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.

Ashlesha Nakshatra

The Ashlesha Nakshatra is the ninth in the series of the lunar constellations or Nakshatras in Vedic Astrology. It falls under the zodiac sign of Cancer and all four quarters or padas of this Nakshatra fall under the sign of Cancer.

The word Ashlesha refers to a clinging star, circle of stars or something that is entwined or entangled. It is a mysterious Nakshatra and natives having this Nakshatra are intelligent, religious, secretive and have great analytical skills. They are highly intuitive, perceptive and concentrated.

Symbol: Coiled Snake

The symbol of the Ashlesha Nakshatra is a coiled snake or serpent. Serpents are highly mystic and spiritual creatures and a coiled up snake symbolizes Kundalini energy. If a benefic planet is aspecting or conjunct Ashlesha Moon, the native will be highly spiritual, wise and a keen observer. Because of their strong psychic abilities, they are quickly able to sense danger and become alert. In case of malefic effect on the Nakshatra, the native might be creepy, cold and deceptive.

Knowing the Characteristics

People born under Ashlesha nakshatra are straightforward, persistent, and tolerant. They have sharp and penetrating gaze and excellent observation skills. They are hardworking and ambitious and have good skills in doing business. However at times, they might be of a scheming and manipulative nature and would try to exploit others for their selfish motives.

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Know in detail about Ashlesha Nakshatra:

Translation  Coiling, entwining, clinging
Symbol  Coiled serpent
Animal Symbol  Cat
Presiding Deity  Naga
Controlling/Ruling Planet  Mercury
Ruling Deity of Mercury  Vishnu
The 4 Quarters of Ashlesha Nakshatra  
1st quarter  Ruled by Jupiter
2nd quarter  Ruled by Saturn
3rd quarter  Ruled by Saturn
4th quarter  Ruled by Jupiter
Nature  Rakshasa (demon)
Mode  Active
Number  9
Gender  female
Dosha  Kapha
Guna  Satwik
Element  Water
Disposition  Hard and sharp
Bird  Blue sparrow
Common Name of the Tree  Champa
Botanical Name of the Tree  Plumeria
Seed Sounds  De, Du, De, Do


The Ruling Planet of Ashlesha Nakshatra (Graha Devta) – Mercury

Graha Devta is the one who gives the ability to understand the nature of the planet so that we can work based on that planet in our chart. Based on Vedic Astrology, the Graha Devta or Ruling Planet for the Ashlesha Nakshatra is Mercury. Natives born in this Nakshatra will have mesmerizing eyes and an attractive phase. They possess a sharp intellect and could be good mathematicians. These people will undergo a deep transformation in their life, which would give them a high level of wisdom and maturity. They will have the ability to understand human psyche very well along with the knowledge to understand challenges and overcome them.

The energy source of Ashlesha Nakshatra (Adhi Devta):  Naga

The Adhi Devta gives mental clarity about the ruling planet and through them, we can come in contact with the divine energy source of the planet. The Adhi devta of Ashlesha Nakshatra is Naga. People born in this Nakshatra will have a good career as a doctor, healer, or through work in a herbal or medicinal farm. These people do jobs or tasks connected to the earth and hidden places like mining, petroleum industry, work related to diamond and jewelry. Yoga teachers or the gym trainers will have planets placed in this Nakshatra in their birth chart.

Presiding Deity of Ashlesha Nakshatra (Pratyadi Devta):  Vasuki

Pratyadi Devta helps us understand the function of the Nakshatra and the planet in our birth chart, and has total command over the functions related to the Nakshatras placed in the birth chart. Vasuki is the presiding deity of Ashlesha Nakshatra. As per the ancient mythology, Vasuki is the only serpent who had disagreed to cheat Vinata, the sister of his mother Kadru. This is the reason, if benefic planet comes in conjunction with moon in this Nakshatra, the native will get all the positive traits like wealth, honesty, lots of love and respect in the family. However, in case of any affliction, the native will not get respect in their own family and society and will cheat others and also get cheated in return.

Gender: Female

Gender of any Nakshatra is used in Vedic astrology for matchmaking but if we deeply analyze this, we come to know a rather fascinating fact that the gender signifies our mental inclination towards material things and how we manipulate life’s challenges for our survival. The gender of Ashlesha Nakshatra is Female which signify empathy, intuition, care and transformation as key themes for the natives born in this Nakshatra.

Dosha: Kapha

Dosha represents which type of disease will affect the native. Ashlesha Nakshatra natives are dominated by Kapha. The main function of Kapha is to protect the body by holding the muscle, bone and fat together. Natives of this Nakshatra need to take care of this dosha so that their vitality is maintained. They might have to face health issues related to stomach ache, indigestion and lack of appetite.

Guna: Sattwa

In Indian philosophy, there are three Gunas, known as - Sattwa, Rajas, and Tamas. These are known as the three processes that build a successful life. The guna of Ashlesha Nakshatra is Sattwa. Sattwa guna makes Aslesha Nakshatra natives very spiritual, knowledgeable, and highly ambitious. Affliction to the Nakshatra gives emotional setbacks in life and repeated loss of money.

Element: Water

Ashlesha Nakshatra is governed by the Water element, which signifies that the natives born in this Nakshatra shall have a good memory and retention and good learning abilities. Water element also signifies that the natives of this Nakshatra are empathetic and compassionate but could also be manipulative.

Bird: Blue Sparrow

Birds are the highly spiritual creatures, which came into life to give us the message from the universe. Each Nakshatra has a particular bird symbol, which shows us that the energy related to that bird is residing within us related to that particular constellation/Nakshatra. The bird symbolic to Ashlesha Nakshatra is the Blue sparrow and signifies that natives of this Nakshatra should not criticize others.

First letter for naming Ashlesha Nakshatra born baby - De, Du, De, Do.

The first letter of the name also produces a vibration, which is connected with the individual, as per the Vedas. It is advisable to choose a name with the letter that creates harmony between the human and the Universe, so that the native gets every happiness and success, promised in his birth chart. This is akin to us coming in the network coverage area of the Nakshatra we are born under, and thus getting a proper signal from it, which helps us rejuvenate and connect better with the world. The first letter for a baby born in Ashlesha Nakshatra could be De, Du, De, Do.