Ashlesha (ஆயில்யம்), the harbinger of Kundalini shakti
Placement: 16° 40’ to 30° 00’ of Cancer
Element: Water (Neer)
Some nakshatras are specially tailormade for psychic abilities, yogic practices and other spiritual activities. Ashlesha is one of those. The name Ashlesha came from the word Shesha, meaning snake.
Deity: Deity is “Naga”. Naga is a clan of snakes considered as higher beings with human body atop and serpent body at the bottom (like mermaids, sagittarius and centaurs). Some vedic texts say that they're fully humans in daytime and snakes in night time. In vedic culture, snakes are considered as divine creatures since they’re associated with many Gods and Goddesses like Vishnu, Shiva, Kartikeya and more. Nagas were super intelligent beings in ancient culture, they were enlightened beings and had special skills related to chakras and siddhis. Their kingdom was once flourished with higher intelligence so they left earth for some celestial realms. Nagas were prominent mystics, tantrics and hypnotists as well. Likewise some ancient cultures used snake poison to make certain chemical that would give you the effect of altered reality. Snakes are the part of Naga clan but more of a lower intelligent beings that stayed on earth. Read Rohini and Mrigashirsha to understand more about snakes.
"Even Rahu and Ketu (North and South nodes) are serpent beings as their severed bodies are attached to serpent’s tail and head respectively."
Symbol: A “coiled snake”. It's a special symbol connected to medicine, kundalini energy and karma as well. A coiled snake is often taking rest or ready to attack.
Ruler: The rulership is given to Mercury (Budha). He is an alchemist and a researcher. Mercury's changing tendencies are emphasized here.
Animal: Male cat. Cats are highly intuitive, hypnotic, ruthless and independent as well.
Guna: Rajassic nakshatra. It's an action oriented nakshatra that brings transformation and higher intelligence.
Power: It represents "Vis Ashleshana Shakti". The power to inflict poison to finish the enemy/prey. Ashlesha is connected to burrows, tunnels and deep caves.
General attributes: These natives can be intuitive with the abilities to concentrate more. They can be ruthlessly pragmatic (regardless of Ashlesha's placement in a motherly sign of Cancer). Their interest towards chemistry and chemical experiments are evident even through their daily activities. Their sexuality is more of deep understanding than just fun. They can be super-manipulative (if they want to) to accomplish their tasks. Drugs, poisons, chemicals, mental related studies, porn industry, secret services, healing industry, pun, mediums, hidden things, occult, mysticism, tantra are all connected to Ashlesha. This is an earthly nakshatra with its roots deeply grounded, so the native may go through huge spiritual transformation at some point in their life. Their life will be aligned if they stabilised their root chakra. These are general qualities, reader’s discretion is advised.