1. Ashwini Nakshatra: (0° 00’ – 13° 20’)
The star of transport. The power to initiate. The odd couple. Ruled by the Ashwini Kumar twins as an aspect of solar power. Ketu is the planetary deity. It’s represented by a horses head and can be translated as “born of a female horse” or “horse woman.”
Ashwini people are innovative, impulsive individuals whose quick spontaneous activity inspires and gives energy to others. They do well in emergencies but they can also be the cause of emergencies as they often act without thinking. The energy of Ashwini can be very unstable. They are good to start things but rarely see things thru to completion.
They do well in any field that takes a lot of initiative, they like adventure and often become leaders, pioneers, or innovators in their field. They make good adventure guides, sales reps (especially travelling sales people), or inventors. They love the feeling of being out on the open road and can work in any field related to transport.
They are usually nice looking and youthful even in their older years. As the physicians of the gods they teach humans how to heal, regenerate, and maintain their youth. Strong placements here give healing powers, knowledge of the psycho-physical body and Ayurveda. Ketu’s rulership can bring healing with light or sound. Not just new age music therapies, but things like ultrasound or laser eye surgery; working with polarity, pulse and propulsion and the sciences related with these things. They are said to be sensitive to vibrational frequency and may be clairaudient. From the point of view of string theory the Ashwinis represent the wave and the particle, two completely different realities whose mutual existence is theoretically impossible.
Their helping nature can also lead them into emergency response work like police, fire department, ambulance, military. Jobs that involved a dispatcher or on call type jobs where they have to drop everything and go. Anything related to birth, rebirth, rebirthing, or being born again often relates with Ashwini. A cure initiated in Shatabisha bears fruit in Ashwini (both nakshatras relate with poisons, herbal medicines, pharmaceuticals, and drugs).
Their ability to revive and regenerate is not limited to healing or curing the psycho-physical body they are good at taking things apart and putting them back together: they like to tinker with all kinds things. This can give them a powerful technical skills making them good at mathematics, science, astrology, as well as through mechanics, repair or renovation; making the old new again.
Their impulsiveness can be disruptive to married life. They like to flirt and have fun but also have little discipline for drawing lines or respecting boundaries so they can easily get carried away. They are often sleek, sexy and powerful like a racehorse and common sayings like, “sowing your oats,” letting “wild horses run,” and “whoa there little filly” are clearly applicable. They don’t like to feel “tied down.” They often question their sense of belonging and may feel the need to prove themselves to the community, but even if they do this they still tend to feel disconnected. This can lead to a kind-of “Great Helper Syndrome.”
They like to work in pairs or with a partner who may be physically present, distant or even disembodied. There is often something unusual about the coupling. They need a lot of autonomy.
Ganesha can be worshiped as a remedial measure for this nakshatra. Ganesha is the first to be worshiped, representing the beginning of things. He is also the remover of obstacles, and he is the deity related to the planet Ketu, the ruler of Ashwini.
Moon in Ashwini:
- Varahamihira: Moon here gives a fine appearance and good manners, fondness for ornaments, skilled in work and intelligence.
- Barbara Pijan: Comforted by observant innovation, soothed by detached observance, protectors of start up energy, comforted by initial movement, need pioneering invention.
Qualities of Ashwini:
Vaishya, Dharma, Deva, Rajas – Rajas – Rajas, Light/swift, Vata, Level, Passive, Male, Earth element, Creative energy, Sage Mirichi, Male Horse – Stallion – Stud
Vaishya: Sprang from Prajapati’s thigh as the colour yellow representing the southern direction. Sales, trade, merchandise, landlords, agriculturists, animal keepers, money lending, artisans. Life of study sacrifice and giving alms. An educated but practical people. Planets placed here will support marketplace activity.
Dharma: Focused on following dharma; reaching for one’s own highest spiritual potential. Can bring dharma into the market place. A planet placed here will help you find your purpose in life.
Deva: The planets relating with the Devas will promote more refined and righteous behaviour; but may struggle with pride and entitlement. They are more capable of understanding the subtitles of life.
Swift / Light Nakshatra: Support any kind of quick, light activity, light fun, easy amusement, enjoyable ceremonies and inaugurations. Taking a moment to appreciate the simple things in life: dating, sports, games, crafts, decorating, art, fine arts. Supports light, easy travel, healing or medical treatments that take some of the weight away. Lending or borrowing or making payments can be good here too. Light quick planets support these kinds of activities when placed here.
