• Arun Kumar Subramanian

Purva Ashadha (பூராடம்), the best of both worlds

Placement: 13° 20’ to 26° 40’ of Sagittarius

Element: Air (Vayu)

Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: 3rd pada/23°

The sattvic nature of a soul comes out after the destruction of entangled karmas through Moola nakshatra. Sattvic energy is unstable in this ever changing world. So it requires a sustainable energy which is provided by Purva Ashadha. It means early victorious/invincible. It gains early access/success in everything.

Deity: It is “Apah/Apas”, the Goddess of water. Water is the depiction of wealth and prosperity. It has the power to create, sustain and destroy lives. It brings clarity, structure and strategy through its path. Water is the vital source of energy for all living beings. It is the lifeblood and contains the information of the planet. This reminds me of Dr. Arjun Pai's (renowned astrologer) comment, that water may become the future of memory storage. Water molecules have the power to store memories and it was mentioned in many ancient mythologies and folklores as well. Water has the quality of hiding/twisting everything. For ex., light gets scattered/twisted in water, likewise this nakshatra can become secretive or manipulative if it wants to, especially at the 4th pada.

Symbol: A handheld fan. Handheld fans are a symbol of luxury in ancient times. Kings and queens were using human employees on either side of their throne to fan them when required. Second symbol is a winnowing basket. It is used to get rid of useless items from grains. Third symbol is an Elephant tusk. Tusk is a symbol of power, pride luxury and victory. Tusk is also connected to Lord Ganesha as he's the head of the Dev Ganas. All these symbolisms show that Purva Ashadha is about power, pride, luxury, strategy and clarity.

Ruler: Planetary ruler is Shukra (venus). Purva Ashadha has a mix of Jupiter’s intuitive and Venus’s artistic nature. It creates an invincible energy that brings victory in all its endeavours. It also brings faster results. Thus its also known as the "early invincible one". Jupiter and Venus are Guru of the devas and asuras respectively. Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Venus rules Purva Ashadha. They both are natural benefics. Their conjunction or mutual aspect forms raj/dhan yoga in a horoscope. Since Purva Ashadha has a mix of both their energies, it becomes a raj/dhan yoga nakshatra. This theory is also confirmed by its placement, at the heart of natural ninth house of fortune (Sagittarius).

Animal: Male monkey. Monkeys (like dogs) are highly talented and fast learners. They move frequently from place to place. They are also loyal animals like dogs.

Guna: It's a sattvic nakshatra with more emphasis on gaining luxury and comfort through knowledge and wisdom.


Power: It represents "Varcho Grahana Shakti". The power to energize things.

General attributes: These natives are intuitive, artistic, charismatic, brilliant, learned and spiritual especially with benefic influences. They love plans and strategies. Teaching and learning will be their life long journey. They'll love travelling, talking about higher knowledge and storytelling. They may also act like fortune bringers especially if benefic influences are there. Spending time in water bodies, art galleries, museums, attending gatherings are powerful ways to activate this nakshatra's energy. They are also capable of making well informed judgements. Starting something on this nakshatra will give an early result especially legal proceedings, arguments of all kinds, research etc. These are general qualities, reader’s discretion is advised.

The above said things are especially strong in Pushkara Navamsha pada and Pushkara Bhaga degree.


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