The Nakshatras or Lunar Mansions as they are commonly called are used in Vedic Astrology to gain deeper insight into an individual. The well known Vedic Astrologer Joni Patry said this about the Nakshatras:
The nakshatras are one of the oldest references we have to astrology from the Rig Veda, dating back about 5,000 years ago. The Vedas are the religious scriptures of the great seers and sages of India. The nakshatras are like the zodiacal signs but more specific. Their meanings are derived from the constellations, fixed stars and the mythology behind these portions in the sky. They are rich in meaning and have ruling deities that reveal the stories or myths that bring to life the symbology referred to in our own lives.
The nakshatras are divisions of 13 degrees 20 minutes starting from zero Aries and ending at 30 degrees of Pisces, 13.20 divided into the 12 signs is 27. The nakshatras are referred to as the lunar mansions because the Moon moves approximately 13.20 per day, therefore, resides in one nakshatra per day. The personal planet in which the nakshatra resides will reveal deep information about the individual in relation to the meanings of the houses (area of life), and what houses the planet rules. For example, the planet that rules the 7th house (indicating a person’s spouse), will reveal detailed information about the spouse by the description of that nakshatra. If Aries is the sign of the 7th house, then Mars, the ruler of Aries (the nakshatra where Mars resides) will describe the spouse. If Mars is in the nakshatra Magha, the spouse would have all the kingly qualities of Magha.
Essentially, the Nakshatras are the backdrop of the 12 Zodiac signs which is why they give a more in depth analysis of an individual. They contain specific details and quirks of a person that makes it feel as though you are reading their soul.
There are also ‘Pada’s’ which divide each Nakshatra into 4 sections that also give specific details.
I have been studying the Nakshatras and I would like to go through all 27 on this blog, explaining their energies in an easy comprehensible way, using analogies and popular culture as examples. I like to use symbols to explain cosmic energies because it helps make the “mystic realistic” which is personal philosophy of mine. I will be devoting one blog per Nakshatra, going as in depth as I can.
The Nakshatras are commonly referred to as the Lunar Mansions which is a Renaissance term, but I would like to take it literally for this series. The featured image at the top of this post is a Moonlight Mansion. Think of that mansion as the cosmos. Think of the four walls of each room as the Zodiac signs, and think of the contents and decor of each room as the Nakshatras. On this Moonlight tour, I am going to take you through all 27 rooms of this mansion, providing you with a lot of information about the 27 Nakshatras.
To go through all 27 Nakshatras is going to take time. The last thing I want to do is rush through them all. So please be patient as there will be a few weeks between each tour.
Stay tuned because the first Nakshatra I will be touring is Ashwini.
I will also be creating a new category on the homepage of my blog called ‘Nakshatra Series’ which will contain all of my tours of the Nakshatras.