The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Pushya is the eighth of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 3:20-16:40 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 Pushya are below:
Sanskrit Name: पुष्य (Pushya) comes from the Sanskrit word पोष (nourishing). One meaning of Pushya is “one who nourishes,” indicating vitality, strength, and a warm, caring nature.
Planetary Ruler: Saturn. Saturn is the bestower of karmic reaction, the good or bad results of one’s past activities. It is associated with discipline, obstacles, hard work, and philosophy and law.
Nakshatra Group: Godly. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Pushya 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: Cancer. Cancerians are wise and perceptive, gifted in their ability to read other people. They are nurturing, creative, and empathetic.
Deity: Brihaspati. Brihaspati is the guru of the gods in Vedic theology. As their spiritual leader, he gives them advice and guidance.
Symbol: The udder of a cow, a lotus, or a circle. Respectively, this represents nourishment, auspiciousness, and wholeness.
Power: To give spiritual illumination. Spiritual energy is prominent in Pushya, and this energy helps individuals find the Absolute Truth and also creates unity.
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 Pushya are Hu (हु), He (हे), Ho (हो), and Da (ड). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Pushya natives are especially drawn to spirituality. You are devout and faithful in your spiritual practice, and may be the source of spiritual inspiration for others. Morality is important to you and you strive to act in a way that aligns with your definition of virtue. You are independent and won’t go along with something if it doesn’t seem right to you.
Material pleasures don’t hold that much power over you. Your self-control and austerity allow you to keep your desires and emotions in check, most of the time. You rarely lose your composure. Others don’t need to worry about you imposing your austerity on them, however, for you are very generous. Whatever you have, you’ll want to give away.
A keen curiosity leads you to become knowledgeable in many subjects. You are naturally studious.
Like most Cancerians, you are incredibly perceptive. You are eloquent and you have a natural talent for self-expression. People like you — your empathic nature and admirable qualities make you rather popular.
You possess excellent people skills. You’ll thrive in careers where you can use these skills and, especially, where you can use your skills to improve people’s lives in some way.
Some ideal professions include:
- Musician, artist, or chef
- Teacher or counselor
- Member of the clergy or other religious occupation
- Nonprofit or charity worker
The downside of Pushya’s nature is your tendency to be proud, haughty, and incredibly stubborn. You refuse to acknowledge when you might be wrong and are often unwilling to consider other ways of thinking. This can make you dogmatic and quick to anger. Much of this stems from the insecurity that haunts you within — once you come to terms with yourself, it will be easier for you to be at peace with the world around you.
You can be too talkative in your efforts to gain attention and approval. You may fill conversation with your own thoughts and opinions without considering whether or not they are really wanted.
Despite the self-control you generally display, there is a side of you that struggles with lust. Sex and other material pleasures can start to consume you if you let them. When you let your desires get the better of you, you can also be quite jealous.
One of the things in life that gives you the most pleasure is your own family — your love for them is profound, but your attachment to them can get out of hand. Ultimately, everyone has their own life to live. You may struggle to let them live their own lives — and may let your attachment to them hold you back from living yours.
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Other Personality Traits
Your approach to life is systematic. You have a plan and you have the ability to stick to it. It’s unlike you to feel lost for too long — you usually know what your next step is.
You possess great spiritual depth. Pushya is considered by many to be the best nakshatra for spiritual growth. You ask the hard-hitting questions about life, its purpose, and its connection to something greater. It’s likely that you will find the answers, too.
You might miss the big picture. Your stubborn nature sometimes blinds you. You can be so dedicated to people or beliefs that you don’t see how they connect to and affect a greater sphere.
You may be overly protective of loved ones. Your loyalty and dedication to friends and especially family is admirable, but you can take it too far. Be careful not to stifle them in your eagerness to look out for them.
Pushya sexuality is symbolized by a male sheep. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Krittika nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Pushyas are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Mrigashiras in Taurus
- Punarvasus in Cancer
- Vishakhas in Scorpio
- Shravana (for male natives)
- Purva-bhadrapadas in Pisces
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.
Pushya’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 (3:20-6:40 degrees Cancer): Leo. You are motivated and will probably achieve a lot. Your family heritage is likely to play a significant role in your life. You may deal with a number of hardships, but your strength will help you persevere.
Second Quarter (6:40-10:00 degrees Cancer): Virgo. You are practical and efficient. Your intelligence wins you respect and helps you accomplish things successfully. One of your talents is cooking — friends and family can always count on you for a good meal.
Third Quarter (10:00-13:20 degrees Cancer): Libra. Patient by nature, you take your time making decisions and don’t rush into things hastily. You are balanced in your approach to life in general. However, your dislike for conflict and shaking up the status quo can lead you to conform too readily.
Fourth Quarter (13:20-16:40 degrees Cancer): Scorpio. Your curiosity often leads you into obscure or esoteric realms. Others may not always “get” you. Compromise is not something you are fond of, and you may come across as intolerant. You can tend to be nervous.
Pushya 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 Pushya is Kshipra or Laghu, “swift” and “light.” Pushya is an excellent nakshatra for:
- Beginning a journey
- Undergoing a medical operation
- Learning something new
- Athletic events and competitions
- Performing any healing work
A List of the 27 Nakshatras