• Arun Kumar Subramanian

Swati (சுவாதி), the nakshatra of Goddess Saraswati

Placement: 06° 40’ to 20° 00’ of Libra

Element: Fire (Agni)

Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: 4th pada/NA


Goddess Saraswati represents knowledge, wisdom, intellectual mind, memory power and She's the presiding deity of all the 64 arts. Swati is a predominant air placement. Due to this quality, it becomes a challenging placement for any planet to have a seat here except for Shani (Saturn) and Shukra (Venus). Planet posited here has to be grounded to find stability and success.

Ruler: Rahu is the planetary ruler of Swati. Rahu is an air planet (vata graha) and Libra is an air sign. Rahu's rulership and Saturn's exaltation makes Swati an outcast nakshatra (unexpected and different from the norm) or vice versa.

All Rahu ruled nakshatras namely Ardra, Swati and Satabishak are in the heart of air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius).

Deity: The deity of Swati is Lord Vayudeva, the God of wind. Vayu means wind and deva means God (one of the Devas). He's the father of Lord Hanuman (Ramayana) and Bhima (Mahabharata). He's the representation of physical strength and power. Another deity is Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom.

Symbol: The symbol of Swati is “a young plant shoot swaying through the wind”. It shows Swati's ability to change swiftly.

Animal: Male Buffalo is the animal assigned to this nakshatra. Buffaloes are slow animals which is against the nature of Swati you saw above. But what you miss here is that it's changing nature can even make it completely opposite from its fundamental nature (remember the word unexpected).

Guna: It's a tamassic nakshatra. It's energy goes towards maintaining balance in its material surroundings.


Power: It represents "Pradhvamsa Shakti". The power to be like wind. Wind has a variety of quality. It expands, disperses, scatters and moves away swiftly. This is why hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones are all connected to Swati.

General attributes: Wind always moves from one place to another and has the capacity to expand. So the native may have a hard time finding stability and balance due to their ever changing nature especially at a young age. Since air is connected to communication, Swati natives can be highly social. They’re also adaptable to different situations. They can be rebellious due to Rahu's rulership and Saturn's exaltation. They will always strive for acquiring more knowledge. Also they’ve to be reminded of their abilities constantly due to the connection it has with “Lord Hanuman”. This means that they can be late winners. They always have to plan for long term, that’s when their individuality flourishes. Till then they'll be listening to everything and everyone. Remember, the young plant takes long time to grow into a strong tree. They have the ability to find happiness in simple things, they’ll not be bothered much about huge responsibilities (remember Buffalo). And in a way their success lies with these qualities. This is especially prosperous in case of 4th pada, which is a “Pushkara Navamsha” pada falling in Pisces in navamsha (D9). It's auspicious for the native and will bestow good mental and intellectual stability. Swati acts as the pivot of natural zodiac belt due to its central position. It has all the three qualities (sattva, rajas and tamas) attached to it. Swati natives usually try to be the balancing energy in anywhere they are. These are general qualities, reader’s discretion is advised.

Hanuman Jayanti: The birth of Lord Hanuman is celebrated annually on the day of Swati in the month of Ashwina (between April and May) in North India. Lord Hanuman is a monkey God from the epic Ramayana, who assisted Lord Ram in his battle against Ravana. He is very powerful like his father but forgets his powers at a young age due to a curse just to be reminded by a friend in his adulthood.


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