The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Hasta is the thirteenth of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 10:00-23:20 degrees Virgo, then this guide is for you.
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Every nakshatra has its own set of fixed attributes. This includes planetary ruler, nakshatra group, zodiac sign, deity, symbol, and power. The features of Hasta are below:
Sanskrit Name: हस्त (Hasta). One meaning of Hasta is “hand,” indicating skill, artistry, and a hard-working nature.
Planetary Ruler: Moon. In Vedic theology the moon is considered a manifestation of the mind of God. It is associated with creativity, the mind, and the emotions. The moon is especially significant in Vedic astrology, where a person’s sign is considered their moon sign.
Nakshatra Group: Godly. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Hasta is a godly nakshatra. People in this group are generally good-natured and fortunate in life. However, they may struggle with pride and a sense of entitlement.
Zodiac Sign: Virgo. Virgos are intelligent, practical, capable problem solvers who like to help others with their abilities. They can be critical of both themselves and others.
Deity: Surya (Savitṛ). In Vedic theology, Surya is the lord of the Sun and is revered as an expansion of God. The Sun God is worshiped prominently in many cultures and is honored for the integral role the Sun plays in sustaining life.
Symbol: The hand. This represents power, dexterity, communication, and blessings. The open hand is traditionally used as a symbol of blessing in Vedic culture.
Power: To attain what is sought. Hasta has the ability to bring goals to life quickly and place tangible results in hand.
Resonant Syllables: In India, the birth nakshatra is traditionally used as one means of choosing the name of a child. The corresponding syllables for the four quarters (padas) of Hasta are Pu (पू), Sha (ष), Na (ण), and Tha (ठ). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
The influence of the Moon, as well as that of Virgo’s ruling planet, Mercury, places a strong emphasis on the mind. Hastas are intellectually creative and able to come up with original ideas and new ways of doing things. Skilled in speech and writing, your eloquence allows you to share your ideas effectively with others. Your creativity may also express itself through your hands — you have natural talent in arts and craftsmanship and will likely have a variety of skills.
The presence of Hasta natives is calming. You are down to earth and not easily ruffled. You are patient and sensible, and rarely waste your time on ill-conceived pursuits. You have incredible foresight, able to predict the outcome of various courses of action with accuracy. As a result, the things you dedicate your energy to usually succeed.
Hastas wield a good deal of power — the strength of your personal character and your shrewdness make you a force to be reckoned with. When you work toward something, you do it with industriousness and determination and usually have a solid plan in place. You are disciplined and don’t get easily agitated or thrown off course.
Hastas are generally well-liked. You have an aptitude for healing — which may manifest in subtle ways — and for helping others. Charming, polite, and always eager to do the right thing, you draw people to you with your personality as well as your attractive appearance.
Hastas’ intelligence, range of abilities, and communication skills make them suited for many careers. Roles where they feel they are truly accomplishing something will be the most fulfilling. They should avoid positions that are too routine and might bore them.
Some ideal professions include:
- Artist or craftsman
- Teacher, researcher, professor, or writer
- Business or personal advisor
- Doctor, nurse, chiropractor, masseuse, or alternative healer
The shadow side of Hasta is a competitive nature that values success at any cost. This results in an inclination to outwit and circumvent obstructions in ways that might not be ethical — you can be merciless in your determination to reach your goals. You may be excessively critical when under stress and lose your natural patience.
Hastas often do have to deal with stress in their lives — you might feel overburdened or repressed, and may struggle with your self-esteem. In your early life, you could experience hardship and might feel that there are endless barriers to achieving success. Your success will probably come later in life. Finding a path that offers spiritual fulfillment, rather than just material success, will create a positive shift for Hastas.
The external and internal struggles you face can make you give in to your lower impulses. If you start to indulge your every sensual desire, you could fall into a lifestyle that is morally and physically unhealthy.
You may struggle with your health throughout life. Hasta natives are sensitive and easily affected by subtle hazards. Be mindful of the environment around you. Spending time in nature regularly can be a great healing agent.
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Other Personality Traits
You give good advice. You are able to perceive all angles of a situation and to predict possible outcomes. This allows you to offer sound solutions to those who come to you for help.
You are a good listener. An excellent communicator on all fronts, you possess not only the gift of speaking but a gift for listening. You know that to communicate well, it’s even more important to listen than to speak.
You may have a volatile life. Although you may achieve great things, you may also have great struggles. Your life has many ups and downs and you experience many changes.
You will probably have wealth. Although it might not happen immediately, it’s likely that you will achieve success and prosperity.
You are martial. You have qualities that are reminiscent of a warrior. You have a militant discipline and determination and a combative personality.
Hasta sexuality is symbolized by a female buffalo. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Swati nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Hastas are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Krittikas in Taurus
- Punarvasus in Gemini
- Punarvasus in Cancer (for male natives)
- Uttara-phalgunis in Virgo
- Chitras in Virgo (for female natives)
- Uttara-ashadhas in Capricorn
- Uttara-bhadrapada (for female natives)
Note: Compatibility in relationships is a complex science that looks at many different factors. You should always consult with an experienced astrologer who can carefully analyze the charts of both you and your partner.
Hasta’s Four Quarters (Padas)
Each nakshatra is divided into four quarters, also known as padas, of 3:20 degrees each. These quarters are based on a 1/9th divisional chart, known in Sanskrit as navamsha.
The moon’s position at your time of birth determines the quarter in which you are born.
First Quarter (10:00-13:20 degrees Virgo): Aries. You have a seemingly inexhaustible energy. You are always doing something and love a new challenge. Even more competitive than other Hastas, you are always ready for an argument and may seem to create conflict out of thin air. You are intelligent but may be prone to act deceitfully. You can be sharp in your speech
Second Quarter (13:20-16:40 degrees Virgo): Taurus. You are peaceful and honest, with an innate desire for harmony. You are extremely artistic and have a great eye for beauty. A man or woman of the world, you are knowledgeable on many subjects and have a mature, experienced outlook. You are very practical.
Third Quarter (16:40-20:00 degrees Virgo): Gemini. Your mind is one of your most valuable assets — you are intelligent and imaginative, and can accomplish a great deal with each. You have many talents because you pick up new skills easily and are curious to learn. You are enterprising and can always find ways to execute your ideas.
Fourth Quarter (20:00-23:20 degrees Virgo): Cancer. Your family means the world to you. Generally content wherever you find yourself, you are disciplined and able to reign in your emotions and desires when needed. Your courage and sense of virtue win you the admiration of many.
Hasta in Electional Astrology
In electional astrology, also known as muhurtha, nakshatras are used to determine favorable days and times for important ceremonies and events, such as weddings, buying a new house or vehicle, commencing a project, or conceiving a child.
The electional nature of Hasta is Kshipra or Laghu, “swift” and “light.” Hasta is an excellent nakshatra for:
- Beginning a journey
- Undergoing a medical operation
- Learning something new
- Athletic events and competitions
- Performing any healing work
A List of the 27 Nakshatras