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Characteristics of Ashlesha Nakshatra

What is Ashlesha Nakshatra?

Ashlesha is the ninth nakshatra out of 27. It is ruled by Mercury and located in the sign of Cancer. The presiding deity of this nakshatra is Ahideva, the serpent God. The symbol of this nakshatra is a coiled snake.

The power of Ashlesha Nakshatra is to inflict poisonous venom. It is believed that a divine offering to the serpent God, Ashlesha, empowers one to drive away his enemies. In Ashlesha, one can defeat enemies by using poison of the serpent on them. Those born under this nakshatra make powerful warriors with powerful weapons.


With Mercury – Karaka of knowledge, being the lord of this Nakshatra, natives of this Nakshatra are extremely successful in business, and they are shrewd advocates and good orators.

Positive side of Ashlesha

These natives are truthful, clever to seize opportunities and do not trust other people easily. They are endowed with intriguing speech. They are very intelligent showing signs of great leadership.

They are lucky, popular and religious by nature. They are magnanimous in making no distinction between rich and poor, good and bad. They are soft spoken, meek and shy in countenance.

Some of their very important positive traits are power of observation and intuition. They are good at planning and making calculated moves in a cautious manner. In the face of a terrible situation, they can manipulate and be well prepared to control the situation.

Characteristic traits of Ashlesha are their powers of intuition, insight, perception and wisdom. Sage Vashishta is the preceptor of this Nakshatra.

In social interaction, they display grace and polish and go to any extent to climb the social ladder. They are skilful in their dark side and use flattery to attract people towards them.

Negative side of Ashlesha

The lunar aspects of Ketu also influence the nakshatra significantly. It makes these natives selfish, miserly, ungrateful and without any benevolence. They are filled with craft, gluttony, dishonesty and deceit. They are stubborn and do not listen to anybody.

They are moody with a short temper and harsh speech. They are ruthless in behaviour and use cunning ways and guile for achievement of purposes. Their scheming ways and shrewdness make them very difficult individuals.

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