• Arun Kumar Subramanian

Jyeshta (கேட்டை), the nakshatra of seniors

Placement: 16° 40’ to 30° 00’ of Scorpio

Element: Air (Vayu)

Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: NA

Gandanta Nakshatra

“There are three stars in this asterism and one among these is the infamous Antares. It is one of the brightest stars in the night sky and lies close to the centre of Milky Way Galaxy (white stretch in the night sky).”

Jyeshta in Sanskrit means elder or senior, one who’s higher than others. Jyeshta also denotes the name of Jyeshta Lakshmi, the elder sister of Goddess Lakshmi. Some texts mention that the ancients used only 18 nakshatras in astrology, so Jyeshta being the 18th nakshatra considered the elder most.

Symbol: Its symbol is a “round talisman or circular amulet”. Talisman or amulet is known for their luck, magical powers and protection against evil. Ring, earring and umbrella are also mentioned as symbols of Jyeshta which you can see why. Rings and earrings worn by kings and queens in the ancient times were were used as ornaments and protective gears. They usually have something inscribed on them, that could be a sacred mantra or something to protect them. They may even use it for defense purposes in battlefield. Umbrella signifies power, protection and dignity (royal insignia). It also denotes protection from unknown things which are hidden from plain sight such as black magic.

Deity: It is Indra, the king of heavens, the ruler of all grahas and pancha bhutas. Indra is one of 12 Adityas (solar deities), he is worshipped (even to date) to bring rain and abundance. Indra is an interesting deity to start with. He's the king and protector of devas, wields a Brahmastra (weapon of thunderbolt), enjoys heavenly pleasures and gives importance to arts, beauty and culture but at times he also acts like an asura by getting over greedy which causes destruction to his own kingdom. It is said that Indra, when getting overly attached to something, does a lot of misdeeds just like an asura, thus acquiring curses or punishments.

Ruler: Planetary ruler Mercury shows the flexibility of this nakshatra. It’s an active nakshatra, its innate nature is to be alert all the time and that needs a Mercury level performance. Mercury is the youngest graha and mentally active all the time in some way or the other.

Animal: Male deer is the associated animal. It represents beauty, dominance, strength as well as agility. Stags are known for their huge antlers which are a symbol of power and dominance. These antlers were also used in ancient Indian, Chinese medicines and by the Shamans of Amazon. It is said to improve the blood circulation, immunity, fertility, sex hormones and erectile dysfunctions. Deer is also associated with Anuradha and Mrigashira.

Guna: It's a tamassic nakshatra with more emphasis on protecting its beliefs, surroundings and belongings. Since protection involves defense as well as offense, this nakshatra becomes the most karmic.


Power: It represents "Arohana Shakti". The power to rise/gain courage through battle.

General attributes: Jyeshta, being the elder most represents dominance or command naturally. Since its a gandanta nakshatra, it becomes karmic. The native has to payback some karmic debts to progress in life. By paying such karmic debts the native may also grow to become a strong, responsible individual. People with strong Jyeshta could become a leader, supervisor or an organizer. They are good at protecting their belongings (incl. people). They will give all their energy and strength to it. This makes them attached too much at times that they may even go to extremes like Indra. At young age they may also have strong affinity towards things and people that are protecting them. Since Jyeshta is connected to ancient medicines, occult and mysticism, you may witness they are interested in these as well. They will show high mentally activity and due to their high flexibility level they'll mature earlier than others as well. These are general qualities, reader’s discretion is advised.

Note: The last pada of Jyeshta falls in Pisces navamsha, the most karmic pada as both Scorpio and Pisces are water signs, there can be too much emotions, imaginations and intoxications especially when malefics are there.


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