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In Vedic Jyotish, Pushya is considered to be one of the most auspicious nakshatras and many new things are initiated and started when this nakshatra is rising in the sky. Vedic astrology takes Pushya as the eighth nakshatra among the 27 nakshatras which are considered important for making astrological calculations from horoscopes based on Indian Jyotish. Among the 27 nakshatras, Pushya is the first nakshatra that has Saturn as its planetary ruler and even though Saturn is associated with many kinds of troubles, problems and misfortunes by many astrologers practicing in Indian astrology, Pushya is associated with many good things and good fortunes according to vedic astrology. The literal meaning of the word Pushya is To Nourish or the one who Nourishes and the meaning of this word alone gives a fair idea about the qualities exhibited by this nakshatra. According to some vedic astrologers practicing in Indian Jyotish, Pushya was known as Tishya by the vedic astrologers of ancient times. The literal meaning of Tishya is auspicious according to vedic astrology and this meaning again tells us about the goodness associated with this nakshatra. Some Indian astrologers also associate the name Sidhya with this nakshatra and the word Sidhya is translated as prosperous according to Vedic Jyotish which is again a very good quality to be exhibited by any nakshatra.

                                      According to Vedic Jyotish, the main symbol associated with Pushya is the Milk yielding udder of a cow. Cow is considered as the holiest among the animals according to Indian Vedic beliefs and it holds the title of Mother Cow according to traditional Indian beliefs. Cow is still given a great respect in many parts of India and the milk yielded by cow is considered to be very healthy, nutritious, nurturing and sattawic in Gun according to ancient vedic beliefs. Hence it can be said that Pushya is a caring and nurturing nakshatra and the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are very caring and nurturing towards their nears and dears and towards the society as a whole. Just as the cow provides its milk unselfishly for everyone, Pushya also nurtures and provides for everyone without any selfish interests. Some Vedic astrologers practicing in Indian Jyotish also associate a Wheel as a symbol to this nakshatra. A wheel is taken as a symbol of movement which in turns signifies the passage of time and the coming and going of generations after generations, according to Vedic Jyotish. Thus Pushya also exhibits qualities like movement, progress, development and evolution with time, advancement of civilizations and other likewise qualities.

Vedic Jyotish takes Jupiter as the ruling deity of Pushya and it is the time to know that according to Indian mythology, Jupiter is considered as DevGuru or Preceptor of the gods who guides them to do the good, the right and the just from time to time. The influence of Jupiter over Pushya brings Jupiterian qualities like compassion, caring attitude, optimism, generosity, righteousness, prosperity and auspiciousness to this nakshatra. Pushya resembles so much with Jupiter in regards to many of its qualities that many Vedic astrologers believe that Jupiter is more closely associated with Pushya than its own nakshatras which are the nakshatras for which Jupiter is the planetary ruler according to Vedic Astrology. All parts of Pushya fall in the sign of Cancer ruled by the Moon which further enhances the mother like caring and nurturing aspect of this nakshatra as the Moon is considered to be a motherly planet and Indian Jyotish considers it as the mother of all the planets. The influence of the Moon over Pushya brings some feminine qualities like maternal care, nurturing nature, sensitiveness and emotions to this nakshatra. And as we already know by now that Saturn is assigned as the planetary ruler to this nakshatra according to Vedic Jyotish, so some of Saturn’s qualities like, patience, perseverance, the ability to serve people and the ability to connect to people also find expression through this nakshatra. The combined influence of Jupiter, Saturn and Moon make Pushya a very nurturing, caring, serving and mass oriented nakshatra. Natives under the strong influence of Pushya usually have a good reputation among the people around them by virtue of the good qualities exhibited by them.

                                    The natives under the strong influence of Pushya are usually very kind, caring, gentle, prosperous and well respected by the society. Such natives have strong family values and they are very caring and protective towards their family members as well as towards their nears and dears. Pushya natives believe in making their contribution to society and they try to make the world a better place for all to live. The influence of Saturn makes Pushya natives willing to serve the family and community as and when needed whereas the influence of Jupiter and Moon makes such natives engage in charitable works and as a result many of Pushya natives can be found associated to some welfare organization which works for the benefit and welfare of one or the other weaker section of the society. Pushya natives are usually well capable of achieving their set goals as they are hard working and they have a high level of perseverance due to the influence of Saturn over this nakshatra. Such natives keep on moving towards their set goals throughout their lives and they usually end up in comfortable positions as they are able to achieve many of their planned and set goals most of the times. Pushya natives are usually very religious and they can also have good spiritual interests according to Vedic Jyotish. Most of Pushya natives do not have to strive hard for livelihood and they are usually found in comparatively comfortable positions most of times, where they have sufficient wealth and resources to take care of themselves, provide for their families and still save something to convert into assets and to work for the welfare of the society. The influence of Jupiter and Moon keeps on bringing prosperity and wealth to the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra.

                                    According to Vedic Astrology, Pushya natives can be found in various different professional spheres but Pushya natives are commonly found practicing as, all the people dealing with dairy related products and people dealing with many other kinds of food and drink products, people working for with charitable organizations and social welfare organizations of various kinds, teachers, preachers, religious gurus, yoga gurus and other likewise people, astrologers, spiritual healers, spiritual teachers, priests, nuns, nurses and other likewise people who work to serve the people in need of their services, people working with banking industry and many other kinds of financial organizations, people working in hotel industry and other likewise industries which provide food, accommodation and comfort to the people, politicians and particularly the mass oriented leaders and many more people dealing in many other professions. It can be observed that many of the professions practiced by Pushya natives are associated with Jupiter, Saturn and Moon according to Vedic Astrology. Therefore Pushya can be seen as a nakshatra which combines many good qualities of Jupiter, Moon and Saturn and at the same time it also takes some of its qualities from Venus as Indian Jyotish directly relates Cow, Milk and other dairy products to Venus.

                                     Discussing some of the other facts about Pushya which are considered important in Indian Jyotish for making certain specific calculations like gun Milan for the purpose of horoscope matching for marriage, Vedic astrology considers Pushya as a male nakshatra which can be primarily due the fact that its ruling deity Jupiter has a great deal of influence over this nakshatra and many of Jupiter’s qualities are exhibited through this nakshatra. Vedic Jyotish takes Pushya as quick in nature and passive in functioning where the quickness can be taken as a quick ability to make decisions and passiveness can be seen more as stability which means no hurry for actions. Vedic astrology assigns Kshatriya Varna to Pushya which can be attributed to the service oriented quality of this nakshatra. The Gun assigned to this nakshatra is Tamasic which can be understood by considering the planetary lordship of Saturn over this nakshatra. Vedic Jyotish assigns Dev Gan to Pushya which can be easily understood by paying attention to the influence of Jupiter and Moon over this nakshatra. Water is the element which is associated with Pushya.

Himanshu Shangari