• Arun Kumar Subramanian

Mrigashira / Mrigashirsha (மிருகசீரிஷம்), the nakshatra of passion

Placement: 23° 20’ of Taurus to 06° 40’ of Gemini

Element: Earth (Bhumi)

Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: NA

Symbol: It has four stars and lies in the Orion constellation. In Sanskrit, the word Mriga means ‘deer’ and Shira means ‘head’. So deer’s head is the symbol of this nakshatra. Deer are famous for their giant antlers and it’s a pride if you hunted one in the wild (in royal societies). Deer is fragile natured, gentle, beautiful, agile, swift moving and a mystical animal. Its one of the hardest targets in the jungle, due to its keen senses and elusive nature it can escape from one's eye sight in a jiffy. Deer's antlers were also used by ancient tribes and societies to make medicines. Deer are associated with many ancient legends as a magical enchanting animal. Its keen senses are often associated with intuition, psychic abilities, mysticism etc. Their antlers were used to make musical instruments in some ancient cultures. Deer can take high leaps suddenly while running. Their eyes are indeed mystical. Watch a deer carefully to understand a lot about this nakshatra. Male deer often gets into a huge fights to prove their strength to a female. Sometimes the fight will last for hours that it'll be higher than the time they spend mating a female. Deer are romantic but not very active sexually.

Mrigashira is strongly associated with Anuradha and Jyeshta since both of them are having deer as their animals.

Soma is another symbol of this nakshatra. Soma is the drink of Gods (Jeeva rasa). Soma drink is not only used for pleasures but also used for medicinal purposes (like we have medical marijuana). Soma is also another name of planet Chandra (Moon).

Deity: Soma aka Chandra (Moon) is the deity. Moon represents more of its tamassic qualities here since Mars is the ruler of it. Another deity is Goddess Parvati as per some vedic texts. Parvati is the Shakti that created this universe and keeps it running. Parvati is the consort of God Shiva and worshipped as the Supreme Mother (Maa) in Hinduism. Moon and Parvati are combinedly representing the motherly nature here in a tamassic way due to the rulership of Mars. Mars is wild and tamassic so the mother’s energy will take a wild turn if its necessary from being soft and gentle. Goddess Parvati did austere penance for many millennia to marry God Shiva. She had to go through many inner and outer battles while penancing.

Animal: Cobra (female). Snakes are also mystical animal like deer. So we can see the connection these both animals have with shamans, mystics and healers. Also read about Rohini to understand more about snakes.

Ruler: Its ruled by Mars (Mangal), a tamassic graha, also a passionate/ardent devotee. Since this is the first nakshatra ruled by Mars you can see the young vibrant and somewhat excessive energy of Mars here.

Guna: Rajassic nakshatra, represents constant actions in a creative and passionate way that can allure and inspire others.


Power: It represents "Prinana Shakti". The power to give joy and fulfillment.

General attributes: The native can be elusive and mystical like a snake or a deer and can also be nourishing and nurturing like a mother. They may spend more time in searching/fighting for something than actually enjoying. They can devote themselves to a higher cause and inspire others. They can go from one path to another before anyone notices, this may also make them easily distracted. A mix of energy is portrayed in this nakshatra since all the soft and hard energies are associated with it. A sense of balance is required to understand its true nature (its magical when it's discovered). These are general qualities, reader’s discretion is advised.


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