The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Purva-bhadrapada is the 25th of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 20:00 degrees Aquarius-3:20 degrees Pisces, 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 Purva-bhadrapada are below:
Sanskrit Name: पूर्वभाद्रपदा (Purva-bhadrapada) comes from the Sanskrit words पूर्व (early) and भद्र (blessed). One meaning of Purva-bhadrapada is “the early blessed one,” indicating enthusiasm, good fortune, and happiness.
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: Humanlike. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Purva-bhadrapada is a humanlike nakshatra. People in this group are generally hardworking and motivated to achieve material success. Although they are generally kind, they can also be vindictive and self-serving.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius (1st through 3rd quarter) and Pisces (4th quarter). Aquarius natives are intelligent, idealistic, determined, and philosophically-inclined. Pisces natives are intuitive, empathic, creative, and sociable.
Deity: Shiva. In Vedic theology, Shiva is an expansion of the One God, Vishnu. He is known as the best of Vaishnavas, or worshipers of Vishnu, and he presides over the destructive energy that causes annihilation at the end of the universe. His eternal companion, Goddess Durga, is the presiding deity of the material energy.
Symbol: A funeral bed. This represents death of the self (enlightenment), fire, and transformation.
Power: To uplift those who perform sacrifice. Persons born under the star of Purva-bhadrapada are naturally self-sacrificing and spiritually inclined. With the proper discipline, they can attain high levels of spiritual realization.
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 Purva-bhadrapada are Say (से), So (सो), Da (दा), and Dee (दी). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Persons born in the asterism of Purva-bhadrapada are dutiful and determined. They have clear ideals and are willing to work hard to manifest them in the world. Their enthusiasm and visionary qualities make them natural leaders. With their keen sense of logic and powerful oratory skills, they are able to rally others around a common cause.
Purva-bhadra natives are often religiously inclined. However, they tend to seek the essence of religion and may not give as much importance to dogma or ritual. They detest hypocrisy and superficial modes of thinking. They are intelligent, learned, and scholarly, and they employ these traits to carve out their own life path.
You are independent and eccentric in your approach to life. This makes your life interesting, though it may also make your journey more difficult than others who simply follow the beaten path.
Persons born in Purva-bhadrapada can do well in careers that are dynamic and offer a variety of engagements. They have a need for a certain degree of autonomy in their career, but they are good at making money from whatever occupation they choose.
Some ideal professions include:
- Priest, monk, mystic, astrologer, or psychic
- Reformer or revolutionary
- Detective or consultant
Due to their philosophical outlook, Purva-bhadras can sometimes adopt a cynical attitude. If they cannot reconcile their high ideals with the realities of this world, they may become gloomy, depressed, or anxious. They may be harsh and critical with others.
In the face of uncertainty, Purva-bhadra natives may waver in their determination. This is due to their tendency to doubt their own capabilities and also an inborn fear of failure. When defeated, they may become angry and frustrated rather than seeing the experience in a positive light.
You keep to yourself, and others may find it difficult coming close to you. If you are unable to control your stress levels, you may suffer from poor health and mental issues. However, with the right friends and mentors, and with good physical and spiritual habits, you can easily avoid the pitfalls of your lower nature.
Recommended: Learn more about your moon sign. If you were born in the 1st-3rd quarters of Purva-bhadra, your moon sign is Aquarius. If you were born in the 4th quarter of Purva-bhadra, your moon sign is Pisces.
Other Personality Traits
Your happiness is inconsistent. The nakshatra of Purva-bhadra spans the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Pisces, which have somewhat conflicting characteristics. For this reason it is difficult for you to settle into a single, stable mode of life. Thus you cannot have lasting happiness on the material platform. However, this can be a powerful impetus to pursue spiritual perfection.
You are good at making money. Your independent nature helps you easily find ways to make money no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.
You wish to escape from the normal, expected course of life. You have no interest in riding the conveyor belt of modern life — grade school, then high school, then college, then work, then marriage, then children, then retirement, then old age, and finally death.
You have no permanent home. Your desire for variety and excitement in life may prevent you from settling in a permanent home. Or you may have many homes over the course of your lifetime.
Purva-bhadras’ sexuality is symbolized by a male lion. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Dhanishta nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Purva-bhadras are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Rohini (for male natives)
For Purva-bhadra natives in Aquarius (1st-3rd Quarter):
- Mrighashira in Gemini
- Purva-phalguni (for male natives)
- Chitra in Libra (for female natives)
- Purva-ashadha (for female natives)
- Dhanishta in Aquarius
For Purva-bhadra natives in Pisces (4th Quarter):
- Pushya Ashlesha (for male natives)
- Chitra in Virgo (for female natives)
- Jyeshta (for male natives)
- Shravana (for male natives)
- Dhanishta in Capricorn (for female natives)
- Revati (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.
Purva-bhadra’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 Aquarius): Aries. You earn well and can make money in a variety of occupations. You have an angry streak and can be aggressive in your dealings with others. Nonetheless, overall you are self-reliant and content in life.
Second Quarter (23:20-26:40 degrees Aquarius): Taurus. You are a carefree person and you love to travel and experience foreign cultures. You are highly artistic and have a refined sense of beauty. You enjoy talking with others, though you may develop a habit of gossipping.
Third Quarter (26:40-30:00 degrees Aquarius): Gemini. You are talented and creative, and you have a thoughtful, active mind. You can excel as an entrepreneur.
Fourth Quarter (0:00-3:20 degrees Pisces): Cancer. You have a pure heart and a natural inclination to help those in need. You are drawn to mysticism and spirituality. With discipline you can attain a high level of spiritual realization.
Purva-bhadrapada 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 Purva-bhadrapada is Krura or Ugra, “fierce” and “harsh.” Purva-bhadra is an excellent nakshatra for:
- Giving up bad habits
- Cutting off toxic relationships
- Quitting a job
- Any destructive act, such as weeding or demolition
- Performing vows or retreats, such as a day of silence
- Doing any kind of detox or cleanse
A List of the 27 Nakshatras