Jyeshtha

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Jyeshtha is taken as the eighteenth nakshatra among the 27 nakshatras which are considered important in Vedic Jyotish for making calculations from horoscopes based on Vedic astrology. Jyeshtha marks the completion of second series of nine nakshatras starting from Magha and completing at Jyestha. The literal meaning of the world Jyeshtha is Elder and Vedic astrology associates the meanings like Elder, Mature and Senior with this nakshatra. Accordingly many Vedic astrologers think that the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra mature early in their lives both in physical as well as mental sense. Many Vedic astrologers take the main symbol of this nakshatra as a Round Talisman which is worn by the people for protection from evil forces and which was also worn by people in authority, in old civilizations. Hence Jyeshtha is associated with protection and authority as indicated by its symbol. A talisman is also worn by the people who deal in occult or paranormal practices and hence this nakshatra also connects to the realms of paranormal and occult through this symbol. Some Vedic astrologers practicing in Indian Jyotish associate the symbol of Umbrella to this nakshatra and the symbol of umbrella again associates the characteristics like protection and authority with this nakshatra. It should be noted here that an umbrella is used by people to protect themselves from rain or sun and history tells us that a kind of big umbrella called Chatra, was also used frequently by Kings which conveys the idea of protection as well as authority. So Jyeshtha as a nakshatra has lot to do with protection, maturity and authority of one kind or the other.

                                       Vedic astrology assigns Indra, the king of Gods as the ruling deity of this nakshatra and accordingly many characteristics of Indra are relayed through this nakshatra. Indra is portrayed as a cunning, selfish, tricky and proud character in many stories of Vedic mythology and he is also known as the one who has many times misused his power and authority to achieve his goals. For example, according to a story mentioned in Indian mythology, in ancient India there used to be a powerful sage named Gautum who was married to Ahilya who was a very beautiful woman. One day Indra saw Ahilya and charmed by her beauty, he decided to fulfill his desire with her despite the fact that Ahilya was a married woman and she was completely devoted to her husband Gautum. One day when sage Gautum was away from his place of residence, Indra used his power of illusion and impersonated as sage Gautum. He then went to sage Gautum’s residence where his wife Ahilya was alone and he fulfilled his desire with Ahilya in the disguise of sage Gautum. Ahilya did not object to his intentions as she did not know that it was not her husband but it was Indra. After fulfilling his desire, when Indra was leaving the place, sage Gautum came and saw someone who was a complete look alike of him, with his wife. The sage understood that this impersonator has mated with his wife and in a bout of anger, he cursed his wife and turned her into a stone who was later relieved from this curse and stone form by Lord Rama who is recognized as the incarnation of Lord Narayna, one of the three supreme ruling Gods according to Hindu mythology.

                                           It can be seen here that according to Indian mythology Indra comes across as a character who has more negative shades in his personality than the positive ones and many of these negative characteristics of Indra are exhibited through this nakshatra called Jyeshtha. We have already seen that Indra is also a ruling deity for the sixteenth nakshatra named Vishakha and many of his negative characteristics are relayed through Vishakha and same is the case with Jyeshtha which also exhibits many negative characteristics due to influence of Indra on this nakshatra. So Jyeshtha can also work like Vishkha in a bigger way but it should be noted here that unlike Vishakha, Jyeshtha is a much more controlled nakshatra and it can act in positive fashion in many horoscopes. The reason for this difference between the natures of Jyeshtha and Vishakha is that Jyeshtha comes under the influence of Mercury which is the ruling planet of this nakshatra and which is considered as a planet of wisdom, analysis and sensibility in Vedic Jyotish and the influence of Mercury on Jyeshtha brings these qualities to Jyeshtha which makes it a comparatively stable and balanced nakshatra and to further add to the equation, all parts of this nakshatra fall in the sign of Scorpio which is ruled by Mars. In Vedic Jyotish, Mars is considered as a planet of logic and thus the influence of Mars brings logic to this nakshatra and under the combined influence of planet of wisdom and the planet of logic, Jyeshtha behaves in a much more controlled way compared to Vishakha which has a strong influence of Venus on it along with the influence of Indra and the effect of these two influences make Vishakha go to any lengths to fulfill its desires and achieve its goals whereas this is not the case with Jyeshtha as it is associated with wisdom and logic.

