The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Mrigashira is the fifth of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 23:20 degrees Taurus – 6:40 degrees Gemini, 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 Mrigashira are below:
Sanskrit Name: मृगशीर (Mrigashira) comes from the Sanskrit words मृग (animal) and शिर (head). One meaning of Mrigashira is a “the head of an animal,” indicating a sense of adventure, excitement, and a strong intuition.
Planetary Ruler: Mars. The Romans worshiped Mars as the god of war, a tradition that had its roots in the scriptures of Vedic India. Mars is associated with masculinity, power, vitality, courage, and conflict.
Nakshatra Group: Godly. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Mrigashira 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: Taurus (1st and 2nd quarter) and Gemini (3rd and 4th quarter). Taurus natives are light-hearted, reliable, generous, likeable, obedient, and fond of sensual pleasures. Gemini natives are intelligent, analytical, imaginative, and thoughtful individuals skilled at rhetoric.
Deity: Soma. Soma is the lord of the mind and is also associated with medicine, nourishment, and fruits and vegetables.
Symbol: Deer’s head. This represents curiosity, playfulness, movement, wit, and boldness.
Power: To give fulfillment. This star bestows a sense of fulfillment and attainment through transformation and maturity.
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 Mrigashira are Ve (वे), Vo (वो), Ka (का), and Key (की). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Mrigashira natives are learned individuals with brilliant minds and excellent research abilities. You think and act quickly. Energetic by nature, you are able to accomplish a great deal by applying that energy with perseverance and industry. You are unlikely to be caught in the middle of a mess — you like your surroundings to be clean and aesthetically pleasing. Good health is usually enjoyed by Mrigashiras.
A loveable and soft-hearted nature ensures that Mrigashiras are well-liked. Your honesty and optimism, combined with your vast knowledge, make you a valuable friend who can give excellent advice.
Mrigashiras whose moon falls in Taurus, in the lunar mansion’s first two quarters, are likely to possess poetic and musical talent. The creative influence of Venus, the ruling planet of Taurus, allows you to bring many ideas into existence. Taurus’s influence will also bring material affluence.
If your moon falls in Gemini, in Mrigashira’s latter two quarters, you will have great linguistic talent. Writing, public speaking, and debating are skills that come naturally to you. You are clever and curious, and your curiosity leads you into extensive research in many fields.
A sense of joy and peace generally follows Mrigashiras, whose sensitive, gentle, and perceptive natures make others feel comfortable in their company.
Mrigashiras do best in careers where their intelligence is engaged. Work that restricts them too much will make Mrigashiras feel restless and unfulfilled.
Some ideal professions include:
- Teacher, professor, or researcher
- Member of the clergy or other spiritual vocation
- Writer, poet, artist, or musician
- Travel agent, travel journalist, or other career that involves travel
Mrigashira natives are used to being the most intelligent person in the room. This can make it difficult to develop humility. Arrogance, combined with your active nature, can lead you to be hasty — you might overlook important details and make decisions without consulting others. It can also result in aggressive behavior.
The analytical mind of a Mrigashira is never at rest. While it gives you insights and perceptions that make you seem like a genius to others, it also has its downsides. You can be suspicious and doubtful because you are too aware of the many ways a situation could go wrong. If you spend too much time thinking about potential problems, your natural optimism can give way to nervousness and fear.
Because your mind is always searching in a thousand directions at once, you can seem scattered. Although you are energetic, when you try to do too many things you’ll feel like you never accomplish anything. Making decisions can also be hard for you, as you can’t stop weighing the pros and cons of your options. It’s ironic that although you make others feels peaceful and comfortable, you struggle to do the same for yourself. You often feel restless.
Your ability to read other people can be misused. You often know what people want to hear, but this can cause you to fall into the habit of deceiving others. You may misrepresent yourself, your ideas, and your beliefs for the sake of popularity or some other material gain. Remember to have integrity and to practice what you preach, or your deception and hypocrisy will come back to haunt you in the end. This tendency to be fickle is especially prominent in Mrigashiras in Gemini.
Your sensual nature can get the better of you, leading you further and further from your true path in life in an endless quest for sensual satisfaction. It’s important for you to control your desire for comfort and pleasure. Overindulgence is never satisfying, and it can even lead to illness.
Recommended: Learn more about your moon sign. If you were born in the 1st or 2nd quarters of Mrigashira, your moon sign is Taurus. If you were born in the 3rd or 4th quarters of Mrigashira, your moon sign is Gemini.
Other Personality Traits
You are a quick learner. It doesn’t take you long to get the hang of new concepts or skills. Learning is something you excel at, whether you are learning how to cook or how to do geometry.
You are skilled at debate. You are a persuasive speaker and rarely lose a debate. Arguing like this is fun for you, but be mindful that not everyone likes to debate — you might come across as aggressive.
You are a natural scholar. You will do well in school. You are studious, unlikely to miss a class or forget to turn in an assignment — after all, learning is something you enjoy.
You are sensitive to criticism. You are accustomed to being right and it’s hard for you to handle criticism. Because of your sensitive nature, criticism affects you strongly. Try to look at criticism constructively rather than letting it get you down. When taken in this way, criticism can help you grow.
You may find grief in marriage. The ruling planet of Mrigashira is Mars, a planet whose aggressive influence can cause trouble in marriage. You may find it hard to stop analyzing your relationship, doubting it as you doubt most of your decisions. Multiple relationships and adultery can be avoided if you learn to be satisfied with your relationship and stop searching for something better.
Mrigashira sexuality is symbolized by a female serpent. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Rohini nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Mrigashiras are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Ashwini (for female natives)
For Mrigashira natives in Taurus (1st-2nd Quarter):
- Krittikas in Taurus (for female natives)
- Punarvasus in Cancer (for male natives)
- Uttara-phalgunis in Virgo
- Uttara-ashadhas in Capricorn (for female natives)
For Mrigashira natives in Gemini (3rd-4th Quarter):
- Punarvasus in Gemini
- Purva-phalguni (for male natives)
- Uttara-phalguni (for female natives)
- Vishakhas in Libra (for male natives)
- Shatabisha (for female natives)
- Purva-bhadrapadas in Aquarius
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.
Mrigashira’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 (23:20-26:40 degrees Taurus): Leo. You are a powerful individual who is uncompromising and unyielding. You are attractive in appearance. A position in the government would suit you well.
Second Quarter (26:40-30:00 degrees Taurus): Virgo. Knowledge is your primary focus. Your sharp mind makes you cunning and witty, and you have an excellent sense of humor. Patience comes naturally to you.
Third Quarter (0:00-3:20 degrees Gemini): Libra. You are kind-hearted and you love to socialize, a combination that wins you many friends. Your intelligence and imagination ensure that you are always coming up with original ideas.
Fourth Quarter (3:20-6:40 degrees Gemini): Scorpio. You are active and you always have a lot going on. You are intellectual and your opinions are well-informed. You are unwilling to surrender to anyone else’s demands, even for the sake of politeness. However, this unyielding tendency can cause you problems. You are straightforward, argumentative, and sometimes cruel.
Mrigashira 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 Mrigashira is Mridu, “soft” or “mild.” Mrigashira is an excellent nakshatra for:
- Beginning a journey
- Undergoing a medical operation
- Marriage ceremonies
- Conceiving a child
- Purchasing new clothes or jewelry
A List of the 27 Nakshatras