Characteristics based on Nakshatras
In vedic astrology nakshatra has a unique system of prediction that is based on the position of the moon in a given constellation (nakshatra). The zodiac is divided into 12 signs and 27 constellations. Each one of them covers thirteen degrees and twenty minutes of the zodiac. Each nakshatra is the head of a particular group of stars.
Ashwini 0-00' - 13-30' Aries
General Characteristics: Good looking appearance, gentle personable manners, intelligent, skilled in work.
Translation: Possessing horses, the horsewoman.
Symbol: A horse's head.
Animal symbol: A male horse.
Ruling planet: Ketu
Nature: Deva (god-like).
Presiding deity: Ashvini Kumaras, the golden armored horse headed twins of ancient Vedic lore who performed many miracles as physicians of the celestial gods.
Favorable: Competent worker who performs above average on the job, intelligent, self sufficient, natural healer, helps others, moderate habits, dresses well, good finances, attractive, powerful, intuitive, idealistic, spiritually inclined, adventurous, independent, strong, powerful, charming, playful nature, nurturer, traveler, loves family.
Unfavorable: Hastiness in action compromises efficiency, impulsiveness, desire to pursue new experiences in life causes a weakness in finishing things, aggressive, stubborn, wants to do things their own way, disappointed when things do not go as planned, dissatisfied, arrogant, lack of mental quietude, over passionate.
Career Interests: Psychologist, therapists, physicians, healers, mystics, military personnel, police, criminal court, merchant, salespeople, musician, horse trainer, jockey.
Bharani 13-20' - 26-40' Aries
General Characteristics: Success in work, capable, truthful, and free from diseases and grief.
Translation: Cherishing, supporting and nurturing.
Symbol: A Yoni, the organ of female reproduction.
Animal symbol: The Elephant.
Ruling planet: Venus.
Nature: Manushya (human).
Presiding deity: Yama - the god of death.
Favorable: Clever and able to do tasks fast, desires new experiences, spontaneous, dutiful, loyal to family and friends, courageous attitude, good health/longevity, talented in career, satisfied, leader - does well in public life, creative, artistic and materialistic.
Unfavorable: Over burdened, has too much to do, restless, amoral, fickle, too clever, resists control and restraint, stubborn, childlike, vulnerable, vigor bothers others, don't pace themselves, needs discipline, irritable, impatient, potential to burnout, sexually indulgent, vane, moralist, judgmental.
Career interests: Publishers, writers, film and music, occultist, psychics, hypnotists, astrologers, psychologists, entrepreneurs, business people, financial consultants, lawyers, builders, children & childbirth, hospitality industry - caterers, cooks and hotel staff.
Kritika 26-40' Aries to 10-00' Taurus
General Characteristics: Determined and tenacious will to achieve greatness, sharp, cutting and penetrating by nature.
Translation: The cutter.
Symbol: Axe, sharp edge, or flame, razor.
Animal symbol: Female sheep.
Ruling planet: Sun
Nature: Rakshasa (demon).
Presiding deity: Agni - the god of fire.
Favorable: Famous within their group, handsome appearance, self motivated, determined achiever, materialistic - acquires many possessions, bright, strong appetites - likes food, goal oriented, goes for what they want, dignified, takes pride in what they do, good leader, honors commitments, confident, courageous, straightforward, peaceful nature and ambitious.
Unfavorable: Unstable mind, changeable, vacillating, stubborn, dissatisfied, impatient, responds too strongly to challenges, sets goals or expectations too high, burns out their health by constant activity, nervous, excitable, aggressive, passive-aggressive, fighting nature, difficulties with food and eating, gluttonous, motivated by desire, child-like nature.
Career Interests: Spiritual teachers, advisors, musicians, dancers, singers, modeling, fashion designers, military careers, inventors, discoverers, excavators, heads of state or organizations, fire & police department personnel, barbers, butchers & tailors, weapon makers, potters, blacksmiths, carpenters, building contractor, magicians, metaphysicians and astronomers.
Rohini 10-00' to 23-20' Taurus.
General Characteristics: Emphasis on spiritual liberation, truthful, not covetous, clean in habits, sweet of speech, firm of views and good looking.
Translation: The red one.
Symbol: An ox cart/chariot.
Animal symbol: A male serpent - spiritual power and wisdom.
Ruling planet: Moon.
Nature: Manushya (human).
Presiding deity: Brahma - creator of the universe.
Favorable: Lovely appearance, charismatic, good communicator and listener, attractive, inner strength, affects others, strong public life, gentle manner, comforting, truthful, moral orientation, smooth talker, sharp, balanced mind, fixed in purpose, well educated, does well financially, dutiful to the family, responsible, helps others, gifted in the arts, healthy, non-envious.
