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Punarvasu is taken as the seventh nakshatra among the 27 nakshatras which are considered important in Indian Jyotish for making calculations from horoscopes based on Vedic Jyotish. The literal meaning of Punarvasu is to become Vasu again and since the Vasus possess qualities like goodness, prosperity and genuineness, these meanings can also be assigned to Punarvasu. Thus it can be said that Punarvasu is a nakshatra which promotes prosperity and goodness on all levels when working through its positive aspects. Vedic Jyotish assigns an arrow as the main symbol to this nakshatra and this symbol of arrow conveys many things at the same time. For example, an arrow is associated with striking the target which in turn is associated with the desire aspect of the archer who wants to strike the target with his arrow. An arrow is also associated with movement and the movement itself is associated with the time in one form or the other. So it can be said that Punarvasu is associated with desire to achieve goals, movements and travels and this nakshatra is also associated with the time aspect of nature.

                                      Some vedic astrologers practicing in Indian Jyotish associate a couple of more symbols to Punarvasu. A quiver full of arrows is used as a symbol of Punarvasu by some vedic astrologers whereas a house is also used as a symbol of Punarvasu by a different school of vedic astrologers practicing in Indian Jyotish. Upon analyzing these symbols used for Punarvasu it can be said that a quiver full of arrows provides a sense of resourcefulness and safety to the bearer of this quiver as a number of arrows present in the quiver of Punarvasu can be considered as a number of different resources available to the bearer of this quiver which can be used appropriately according to their usefulness and at the right time. A quiver full of arrows also represents a well equipped and well armed person which again conveys a sense of safety as a well equipped and properly armed person is usually considered as safe. The other symbol of house used for Punarvasu by some vedic astrologers conveys the meanings like comfort, leisure, safety and enjoyment as all of the above mentioned terms are associated with the concept of house. Based on the above facts, it can be said that Punarvasu is associated with desire, time, safety, comfort, leisure, enjoyment, wealth, prosperity and other such things which make this nakshatra a very resourceful and benevolent nakshatra and for these reasons, Vedic Jyotish associates great importance to this nakshatra.

                                     Vedic Jyotish assigns Aditi as the ruling deity of Punarvasu. Aditi is the mother of 12 Adityas who are considered as solar deities in Indian Jyotish. The influence of Aditi on Punarvasu brings the mother like caring and home like safety qualities to this nakshatra. Aditi is considered as a very resourceful and benevolent deity according to Indian Jyotish which again brings the resourcefulness and benevolence to Punarvasu. Vedic Jyotish takes Jupiter as the ruling planet of Punarvasu and Jupiter relays its qualities like prosperity, ethics and care for the well being of the others through this nakshatra. The first three parts of Punarvasu fall in the sign of Gemini ruled by Mercury whereas the fourth and final part of Punarvasu falls in the sign of Cancer ruled by Moon. The influence of Mercury brings the qualities like mobility, trade and business skill and communication to Punarvasu whereas the influence of Moon brings qualities like maternal love and care for the well being of the society.

                                    When working positively, Punarvasu supports life and harmony at all levels and therefore the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra can be seen to exhibit positive qualities like the promotion of life and society, being happy and trying to make other people happy, leading a moral and spiritual life and the other likewise qualities according to Vedic Jyotish. The natives under the strong influence of Punarvasu have a definitive and strong sense of ethics and they are very skilled at separating the good from the bad and therefore they do not let much negativity build inside them. People under the strong influence of Punarvasu have great sense of reasoning and they use this quality to choose right paths throughout their lives. Punarvasu natives are blessed with a good power of imagination and creativity and they can be seen making use of it in the fields like writing poetry or literature, painting or acting and doing other creative activities which require the use of imagination. Punarvasu natives are patient by nature and they are friendly towards the people around them and for this reason Punarvasu natives are usually known to be the safest kind of people to be with and to be around. 

                                   Indian Jyotish also assigns qualities like simplicity, forgiveness and honesty to Punarvasu and as a result the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are simple and honest in their approach. Many Punarvasu natives are content and happy with what they have in life and they do not have a habit to run behind whatever materialistic pleasures they do not have. It is interesting to note here that despite their simple and content approach towards life, many Punarvasu natives are actually very prosperous and resourceful even if they do not want all this prosperity and resourcefulness. This is due to the inherent qualities of Punarvasu which bless the natives under its strong influence with wealth, resources, safety and simplicity at the same time. Many astrologers practicing in Vedic Jyotish believe that natives under the strong influence of Punarvasu do not fall into great dangers, crisis or major problems throughout their life and if they face such problems, they almost always come out of them safe and sound which again confirms the safety word associated with this nakshatra. So it can be said that natives under the strong influence of Punarvasu are blessed with happy, content and resourceful life and they also have good spiritual inclination at the same time according to Indian Jyotish.

                                    When it comes to the professional sphere assigned to the natives under the strong influence of Punarvasu, most of the Vedic Astrologers practicing in Indian Jyotish believe that Punarvasu natives are found to be practicing in the professions which do not demand much physical work and instead the creativity and imagination of these natives is used. Punarvasu also blesses its natives with some gifted professions where the natives earn money by giving advice to people, healing people and at the same time these natives get a fair amount of respect from the people. Punarvasu natives are seen practicing as, astrologers, spiritual healers, councellors and advisers of all kinds, poets, writers, authors dealing with spiritual and supernatural subjects, bankers and people working with many other kinds of financial institutions, teachers of many kinds and preachers of many kinds, artists exhibiting their art in various professional spheres and many other kinds of people dealing in many other kinds of professions. It can be easily noted that natives working in most of the above mentioned fields do not have to do much physical hard work and many of these professions make the natives respected by the people and society around them. This is the reason why most of the vedic astrologers practicing in Indian Jyotish associate many good things to this nakshatra called Punarvasu.

                                    Considering some of the other facts about Punarvasu which are considered important in Indian Jyotish when making certain specific calculations like gun Milan, Punarvasu is taken as a Male nakshatra in Vedic Jyotish. Its nature is considered to be movable according to Indian astrology and the functioning of this nakshatra is considered to be passive which can be easily judged from the easy going nature and not promoting much physical work like qualities of this nakshatra. Vedic Jyotish considers the Varna of Punarvasu to be Vaishya and this nakshatra is taken as Sattawic in Gun and Dev in Gan. The sattawic Gun and Dev Gan of Punarvasu easily fits the description of this nakshatra as it is very ethical, moral and spiritual in nature whereas some Vedic astrologers believe that the Vaishya Varna of this nakshatra is mainly due to the reason that most of this nakshatra falls in the sign of Gemini, ruled by Mercury which is known to be a planet of trade and business and both these qualities are the trademarks of Vaishya Varna according to Vedic Jyotish. The element associated with Punarvasu is water.

Himanshu Shangari