Jyeshta Nakshatra: a Complete Guide

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The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.” 

Jyeshta is the 18th of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 16:40-30:00 degrees Scorpio, 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 Jyeshta are below:

Sanskrit Name: ज्येष्ठा (Jyeshta) in Sanskrit means “the eldest,” indicating wisdom, leadership, and excellence.

Planetary Ruler: Mercury. This planet is associated with the intellect, literature, logic, artistic expression, and commerce.

Nakshatra Group: Monstrous. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Jyeshta is a monstrous nakshatra. People in this group are generally intuitive, strong-willed, and assertive. They may be prone to anger and violence.

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio. Scorpios are intense, reclusive, and bursting with energy.

Deity: Indra. In Vedic theology, Indra is the king of svarga and chief of the demigods. He enjoys life in great opulence, and he is a servant of Vishnu.

Symbol: Umbrella. This represents refinement, beauty, and culture.

Power: To ascend. Persons born under the star of Jyeshta have an aristocratic bearing. They are able to uplift those around them by creating a progressive atmosphere.

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 Jyeshta are No (नो), Ya (या), Yee (यी), and Yu (यू). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.


Jyeshta natives are self-sufficient and content. They do not like to impose on others, and through their ingenuity they are able to easily provide for their own needs. Others perceive them as resourceful and highly competent, and for this reason they are seen as qualified leaders.

Those born under the star of Jyeshta possess a unique power. They act with precision and confidence, and they can be effective in whatever task they choose take up. They often use their talents to help others and to engage in noble, charitable works.

You are brilliant and wise. You excel in creative pursuits and may be a gifted writer or musician. You find joy in solitude and you lead a contemplative life.

Jyeshta Careers

Persons born in Jyeshta can do well in leadership roles or in careers that engage their creativity.

Some ideal professions include:

  • Musician, performer, or entertainer
  • Manager, CEO, or thought leader
  • Academic or independent researcher
  • Non-profit founder or charity worker


Jyestha natives sometimes suffer from a superiority complex. Due to their high standards of living and their refined mode of thinking, they may look down on others. They can be harsh in speech and even violent when angry. Unless you learn to manage your anger and frustration, you will be perpetually over-stressed, and this can result in protracted illness. Practicing meditation can be a powerful tool for combatting anger and other mental health issues.

Those born in Jyeshta can be restless, always seeking something new and stimulating. They may have difficulty finding peace and satisfaction in the ordinary activities of daily life. At the same time they crave the excitement of social activity, they are somewhat awkward when it comes to interpersonal dealings. This may lead to periods of loneliness and depression.

You are manipulative, impatient, and difficult to get along with. You may not have a very robust moral compass, and you may resort to unethical acts when it suits your purpose. However, by keeping one or two genuine friends or mentors in whom you can confide and from whom you can receive good advice, you will be better able to make it through challenging times.

Recommended: Learn more about your moon sign, Scorpio.

Other Personality Traits

You are a natural leader. Your peers look up to you and admire you for your strong personality and your many good qualities.

You crave attention. You may become habituated to being the center of attention and having a deciding voice among your peer group. Try to share influence and controllership with others, and make a practice of praising and appreciating those around you.

You are prone to outbursts. You have a hot temper and may lash out at others. Breathing techniques, such as pranayama, as well as other mindfulness techniques can be very helpful for you.

You are competitive. You like putting forward your best effort and setting new personal records. However, you can be somewhat combative in group settings.

Jyeshta Compatibility

Jyeshtas’ sexuality is symbolized by a male hare. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Anuradha nakshatra.

Based on holistic matching, Jyeshtas are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:

  • Bharani (for male natives)
  • Krittika
  • Rohini (for male natives)
  • Punarvasu (for female natives)
  • Pushya
  • Ashlesha
  • Uttara-phalguni in Leo (for female natives)
  • Vishakha in Scorpio (for female natives)
  • Anuradha
  • Shatabhisha (for male natives)
  • Uttara-bhadrapada

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.

Jyeshta’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 (16:40-20:00 degrees Scorpio): Sagittarius. You may be a famous and well-liked personality. You are a powerful leader and orator. However, you may be overconfident.

Second Quarter (20:00-23:20 degrees Scorpio): Capricorn. You have a profound sense of duty and you keep your word. You have a seasoned, mature outlook on life. You are stern, reserved, and may be stingy with your wealth.

Third Quarter (23:20-26:40 degrees Scorpio: Aquarius. You are a natural philanthropist, and you enjoy contributing to humanitarian causes. You earn the respect of those around you. You have a natural interest in spirituality and the occult.

Fourth Quarter (26:40-30:00 degrees Scorpio): Pisces. You are well-educated and generous in your dealings with others. You have a mystical side. You may be excessively emotional.


Jyeshta 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 Jyeshta is Tikshna, “sharp” or “intense.” Jyeshta is a good nakshatra for:

  • Undergoing surgery
  • getting a piercing
  • Separating from a business partner, friend, or spouse (divorce)
  • Giving up bad habits
  • Punishing someone who has acted wrongly


A List of the 27 Nakshatras

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