Unfavorable: Indulgent, materialistic, takes advantage of others through manipulation and deception, sexually or sensually indulgent, critical of others, possessive of individuals or ideology, jealous, overly sensitive, changeable, addictive and indecisive.
Career Interests: Politics, authority positions, agriculture, real estate, restaurant and hotel business, fashion designers, models and musicians.
Mrigcira 23-20 Taurus to 6-40' Gemini
General Characteristics: Spiritual intelligence and research abilities, primary motivation - spiritual liberation, lack firm or fixed views, capable yet timid, good speech and active habits.
Translation: Having the face of a deer.
Symbol: Antelope's head
Animal symbol: Female serpent - sensual seductive nature.
Ruling Planet: Mars.
Nature: Deva (god-like)
Presiding deity: Soma the moon god.
Favorable: Strong individuality, sharp intelligence, natural leader, action oriented, witty, curious, seeks new knowledge, perceptive and sensitive, likes good clothing and accessories, gains many pleasures in life, enjoys singing, writing, talking, and speaking, creative, articulate in a number of subjects - enjoys debates and arguments, enthusiastic, youthful, clever, curious, hopeful, rapid learning ability, focus is more mental than physical, friendly, fun, have a number of friends and romantic interests, sensual, hard workers, affluent.
Unfavorable: Impulsive, flirtatious, fickle, needs constant attention, multiple partnerships, craves sensation, not committed, burns out from seeking too much excitement, bores easily, scattered, critical, biting conversation, helpless, suspicious, unbalanced, sensitive to criticism.
Career Interests: Writers, poets, astrologers, mystics, researchers, teachers, engineers, teachers, engineers, gemologists, acting, music, real estate, sales, travel agents, textiles & garments, foresters, veterinarians, pet shop owner, animal trainer, administrators.
Ardra 6-40 to 20-00' Gemini
General Characteristics: Emphasis on the mind or thinking capacity - deep feeling along with passionate thinking - motivated by desire.
Translation: The moist one
Symbol: The human head.
Animal Symbol: Female dog.
Ruling Planet: Rahu.
Nature: Manushya (human).
Presiding deity: Rudra the god of the storm and destruction.
Favorable: Curious mind, hunger for knowledge, quick in action, good memory, prefers physical work or work involving the body, good at getting support from the government or authorities, great communicator, truthful, have a transformative point in life at which point they drop many of their bad traits, compassionate towards those in pain.
Unfavorable: Arrogant, abuses power, lusts after material attainments, ungrateful, mischievous, reckless, physically oriented jobs, anti-social, mean streak causes pain to others, self-serving, dishonest, stubborn, critical, impolite, untruthful, poor financial planning, excessive indulgences, cause pain or agony to others, violent, complaining.
Career Interests: Writers, teachers, hospice, social services, sales, pr, politics, humanitarian projects, athlete, butcher, drug dealer, chemotherapist, those who deal with dead things such as junk, canned, frozen food.
Punarvasu 20-00' Gemini to 3-20' Cancer
General Characteristics: Intellectual and spiritual wisdom, material prosperity, good natured, quiet, patient, devout, lives in comfort.
Translation: Good again
Symbol: Bow and a quiver of arrows.
Animal Symbol: Female cat - sensitivity and need for independence.
Ruling Planet: Jupiter.
Nature: Deva (god-like).
Presiding deity: Aditi tends the ground on which healthy seeds can bear fruit, earth Goddess.
Favorable: Caring, loving, nurturing, easily contented, friendly good natured, simplistic life, lives in the moment, generous, shares with others, religious inclinations, interested in spiritual writings and philosophies, potential in the communications field - can be good writers and inspiring speakers, profound imagination, purifies self to make spiritual progress, ability to connect with others, successful projects.
Unfavorable: Simplistic approach to life interpreted as a lack of intelligence, lack of material drive due to focus on spirituality, lack of foresight gets them into complications including frequent moving, unstable relationships, and multiple jobs/careers, fickle nature, indecisive, frequently ill, critical, over intellectualize life, gets bored too easily in life.
Career Interests: Acting, drama, entertainment, politics, writers, publishers, spiritual teachers, mystics, philosophers, innovators, psychologists, gurus, artisans and trade people involved in the construction and maintenance of dwellings, architects, civil engineers, scientists.
Pushya 3-20' to 16-40' Cancer
General Characteristics: In control of passions, well liked, learned in various subjects, rich and fond of doing charitable acts.
Translation: To provide nourishment
Symbol: The udder of a cow, Flower, a circle, an arrow
Animal symbol: A ram.
Ruling planet: Saturn.
Nature: Deva (god-like)
Presiding deity: Brihaspati, the planet Jupiter, lord of sacred speech and prayer.