Vata (air + ether): Cold, dry, light, movable, subtle, clear, hard, pervasive, rough
Level: Good for levelling things and with people. Suggestive of a more balanced perspective.
Passive: Planets here will be more passive about achieving their goals: allowing things to happen rather than “forcing” things. The moon is said to persuade thru temptation so she does well here. Venus draws us in by her promises of beauty so she also does well. Saturn is the master of patience so he also does well. The active planets can cause a bit of trouble in trying to force things that we should just allow to happen naturally.
Male Nakshatra: Masculine planets exhibit masculine traits like strength, bravery, and protection in a balanced way; they tend to do well here, like getting a man to do a man’s job. Feminine planets here are like getting a woman to do a man’s job. More planets is masculine signs and nakshatras with give a more masculine disposition.
Earth Element: Heavy, slow, cold, dense, stable, gross, grounded.
Creative energy: There is a creative enthusiasm here, but the enthusiasm wanes with time and one seeks out a new project.
Sage Mirichi: “Ray of Light” Instructs his students on dharma, especially the laws of the Brahmin caste: ceremony around food, cooking, eating, etiquette (bhojana vidhi), marriage ritual, offering of the the bride (kanyadana phalam), offering water to the ancestral lineage (tarpanam), rules of cleanliness and purity (shouchavidhi), casual acts of piety (naimittika sanani), pujas for the gods (devarchana), rules for homa, fire ritual (homa vidhi). Denounced renunciation in favour of completing worldly duties. Very harsh punishments for not following the proper rules of caste.
South: planets here are likely to give their results in the southern direction. When this asterism is placed in the southern quadrant of the chart it gains extra strength to give results.
Ganda-Moola: A junction point in the Nakshatra that can be harmful to the mother or the child at birth. The first pada can be especially inauspicious for the live significations of planets here.
When the moon passes thru ashwini it’s a good day to keep things moving and keep it light and easy going. A bit of travel or adventure, treasure hunts, dating, making love.Ashwini is not comfortable when things get too heavy or demanding of patience and commitment. Commerce can go well here as well and any of the arts and crafts. It’s a great day for medical treatment or just to help people out. Lending money is said to be favourable in quick nakshatras as it’s said that it will be quickly returned to you. Marriage is not said to be good during this transit.
Knees, upper feet
- Problems due to heat, inflammation, fever
- Insect stings, malaria, smallpox
- Head & brain injuries, fever, headaches, mental illness
- Prosthetics, eye problems (glasses), hearing problems (hearing aids)
Gods & Symbols of Ashwini
Handsome, youthful twins in golden armour riding on a golden chariot with 3 seats. They are the physicians of the gods with the power to quickly reach their destination or objective and provide healing service and help to others. Their names are Dashra (bringing help) & Nasatya (truthfulness).
Sons of Lord Surya and Sangya (or Sandhya). They were conceived when their parents took the form of a Mare and Stallion. Saturn is their eldest brother (Step brother) who was born from Chaaya when Sandhya went to stay at her father’s to get out of the glare of Surya. When the two got back together she soon gave birth to Yama and Yamuni, but again ran away to the Himalayas to get out of the glare of her brightly shining husband. She disguised herself as a Mare and wandered the forests. Her father, Vishwakarma, took away some of the glare from Surya and then he went to find his wife. He took the form of a Stallion, his wife swooned and soon gave birth to the Ashwini Kumars.
They worship Brahma who gave them their good looks and knowledge of Ayurveda. They later convinced sage Dadhichi to teach them Sanjeevani to revive the dead. Knowing that lord Indra would chop off the Sage’s head for imparting the secret, they replaced it with a horse’s head so that when Lord Indra took it they could easily revive him with their new knowledge and replace his own head back on the body.
They were at first outcast from the Gods. Indra did not at first invite them to the ceremony for drinking the Soma that came out of the great churning. He said they spent too much time with humans and perhaps they had also broken the injunction of working with the human body and touching human flesh. Brahmins are not technically permitted to be doctors and these kinds of things. They become untouchable brahmins; still brahman, but the lowest kind of brahmin; the same as those who work the death ceremony. Indra also had the idea that as physicians of the gods they were more like servants to the gods than gods themselves.
Chyavana was the son of Lord Bhrigu. He spent most of his time in meditation and practicing austerities. He was an old and feeble invalid deep in meditation at his hermitage when the king showed up. Chyavana’s body had become covered in ants (some say it was cockroaches) with just his eyes sticking out. The king, baffled by this mound of insects, poked what he thought was a hole in the mound with an arrow and blinded the great sage. He was so horrified when he discovered what he had done that he offered his beautiful daughter, Sukanya, as a bride to take care of him.
