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Punarvasu Nakshatra

Punarvasu (Being good again and again) (20° Gemini to 3°20′ Cancer)

Punarvasu consists of two bright stars known as Castor (Alpha-Geminorium) and Pollux (Beta-Geminorium). These two stars are significant for those born under Punarvasu as life lessons will often unfold in pairs. In astrology, Punarvasu extends from the zodiac sign of Gemini into the sign of Cancer. "Punar" means repeat and "vasu" means ray of light, thus Punarvasu translates as "becoming light again." The symbol for this nakshatra is a quiver of arrows, which is associated with the ability to strive toward a desire or ambition. Punarvasu brings harmony after the chaos of the storm. There is a sense of renewing creative pursuits and beginning with a fresh new idea. The ruling deity is Aditi, the goddess of abundance and the mother of all godly beings. Aditi gives a sensitive and nurturing quality to this nakshatra. Jupiter is the ruling planet and bestows optimism and an interest in higher learning. Punarvasu is a star of accommodation and people born under this nakshatra are often homebodies with a strong sense of safety.

General Characteristics: Devout; good- natured; quiet; patient; noble; lives in comfort; intellectual and spiritual in wisdom.
Translation: "Good Again" or "Wealthy Again"
Symbol: Bow and Quiver of Arrows
Animal Symbol: Female Cat
Presiding Deity: Aditi, the Goddess of Harvest.
Controlling Planet: Jupiter
Ruling Deity of Jupiter: Shiva
Nature: Devas (God-like)
Mode: Passive
Number: 7 (relates to balance and harmony)
Gender: Female
Dosha: Vata
Guna: Satwic
Element: Water
Disposition: Movable (Chara)
Bird: Swan
Common Name: Bamboo
Botanical Name: Bambusa bambos
Seed Sounds: Kay, Ko, Ha, Hee
Also related to Planets: Mercury, as the ruler of Gemini; Moon, as the ruler of Cancer.

Each Nakshatra is divided into four quarters called padas that contain more specific characteristics of a person born during the pada of Punarvasu


First Pada 20° 00′ to 23° 20′ Gemini
Ruled by: Mars
Soul Sound: Kay
Keyword: Innovation
Second Pada 23° 20′ to 26° 40′ Gemini
Ruled by: Venus
Soul Sound: Ko
Keyword: Materialistic
Third Pada 26° 40′ to 30° 00′ Gemini
Ruled by: Mercury
Soul Sound: Ha
Keyword: Intellectual
Fourth Pada 00° 00′ to 3° 20′ to Cancer
Ruled by: Moon
Soul Sound: Hee
Keyword: Nurturing

Strengths: Good hearted, kind, considerate, friendly, content, nurturing, generous, easily makes connections with others, profound imagination, lives in the moment, prefers simplicity, religious inclination, interest in philosophy and spirituality, purification for spiritual development, strength in communications field, good writers and inspirational speakers, involved in successful projects.

Weakness: Fickle, indecisive, critical, an over-simplified approach to life leads to lack of intelligence, focus on spirituality creates a lack of material drive, lack of foresight brings complications, frequent changes in living situation, unstable relationships, multiple career changes, ill health, over-intellectualizes life, easily bored.

Professions: Tourism, Travel industry, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Trade Industry, Construction, Architecture, Civil Engineers, Scientist, Teachers, Writers, Esoteric Studies, Philosophers, Ministers, Historians, Antique Dealers, Newspaper Industry, Landlord, Building Manager, Maintenance Services, Pilots, Astronauts, Couriers, Artisans, Innovators, Archery, Jobs that require using your hands.

Famous Punarvasus: Bob Hope, Jerry Brown, Ramana Maharshi, Paul Simon.

Favorable Activities: Fresh start for relationships, projects, and activities; weddings; healing; beginning education; beginning construction or laying a foundation; travelling; pilgrimages; agriculture and gardening; imagination; spirituality; meditation; teaching, working with children, buying a home or vehicle.

Unfavorable Activities: Giving or receiving a loan; legal matters, conflict or aggressive action.

Sacred Energy Vortex: Vaaniyambadi Sri Adhidheeswarar

The energy vortex associated with Punarvasu star is located in the North Arcot District near Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India. Those born in the star of Punarvasu should visit this sacred shrine at least once in their lifetime.

Lord Brahma performed fire rituals that caused Goddess Saraswati to lose her oratorical abilities. She performed penance and held great concentration to regain her voice. Goddess Saraswati took the form of Goddess Vani and received assistance from her teacher, Hayagreeva. Lord Shiva commanded Vani to use her glorious voice and sing to him. Thus, the temple is known as Vaaniyambadi. It is at this temple that higher learning and philosophy can be completed in the blink of an eye through the grace of Lord Shiva. This temple is an auspicious site for wisdom.

In the sacred shrine at Vaaniyampadi, Goddess Kalaivani Sri Saraswati Devi incarnated as a woman who cooked for Lord Shiva. On each Punarvasu star day and Full Moon day, she performed an abhishekham to Lord Shiva and offered white flowers to Goddess Saraswati. Those born under Punarvasu star should feed a hungry person and offer prayers to Sri Annpoornai Devi every day. They can offer the food directly to the people or through charities. In addition, these people can offer food to unannounced guests or travelers. This includes offering food to ancestors and pilgrims. Feeding ancestors allows the next generation to prosper and is a good way to prevent family problems.

Punarvasu day is a time of growth and is also a powerful day for teachers to walk around the temple at Vaaniyampadi, from left to right. They can also perform an abhishekham for Lord Sri Adhidheeswarar and Goddess Sri Saraswati. Teachers and those in hotel management should offer prayers for increasing potential in their careers. Offering food on Punarvasu days, Pradosham days, Shivaratri and Wednesdays will benefit the progress of children in education.

Punarvasu natives, your incense is made with the herb Bamboo as prescribed by the Vedas.

Burning one of these pillars is like performing a mini fire ritual for that particular star formation. For your specific Birthstar, you will be able to connect inwardly to your planet of energetic origin and gain support with the positive aspects that are you.

Burning the other Nakshatra pillars on that specific Nakshatra day will tune you in with the favorable activities with that star’s energy for the day. It is recommended to at least burn your own personal Nakshatra pillar daily to stay connected to your essence. It is advantageous to burn the days Nakshatra pillar as well.