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-ashadha is the 20th of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 13:20-26:40 degrees Sagittarius, 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-ashadha are below:
Sanskrit Name: पूर्वाषाढ (Purva-ashadha) comes from the Sanskrit words पूर्व (early) and अषाढ (invincible). One meaning of Purva-ashadha is “the early invincible one,” indicating eagerness, power, and steadfastness.
Planetary Ruler: Venus. The Ancient Romans worshipped Venus as the goddess of desire, sex, and sensuality. Venus is associated with material pleasures and prosperity, an enjoying spirit, and the arts.
Nakshatra Group: Human. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Purva-ashadha is a human 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: Sagittarius. Sagittarians are fortunate and righteous. They are wise, warm-hearted, and spiritually-inclined.
Deity: Apah. In Vedic theology, Apah is the consort of Varuna, and together they preside over the water element and all bodies of water, such as rivers, lakes, and oceans. Additionally, Apah and Varuna rule over all aquatic beings.
Symbol: A winnowing basket. This represents popularity, purity, and discernment.
Power: To invigorate. Persons born under the star of Purva-ashadha are filled with energy. They are able to inspire others and can sacrifice themselves for a higher cause.
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-ashadha are Bhu (भू), Dha (धा), Pha (फा), and Ḍha (ढा). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Purva-ashadha natives are courageous and ambitious souls. They are able to develop a strategy for action and see it through. Their above-average intelligence allows them to foresee potential problems, opportunities, and other areas of concern, and adjust their approach to any given task accordingly.
Those born under purva-ashadha are dignified, modest, and honest. They can encourage and empower others, and they give credit where it’s due. They strive to hold themselves to a high standard, and they bring out the best in those around them. Their upstanding behavior brings admiration and respect from their peers.
You have a sharp wit and a good sense of humor. You are peaceful, happy, and optimistic. Your strength of character helps you remain cheerful even in the midst of trying circumstances, and you can be a leader for your local community.
Persons born in Purva-ashadha can do well in careers that involve education or leadership. You may work very hard for little to no compensation if it is a cause that you value and believe in.
Some ideal professions include:
- Any water-related profession
- Writer, editor, or publisher
- Politician, public speaker, or lawyer
- Psychic, counselor, or priest
Purva-ashadha natives don’t take criticism well. They can be somewhat proud and may not be open to hearing others’ perspectives or opinions. This can lead to a superiority complex, wherein one feels himself inherently better than others. Although you do have many strengths and advantages others lack, on the spiritual platform, we are all fundamentally equal spiritual beings, part and parcel of the Supreme. Humility, compassion, and a sincere desire to serve others are all necessary ingredients for a fulfilling and progressive life.
Persons born under the star of Purva-ashadha may be workaholics and overachievers. They have a hard time letting go of things and must always strive for a perfection that is forever out of reach. This can be very frustrating, and can also result in indecisiveness, always second-guessing whether or not one’s endeavors are truly worth the effort.
You are loud and vocal about your opinions. You may be perceived as obnoxious by those who disagree with you. Be careful to consider how your words and actions impact those around you. If you dedicate your life to God consciousness, you will be able to overcome your lower nature and find fulfillment even in the ordinary activities of life.
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Other Personality Traits
You are a mature person and can give good guidance to others. You are a very thoughtful and intelligent person, and you naturally take on the role of an advisor. This is one of your greatest strengths. However, it can lead to excessive feelings of pride and cause you to feel superior to others.
You have a deep and abiding faith. You are a moral person and you tend towards theism. However, this may manifest in a more generic way. You enjoy learning about world religions and finding the common connection between them. If you can seriously take up an authentic spiritual path, you will find immense satisfaction.
You are popular. Purva-ashadha natives have many good qualities and are often adored and appreciated by others.
Purva-ashadhas’ sexuality is symbolized by a male monkey. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Shravana nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Purva-ashadhas are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Krittika in Aries
- Uttara-phalguni in Leo
- Uttara-ashadha in Sagittarius
- Shatabhisha (for male natives)
- Purva-bhadrapada in Pisces
- Uttara-bhadrapada (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-ashadha’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 (13:20-16:40 degrees Sagittarius): Leo. You are high-minded and dignified. You respect others and are admired by your peers. You enjoy helping others, and you lead a stable, happy life.
Second Quarter (16:40-20:00 degrees Sagittarius): Virgo. You are intelligent and philanthropic. You have a natural flair for directing others.
Third Quarter (20:00-23:20 degrees Sagittarius: Libra. You are intelligent and philanthropic. You have a natural flair for directing others.
Fourth Quarter (23:20-26:40 degrees Sagittarius): Scorpio. You are spiritually-inclined and have a gentle disposition. You are cautious when entering into new relationships or major commitments. This is a good quality. You will accomplish great things in your life.
Purva-ashadha 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 Bharani is Krura or Ugra, “fierce” and “harsh.” Bharani 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