The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Shatabhisha is the 24th of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 6:40-20:00 degrees Aquarius, then this guide is for you.
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Overview of Shatabhisha Nakshatra
Every nakshatra has its own set of fixed attributes. This includes planetary ruler, nakshatra group, zodiac sign, deity, symbol, and power. The features of Shatabhisha are below:
Sanskrit Name: शतभिषा (Shatabhisha) comes from the Sanskrit words शत (one hundred) and भिषज् (remedy). One meaning of Shatabhisha is “a hundred cures,” indicating strength, perceptivity, and an aptitude for healing.
Planetary Ruler: Rahu. The planet Rahu is equated with the North node of the moon and is described in the Vedas as the disembodied head of the demon Rahu. Vedic lore describes that eclipses occur when the sun or moon is swallowed by the head of Rahu. Rahu is associated with trouble, disease, and radical change.
Nakshatra Group: Monstrous. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Shatabhisha 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: Aquarius. Aquarians are intelligent, idealistic, determined, and philosophically-inclined. They are often involved in charitable work or other spiritual or humanitarian endeavors.
Deity: Varuna. In Vedic theology, Varuna is the god of the water element and all bodies of water, such as rivers, lakes, and oceans. He also is the lord of aquatic beings.
Symbol: An empty circle. This represents the unknown, mystery, and self-containment.
Power: To cure. Persons born under the star of Shatabhisha are natural healers, and they can excel in professions related to the healing arts.
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 Shatabhisha are Go (गो), Sa (सा), See (सी), and Sue (सू). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Those born under the star of Shatabhisha are ambitious and driven souls. They set their sights on a goal and then work hard to achieve it. In addition, they also work well on their own, without much assistance from others. They are easily able to organize their thoughts, lay out their priorities, and proceed step by step in a systematic way. Thus they bring a real power to whatever project they choose to take up.
Shatabhisha natives are attracted to the mysterious side of life. They may have a keen interest in mysticism, and they are often deeply religious. However, they may prefer not to participate much in the social aspect of worship and instead focus on their own private spiritual practices.
You are a perceptive and thoughtful person, and you want to make a meaningful contribution to the world. By staying grounded and maintaining daily self-care practices, such as meditation, exercise, and spending time in nature, you can maximize your strengths while minimizing your negative tendencies.
Persons born in Shatabhisha can do well in careers that involve helping others or are in some way pioneering. Their career may start off slow, but it will improve as they get older and learn from their experiences.
Some ideal professions include:
- Clerical worker or data scientist
- Pharmacy technician, herbalist, chemist, or scientist
- Healer, mystic, monk, or philosopher
- Astronaut, pilot, or air force service member
Shatabhisha natives’ natural self-confidence can sometimes lead them to act rudely or speak harshly with others. They may not recognize the consequences of their actions until it is too late. This can lead to feelings of apathy or depression. They are also prone to feeling misunderstood, restricted, and lonely.
Shatabhishas tend to have an addictive personality type. They are not afraid to go to extremes, even if this might have a negative impact on their health and well-being. The cruel streak that comes up from time to time with others can also turn inward, taking the form of a self-destructive mentality. They may get stuck in a rut and feel helpless to access their inner strengths and connect to God or their higher power.
You like to make decisions quickly, based on what feels right in the moment. However, it is important to remember that your intuition and instinct should always be balanced by careful reasoning and especially guidance from friends, family, and mentors who genuinely care about your welfare.
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Other Personality Traits
You have an auspicious trajectory in life. Although you may go through many ups and downs, you are a genuine person who learns from mistakes and continually strives to improve in life.
Solitude, contemplation, and meditation are good for you. You have a solitary nature. You have a need for quiet time where you can gather your thoughts and process your experiences. Setting aside at least an hour or so for this type of self-care will empower you in many other areas.
You don’t give to others easily. You have a hard time giving in charity or caring about the needs of others. Many perceive you as cold. While this is not always a negative trait, it will benefit you to also cultivate your warm and nurturing side.
You can be defensive. You don’t yield a position easily, and may even continue to try to argue a point long after you’ve already been defeated / proven wrong. Remember that being wrong is not the end of the world! It’s far easier to just be humble, and accept criticism or corrections as they come, rather than constantly being on guard trying to defend yourself from perceived attackers.
Shatabhishas’ sexuality is symbolized by a female horse. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Ashwini nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Shatabhishas are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Krittika (for male natives)
- Mrigashira in Gemini (for male natives)
- Punarvasu in Gemini (for male natives)
- Magha (for male natives)
- Chitra in Libra
- Vishakha in Libra
- Jyeshta (for female natives)
- Purva-ashadha (for female natives)
- Dhanishta in Aquarius
- Purva-bhadrapada in Aquarius
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.
Shatabhisha’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 (6:40-10:00 degrees Aquarius): Sagittarius. You are fearless and quick to act. You have a caring and nurturing side. However, you can become hot-tempered when crossed.
Second Quarter (10:00-13:20 degrees Aquarius): Capricorn. You’re a hard worker, and you enjoy setting your mind to a task and getting it done. Sometimes you make careless mistakes or act foolishly. You may take up residence outside of your home country.
Third Quarter (13:20-16:40 degrees Aquarius): Aquarius. You have an active social life and enjoy being in the company of others. You are highly imaginative and creative. You often get lost in your thoughts and you have a strong intuition. Your sense of judgment is not always reliable — you may commit immoral acts.
Fourth Quarter (16:40-20:00 degrees Aquarius): Pisces. You are a sensitive, noble-hearted person. You do good deeds and enjoy helping others. You have a knack for the healing arts. However, you may be prone to laziness.
Shatabhisha 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 Shatabhisha is Chara, “mobile.” Shatabhisha 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
- Purva Phalguni
- Uttara Phalguni
- Purva Ashadha
- Uttara Ashadha