Favorable: Hard working, creative, tolerant of pain, intelligent, learned, liked by many, spiritual, intuitive wisdom, helps others, make good advisors and public servants, independent, interested in education and humanitarian causes, philanthropic, socially adept, make people feel wanted, selfless, good finances, respected, moderate, have spiritual practice, passionate and defensive about the things they believe in.
Unfavorable: Stubborn, selfish, arrogant, overly talkative, dogmatic, fundamentalist, overly sensitive, doubtful of their worth due to what others say about them, devotion can turn to victimization, get defrauded by believing in the wrong people, insecurities inhibit growth.
Career Interests: Government, politics, geologist, aquatic biologist, military police, musicians, artists, rulers, ministers, managing directors, Food merchants, clergy, priests.
Health Issues: Skin problems, eczema, stomach, ulcers, nausea, breast caner, tuberculosis, chest problems.
Ashlesha 16-40' to 30-00' Cancer
General Characteristics: Motivated by dharma, represents the kundalini or serpent fire located at the base of the spine.
Translation: The entwiner - to embrace.
Symbol: coiled snake, circle, or wheel.
Animal Symbol: Male cat.
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Nature: Rakshasa (demon).
Presiding deity: Ahi - the naga or serpent of wisdom
Favorable: Philosophical, intelligent, versatile, clever, independent, has a number of different jobs, entertainer, learned, leadership qualities, can accomplish much when motivated, good income, mystical, puts great energy into things that interest them, seductive nature, benefit from spiritual work.
Unfavorable: Mental instability, worrisome, depressed nature, deceitful, non caring attitude, impolite, tactless, unpopular, lacks social skills, rule breakers, hoarding mentality, possessive, secretive, talkative, lacks appreciation, scattered and unproductive, reckless, disconnected, temperamental, lie to serve their needs, vindictive, introspective, reclusive, ungrateful, blunt.
Career Interests: Politician, lawyer, writer, teacher, astrologer, mystic, snake charmer, zoo keeper, prostitute, pimp, chemical engineers, druggist, junkie, reptile keeper, zoologists, self-serving robbers, greedy politicians and business people, those that gain via sex
Magha 0-00' to 13-20' Leo
General Characteristics: Has numerous servants, inclination to worship gods and ancestors, engagement in important work.
Translation: The mighty one
Symbol: Palanquin the royal seat upon which the king was carried through his towns, royal throne room.
Animal Symbol: Male rat
Ruling Planet: Ketu
Nature: Rakshasa (demon)
Presiding deity: Pitris - Fathers of Humanity guardian angels that give protection in the event of calamities.
Favorable: Clear, intelligent, many admirers, positive, conservative, balanced, respectful to others, kind, helps others, love life and parties, dependable, likes to be honored for accomplishments, respectful of traditions, enjoys ceremonies, follows chains of command, does well when praised, likes to be served and given attention.
Unfavorable: Arrogant, hot tempered, prejudiced, jealousy, severe nature, resentful, has a strong dislike for those who dislike them or who treat them with disrespect, discontented when fail to meet goals, too high standards, susceptible to flattery, cruel to those who don't show them respect, racial superiority, sensuality can create problems.
Career Interests: Politician, lawyer, heads of corporations, actors, musicians, archaeologists, historians, lawyers, judges, birth registry officials, self-employed, managers
Health Issues: Heart problems, stomach, ulcers, skin problems around mouth.
Poorva Phalguni 13-20' to 26-30' Leo
General Characteristics : Sweet speech, generosity, a habit of wandering, government service.
Translation: The Former Red One or A Fig Tree
Symbol: Swinging hammock - rest and restoration, front legs of a bed, or a post.
Animal Symbol: Female Rat
Ruling Planet: Venus
Nature: Manushya (human)
Presiding deity: Bhagya - the god of good fortune and prosperity.
Favorable: Creative, intelligent,active, charming, sincere, leadership skills, carefree, focus is on the body, physical approaches to healing, open minded, sweet speech, generous, wants fame and attention, faithful to issues and those they believe in, mystical nature, spokesperson, aristocratic, cultured, refined, gifted in the fine arts, youthful, exuberant, loving, good relationships.
Unfavorable: Vanity, indulgent, impulsive mind, severe, promiscuous nature, narcissism, reckless, focused on getting what they want, spends carelessly - creates debt, addictive personality, hates being uncomfortable, needs stimulation, becomes depressed if do not get what they want, vindictive, lack of planning, unmotivated.
Famous Purva Phalguni: Dustin Hoffman, JFK, Candice Bergen, Ted Kennedy, John Travolta, Robert Redford, Shirley McClaine, Marquis de Sade, Madonna.
Career Interests: Actors, musicians, models, business managers, retail sales, radio, television, photography, cosmetics, jewelry, wedding planners, government service, politicians, teachers, professors, sex and marital therapists, Professions associate with rest and relaxation - theater, cinema, & classical music. Professions connected with marriage - wedding planner.