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  Shaktis of the Nakshatras Written by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva) Shaktis of the Nakshatras  (Key article by David Frawley on the Nakshtras and how to use them, widely circulated andused, including as a predictive tool). Each Nakshatra has its particular power or Shakti. These are also the powers of the Devatas orthe deities ruling the Nakshatras. Each of these Shaktis has its effect above and its effectbelow, and the final result of these three factors. The imagery is of common factors of plants,healing, worship, marriage and death. This is a teaching that derives from an ancient Vedic text called Taittiriya Brahmana I.5.1 andfrom the commentary of Bhattabhaskara Mishra. The first paragraph relates to the textualreference. The second paragraph consists of my own comments based upon it.  Ashwini  Ashwini is govern by the Ashwins, the twin horsemen. It has the power to quickly reach things(shidhra vyapani shakti). Its basis above are the creatures to be healed. Its basis below is thehealing therapies. From these three the entire world becomes free of disease. Ashwini Nakshatra brings about quick aid and energization. The healing power of Ashwini isevident from these comments, particularly their ability to bring about fast, radical or miraculouscures as well as rejuvenation. The Ashwins are forces of Prana or the life-force, which is quickin its action to stimulate, help, and initiate a new level of activity.  Bharani  Bharani is ruled by Yama, the God of Death. It has the power to take things away (apabharani  1 / 11  Shaktis of the Nakshatras Written by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva) shakti). Its basis above is the removal of life from the body. Its basis below is the carrying of thesoul to the realm of the ancestors. By the combination of these three factors creatures move onto the next world. Bharani Nakshatra takes away that which has reached its term of life to a new condition. Itshows the movement of the soul away from the body. Yama guides the soul to the astral plane,where it can experience the result of its karma from the present life and prepare for the life tocome. Yama is a figure of discipline and sacrifice.  Krittika Krittika is ruled by Agni, the God of Fire. It has the power to burn (dahana shakti). Its basisabove is heat and below is light. The result of these three is burning or purification. Krittika Nakshatra burns up negativity, purifies what is mixed, and cooks or prepares that whichis not yet ripe. Agni is mainly the God of the sacred fire, so purification is perhaps the dominantaction, not destruction, though purification does involve the destruction of impurity. Agni is alsothe fire that cooks our food and so there is a nourishing side to its effects as well. This fire has achildlike nature.  Rohini Rohini is ruled by Prajapati, the Creator. Its power is growth (rohana shakti). Its basis above isthe plants and below is the waters. The result of these three is creation. Rohini Nakshatra allows for growth and creation on all levels, bestowing great fertility. Howeverit also evokes some degree of jealousy because others may resent that a person gains suchabundance. More over it can increase desire. But these are only side effects to its greatprosperity. Prajapati is the creator who can bestow everything so we should be careful what wewant.  2 / 11  Shaktis of the Nakshatras Written by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva) Mrigashirsha Mrigashirsha is ruled by Soma, the God of the Moon or the immortal nectar. Its power is givingfulfillment (prinana shakti). Its basis above is extension. Its basis below weaving (producingclothing). These three together make the world enjoyable. Mrigashirsha Nakshatra fills or covers with joy. It is like a beautiful cloth to make our life moreattractive. Soma is a great enjoyment that is won, conquered, bought or stolen, so itsprocurement does not always come easily. However what does not require effort to gain is notalways enjoyed either.  Ardra Ardra is ruled by Rudra, the fierce form of Lord Shiva who represents thunder. Its power is effort(yatna shakti), particularly for making gains in life. Its basis above is hunting or searching. Itsbasis below is reaching the goal. These three bring about achievement. Ardra Nakshatra arouses us to greater effort in life. This struggle can bring great rewards butnot without persistence and a degree of luck. Rudra is the hunter and the wielder of the bow.The idea here also suggests placing of the arrow and hitting the target. For this one must havea good aim, as well as strength to shoot. Rudra is also the lord of wild animals.  Punarvasu Punarvasu is ruled by Aditi, the Great Mother Goddess. Its power is the ability to gain wealth orsubstance (vasutva prapana shakti). Its basis above is the wind or air. Its basis below iswetness or rain. These three bring about the revitalization of the plants. Punarvasu Nakshatra brings about the return of energy and vitality, like the return of themonsoon rains after the dry season. It causes our creative growths and inspirations to be  3 / 11  Shaktis of the Nakshatras Written by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva) renewed. Aditi is the Earth Goddess who grants all abundance and gives birth to all the Gods.  Pushya Pushya is ruled by Brihaspati, the God of Divine wisdom. Its power is the ability to createspiritual energy (brahmavarchasa shakti). Its basis above is sacrificial worship. Its basis belowis the worshipper. These three result in the creation of spiritual energy. Pushya Nakshatra increases our good karma and good efforts. The value of this Nakshatra forreligious and spiritual practices is emphasized. Brihaspati is the lord of speech, particularlyprayer, and of all forms of worship, including meditation, so these indications are all in harmonywith his functions.  Aslesha Aslesha is ruled by the serpent God. It has the power to inflict with poison (visasleshana shakti).Its basis above is the approach of the serpent. Its basis below is trembling and agitation. Thesethree together bring about destruction of the victim. Aslesha Nakshatra paralyzes the enemy. This can be helpful if we have enemies but it canserve to give a person an inimical temperament as well. It all depends upon how the energy ofthis Nakshatra is used. Serpents also give wisdom, but a practical wisdom through which onecan overcome enemies and obstacles.  Magha  Magha is ruled by the Ancestors. It gives the power of to leave the body (tyage kshepanishakti). Its basis above is mourning. Its basis below is leaving the body. These three togetherbring about death.  4 / 11
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