The Nakshatras are the lunar
mansons in vedic astrology, also called jyotish or Indian
You may have been looking at your Vedic astrology horoscope
and wondering why you are a different sign in Vedic. The short
answer is Vedic astrology uses a different zodiac. "Why can't
they just use the right zodiac", you might ask. The answer is,
there is no right or wrong zodiac. Western astrology-bases the
zodiac on the seasons, the Earth going around the sun. The
first day of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are also the
first day of the respective seasons that correlate to them:
Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
But you may not realize this, but those seasons have nothing
to do with the actual constellations in the sky being referred
to. Most people born "an Aries" in Western astrology have the
Sun in the constellation of Pisces - the actual stars of
Pisces. This is but a minor inconvenience to Western
astrologers who do not use the stars in the sky when erecting a
But for Vedic astrologers this doesn't work as Vedic
astrology uses the stars in the chart itself. The stars refer
to sections of sky called the Nakshatra’s. Some of the
Nakshatra's refer to actual stars along the ecliptic (the
orbital path the sun and planets travel from our vantage point
on earth), while other Nakshatra's are not dominated by a large
star on the ecliptic. There are 27 Nakshatras, which correspond
to the number of days it takes the moon to travel around the
Earth (called a lunar cycle).
Another name for the Nakshatras is “the lunar mansions” or
“the wives of the moon”. In Vedic lore, the God Soma, who is
quite a romantic devil, rules the Moon. Each day he travels to
a different mansion, a different wife. Each of these wives have
a different temperament and psychological nature.
This story of the moon god is meant to illustrate the
changeable nature of our mind and also shows how each day we
are imprinted by a different psychological nature. The
Nakshatras show a deeper, spiritual temperament operating
behind each of the planets though, not just the moon.
For instance, the Nakshatra of Ardra, which exists from 6:30
Gemini - 20 Gemini has the nature of Lord Shiva in his fierce
form of Rudra. This is one of the more destructive Nakshatras.
The 2005 Tsunami, hurricane Katrina and 9/11 all happened when
the moon was here. Bear in mind, this is a 1/27 portion of sky,
not large at all. Yet, three of the most devastating and
destructive events of the last 10 years occurred with the moon
in this Nakshatra related to destruction.
The Nakshatras date back to the earliest Vedic times. The
oldest book known to mankind, the Rg Veda is actually a series
of hymns to the deities that populate the Nakshatras. It
explains the energy of each one. This deeper, spiritual energy
is a connection to your timeless, eternal self. When a Vedic
astrologer looks at the Nakshatras in your birth chart, he is
looking into your mystical mind.
Just as the stars do not exist in our solar system, the
Nakshatras directly refer to that part of you that does not
just exist on the Earth, but which comes from the cosmos