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Vishakha Nakshatra

Vishakha(20°00 Libra to 3°20′ Scorpio)

In the night sky, Vishakha consists of four stars in the constellation of Libra: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Iota Librae. These stars form a "forked branch" and can be seen under the bright star Spica. In astrology, Vishakha bridges the signs of Libra and Scorpio. It is referred to as a nakshatra of purpose because it gives determination and a single-pointed focus. People born under Vishakha often find themselves at a crossroads. Once they choose a direction, they have the ambition, along with the patience to succeed, even if success arrives later in life. This star fuels competition and also gives excellent leadership abilities. Vishakha is a combination of its ruling deities, the mighty Indra and the purifying Agni. Thus, people born under Vishakha have passionate and courageous warrior energy.

General Characteristics: Energy, strength and potential power; bright in appearance; distinct in speaking; skilled at making money.
Translation: "The Forked One", "Two Branched", "Radha"
Symbol: An archway covered with leaves and used in marriage ceremonies; a potter’s wheel; a tree with spreading branches giving protection to others
Animal Symbol: A Male Tiger
Presiding Deity: Lord Indra, the God of Transformation; Lord Agni, the God of Fire.
Controlling Planet: Jupiter
Ruling Deity of Jupiter: Shiva
Nature: Rakshasa (Demon)
Mode: Active
Number:16 (associated with destructive energy)
Gender: Female
Dosha: Kapha
Guna: Sattwic
Element: Fire
Disposition: Sharp and Soft
Bird: Red Tail Sparrow
Common Name: Wood Apple, Kaith, Vila
Botanical Name: Feronia Limonia
Seed Sounds: Ti, Tu, Te, To (see Padas of Vishakha)
Also related to Planets: Venus, as the ruler of Libra; Mars as the ruler of Scorpio; Ketu, who has a strong influence on Scorpio

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


First Pada First Pada: 20°00′ – 23°20′ of Libra.
Ruled by Mars
Soul Sound: Ti (Thee)
Keyword: Zeal
Second Pada Second Pada: 23°20′ – 26°40′ of Libra.
Ruled by Venus
Soul Sound: Tu (Thoo)
Keyword: Persistence
Third Pada Third Pada: 26°40′ – 30°00′ of Libra.
Ruled by Mercury
Soul Sound: Te (They)
Keyword: Expression
Fourth Pada Fourth Pada: 0°00′ – 3°20′ of Scorpio.
Ruled by Moon
Soul Sound: To (Tho)
Keyword: Transformation

Strength: Success through own efforts; intelligence of the highest order; powerful achiever; bright appearance; attracts others; has respect for intelligent and spiritual people; enterprising; self-satisfied; determined; clever; accomplishes many things; humanitarian; politically inclined; excellent communicator; persuasive speech; leadership qualities; truthful; sexually alluring; a strong desire for marriage; benefits through marriage; traveler; mathematically skilled; courageous.

Weakness: Overly talkative; militant; creates quarrels between people; restless; envious of other’s success; critical and finds faults with others; infidelity; overly ambitious; manipulates others to meet their own needs; socially isolated; does not take advice; offensive; stingy; difficult to like; greedy; deceitful; aggressive; authoritarian; quick to take offense; argumentative; jealous; frustration and anger when goals are obstructed; suspicious; possessive; envious; feels suppressed and taken advantage of by others; too many interests; not satisfied by accomplishments.

Professions: Researchers, scientists, soldiers, military leaders, writers, politicians, lawyers, public speakers, immigration officials, police, guards, manual laborers, fashion models, professions involving speech (broadcasters), sports figures, religious fundamentalists, dancers, bartenders.

Famous Vishakhas: Jimmy Carter, Warren Beatty, Alexander the Great, Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Taylor

Favorable Activities: Accomplishing tasks, aggressive or harsh activities, executive talents, argumentative tactics, anything requiring focus on goals, celebrations, parties, awards or decoration ceremonies, ornamentation, getting dressing up, romance and sexual activity, making resolutions

Unfavorable Activities: Initiations, diplomacy, travel, marriage


Sacred Energy Vortex: Tirumalai Murugan Koil Temple

The temple connected to the energy of Vishakha star is located in Tirunelveli District, near the village Sengottai in Tamil Nadu, India. It is called Tirumalai Murugan Koil. This temple is situated on the Tirumalai hill with several steps leading up to the shrine. This sacred temple is also known by the names Panmozhi, Panpozhi, Panpuli and Tirupathi. Lord Vishnu gave his blessing for Lord Muruga to reside in this sacred site. This temple also reveals a special relationship between Lord Muruga and Sabbarimalai Ayyappan. There is a holy temple for Ayyappan (the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini, the female incarnation of Lord Vishnu) located nearby in Sabhari Malai, Kerala.

Tirumalai Murugan Koil contains powerful energies with the capacity to cure diseases. There are rare medicinal herbs available at this temple. One such herb, Oda Valli, produces a remedy for venomous snake bites and other ailments caused by poison. The Thala herbs present at Tirumalai also have healing medicinal properties. In addition to remedial herbs, a special pooja performed with thirty-two different oils will assist with recovery from disease or illness. One must first rinse in the pool at Tirumalai and then walk around the temple with the oil lamp. This offering produces thirty-two types of healing energy.

Those people born under Vishakha star should visit this temple and present an offering of light to Lord Muruga. Tirumalai has special light rays that form a powerful energy called Vishakha Jothi. This energy is contained within the Vishakha star. Those born under other birth stars may also visit Tirumalai for healing energies. The ancestral ritual of tarpanam may be conducted as well. The Skandha Goshta Pithrus (ancestors) reside in the divine steps of Tirumalai Murgan Koil, so offering tarpanam here will bring blessings to your ancestors.

Vishaka natives, your incense is made with the herb Wood Apple 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.