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Ashwini Nakshatra

Ashwini (0°00′ – 13°30′ Aries)

Each star we see in the night sky is a burning hot sun, much like our own Sun. In astronomy, the twin stars that make up the nakshatra of Ashwini are called Alpha Arietis and Beta Arietis. Indeed, the ruling deities for Ashwini star in Vedic Astrology are the divine twin physicians – the Ashwini Kumaras. While people born under Ashwini may traditionally take up a career in medicine, they also innately carry a healing energy and their ability to heal others through prayer is greatly enhanced. The Ashwini Kumaras have a youthful appearance and bestow this ageless presence along with a charming innocence to those born under Ashwini. The symbol for this star is a horse’s head, which signifies power, dignity and swiftness. As the first star in the cycle of the nakshatras, Ashwini carries the energy of beginnings. Those born under Ashwini hold the ability to initiate or pioneer ideas and activities. They must be cautious as not to begin something they cannot finish. Ashwini is known as the quickest of all nakshatras and behaves in a direct and to-the-point manner. Just like an untamed horse, they can be confident and independent but do not like to be told what to do. Ashwini gives focus to self-improvement and wants to feel unique among its peers. This is a spontaneous star with active intelligence and sincerity.

General Characteristics: Gentle and personable manners; handsome appearance; talented and intelligent; skilled in work
Translation: "Born of a Horse" or "Horsewoman"
Symbol: A Horse’s Head
Animal Symbol: A Male Horse
Presiding Deity: Ashwini Kumaras, the golden armored horse-headed twins of ancient Vedic lore who performed many miracles as the physicians of the celestial gods.
Controlling Planet: Ketu
Ruling Deity of Ketu: Ganesha
Nature: Deva (God-like)
Mode: Active
Number: 1
Gender: Male
Dosha: Vata
Guna: Sattwa
Element: Earth
Disposition: Moveable
Bird: Wild Eagle
Common Name: Nuxvomica Tree
Botanical Name: Strychnosnuxvomica
Seed Sounds: Chu, Che, Cho, La (see Padas of Ashwini)
Also related to Planets: Mars, as ruler of the Aries; and Sun, as it is exalted in the 1st Pada of Ashwini.

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


First Pada: 00°00′ – 03°19′ of Aries
Ruled by Mars
Soul Sound: Chu
Keyword: Driven
Second Pada: 0320′- 06°39′ of Aries
Ruled by Venus
Soul Sound: Che
Keyword: Luxury
Third Pada: 06°40′ – 09°59′ of Aries
Ruled by Mercury
Soul Sound: Cho
Keyword: Sharp Mind
Fourth Pada: 10°00′ – 13°19′ of Aries
Ruled by Moon
Soul Sound: La
Keyword: Empathetic

Strength: Youthful; ageless; filled with agility; fearless; direct; competent worker; motivation to initiate new activities; intelligent; self-sufficient; natural healer; helpful; moderate habits; well dressed; good finances; attractive; powerful; intuitive; idealistic; spiritually inclined; adventurous; independent; strong; powerful; charming; playful nature;loves family; nurturer; traveler; drawn to activities of healing or self-improvement.

Weakness: Hastiness in action compromises efficiency; impulsive; does not take advice well; desire to pursue new experiences in life causes a weakness in finishing things; aggressive; stubborn; wants to do things their own way; disappointed when things do not go as planned; dissatisfied; arrogant; lack of mental quietude; overly passionate.

Professions: Motivational trainers, campaign managers, promotional jobs, athletes, sports related professions, equestrianrelated industry, airplane/auto/boat/horse racers, military, law enforcement, engineering, jewelers, medical professions, healing professions, pharmacist, relationship therapist, counselors, herbalist, physically adventurous fields, explorer, researchers, contractors, stunt men/women, gardeners.

Famous Ashwinis: Pamela Anderson, Celine Dion, Warren Harding, John Adams

Favorable Activities: Starting activities or projects, beginning spiritual practices, laying foundations, planting seeds, health and fitness programs, engagement (but not weddings), travel, shopping, house warming

Unfavorable Activities: Marriage or conjugal bliss, completing activities, consumption of alcohol, relaxation, emotional or sexual activities

Sacred Energy Vortex: Sri Bhava Aushadeeswarar Temple

The sacred temple that resonates with the Ashwini star is located in a village called Thiruthuraipoondi in Tamil Nadu, India. Those born under Ashwini star should visit this temple as frequently as possible.

The name "Sri Bhava Aushadeeswarar" temple refers to a form of Lord Shiva. "Sri" is a mantra giving respect and good fortune, "Bhava" means state of mind and "Aushadeeswara" means Lord of medicine who cures disease. Sri Bhava Aushadeeswarar temple is a sacred vortex filled with disease-curing energy.

People born under the Ashwinistar should perform a pooja or abishekam with sacred herbs (there are 64 elementary herbal substances) on their Ashwini day in order to strengthen their inner light and healing capabilities. People born under other stars can also receive healing benefits to recover from illness by performing a pooja or abishekam on Tuesday, Saturday, Ashwini star day. These rituals also benefit the holy waters surrounding the temple and create medicinal qualities in the temple pond, streams, lakes and surrounding vegetation. It is beneficial for visitors to take a holy bath in the temple pond and receive the blessings for health benefits.

Ashwini natives, your incense is made with the herb Nuxvomica 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.