Pushya (பூசம்), the nakshatra of nourishment (on all levels)
Placement: 03° 20’ to 16° 40’ of Cancer
Element: Water (Neer)
Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: 2nd pada/8°
“Push” in Sanskrit means nourishment. Lies at the heart of Cancer zodiac (natural 4th house) it represents motherly nourishment. Mother's love is the most unconditional love one can get in this world. A mother nourishes her children regardless of their tendencies. It is also known as the king of nakshatras because it represents creation/growth in every aspect of life. It's also an auspicious nakshatra for starting any activity except marriage.
Symbol: The symbol associated with this nakshatra is “the udder of a cow”. Cow's udder secretes milk that not only nourishes the calf but also the humans. Much of the human population worldwide is still using cow's milk in their daily food. It shows the nourishing ability of this nakshatra on a global scale. Cow is revered equal to a mother in Vedic culture due to the same reason. So the symbolism clearly reveals the growth quality of this nakshatra. If Cancer zodiac represents cow then Pushya represents the udder of a cow.
Ruler: Shani (Saturn) is the planetary ruler of this nakshatra. Saturn represents its quality of consistency here. For ex., A mother is consistent in nourishing her child.
Deity: Brihaspati (Jupiter) is the deity of this nakshatra. Jupiter aka Guru is the natural teacher of dharma and higher knowledge (wisdom).
Animal: Male Goat is the animal of this nakshatra.
Guna: Rajassic nakshatra, action oriented nakshatra with the emphasis on stability, comfortability and nourishment.
Power: It represents "Brahma Varchava Shakti". The power to harness the creative abilities of Brahma (aka Universe).
General attributes: Pushya represents all that is growth, expansion and comfortability. The native under the influence of Pushya will be focused on stability and comfort. They are good at taking care of others and at making things comfortable. The natives may go through hardships till the age of 32 since it is strongly associated with Jupiter and Saturn. But this is the learning period for them to understand the world. This is due to the rulership of Saturn. Their interests lie in teaching, learning, travelling, writing, publishing etc. A strong sense of family, home and community can be seen with these natives. They'll work patiently towards their goals. These are general qualities, reader’s discretion is advised.
Jupiter's exaltation: The Guru of the Devas (Jupiter/Brihaspati) becomes exalted in the sign of Cancer. He gets his maximum strength of exaltation in this nakshatra, which lies at the heart of Cancer from 3°20’ to 16°40’. Cancer is the sign of Universal Motherhood, meaning love for everything and everyone in the world, that’s when a person truly attains Moksha/Enlightenment. Guru, after knowing all that is there in the Universe comes here to get the maximum comfort. Because the path of moksha is attained by true love and true love comes by having a family. Yes, when you have a family, you’ll start loving them and working hard for them. Gradually the love will expand to others outside of your family circle (because you’ll become habitual of giving love) and that’s what Cancer is, the Universal Mother.
Note: But in a world where twisted two faced or multi-faceted relationships became a social norm, unconditional love just seems good in papers only. That’s when the lower aspect of this nakshatra can be seen, the possessive and manipulative one.