16. Nakshatra Vishakha

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Symbol: Triumphal arch
20°00' Libra
— 3°20' Scorpio

Vishakha (sanskrit: विशाखा) — the Star of Purpose;

  • Range: 20°00' Libra — 3°20' Scorpio
  • Symbol: decorated arch, gateway
  • Deity: Vishakha, Agni
  • Mode of Functioning: Active
  • Caste: Mleccha
  • Gender: Female
  • Body parts: Arms and the Breasts
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Kapha
  • Direction: west & north
  • Guna (Essence): Sattva
  • Tattwa (Element): Fire
  • Gana (Type): Rakshasa or demonic
  • Orientation: Downward
  • Disposition: Mixed (sharp and soft)
  • Ruling Planet: Jupiter
  • Sounds: Ti, Tu, Te, To
  • Animal symbol: Tiger
  • Primary Motivation: Dharma
  • Enemy: Krittika

Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (20° 00' — 23° 20' Libra) falls in Aries Navamsa and is ruled by Mars. This pada is all about energy, impulse, one pointedness and social ambitions. The focus here is on relationships, but passion and instinct are likely to dominate instead of commitment and depth. A well placed Mars or Venus are the most suitable planets for this pada.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (23° 20' — 26° 40' Libra) falls in Taurus Navamsa ruled by Venus. Endurance and durability are the hallmarks of this pada. Planets here tend to give success in Venusian pursuits. Material ambitions are strong here and since this is the Pushkara navamsa pada they are fulfilled to the degree allowed by the Chart as a whole.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (26° 40' — 30° 00' Libra) falls in Gemini Navamsa ruled by Mercury. Vishakha's onepointedness Channels itself through thoughts, communication, philosophical and religious attitudes. There's a definite conflict between two opposing forces here - one force demands the native to be lighthearted, openminded and jovial, while the other promotes selfishness, deception and anxiety. Only well placed Mercury and Saturn can be counted on for giving good results in this pada.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (00° 00' — 3° 20' Scorpio) falls in Cancer Navamsa ruled by Moon. This is the most one pointed of all Vishakha's padas. The turmoil here takes place on the emotional plane, making this a highly volatile, transformative and dangerous part of the zodiac. In its lowest aspect, it is highly vindictive and revengeful and embodies most of the despicable human qualities. In its higher aspect, it can give penetrating insight, strong will power, executive ability and the conviction necessary to root out the dark forces. Only a well placed Jupiter can give the widom to navigate through the stormy waters of this pada.

Lunar Month and Day

It relates to the first half of the lunar month of Vaishakha, which usually falls in early May. Vishakha is also related to the Shashti & Saptami (6th & 7th tithis or days) of the waxing and waning phases of the Moon's monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

Venus, Mars, Pluto, Ketu and Jupiter are the three planetary influences connected to Vishakha. Jupiter is the main ruler of this asterism, while Venus, Mars, Pluto and Ketu rule the respective signs that Vishakha occupies.

Jupiter connects to this asterism through Indra, whose preceptor is Brihaspati. Jupiter Supports most of Indra's objectives and ambitions, even the unwholesome ones, through this nakshatra. Its natural benevolence, grace and good fortune can be used for pompous extravagance under the influence of this nakshatra.

Venus, Jupiter's counterpart and adversary, is connected with the first three padas of Vishakha. It is the natural antagonism between the energies of these two planets which makes Vishakha a turbulent nakshatra. A lot of Indra's Venusian excesses as enumerated in numerous puranic legends are not sanctioned by Jupiter; and it goes without saying that Indra lands into some sort of trouble each time.

In the fourth pada, Mars co-rules along with Jupiter and thus the energy is more sorted out but has a militaristic tone to it. The Pluto/Ketu influence in the Scorpio part of Vishakha lends a great deal of impulsiveness, explosive drama and seif destructiveness. Only when Channelled into more occult areas can this energy act as a vehicle for transformation.

Venus-Jupiter, Venus-Mars, Venus-Mars-Ketu, Jupiter-Mars and Jupiter-Mars-Ketu-Venus conjunctions carry an energy similar to that of Vishakha. In the author's experience only Jupiter functions well in this nakshatra in the present day and age.


Bartenders; Alcohol & Liquor Industry; Manual Labourers; Fashion Models & Actresses; All professions involving use of speech like TV & Radio Broadcasters; Politicians; Marching Bands; Sports Persons especially sports requiring Herculean efforts; Cults & other types of Idealogical Fanatics; Religious Fundamentalists; Professional Agitators; Soldiers; Dancers; Critics; Criminals & Mafia; Custom & Immigration Officials; Policing Jobs; Guards; Prostitution & Militant Revolutionaries.

Vishakha natives can be found in all types of professions but usually have a tendency to switch professions throughout their lives.


Rocky Rough Terrains; Mountains; Big Cities like New York; Breweries; Bars; Liquor Shops; Brothels; Theatres; Military Bases; Ceremonial Halls & Grounds; Interrogation Rooms; Warring Grounds; Danger Areas either in the City or designated by the Military; All places connected with the above professions.

Auspicious activities

Aggressive or warlike activities; Any activity requiring executive ability; Getting things done which require an argumentative approach; Harsh activities in general; Any activity requiring strong mental focus; Working toward one's goals; All types of ceremonies, functions and parties; Awards or Decoration Ceremonies; Dressing up, Ornamentation, Decorating oneself; Romance & Sexual Activity; Performing penance; Making Resolutions.

Inauspicious activities

Not good for Travel; Marriage; Initiations of any kind; Activities requiring diplomacy or tact.

Health Issues

Breasts, arms, reproductive problems, stomach.


For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, the best remedial measure is worship of the eight Vasus. Alternatively one can worship the half Vishnu, half Shiva form commonly known as Hari Hara. The practice of Raja Yoga, which involves the raising of the kundalini through the seven sacred centres, is one of the best ways to utilise this nakshatra's potential.

Repetition of the root mantra of this nakshatra - "Om Yam" and "Om Ram" 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 colours like red, blue and gold. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Vishakha to undertake all important actions.

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