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.

Dhanishta Nakshatra

Dhanishta Nakshatra is the twenty-third Nakshatra in the series of the lunar constellations or Nakshatras in Vedic Astrology. The first two quarters or padas of this Nakshatra falls under the zodiac sign of Capricorn and the last two fall under the sign of Aquarius. The word ‘Dhanishta’ means the wealthiest. Wealth here not only signifies money but also refers to the inner resources or the wealth of our values. Dhanishta is considered to be one of the luckiest Nakshatras.

Symbol: Drum and flute

The symbols of Dhanishta Nakshatra drum and flute indicates the fondness and liking of the natives born under this Nakshatra for music and dance. They also possess musical talents and abilities. Drum and flute as musical instruments also symbolize also their understanding of the larger rhythms of life and Universe and the pace at which these natives can live their life. The hollowness inside the drum and flute could indicate a sense of emptiness and void in the life of the natives of this Nakshatra, which could lead to problems in relationships.

Knowing the Characteristics

People born under Dhanishta Nakshatra are known for their energy, inner strength and commitment towards their goals. They are adaptable and expressive and have the ability of making people comfortable during conversations. Since there is considerable material wealth and riches associated with this Nakshatra, its natives are highly materialistic and quite successful in gaining wealth and property ownership. They aspire to achieve high positions and live a prosperous life. However, at times their aspirations and over ambitious nature can lead to a hectic pace of life.

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Know in detail about Dhanishta Nakshatra:

Translation  The wealthiest
Symbol  Musical drum and flute
Animal Symbol  A female Lion
Presiding Deity The eight Vasus, the gods of light and energy
Controlling/Ruling Planet  Mars
Ruling Deity of the Planet  Muruga
The 4 Quarters of Dhanishta Nakshatra  
1st quarter  Ruled by Sun
2nd quarter  Ruled by Mercury
3rd quarter  Ruled by Venus
4th quarter  Ruled by Mars
Nature  Rakshasa (demon)
Mode  Active
Number  23
Gender  Female
Dosha  Pitta
Guna  Tamasic
Element  Ether
Disposition  Movable
Bird  Golden bee
Common Name of the Tree  Sami
Botanical Name of the Tree  Prosopis cineraria
Seed Sounds  Ga, Gi, Gu, Ge


The Ruling Planet of Dhanishta Nakshatra (Graha Devta): Mars

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 Dhanishta Nakshatra is the Mars, which makes the natives of this Nakshatra confident, daring and heroic in nature. They have a warrior like attitude and are good at sports and athletics. However, at the same time, they tend to be aggressive and short tempered which leads to problems in their relationships. Due to the effect of Saturn on this Nakshatra, the natives also possess perseverance and good organizational skills.

The energy source of Dhanishta Nakshatra (Adhi Devta): Ashta Vasu or the eight Vasus

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 Dhanishta Nakshatra is the Ashta Vasu. Ashta Vasu, the children of sage Kashyap and Aditi, finds mention in the Ramayana. As per the Vedic mythology and scriptures, they got cursed because they had stolen the cow, which belonged to sage Vashishta. The natives born in Dhanishta Nakshatra receive wealth and brilliance in their life. They have a lot of temptation for wealth and luxurious things and get all sorts of comforts and riches in their life.

Presiding Deity of Dhanishta Nakshatra (Pratyadi Devta): Goddess Ganga

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. The presiding deity of Dhanishta Nakshatra is goddess Ganga who had given relief to the Ashta Vasus from the curse of sage Vashishta. The natives of this Nakshatra possess wisdom, resourcefulness and a charitable nature.

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 Dhanishta Nakshatra is Female and natives of this Nakshatra are insightful, charitable, compassionate and sincere. However, at times they could be narcissistic, argumentative and inconsiderate. They like to do social service and can run NGOs very successfully.

Dosha: Pitta

Dosha represents which type of disease will affect the native. Dhanishta Nakshatra natives are dominated by Pitta. Pitta represents the metabolism in the body and is responsible for the transformation of food and water into energy through digestion. Natives born in this Nakshatra should take care of health issues related to their spine, waist and back.

Guna: Tamasic

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 Dhanishta Nakshatra is Tamasic which could give negative traits like fear, depression, instability and anger to the natives of this Nakshatra.

Element: Ether

Dhanishta Nakshatra is governed by the Ether element. Ether represents the divine silence, where all the creation happens. Ether element gives the ability to have new ideas and inceptions. Natives of this Nakshatra can become famous singers and expert in playing musical instruments. Careers related to dancing, choreography, yoga, healing etc. could also prove beneficial.

Bird:  Golden Bee

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 Dhanishta Nakshatra is Golden bee. Bees are interesting creatures and symbolize hard work, community living and team work. Natives of this Nakshatra have the ability to mingle with people through their communication skills and direct their energy towards achieving worldly accomplishments.

First letter for naming Dhanishta Nakshatra born baby – Ga, Gi, Gu, Ge

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 Dhanishta Nakshatra could be Ga, Gi, Gu, Ge.