Read Your Own Horoscope: A Step-By-Step Tutorial to Vedic Astrology

Under the guidance of Pt. Punarvasu, Indastro has been serving astrology patrons since 2001. Backed by years of experience and unique insights from ancient books & sources that are 1500 to 5500 years old, this free Vedic astrology tutorial has been put together with an objective of helping people better their lives. These free lessons from Indastro will help you read your own horoscope. For which you must keep the following points in mind:

  • Go step by step. Until you have mastered one step, do not move to the next.
  • Do not just read, but apply these principles on your own horoscope
  • In the begining, just pay attention to just reading and analyzing a birth chart, rather can drafting one.
  • Go in the same order of lessons as is provided here.
  • Practice and more practice.

ARDRA NAKSHATRA

The sixth among the 27 Nakshatras or Lunar constellations is the Ardra Nakshatra. This Nakshatra falls in the Gemini zodiac sign with all its four quarters or Padas. This Nakshatra is an excellent constellation, that is renowned for its exceptionally brilliant mental abilities. The natives born under this Nakshatra would thereby be ready to participate in every work at all times, and also try to complete each given work with sheer honesty.

However, if a malefic planet afflicts the Ardra Nakshatra, the natives of this Nakshatra would not be able to get stability in their lives. Their shrewd and clever tactics, let them only take calculated risks, yet, they might falter at some cases.

Characteristics of the Ardra Nakshatra

According to the astrological chart of Vedic Astrology, the Ardra Nakshatra entirely falls within the zodiac sign Gemini. Represented by the symbol of a teardrop, this lunar constellation or Nakshatra is capable of representing both sorrow as well as resumption. This symbol is representative of being able to possess the ability to overcome suffering. The natives of this Nakshatra would go lengths to clear out old things that might create disturbance and obstacles in trying to move ahead in life with newer understandings. They are unafraid to voice their own opinions, and use their intimidation to orient their interest towards research.

Apart from these characteristics, the natives born under the Ardra Nakshatra would possess a mind that would be fond of investigating things and have an orientation that bends towards research and studies. It is said that for an Ardra native, the highest level of their own form would be transforming through cleansing their inner souls. This extremely sensitive Nakshatra has the ability to relate mental ability to the varied emotions felt by everyone. Its ruler Rahu gives it the nature of being sharp and fierce in its activities, and the ability to excel in life by putting in greater effort by themselves.

Know in detail about the Ardra Nakshatra: 

 Translation  "The Moist One", "Fresh", "Green"
 Symbol  Teardrop Diamond
 Animal Symbol  Female Dog
 Presiding Deity  Rudra, the God of Storms and Destruction
 Controlling/Ruling Planet  Rahu
 Ruling Deity of Venus  Durga
 The 4 Quarters of Bharani  Nakshatra  
 1st quarter  Ruled by Jupiter
 2nd quarter  Ruled by Saturn
 3rd quarter  Ruled by Saturn
 4th quarter  Ruled by Jupiter
 Nature  Manushya (Human)
 Mode  Balanced
 Number  6
 Gender  Female
 Dosha  Vata
 Guna  Tamasic
 Element  Water
 Disposition  Sharp and Forceful (Tikshna)
 Bird  Andril
 Common Name of the Tree  Long Pepper
 Botanical Name of the Tree  Piper longum
 Seed Sounds  Ku, Gha, Nga, Jha

Symbol of the Ardra Nakshatra: Teardrop or the Human head

The Sun enters the Ardra constellation or Nakshatra in the month of June, and stays there until July when the rainy season starts. A teardrop represents the Ardra Nakshatra ’s symbol, which is capable of representing both renewal or rejuvenation as well as sorrow. The ruling Deity of Ardra Nakshatra is Rudra, known as the God of Storms, and has command over the thunderbolts and the storm. This further signifies the transformation an Ardra native would have in his life with hard work, perseverance, and pain, in the same way rains, thunder, and storms significantly change the nature of the weather and transforms it into something very different. The representation of the human head is the symbolism of wisdom and ego, which is generally found in an Ardra born native. They would also be proud of their knowledge and skills.

Ruling Planet of Ardra Nakshatra (Graha Devta): Rahu

For the Ardra Nakshatra, the ruling planet is ‘Rahu’, and this is why the  natives of this Nakshatra are always in the lookout for procuring knowledge and might tend to be destructive at times. The ‘Graha Devta’ gives us the ability to understand the nature of the ruling planet of a particular Nakshatra, and this helps us to work keeping in mind the ruling planet’s position in our chart.

The Ruling planet Rahu for Ardra Nakshatra, gives the natives the ability to distract others and draw their attention, thus possessing the skills of crowd-pulling, is utilized well. Rahu also gives the cleverness required to win arguments and be a good debater. The chances of becoming a good wildlife photographer seem to be on the cards too. If a native wants to enter the political scenario, being born under the Ardra Nakshatra would surely help as Rahu gives a good career in this field. But with Rahu being afflicted, there is a huge chance in the native getting utterly distracted from his duties and work, getting involved in bad company, and accumulating a lot of enemies in their lives.

