3. Nakshatra Krittika

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Symbol: Knife or spear
26°40' Aries
— 10°00' Taurus

Krittika (sanskrit: कृत्तिका) — the Star of Fire.

Krittika, the seed of solar energy, is represented in the celestial firmament by a well known group of seven bright stars huddled together in the star cluster of Pleiades. The ancient Vedic seers saw these seven stars as forming a necklace and attached immense importance to their role in galactic affairs. "Krittika" translates simply into "The One Who Cuts" or in a plural sense "The Cutters". This simple, direct and straight forward name is very much in keeping with the essential quality of this asterism.


  • Mode of Functioning: Active
  • Caste: priestly or brahminical
  • Gender: Female
  • Body parts: hips, loins and the crown of the head
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Kapha
  • Direction: the arc covering the directions from east, south-east to south
  • Guna (Essence): Rajas
  • Tattwa (Element): Earth
  • Gana (Type): Rakshasa (demonic)
  • Orientation: Downward
  • Disposition: Mixed (alternates between sharp and soft)
  • Ruling Planet: Sun
  • Sounds: A, Ee, Oo, Ay
  • Animal symbol: Sheep or Goat


Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (26°40' — 30°00' Aries) falls in Sagittarius Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This is a highly moralistic, generous and altruistic pada. There’s a daredevil element to this pada, which connects it to one type of military pursuit or the other. It is the explorer of the zodiac. Planets here give a lot of will power, strength and stamina. Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Ketu are especially strong here.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (00°00' — 3°20' Taurus) falls in Capricorn Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This pada also has a strong sense of ethics but its vision is more material rather than mental or spiritual. Even its spirituality is expressed through matter. The emphasis here is on arranging matter to create a nurturing and motherly environment. The maternal aspect of Krittila’s functioning is at its peak hear. Natives under a strong influence of this pada get and provide sustenance when it matters the most. Moon reaches its maximum exaltation in this pada. Mars and Saturn also function strongly here. However Mars placement here has more to do with receiving nourishment rather than providing it.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (3°20' — 6°40' Taurus) falls in Aquarius Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This is also a humanitarian and altruistic pada. It combines futuristic visions and ancient knowledge on a weave of fixed principles. The emphasis here is on 10th house significations like one’s collective duty. This pada promotes all types of learning and can thus be called the university of the zodiac. Since no planet gets debilitated in Aquarius, all planets can function well here relating to their own specific domains.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (6°40' — 10°00' Taurus) falls in Pisces Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This pada has the ability to manifest its deep sensitivity on a material plane. It promotes group work of all types in a joyful, benevolent way. Planets here are more creative under group situations. This is a Pushkara navamsa pada and so all planets are capable of conferring good results here. Jupiter, Venus and Ketu can make the fullest use of the energies of this pada, while Mercury is a little out of sorts here.

Lunar Month and Day

It relates to the first half of the lunar month of Karttika, which usually falls in late October, early November. Krittika is also related to the Shashti (6th tithi or day) of the waxing and waning phases of the Moon’s monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

The Sun is the main ruler of this nakshatra, giving it a lot of energy, independence and power. Sun’s rulership indicates the penetrating insight, pride, ambition and self motivation which characterise Krittika. Just like the Sun, Krittika goes on about its objectives in a straight and relentless fashion. The first pada is co-ruled by Mars. The combined energies of the two military planets make it harsh in its approach and functioning. It can ruthlessly conquer any obstacles or enemies that come in its path.

The rest of the padas are co-ruled by Venus. Sun and Venus are natural enemies and thus the Taurus part of Krittika has more to do with harmonising the Appolonian and Dionysian extremes rather than having a cutting no nonsense militant approach. It helps to understand that in Krittika the solar energy is stronger in comparison to venesuan energy and this is the reason why Moon (Sun’s Queen in the planetary hierarchy) gets exalted here. The dynamics between Sun and Venus are not easy to understand. Venus is usually described as the hidden minister or the Queen’s (Moon’s) minister in the planetary hierarchy and thus the King’s (Sun’s) relationship with it is obscure. Venus however brings in love, caring and harmony into Krittika’s hot, strict domain making it a more balanced nakshatra. Sun and Venus are both creative planets which strive for knowledge and forms the core of Krittika’s functioning.

Sun/Venus, Sun/Mars conjunction or exchange in a horoscope carries energies similar to Krittika. Sun, Mars and Venus usually give strong results here but as always a lot depends on the pada they occupy.

Professions

Critics, managers, generals and people in authority positions, technical professions in general, teachers, educators, university related professions, lawyers, judges, surgeons, swordsmen, fencers. People who make swords, knives and other sharp instruments, blacksmiths, creative arts involving the use of fire based processes, jewellers and glassmakers, all military professions, police, fire fighters, explosive experts, those who work in foster homes and orphanages, professions connected to rehabilitation of addicts of all kinds whether it be related to drug addiction, smoking, alcoholism, weight problems. Professions involved in promoting methods and techniques for self-improvement or self assertiveness, spiritual teachers who promote strong purificatory measures or worship involving the Sun or fire, professions involving fire like fire dancers or fire sacrifices, professional dart players or archers, barbers and hairdressers, tailors, work involving use of needles like embroiderers or vaccinators, gold diggers and miners, cooks of all varieties. Those who make clay objects like bricks for building houses or ceramic objects, furnace makers, those who make cooking utensils or trade tools, all professions involving use of fire and sharp objects.

Places

Places with hot climates, deserts and arid lands, agricultural lands, cattle ranches, meadows, tropical forests, volcanic areas, military bases and testing grounds, government buildings, universities, rehabilitation centres, orphanages, mines in general, factories and industrial area using fire in one form or the other, fireplace, furnaces, heating devices within homes, all places connected with the above mentioned professions.

Auspicious activities

Fire worship, purification rites, giving up old habits, making swift changes and sudden endings, acts requiring initiative, courage, leadership and executive ability, making important decisions, military activities and interests, debating, standing up for oneself, cooking, sewing and embroidery, cutting, shaving, all activities involving the use of fire or heat, all mothering and nurturing activities. Good for starting educational ventures, good for commercing new ventures in general, good for activities requiring a sense of discrimination, honesty and frankness, drumming and percussion. Most activities are favourable in this nakshatra.

Inauspicious activities

Socialising, diplomatic activities, rest or relaxation, water based activities.

Health Issues

Neck ache, throat soreness, headaches, fevers, malaria.

Remedial

For those suffering from from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, the best remedial measure is worship of Karttikeya. Worship of Sun along with the recitation of Gayatri mantra is also helpful in bringing the best out of this nakshatra. Having a reverential attitude towards the seven wives every time one gets to see the constellation of Pleades also helps.

Repetition of the root mantras of this nakshatra - “Om Im”, “Om Oo” and “Om U” 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 benefitting 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 all bright fiery colours like gold, orange, red, yellow and variegated colours like those seen on peacock feathers. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Krittika to undertake all important actions.


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