The Ashwins, seeing this beautiful young woman with an old decrepit husband, decided to try to seduce her. She refused their advances, but suggested that she could help them gain entrance to the Soma drinking ceremony if they helped rejuvenate her husband. They agreed and used a three-part method in treating Chyavana:soaking in a mineral water hot spring, massaging a herbal oils into the body (kayakalp), and having him ingest a rejuvenation paste called Chyawanprash, an ayurvedic dietary supplement that is still used today. Amla is the main ingredient. It’s said to be the best of all the general tonics for anti aging, sexual potency, improved respiration and digestion.
Chyavana then went to speak to Indra about allowing the Ashwinis to partake in Soma, but Indra would not change his mind. So, Chyavana created a demon called Mada to change his mind (mada is a little like hard alcohol, or toxicity that occurs in Aries when Saturn is here). Mada proved to be more than he could handle so he decided in favour of the young Ashwini twins. This is how they became immortal.
They replaced Vispala’s leg with an iron one (prosthetics). They restored sight and power to another man.
Nakula and Sahadev (pandava brothers) are children of the Ashwini twins. One became a great doctor and healer while the other became a great mathematician and astrologer.
Associate with the rising of dawn, the dispellers of darkness, the light bringers, Usha,
They restored the eyesight of a man who had been blinded by his own father for slaughtering and feeding 101 sheep to a wolf.
Curing impotence, helping overcome the obstacles and disharmony of married life, and helping in child birth. They help other animals as well as humans.
The Stars of Ashwini:
First three stars of Aries located on the Head of the Ram (or horse): Gamma-Arietis (Mesarthim) 3º 11′, Beta-Arietis (Sheratan) 3º 58′ & Alpha-Arietis (Hamal) 7º 40′,
This was the vernal equinox, the point where the sun crosses the celestial equator, in 68 BCE. The point of contact between the celestial equator and the celestial meridian. This point marks the split between “western astrology”, the Tropical chart and “Vedic astrology” and the sidereal chart. This equinox position changes by about 1º every 73 years so it’s currently at about 6º Pisces. By 2597 the vernal equinox will be enter the final degrees of Aquarius. After about 26 000 years the equinox will again return to the first degree of Aries. Known as “the indicator of the reborn sun.”
Binary stars beta & gamma rotate around each other completing a cycle once every 107 days. Beta (Sheraton), a fixed star, rotates on its axis at high speeds and while generating energy through thermonuclear fusion at its core. There appears to be a ring of dust around these two, but it’s not dust, it’s chemically peculiar. Gamma (Mesarthim) is said to have seeded the world with inventions which will carry us into the future. When the moon is here is said to be a good time to buy cattle, plant crops or travel.
Mesarthim and Sheraton are said to have the nature of Saturn & Mars: malicious, thieving, merciless, fiendish, repulsive and a liar. Accidents, violent death, bodily injuries, destruction war and earthquakes occur. There is a danger of acting foolish and impulsive. Mesarthim is more administrative and less impulsive. Said to rule the throat: Mars and Saturn are said to give throat problems when located here.
Alpha-Arietes (Hamal): the “death wound.” The brightest star of Aries, 48th brightest star in the sky. Located mid forehead of the ram. Often used for navigation. The greek built several temples that aligned with Hamal. According to Ptolemy this star is as malicious and thieving as Mesarthim & Sheraton. It causes violence, accidents, and premeditated crime. Mars of Venus here are said to give problems with romantic and/or sexual relationships. Rules over the parathyroid gland.
Tree of Ashwini
Poison Nut Tree: Strychnos nux-vomica
A medium sized deciduous tree that grows in open habitat. Short, thick truck. Hard dense wood. Flowers are a small pale green colour with a foul odour and bloom in the cold season.
Strychnine: Tall green to orange fruit about the size of an apple contains seeds that are highly poisonous, intensely bitter source of strychnine (a poison commonly used in pesticide which causes muscular convulsions and death by asphyxia in less than 6 hours) & brucine, which is less poisonous than strychnine but still has toxic properties. Seeds are the shape of a flattened disk with hairs radiation out.
Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal concoctions for anti-inflammatory & analgesic agents. Added to alcohol (like rubbing alcohol) to make it unfit for human consumption. Herbal medicine claims strychnos to provide treatment for cancer and heart disease.
Huda Ayurvedic concoction: seeds are soaked for 5 days in water followed by 2 days in milk and then boiled in milk with other ingredients, very minute doses are used as an antidote for alcohol and drug poisoning. Can also increase muscular activity. The wood burns nice and can be used for building.
