The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Punarvasu is the seventh of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 20:00 degrees Gemini – 3:20 degrees Cancer, 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 Punarvasu are below:
Sanskrit Name: अश्विनी (Punarvasu) comes from the Sanskrit words पुनर् (once again) and वसु (wealth or excellence). One meaning of Punarvasu is “restored wealth,” indicating good fortune, morality, and a high-minded nature.
Planetary Ruler: Jupiter. In Vedic theology, Jupiter is considered to be the advisor and guru of the gods and is known as Brhaspati. Jupiter is associated with wisdom, virtue, and spirituality.
Nakshatra Group: Godly. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Punarvasu 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: Gemini (1st through 3rd quarter) and Cancer (4th quarter). Gemini natives are intelligent, analytical, imaginative, and thoughtful individuals skilled at rhetoric. Cancer natives are wise and creative, sensitive to the feelings and needs of those around them.
Deity: Aditi. The mother of the gods, Aditi is nurturing and bestows success and prosperity. She is also the wife of the great sage, Kashyapa Muni.
Symbol: Bow and quiver. This represents readiness, protection, focus, and a sharp mind.
Power: To gain or produce wealth. Punarvasu is conducive nakshatra for launching successful projects, and it brings prosperity to its natives.
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 Punarvasu are Ke (के), Ko (को), Ha (हा), and Hee (ही). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Punarvasus possess good-natured dispositions that win many friends. You are friendly and easy to talk to. Pleasing you isn’t a difficult thing to do, and your ability to find pleasure in your current surroundings makes you a fun companion.
People confide in you because you are honest, intelligent, and generally give good advice. You like to examine and analyze life and its events, and are often insightful. You are someone who can be trusted and are unlikely to try to cheat or deceive others.
A tendency to think deeply about life makes you philosophical. It’s likely that you subscribe to some kind of religious beliefs, as you are religious and spiritual by nature.
An active imagination and clever mind ensure that you are always coming up with new, creative ideas — your creativity is one of your defining features. Not only do you come up with many ideas, but luck seems to generally be on your side. Whatever projects you embark on seem to do well, and you experience prosperity in life.
Your creativity and intelligence will help you excel in careers where you are able to utilize them. Punarvasus should avoid careers that are too routine, where you are likely to get bored.
Some ideal professions include:
- Writer, publisher, or editor
- Airplane pilot, travel journalist, or travel and hospitality worker
- Member of the clergy or other spiritual vocation
- Artist or craftsman
Punarvasus have difficulty staying committed to projects or relationships. You are always looking for pleasure and enjoyment, and when you cease to find it in something, you move on to something else. Excessive lust, both for sex and other material pleasures, can lead you on an endless quest that will never leave you satisfied.
At times you can be apathetic and lazy, unwilling to invest yourself fully in anything. Decision-making is hard for you since you don’t like having to make up your mind. As a result, you are restless and often careless, frequently becoming bored with your current situation but unsure what you would rather be doing.
Although you can be easily pleased, you are also rarely satisfied. Your heightened intelligence tends to overanalyze and will always be able to find flaws in everything around you. Dissatisfaction leaves you feeling unsettled and can make you critical or condescending. This is especially true of Punarvasus whose moons fall in Gemini.
Recommended: Learn more about your moon sign. If you were born in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd quarters of Punarvasu, your moon sign is Gemini. If you were born in the 4th quarter of Punarvasu, your moon sign is Cancer.
Other Personality Traits
You live in the moment. You aren’t likely to spend excessive amounts of time caught up in the past or daydreaming about the future. This makes you present and capable of appreciating the life you are currently living.
You succeed when you give 100%. It’s not often that you fully devote yourself to something. Frequently, your approach to things is half-hearted. However, when you do commit yourself to something it is almost certain to be successful.
You tend to over-intellectualize life. Your intellectual abilities are considerable, but you may not know when to stop intellectualizing and actually do something. It can become a sort of defense mechanism that you use to avoid dealing with conflicts or making decisions.
Punarvasu sexuality is symbolized by a female cat. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Ashlesha nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Punarvasus are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Ashvini (for female natives)
- Hasta (for male natives)
For Punarvasu natives in Gemini (1st-3rd Quarter)
- Mrigashiras in Gemini
- Hasta (for female natives)
- Dhanishtas in Aquarius (for female natives)
For Punarvasu natives in Cancer (4th Quarter)
- Mrigashiras in Taurus (for female natives)
- Ashlesha (for male natives)
- Jyeshta (for male 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.
Punarvasu’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 (20:00-23:20 degrees Gemini): Aries. There’s nothing you like better than an adventure. Energetic, active, and never afraid to try something new, you are an experienced and worldly individual. However, your passionate nature can make you aggressive and harsh with people that get in your way.
Second Quarter (23:20-26:40 degrees Gemini): Taurus. People are drawn to your charismatic personality and you are popular and well-liked. You are talented and artistic, with a keen eye for beauty and an appreciation for the finer things in life. You like to live opulently.
Third Quarter (26:40-30:00 degrees Gemini): Gemini. With the influence of Gemini so prominent in your life, your mind is definitely your greatest asset. You are intelligent and imaginative. It’s unlikely that you will struggle materially — you are business savvy and will do well in your career.
Fourth Quarter (30:00 degrees Gemini – 3:20 degrees Cancer): Cancer. You often put others’ needs before your own. You are compassionate, nurturing, and sensitive. Although sensitivity is sometimes associated with fragility, you have a great inner strength that will see you through life’s ups and downs.
Punarvasu 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 Punarvasu is Chara, “mobile.” Punarvasu is an excellent nakshatra for:
- Buying a vehicle
- Changing residence, jobs, or other life changes
- Beginning a pilgrimage
- Planting vegetables or other crops, and general gardening work
A List of the 27 Nakshatras