convey a part of Jyestha's energy in the form of self-destructive tendencies, outer and inner transformation, emotional upheaval and penance.

Mercury-Mars & Mercury-Mars-Ketu conjunctions in a chart, carry similar energies to Jyeshta. In the present day and age, most planets placed here need to be watched very carefully by the astrologer as they usually work against the native's peace of mind. Only a well placed Mercury can give good results here.


All Policing Professions; Government Officials; Administrative Posts of all types; Reporters; Radio & Television Commentators; Newsreaders; Talk Show Hosts; Actors; Orators; Firemen; Trade Unionists; Occultists (mainly Black Magicians); Detectives; Mafia; Politicians; Bureaucrats; Naval Professions; Forest Rangers; Military Professions in general; Salvation Army and other such 'Caring for the Aged' professions; Manual Labourers; Athletes, especially Sprinters; Telecommunication Industry related professions; Air Traffic Controllers and Radar Experts; Surgeons.


Hilly Inaccessible Terrain; Hot Tropical Jungles; Government Buildings; All places related to Telecommunications & Media in general; Airports; Hospitals; Military Bases; Capital Cities; Manors, Forts & Palaces; Old-Age Homes; All places connected with above-mentioned professions.

Auspicious activities

Harsh activities; Plotting; Spying; Scheming; Passing judgements; Getting even; Putting one's foot down over important issues; Taking control; Expressing one's authoritative nature out of a sense of caring; Administrative activities; Policing or monitoring situations; Occult activities; Acting responsibly; Acts of concern, care or protection; Associating with elders, especially giving assistance to the elderly; Taking care of family matters; Occult activities requiring a lot of penance; Holding discussions over serious issues; Grand planning; Acting restrained out of consideration for others; Setting disciplines for oneself.

Inauspicious activities

Wallowing in depression and resentment or having a hard done by attitude; Infidelity; Acts of selfishness or self-centricity; Taking advantage of others; Marriage; Healing; Too much rest or recreational activity; Any dealings which require a lot of tact, sensitivity and gentleness; Not good for travelling.

Health Issues

Genital organs, ovaries, muscular problems, neck pain, earaches, colds, stomach trouble, breast cancer .


For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, the best remedial measure is the worship of Vishnuox fierce feminine deities like Durga and Kali.

Repetition of the root mantra of this nakshatra - "Om Dham" 108 times when Moon transits this nakshatra and during 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 shades of blue, especially light blue, reds, black and dark green. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Jyeshta to undertake all important actions.

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