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Swati Nakshatra

Swati (The priest, the sword) (6°40 to 20°20′ Libra)

Swati is represented in the night sky by the single star of Arcturus (Alpha-Bootis). This is the main star in the constellation of Bottis. In the astrology chart, Swati resides entirely in the sign Libra. Swati translates as "Independent one." The symbol of this nakshatra is a young plant blowing in the wind, which represents flexibility and agility as well as restlessness. The ruling deity Vayu, the God of wind, bestows a strong, yet gentle nature to this star. Rahu is the planetary ruler and signifies hidden potential. Those born under Swati are humble and often need to be informed of their own potential for greatness. They have an openness to learn new information, but must also avoid indecision and procrastination. Those born under Swati are diplomatic and they use charm to navigate the world. These people have strong beliefs in social etiquette and try to fit into society. Swati can bring success later in life. The essence of Swati is balance and people born under this star take their time to act.

General Characteristics: Compassionate, sweet voice, soft spoken, expects positive outcomes, charitable, merciful, independent, controls desires.
Translation: "Independent"
Symbol: Young sprout quivering in the wind, Sword;Coral;
Animal Symbol: Male Buffalo
Presiding Deity: Vayu, The God of wind.
Controlling Planet: Rahu
Ruling Deity of Rahu: Durga
Nature: Devas (god-like)
Mode: Passive
Number: 15
Gender: Female
Dosha: Kapha
Guna: Tamasic
Element: Fire
Disposition: Moveable
Bird:Honey Bee
Common Name: Queen’s Flower
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia speciosa
Seed Sounds: Ru, Re, Ro, Ta
Also related to Planets: Venus, as the ruler of Libra.

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


First Pada 6°40′ to 10°00′ Libra
Ruled by: Jupiter
Soul Sound: Ru
Keyword: Open-minded
Second Pada 10°00′ to 13°20′ Libra
Ruled by: Saturn
Soul Sound: Re
Keyword: Stability
Third Pada 13°20′ to 16°40′ Libra
Ruled by: Saturn
Soul Sound: Ro
Keyword: Learning
Fourth Pada 16°40′ to 20°00′ Libra
Ruled by: Jupiter
Soul Sound: Ta
Keyword: Adaptability

Strengths: Clever in trade, commerce and business, seeks the truth, tender, kind, accurate, finds lowest common denominator, optimistic, involved in spiritual or humanitarian causes, enjoys the company of religious or well integrated people, enjoys travel, interest in science and philosophy, independent, persuasive communication style, disciplined, friendly, pure, desires harmony, honest, and rational.

Weakness: Restless, unable to recognize own limitations resulting in loss of money, reputation and status, spendthrift, critical, quiet, monastic, reclusive, secretive, hidden passions, creative and absurd thinker, vulnerable, easily influenced by others, focused on personal gain, lack of interest in family life, and temperamental.

Professions: Business and trade, sports, singers, musicians who play wind instruments or the organ, inventors, independent entrepreneurs, pilots, aeronautics, researchers, service professions, software industry, handy man, extreme sports, educators, ambassador, lawyers, judges, politicians, union leaders, diplomats, hostess, yoga instructor, and jobs needing flexibility.

Famous Swatis: Charlie Chaplin, Harry Truman, George Harrison, James Dean, Hank Aaron, Nelson Rockefeller, Whoopi Goldberg

Favorable Activities: Business and trade agreements, commencing education, social events, public events, money transactions, breathing exercise, mediation, and activities requiring peace, calmness, or diplomacy.

Unfavorable Activities: Fierce or aggressive behavior; travel.

Sacred Energy Vortex: Siththukkadu Sri Prsanna Kundalambhigai Samedha Sri Thaanthreeswarar Siva Temple Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple

The sacred site with most significance for Swati star is located at Sihthukkadu near Poondamalli in Tamil Nadu, India. This site connects the sacred shrines of Sri Thaanthreeswarar Siva Temple and Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple. It is important for those born under Swati star to visit the sacred energy vortexes of Lord Shiva and Lord Maha Vishnu at Siththukkaadu.

Swati is a saintly word that consists of energy representing the oneness of Siva and Vishnu. Worshipping at both these temples on Swati star day, Monday or Dwadhasi (12th waxing moon phase) would bestow grace and significant benefic effects for the solidarity of the Saivites and Vaishnavites.

Sri Prasanna Kundhalaambhigai Samedha Sri Thaandhreeswara Siva Moorthy is also a sacred shrine bestowing grace of yoga jothi, an energy that personify in the shape of sound and light. Mixing both light and sound is known as Kundala Yogam and through this mixture, Kundala Jothi comes forth. On the Swati star day, at Siththukkaadu Siva temple aunqiue Kundala Jothi shines brightly. A small earthen lamp lit on Swati star day at this sacred shrine would bring KundalaJothi energy for the whole world.

Kubera Moorthy worshipped at the sacred shrine situated at Siththukkaadu, the place of manifestation of abundance of wealth. He performed penance for thousands of years by standing on the toe of his right foot and worshiping with Nagalinga flowers to Kundhalambhigai Samedha Sri Thaandhreeswarar. After performing abhishekham with the essence of EmblicMyrobalan fruit, he worshipped Lord Mahaa Vishnu in Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple. Kubera Moorthy was granted the blessing to provide assistance in the form of immense wealth to those worshipping with great devotion at this sacred shrine.

Swati star contains the energy of absorbing, spreading and fulfilling the divine energy on the divine objects such as rudraksha beads, bells, and sacred thread. Siththukkaadu is one of the sacred shrines where this energy can be easily accessed. In addition to those born under Swati star, visiting this sacred temple can benefit those who are married without the blessings of their parents or family members as well as doctors and people in the medical professions.

Swati natives, your incense is made with the herb Jarul 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.