Mrigashira Nakshatra: Range 23°20’ Taurus - 06°40 Gemini)
Ruling Planet: Mars
Deity: Soma, The Moon God.
Symbol: Deer (Antelope’s) head.
Gana (nature): Deva (God).
Animal symbol: female serpent.
Sounds: vay, vo, kaa, ke.
Primary motivation: moksha (spiritual liberation).
Mrigashira Nakshatra comes under in the domain of planet Venus (Taurus 23°20) and mercury (Gemini 06°40) ruled by planet Mars. It consists of three faint stars near the head of constellation of Orion. Mrigashira is the fifth Nakshatra called ‘’The Searching Star’’ marking the beginning of search, the ruling planet mars reflecting the spiritual warrior searching for truth. The first half of the Mrigashira is placed in the constellation of Taurus the bull. This part is ruled by Venus is very creative, the native is very poetic and have musical talent. mrigashira nakshatra help individual to manifest their idea into the material plane. This is very good for producing beautiful and creative things. The second half of mrigashira which resides in Gemini is very good in writing, and public speaking. The person may also be very clever, curious, research oriented. The symbol for Mrigashira is an antelope’s head. Antelope is elusive, quick, graceful, agile, and represented as a golden deer. Thus it can be a search for the golden deer that gets caught in the form of comforts and pleasures of worldly life chasing after non-existent things that can only be held in the moment. People born with this nakshatra prominent often have the face of a deer. Another animal is female serpent, representing the sensual and seductive nature. Mrigashira represents quick radical change, and searching for enlightenment.
The Deity is Soma, the Moon God who imparts the divine nectar of ever-new bliss. It has a deva temperament and moksha or spiritual liberation as its primary motivation. It is an excellent asterism for research of religious or philosophical truths. The shakti of Mrigashira is the “power to give fulfillment”. Mrigashirsha Nakshatra is joyful and makes life more attractive. Mrigashira individuals search within the creation for satiation and usually find it. Main motive is they search for to fulfil their desire and enjoy the creation. Mrigashira individuals are gentle, peaceful, sensitive, and perceptive in nature. They are sincere in their behavior towards others and expect that others should also behave in the same way. They are always curious and so are good travelers, investigators, researchers and collectors and they make good public speakers and communicators.
In Hindu mythology a story connected with mrigashira nakshatra. This story reveals a shadow side of soma the deity, and his attraction to Jupiter’s wife Tara. Soma seduced Tara and eloped with her. This caused tremendous uproar which made the Gods intervene and return Tara to Jupiter, however by that time Tara was Pregnant with moon’ child, the child name budha or mercury. In the Vedas, it is written, ‘’out of the moon, the mind was born’’. That is analytical mind of mercury is create out of the perceptual mind of the moon. Jupiter was aware of Budha's illegitimate birth, but Jupiter found Mercury charming and agreed to accept him as his son and decide to father him anyway. From Jyotish point of view, this can be interrelated as involvement of sexual seduction, birth of illegitimate child and reunion of family after a mishap. Natives of this nakshatra are pleasure seeking, the way Soma sought after Tara's company and they are on a look out for some kind of sensational relationships.
The shadow side of this lunar mansion can be an indulgence in pleasure. Seeking comfort and pleasure, in life, sensory attachments to strong materialistic things and craving for sensation. a fickle nature may also be observed in the Gemini half of Mrigashira.
Mrigasira Nakshatra Pada 1: Falls in Leo Navamsa and is ruled by Sun. This pada has the ability to express its experiences through creative and artistic activities.
Mrigasira Nakshatra Pada 2: Falls in Virgo Navamsa ruled by Mercury. This pada represents the discriminatory, calculative, good mental ability, and humorous side of Mrigashira.
Mrigasira Nakshatra Pada 3: Falls in Libra Navamsa ruled by Venus. This pada is related to sociability exploring the mental side of all types of relationships.
Mrigasira Nakshatra Pada 4: Falls in Scorpio Navamsa ruled by Mars. This pada relates to the intellectual, argumentative, suspicious, flaky and whimsical part of this nakshatra. Most of the negative qualities of Mrigashira find expression through this pada. It can function wisely only in evolved souls and through proper guidance.
Ascendant in Mrigasira Nakshatra: Attractive, seductive nature, mystical, seeker of truth, face of a deer, enthusiastic, talkative, good speech, daring, active mind, mental vacillation, love of travel.
Sun in Mrigasira Nakshatra: Adventurous, courageous, architect, competitive, leadership, authority figure, poetic, writing skill, jack of all trades, creative, indulgent nature, laziness.
Moon in Mrigasira Nakshatra: They are pleasant spoken, intelligent and affectionate to their mother. Self-sacrifice, sensual and beautiful. They are gentle, tender and peaceful, sensual and romantic.
Mars in Mrigasira Nakshatra: Strong determination, enthusiastic, stubborn, sensual, high sexy drive, courageous, passionate, risk taking,
Mercury in Mrigasira Nakshatra: The mercury in Mrigashirsha indicates a person who is restless and nervous, and constantly searching for something. Quick, and have beautiful handwriting skills.
Jupiter in Mrigasira Nakshatra: Intelligent and knowledge seeking, truthful, handsome, enjoy wealth and prosperity, natural traveler, researcher, and spiritual.
Venus in Mrigasira Nakshatra: Indulgent in sensual pleasures, wealthy, beautiful, poetic, interest in music, dance, seductive, fond of good food, and may involve in erotic love affair,
Saturn in Mrigasira Nakshatra: Lack efficiency in their work, cunning, arrogant and stubborn. On positive side they often become inclined towards spirituality and seek spiritual depths of life.
Rahu in Mrigasira Nakshatra: Rahu will begin, to search for materialistic pleasure. Rahu’s intellectual search for the answers we seek externally are not enough and at that point the inner journey can start.
Ketu in Mrigasira Nakshatra: Ketu in Mrigasira shows a past life where an intellectual search into the realities of life began. This is an opportunity for the soul to give it up its material entanglements and move towards self-realization.
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