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.
|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|