Hasta (அஸ்தம்), the nakshatra of magicians and refinement (focus)
Placement: 10° 00’ to 23° 20’ of Virgo
Element: Fire (Agni)
Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: 2nd pada/NA
Focus properly and don’t miss anything so that the magic will happen here in this nakshatra. Yes, Hasta means “hands” (especially the palm) in Sanskrit. It consists of five stars denoting five fingers. It has the power to manifest desires through hands. It’s an action oriented nakshatra because hands are like the tools attached to our body. Hands are the most important organ we use to perform our tasks everyday.
Symbol: The symbolism of Hasta is hands (palm region) and potter’s wheel. Hands are denoting actions, fate (palmistry), support, warmth, giving and receiving, trickery, hand symbols, communication (sign language) etc. So this nakshatra has the power of multitasking. Potter’s wheel can be taken as the hardwork, refinement and the time associated with it. Yes, this nakshatra gives utmost importance to time and perfection
Deity: “Savitur”, the Sun God (one of 12 Adityas) is the deity associated with it. Savitur represents the first rays of the morning Sun that falls on the earth. Savitur is the God we worship everyday through chanting the “Gayatri Mantra” from the Rig Veda bestowed by the Sage Vishwamitra.
| Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah,
Tat Savitur Varenyam,
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,
Dhiyo Yo Nah, Prachodayat ||
Mantra, as we know has a lot to do with spirituality, memory, powerful mind etc. So, this nakshatra has a lot to do with mantras and hand gestures (aka mudras). Mudras are used while performing mantra chanting.
Ruler: Moon is the ruler which makes it a worldly nakshatra dealing with worldly affairs. It is strongly connected to the cultural values and traditions of civilizations since it is associated with Sun, Moon and Mercury (all padas are falling in Virgo). Mercury has a dual nature with abilities to change frequently before anyone noticing. So we can see the Mercury's duality combining with Sun and Moon's energy here. In other words, its the birth place of magic, trickery, tactics, enchantments etc. (Sun and Moon's energy brings life to anything it combines with).
Animal: Female buffalo is a slow animal compared to the nakshatra's quality we discussed above but buffalo's slow and steady pace is what bringing carefulness and balance to this nakshatra.
Guna: Tamassic nakshatra with more emphasis on bringing balance to the mundane materialistic world.
Power: It represents "Hasta Sthapaniya Agama Shakti". The power to bring one's object of desire into one's hand (as quickly as possible).
General attributes: Natives of this nakshatra could be magicians. They may not be professionals yet they will love to do some tricks occasionally. Hands are used by the magicians to perform their tricks. That’s why magicians have strong connection with this nakshatra. Since hands are used to perform almost all the tasks we can say its generally good for skilled workers. For ex., if you like somebody's cooking you might say that their hands are doing magic in the kitchen right, that’s what it is, magic makers through hands. Also the first part of the name “Has” denotes laugh in Sanskrit, it means the native has the ability to make clever decisions and can make others laugh.
Always look at the nakshatra as a person or object (entity) so that the understanding of it will become easier. In fact this technique is also part of Hasta's abilities because Hasta is good at number crunching and memory patterns. It associates memories with things so it becomes easier to retain memories in the head for a long time. Often you may hear deaf musicians associate musical notes with colours and blind people associate materials with specific smell. These are all Hasta traits. These are general qualities, reader’s discretion is advised.
Political Party: If you're from India then you may wonder if those two famous political parties have anything to do with "Hasta" as their party symbols are nothing but hands. Yes, you may understand a lot about Hasta just by reading their history.