15. Nakshatra Swati

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Symbol: coral
06°40' — 20°00' Libra

Swati (sanskrit: स्वाती) — the Self-Going Star; Its representative is a yellowish star commonly known as Arcturus (Alpha-Bootis).

  • Range: 06°40' — 20°00' Libra
  • Symbol: coral, young plant, sword
  • Deity: Vayu, Saraswati
  • Mode of Functioning: Passive
  • Caste: Butcher
  • Gender: Female
  • Body parts: Chest
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Kapha
  • Direction: west, southwest and the southeast
  • Guna (Essence): Venus
  • Tattwa (Element): Fire
  • Gana (Type): Deva (godly)
  • Orientation: Level
  • Disposition: Moveable
  • Ruling Planet: Rahu
  • Sounds: Ru, Ray, Raa, Tha
  • Animal symbol: Buffalo
  • Primary Motivation: Artha
  • Enemy: Rohini

Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (6°40' — 10°00' Libra) falls in Sagittarius Navamsa and is ruled by Jupiter. This pada epitomises the restless and inquisitive aspect of Swati. It gives talent in writing, communications and promotes all kinds of travel. All planets give reasonably favourable results in this pada because of its eager and openminded nature.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (10°00' — 13°20' Libra) falls in Capricorn Navamsa and is ruled by Saturn. This pada embodies the material aspect of Swati's functioning. It is the most rooted among the four padas and thus to an extent lacks Swati's inherent fragility. The concerns here are stability and material growth. It can be deemed as selfish when it comes to personal comforts and other forms of materiality. Planets here give a sound business sense.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (13°20' — 16°40' Libra) falls in Aquarius Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This is the most intellectual amongst the four padas of Swati. The emphasis here is on learning, creativity and cooperation. Planets here encourage any kind of group work in order to achieve one's choosen goals. Mercury, Venus and Saturn are especially strong in this pada.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (16°40' — 20°00' Libra) falls in Pisces Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This is the most flexible and adaptable amongst Swati's padas. Swati's key to success lies in blowing with the wind and this pada is best suited for that. Being the Pushkara navamsa pada, it promises success through hard work, ingenuity, flexibility and sociability. Planets here might seem flimsy in their approach but are service orientated and hardworking. All planets except Mercury give good results here.

Lunar Month and Day

It relates to the last 9 days of the lunar month of "Chaitra", which usually falls in late April, early May. Swati is also related to the Saptami (7th tithi or day) of the waxing and waning phases of the Moon's monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

Rahu is the primary ruler of this asterism and its airy qualities are relayed through it. There is a strong urge for comfort and luxury when Rahu is manifesting its energies on an earthy plane. Earth is the secondary element of Rahu. Since Swati falls completely in the sign of Libra, Venus has a strong connection with this asterism. The Rahu-Venus influence together is a highly indulgent combination, which gives a strong urge for comfort and luxury. A love of show and pomp is seen when Rahu is functioning through its lower aspect. As disused earlier, Swati natives often appreciate the finer things in life and uphold a certain degree of sophistication in their dress, mannerisms and tastes.

The primarily materialistic energy of Rahu and Venus combined gives Swati native success in Venusian business pursuits. In its negative aspect, natives under the heavy influence of this nakshatra can become a slave to their desires and are guided by greed and deceit to gain their ends.

Rahu has a diplomatic nature, which is very similar to that of Venus. Rahu, like Venus, is by nature a social planet and enjoys company. Swati in this regard, can be the most pretentious among the nakshatras. Rahu is supposed to give an artistic temperament in much the same way as Venus, but as always with Rahu, there is a touch of unorthodoxy involved. Rahu's Venusian side is highlighted in any horoscope when it is either associated with Venus in a nativity, or is placed in the second/seventh houses, or is posited in the signs Taurus/Libra.

In its higher aspect, Swati natives express higher Venusian qualities like diplomacy, compassion and a thirst for knowledge. Rahu is also very much capable of manifesting highest Venusian energies like universal love, compassion and harmony when working through its higher principle.

Rahu, Mercury, Venus and Saturn gives strong results in Swati. Sun and Mars are a little out of sorts here, while Ketu's energy is incompatible with the energies of this nakshatra, Jupiter and Moon are neutral and give results according to other factors in a nativity.


Businessmen and Trades people of all types; Wrestlers; All sports, especially those relying on breath control; Singers; Musicians playing Wind Instruments like Horns & Organ; Researchers; Inventors; Technology experts; Independent Enterprises; Government related Service professions; Aeronautical Industry; Pilots; Professions connected with the Aviation industry; Transportation Industry; Socialites; Professions involving use of speech like Newsreaders etc.; Computer & Software Industry; Professions requiring flexibility & quick ingenuity; Serving Professions like House keepers & Right-hand-man types; Kite Makers; Adventure Sports people like Skydivers, Balloonists etc.; Educators, Teachers; Lawyers; Judges; Politicians; Trade-Union & Working Class Leaders; Diplomats, Hosts, Hostesses.


High Cliffs; Places where winds blow strongly; Agricultural land; Coral reefs; Marketplaces; Business Centres; Banks; Financial Institutions; Sport Complexes; Airports (both civil & military); Educational institutions; Aeronautical facilities & testing grounds; Computer & Software related centres; Research facilities of all types; Diplomatic enclaves like Embassies, Consulates etc; Parliament Houses; Courthouses; Commuter places like Train Stations, Bus-Stations etc.

Auspicious activities

Good for business & trade activities; Recommended for starting any educational venture; Good for learning in general; Social activities & events; Dealing with the public; Financial transactions; All activities which require a calm & flexible approach; The key here is to blow with the wind; Grooming and self adornment; Buying and Selling in general; Actions where diplomacy is required; Pursuing Arts& Science.

Inauspicious activities

Not good for travel; Fierce or warlike activities; Any type of aggressive behaviour is not likely to pay off in this nakshatra.

Health Issues

Hernia, eczema, skin problems, urinary, bladder, kidneys, flatulence, intestinal problems.


For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, the best remedial measure is worship of Saraswati.

Repetition of the root mantras of this nakshatra - "Om Lam" , "Om Ksham", "Om Am" and "Om Aam" 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 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 all light, variegated colours and pastel shades. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Swati to undertake all important actions.

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