Some say Ras Tree, Coconut, or Pomegranate also belong to this nakshatra.
Sexual Animal (Animal Totem):
Male Horse / Stallion / Stud
Powerful & courageous with an eagerness to act and move swiftly. Their abundance of energy can sometimes make them nervous, fidgety and high strung.
Males and females choose each other, mating is usually over in a few minutes (“arrives quickly to the destination”). Normal sexual behaviors include teasing, marking, flehmen response, erections, mounting. If the female approves she will eventually lift her tail, show off her vulva and urinate, Due to heart problems some males faint and fall over after mating.
Pairs well with Satabisha which is ruled by the Female Horse or Mare.
Additional Points of Interest
- Mars in 3rd house Ashwini gives the native a twin sibling. Natural karaka or functional karaka by house ownership in Ashwini can give a twin to the person signified. 9th lord Sun in 5th house ashwini can make the father or children twins (possibly both).
- Moon, or other signifiers of relationships in Ashwini are not conducive to long term relationships as they typically like to remain free agents. Partners who can appreciate this, however, can have a lasting presence.
- Rahu will give a fascination for new things, the latest gadgets. unusual movements, or things that were “first of its kind.”
- With skills training and discipline they can achieve a lot, without such boundaries they tend to run free, acting without concern for anyone but themselves (and sometimes not even for themselves).
- Worshiped on Dwitiya, the second day of the lunar fortnight
- Remedy: Sandaya vandanam, looking at the sunrise thru water poured by ones own cupped hands.
Planetary Rulers of Ashwini
Ketu: purity, innocence, headlessness, disembodies, moksha, pilgrimage, wandering, randomness, disconnection, surrender, letting go, ghosts, spiritual saints, numb, scattered,
Aries + Ketu: Innovation gets expressed in a detached way. Energy is fresh, unbound, chaotic. They are quick to initiating things, but lack follow thru. Can be oddly detached from their own activities. No boundaries to penetration, initiation, or direct action.
Pada 1 (Aries + Ketu + Aries):
Vargottama. Most pioneering, innovative, fresh, and physically active part of Ashwini. Fiery side that wants to compete and win. Lots of forward momentum, fiery and perhaps unpredictable. Strong upward and forward moving force like fire. Lots of energy and enthusiasm is generated here but their headless activity can be aggressive leaving a trail of destruction. Warriors, police, military, martial artists, dancers, yogis. They typically maintain a lot of activity and may be known for breaking thru traditional boundaries (the glass ceiling).
Moon: Karla Homolka (A), Virginia Woolf, Ingrid Bergman
Ascendant Lord: Berni Sanders (Mars), Robert J. Parks (Venus)
Pada 2 (Aries + Ketu + Taurus):
Resource driven and practical, handsome, will maintain a youthful sporty-sexy style, materialistic. Image may be everything to these people since for Ashwini natives it doesn’t matter what they do as long as they do something. May have an interest super-foods, supplements, new age diets. They may have unusual or speech may be incendiary.
Moon: Kamala Harris (1), Malcom X, Paul Bernardo (B), David Gilmore, Pamala Anderson, Chris Rock
Ascendant Lord: Vincent van Goth (Mercury),
Pada 3 (Aries + Ketu + Gemini):
Sun exalted at 8° 10’. Intelligent, good communication, neighbourly, may have deep scientific knowledge. Excellent for logistics, private practice, massage, hands on healing, group activities, night jobs, hospital work, foreign postings, travelling sales, drivers, car salesmen, trail guides. They like to “tinker” and sometimes new inventions are born. They may be absent minded in the way they fiddle with things in the hands.
Moon: Joe Biden (2), Henry Ford, Roy Rogers, Natalie Wood, Bobby Fischer
Sun: Hitler, Jack Nicholson, Michael Moore, Timothy McVeigh
Ascendant: Salman Rushdie, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci
Pada 4 (Aries + Ketu + Cancer):
They usually have very good knowledge of the body and make good doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, mid-wives, birthing experts with great knowledge on how to get started and they are not afraid to try something new. They make great helpers or side-kicks. Often involved in penetrating boundaries in some way: “Going where no man has gone before,” “Be here now,” and the “Power of Now.” are all popular slogans of this Ashwini group.
Moon: Alfred Alder, Eckhart Tolle, Carl Jung, William Shatner
Sun: Al Pacino
Ascendant: Galileo Galilei,
Ascendant Lord: Ram Das (Mercury)