                                         Natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra usually mature earlier than many other nakshatra types and this maturity is associated with physical as well as mental plane. Jyeshtha natives are wise and they are capable of making their decisions based on wisdom and they also have the ability to separate right from the wrong. Jyeshtha natives are usually very concerned about how they are perceived by the other people and to maintain their status and image in the society around them is important to them. These natives take special care to make sure that their public image and reputation is good and clean even though they may be involved in some wrong deeds. Jyeshtha natives are good at hiding their inner feelings and their intentions and they are also good at acting or projecting themselves to be someone they are not. Many politicians of today’s world are under the strong influence of this nakshatra and as a result they are very well capable of keeping their public image clean. Such politicians are perceived to be very good, serving and having good characters by their public whereas in actual practice, they may be just the opposite of their public image. The power and status associated with these politicians again confirms the point that Jyeshtha is a nakshatra which blesses its natives with power and authority of some kind. On the other hand some Jyeshtha natives can actually have a good character and they may live up to their public image but Jyeshtha natives are good at keeping their image clean whether they are actually clean or not. Some Vedic astrologers consider this nakshatra as one of the most shrewd and manipulative nakshatra among all 27 nakshatras which are considered important in Vedic astrology.

                                     Jyeshtha natives are generally good at performing their duties and they are very much concerned about discipline and doing their duties in an arranged and timely manner. These natives are good at helping other people and they can sometimes go out of the way in order to help someone who is in need. Some Vedic astrologers believe that the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra can pick up fights with people or organizations which are much stronger than them in order to protect someone who is weak and cannot protect himself. Jyeshtha natives are generally justice loving people and they try to balance the things in a just way though they may practice some tricks when their own self is involved in something. Jyeshtha natives are usually strong believers in astrology and other paranormal phenomenon and many of these natives take help and guidance of these phenomenon to rise in their lives and to attain success. Jyeshtha natives also have a good tendency to choose some occult science as their path of profession or the path of their life and some of them can be seen practicing in such fields as professionals. Jyeshtha is always associated with some element of mystery and occult since all parts of this nakshatra fall in the sign of Scorpio which is considered as a sign associated with mysteries and the occult, according to Vedic Jyotish.

                                    Vedic astrology associates this nakshatra with various professional fields and accordingly the people under the influence of this nakshatra can be seen practicing as politicians, diplomats, manipulators, power brokers and other such people practicing in similar kinds of fields, administrators, government officials, policemen, people serving the army and other such kinds of people practicing in similar kinds of professional fields, astrologers, numerologists, psychics, palmists, black magicians, tantrics and similar kinds of people and many other kinds of people practicing in many other kinds of professional spheres. Natives under the strong negative influence of this nakshatra can also be seen practicing in many kinds of illegal or immoral professions which may include people practicing as smugglers, gangsters, mafia, arms dealers, land mafia, militants and all other people associated with militant organizations. Hence Jyeshtha has a wide variety of professional spheres associated with it and whether a particular native will choose good or bad professions will very much depend upon the positive or negative influence of this nakshatra in the horoscope of the native.

                                 Coming to some other facts associated with this nakshatra which are considered important for making some specific calculations like gun Milan for the purpose of horoscope matching for marriage, Vedic jyotish considers Jyeshtha as a female nakshatra and though many Vedic astrologers associate this classification with different explanations but no convincing explanation is available so far. Jyotish considers Jyeshtha as a Harsh nakshatra in nature and quick in functioning and many Vedic astrologers explain these classifications on the basis of influence of Mars on this nakshatra. Vedic astrology assigns Shudra caste to this nakshatra and there is again no convincing explanation available for this classification of Jyeshtha. Many astrologers assign the Sattwic gun to this nakshatra which is explained on the basis of its association with Indra. The Gan assigned to this nakshatra is Rakshas and it is again confusing classification of Gan though many Vedic astrologers explain this classification on the basis of many negative qualities exhibited by this nakshatra. Vedic astrology associates the element of Air with this nakshatra which is explained on the basis of influence of Mercury on this nakshatra.

By
Himanshu Shangari