The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Shravana is the 22nd of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 10:00-23:20 degrees Capricorn, 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 Shravana are below:
Sanskrit Name: श्रावण (Shravana) comes from the Sanskrit word श्राव (hearing). One meaning of Shravana is “the listener,” indicating perceptivity, intelligence, and an aptitude for learning.
Planetary Ruler: The 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. Shravana 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: Capricorn. Capricorns are peculiar and powerful. They are intelligent, thoughtful, and careful in making decisions.
Deity: Vishnu. In Vedic theology, Vishnu is the Supreme Lord, God of gods, creator of the universe and the Supersoul in the heart of every living being. All other gods are expansions of Vishnu.
Symbol: An ear. This represents the learning, wisdom, knowledge, and scholarship.
Power: To connect and solidify. Persons born under the star of Shravana are able to connect disparate subject matters to formulate a comprehensive understanding of the world around them. This makes them excellent teachers and guides.
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 Shravana are Khee (खी), Khu (खू), Khe (खे), and Kho (खो). 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 under the star of Shravana are thoughtful and pious souls. They have all the qualities of a gentleman — patience, forbearance, tolerance, and wisdom. Their noble nature wins them many friends and admirers.
Shravana-natives are clever and hard-working. They know where to exert their efforts so as to obtain the maximum result. Because they don’t like wasting their time or energy, they thoroughly plan projects in advance. This strength allows them to achieve great things even without putting in as much work as their peers. In Vedic culture, this is known as “lazy intelligence,” or working smartly and efficiently, in a way that gets the job done right the first time.
You are devout, faithful, and a seeker of truth. Your intuition leads you forward in life, even when your path takes you away from the mainstream. You hold yourself to the highest of standards, and you constantly strive for excellence. With the help of a bona fide guru, you can achieve spiritual perfection in this very lifetime.
Persons born in Shravana can do well in careers in education, counseling, or non-profit work.
Some ideal professions include:
- Scholar, researcher, professor, or teacher
- Priest, ascetic, or religious worker
- Public speaker, counselor, or life coach
- Doctor, healer, or charity worker
Shravana-natives powerful intellect, when not tempered by sufficient humility, can lead them to develop extreme opinions. They can be rigid and narrow-minded in their views, believe that they alone possess the “right” perspective on an issue. This can cause them to make enemies with persons who hold opposing views.
As a consequence of their idealistic nature, those born in Shravana may have unrealistic expectations for their personal career. They may struggle to find work that is both financially sustaining and fulfilling on a moral, intellectual, or spiritual level. As a result, they may not be very well-off in life, and may experience recurring periods of poverty. This can in turn lead to a pessimistic attitude toward society in general, which can further augment their feelings of pride and self-righteousness. It is important to practice gratitude and recognize the many gifts you have received in life. Also, you must learn to see the good in others, in spite of any shortcomings they may have. This will help you remain positive, friendly, and compassionate even when your circumstances become difficult.
You may become jealous of others’ success and you have a tendency to gossip. You are overly sensitive to criticism and rude remarks. However, your good qualities far outweigh your weaknesses, and by cultivating your higher nature you can live a deeply fulfilling life.
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Other Personality Traits
You can easily succeed in any endeavor. You are a “jack of all trades” type and can do well in any endeavor you put your heart and mind into.
You prefer solitude. You enjoy spending time alone, in meditation, reflection, and thoughtful contemplation. You are nourished more by time with yourself than you are by large gatherings.
You can become famous as a wanderer or saint. If you dedicate your life to the spiritual path, especially bhakti, you can advance quickly and gain a large following as a spiritual teacher. However, the purpose of spirituality is not to become famous, but to become a humble and sincere servant of God.
Your extreme sense of morality can get you into trouble. Because you hold your opinions so strongly, you have difficulty appreciating others who hold opposing views. Remember that Truth is never black and white. There are always many shades of gray. A mature person can explore multiple sides of any issue even while they hold fast to their own convictions.
Shravanas’ sexuality is symbolized by a female monkey. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Purva-ashadha nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Shravanas are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Ashwini (for male natives)
- Krittika in Taurus (for male natives)
- Mrigashira in Taurus
- Pushya (for male natives)
- Uttara-phalguni in Virgo
- Chitra (for female natives)
- Vishakha in Libra (for female natives)
- Uttara-ashadha in Capricorn
- Dhanishta in Capricorn (for male natives)
- Purva-bhadrapada in Pisces (for female natives)
- Uttara-bhadrapada (for male natives)
- Revati (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.
Shravana’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 Capricorn): Aries. You are ambitious and aggressive. You commit to your projects with zeal. You are likely to experience oscillating success and failure on a professional level.
Second Quarter (13:20-16:40 degrees Capricorn): Taurus. You are attractive and well-mannered. You are tactful and you respect others’ boundaries. However, you have a penchant for sensual pleasures and can be overcome by lust and anger.
Third Quarter (16:40-20:00 degrees Aquarius): Gemini. You’re a talented writer and communicator. These gifts can win you many friends. You excel in social settings.
Fourth Quarter (20:00-23:20 degrees Aquarius): Cancer. You are artistic and have a strong sense of aesthetics. You are compassionate and you enjoy helping others, but you may become carried away by your emotions.
Shravana 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 Shravana is Chara, “mobile.” Shravana 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