10. Nakshatra Magha

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Symbol: Royal Throne
00°00' — 13°20' Leo
Body parts: nose

Magha (sanskrit: मघा) — the Star of Power;

  • Range: 00°00' — 13°20' Leo
  • Symbol: throne
  • Deity: Pitris
  • Mode of Functioning: Active
  • Caste: Shudra
  • Gender: Female
  • Body parts: Nose, Lips and Chin
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Kapha
  • Direction: east, south, northwest and southwest
  • Guna (Essence): Tamas
  • Tattwa (Element): Water
  • Gana (Type): Rakshasa (demonic)
  • Orientation: Downward
  • Disposition: Ugra (fierce or aggressive)
  • Ruling Planet: Ketu
  • Sounds: Ma, Mi, Me
  • Animal symbol: Rat
  • Primary Motivation: Artha
  • Enemy: Revati

Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (00° 00' — 3° 20' Leo) falls in Aries Navamsa and is ruled by Mars. This is the pada relating to the will power aspect of Magha. This is the pada where the throne is won after the killing of the many headed serpent of Ashlesha. Magha qualities like self assertion, leadership, courage and idealism are displayed here to their fullest.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (3° 20' — 6° 40' Leo) falls in Taurus Navamsa ruled by Venus. After the throning, the king has to consolidate his position. This is a very ambitious pada, where the emphasis is on image, duty and materialistic Organization. Planets placed here bring about favours from superiors.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (6° 40' — 10° 00' Leo) falls in Gemini Navamsa ruled by Mercury. This pada relates to the often ignored intellectual side of Magha. After the throne is safe, the king indulges in more literary artistic pursuits and listens to discourses from learned men. The emphasis here is on mental activity and a quest for knowledge (knowledge of the ancients in the present times!). Planets placed here make one succeed through group activity, even though it is Magha's essential nature to go it alone.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (10° 00' — 13° 20' Leo) falls in Cancer Navamsa ruled by Moon. This is the pada which brings out Magha's love of ritual, ceremonies, ancestor worship and family pride. The king here concentrates on the wellbeing of his subjects, his family life and looks for progeny to keep his lineage going. Planets placed in this pada make one derive pride from one's family, ancestors and one's charitability. Planets here are not very conducive to material prosperity and create upheavals through some form of self undoing.

Lunar Month and Day

It is related to the second half of the lunar month of Magha. This period usually falls in the month of February in the solar calendar. In India this part of the month of Magha is still used for ancestor worship.

Magha is also related to Amavasya (15th tithi or New Moon Day) of the waning phase of the Moon's monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

Ketu is the main planetary ruler of Magna. One of Ketu's main symbols is a Flag, which directly relates to authority, eminence, fame etc. This favoured position in the present life is earnt due to meritorious past life deeds. Ketu as we know is the guardian of our past karmas and it releases the ones that are ripe enough to be experienced in the present life through this nakshatra.

The qualities and attributes of Ketu like deep perception, penetrating insight and independent spirit, which are similar to that of Sun, are exhibited by Magha. Sun as we know is the royal planet but mostly we don't see Ketu in that light. This asterism brings out the regal side of Ketu. This asterism can be seen as a combination of Sun's and Ketu's energies. Sun is related to Magha as a result of being the ruler of Leo, the sign Magha falls in.

Ketu as we have discussed earlier, is a genetic planet and represents the paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother in a chart. Our connection with our ancestors has a lot to do with our past lives which is again a Ketu domain. To sum it up, Magha has a lot to do with the genetic and past heritage aspect of Ketu. It also relates to the fact that Ketu is responsible for bringing the wisdom of the ancient ages and civilizations to the present.

Sun-Ketu conjunction in a nativity carries an energy similar to that of Magha. Fiery royal planets like Sun & Mars usually do well in Magha. Servant planets like Saturn however feel at sea in this nakshatra.


Administrators; Managers; Royalty and those in direct touch with Royalty; Those who bestow (or receive) honours like "knighthood" etc.; Those in high places in Government; People at the top of their chosen professions; Legends; Bureaucrats; Aristocrats; Officials; Chairmen (those in a position of authority); Lawyers; Advocates; Judges, Referees, Magistrates and the like; Politicians; Historians; Librarians; Orators; Dramatists & Performers; Upholders of Traditions; Professions relating to Museums of all types; Occultists; Black Magicians; Exorcists; Astrologers; Dealers in Antiques of all types; Archaeologists; Genetic Engineering Experts; Professions related to using and researching Ancient Knowledge, Monuments etc; Those Researching & Documenting Lineages.


Deserts; Forests; Capital Cities; Libraries; Museums; Palaces; Ancient Monuments & Sites; Govt. Offices; Residences of Top Politicians; National Monuments; Stages & Performance Halls; Ceremonial Grounds & Buildings; Crematories; Places of Religious, Spiritual Significance.

Auspicious activities

Ceremonies of all kinds, especially those requiring pomp and grandeur; Marriage ceremonies; Stage & public Performances whether it involves music, oratory or drama; Public displays; Coronations and other royal events; Parades; Award ceremonies; Researching one's lineage; Anything involving the past; Historical/classical studies & research; Taking on a new name; Upgrading to higher and better quality in possessions, Jobs, etc.; Undertaking career strategies; Job promotions; Donating elaborate gifts; Studying ancient knowledge; Religious activities of all types especially those involving ancestor worship; Good for settling disputes or other warlike activities; A good time to seek favours from powerful persons, government and other authority figures.

Inauspicious activities

Not favourable for lending money; Not good for servile, mundane or common activities; Not good for futuristic planning and exploration; Not very conducive for dealing with new technologies.

Health Issues

Heart problems, stomach, ulcers, skin problems around mouth.


One straightforward way of getting Magha on your side is to be respectful and reverential towards eiders and ancestors. Performance of a Shradha ceremony for one's ancestors in the prescribed tithi of the lunar month of Magha, is auspicious in the sense that one receives blessings from the world of the ancestors. Worship of Kali or Shiva is the best way of mastering the energy of this nakshatra.

Repetition of the root mantra of this nakshatra - "Om Gham" and "Om Ngam" 108 times when Moon transits this nakshatra and in the the lunar month of Magha 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 royal colours which includes dark and bright shades of gold, reds and yellows. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Magha to undertake all important actions.

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