The energy source of Ardra Nakshatra (Adhi Devta): ‘Rudra’

The ‘Adhi Devta’ gives the natives of a Nakshatra a clear perspective about the ruling planet and how to come closer to the energy source that it beholds. The God of Storm, ‘Rudra’, is the Adhi-Devta of the Ardra Nakshatra natives, and He is the Supreme controller of the Storm, thunder, and can transform His energy for creation. This gives the Ardra Nakshatra natives the skills to excel well in the innovative fields, and excel in professions related to the electrical field.

Presiding Deity of Ardra Nakshatra (Pratyadi Devta): ‘Lord Shiva’

The Presiding Deity or the Pratyadi Devta helps the native understand the Nakshatra and ruling planet’s functions well, and thus have total command over them, as they are placed in the birth chart. For the Ardra Nakshatra natives, ‘Lord Shiva’ is the Presiding Deity, and He is known to have incarnated himself into various ‘Rudra’ forms

Lord Shiva is the main deity for the Ardra Nakshatra who is known to be incarnated in various Rudra forms, as it is His most destructive forms.

However, the native born under this Nakshatra is bestowed upon a special blessing from Lord Shiva, through which they are able to fulfill their dreams and reach their aims in life. In His peaceful form, ‘Rudra’ is seen holding a pouch, which contains various herbs used for natural healing. This gives the Ardra natives the power of healing that they can pass on to others as well, as use it as a greater tool for helping the society. This is why they can have a great career in the medical field, and serve the fields that need healing others.

Gender: Female

The gender of the Nakshatras is generally not used in Vedic Astrology, except when the native’s matchmaking process takes place for marriage purposes. Only after deep analysis of this aspect, we would come to know its depth. It would be fascinating to know that the gender of a Nakshatra signifies our mental inclination towards materialistic things in life, and how we would be manipulating challenges for better survival. A native of Ardra would be caring by nature, and this would be innate in an individual, insignificant of their gender.

Dosha: Vata

The Dosha represents the type of disease that will affect the native of a particular Nakshatra. The Dosha ‘Vata’ is related to the air around us, and this would give diseases related to breathing, heart-related issues, muscle pain, stomach pain, etc. Therefore, natives of Ardra need to take care of such areas and illnesses, and not delay any treatment when it comes to these.

Guna: Tamasic

In Vedic culture, there are three Gunas - Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas, which are known as the three processes that make life successful. The Ardra Nakshatra has the Tamasic Guna, which makes the native short-tempered. They are further unable to have faith on anybody easily, and would have an inferiority complex will might trouble them to no end.

Element: Water

The Ardra Nakshatra ‘s element is ‘Water’ and water signifies that the native would possess great memory retention abilities, as water has the same power which has been proved scientifically. Natives born under the Ardra as their moon’s Nakshatra would have a very quick grasping power as well, thus making them able to learn things easily. 

Bird: Andril

Birds are spiritual creatures according to Vedic Astrology, and there is a hidden message that each of them carries, that we can learn if we notice them carefully. Each Nakshatra has a particular bird’s symbol, which signifies the energy related to that bird. The natives of a particular Nakshatra have the energy of that particular bird residing within himself or herself, which give them skills pertaining to that bird. The Ardra Nakshatra ‘s bird symbol is the ‘Andril’ , which is known for its excellent hunting skills. In today’s era, we can connect its skills to being good proofreaders, programmers, etc., thus making Ardra’s nature more prominent.

First letter for naming an Ardra Nakshatra born: Ku, Gha, Nga, Jha

Just like the Ragas in classical music, the first letter of the name also produces a vibration, which connects it to the native. If a native is named with these letters, which signify the Nakshatra, it creates a harmonious balance for the universe to bestow its blessings upon the individual. They would thus get interim success and growth, as it is promised in their birth chart. It is akin to being in close proximity to what assures good results.

Career prospects for an Ardra Nakshatra:

The native born under the Ardra Nakshatra has the skills required to work in the innovative field, and have a career related to the electrical background,  like electric engineers, electronic industry, SCI-FI, animated work in modern day. Since they are known as natural healers, thus they would do excellent in the medical field, and become good doctors, physicians, physiotherapists, counsellors, etc. They can also go for professions related to mental-disorder therapy, healing therapy, or become good hackers or have an expertise in magical work.

These natives have an innate interest in the fields of research and studies, and therefore, would do good if they research in animal welfare, or zoology, or even take up a career in forestry or work in a job that caters to the same. Owing to the investigative mind they possess, they are unafraid and undeterred when they out up their opinions and thoughts, and cannot be intimidated easily. They are capable of linking their mental ability to their emotions, and thus are able to handle matters of the mind well.