Nakshatra

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The 27 Nakshatras

Nakshatra (sanskrit: नक्षत्र) is the term for lunar mansion.


A nakshatra is one of 27 (sometimes also 28) sectors along the ecliptic. Their names are related to the most prominent asterisms in the respective sectors.


This is the cycle of the 27 lunar constellations or nakshatras. They are most often used for marking the qualities of the Moon, whereas the signs relate more to the Sun. However, both signs and nakshatras can be used to read the properties of all the planets. A planet benefits by being in its own nakshatra.

Each nakshatra marks an area of the zodiac of 13 degrees and 20’. They come in three groups of nine: Ashwini to Ashlesha rule the first third of the zodiac, Magha to Jyestha the second third and Mula to Revati the last. A twenty-eighth lunar constellations is sometimes marked, called Abhijit, placed between Shravana and Dhanishta (constellations 22 and 23).

The nakshatras are used for determining personality types, like the Sun signs in Western astrology. They are used in compatibility between lunar nakshatras being a key factor in relationship compatibility. An elaborate point system called the kuta system exists to determine the exact degree of compatibility. The nakshatras are also important in horary and electional astrology to determine favourable times for action.


Nakshatra Starting point Ruler
1. Ashwini 00°00’ Aries Ketu
2. Bharani 13°20’ Aries Venus
3. Krittika 26°40’ Aries Sun
4. Rohini 10°00’ Taurus Moon
5. Mrigashira 23°20' Taurus Mars
6. Ardra 06°40’ Gemini Rahu
7. Punarvasu 20°00' Gemini Jupiter
8. Pushya 03°20' Cancer Saturn
9. Ashlesha 16°40' Cancer Mercury
10. Magha 00°00’ Leo Ketu
11. Purva Phalguni 13°20' Leo Venus
12. Uttara Phalguni 26°01' Leo Sun
13. Hasta 10°00' Virgo Moon
14. Chitra 23°20' Virgo Mars
15. Swati 06°40' Libra Rahu
16. Vishakha 20°00' Libra Jupiter
17. Anuradha 03°20' Scorpio Saturn
18. Jyeshtha 16°40' Scorpio Mercury
19. Mula 00°00' Sagittarius Ketu
20. Purva Ashadha 13°20' Sagittarius Venus
21. Uttara Ashadha 26°40' Sagittarius Sun
22. Shravana 10°00' Capricorn Moon
23. Dhanishta 23°20' Capricorn Mars
24. Shatabhisha 06°40’ Aquarius Rahu
25. Purva Bhadrapada 20°00’ Aquarius Jupiter
26. Uttara Bhadrapada 03°20' Pisces Saturn
27. Revati 16°40’ Pisces Mercury


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