Magha

Important Yogas in Vedic Astrology
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Magha is taken as the tenth nakshatra among the 27 nakshatras which are considered important in Indian Jyotish for making calculations from horoscopes based on Vedic Astrology. Ashlesha marks the end of the first group of nine nakshatras and accordingly Magha signifies the start of the second group of nakshatras in Vedic Astrology. The meaning of Magha is translated in Vedic Astrology as the Mighty, Magnificent and Important and all of these meanings clearly indicate some kind of power and authority associated with this nakshatra. In fact the strong influence of this nakshatra in some horoscope is considered as a sure sign for an authoritative position of the native according to many Indian astrologers. The main symbol used for this nakshatra by most of the Vedic astrologers is a Throne which at once conveys an idea about the association of some kind of authority, power and status with this nakshatra as a throne is directly associated with all of these terms. It should be noted here that according to many Vedic astrologers practicing in Indian Jyotish, the authority and power exhibited by Magha is most of the times associated with inheritance which means that the natives under the strong influence of Magha usually inherit their position of authority or status from their ancestors. For example, a king who has become king by his own efforts and qualities, is not considered as a king of Magha type according to the prevalent beliefs of Vedic Astrology whereas a king who has become a king by virtue of his father being a king which means that he has inherited the Throne, is considered as a king of Magha type according to the same beliefs of Vedic Astrology.

                                      Magha is the first nakshatra where the sense of self is developed and accordingly the natives under the influence of this nakshatra start paying much more attention to their individuality compared to the natives belonging to the previous nine nakshatras. Vedic Astrology considers Pitras or Ancestors as the ruling deities of Magha which clearly gives an indication about the influence of ancestors on this nakshatra and this is the most probable reason for which the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra get their share of authority, power and status from their ancestors. According to Indian mythology, all our ancestors live in Pitra Lok with their astral bodies during the period after their physical death and their next birth in any physical form. According to Indian mythology, Pitra Lok is considered as a heavenly place which is resided by Pitras in their astral bodies. It is a well known scientific fact now that most of us develop and exhibit the qualities and abilities genetically forwarded to us in the form of genetic codes, by our ancestors. So the sense of self developed in Magha is considered to be directly related to the ancestors according to many Vedic astrologers as majority of our present form and shape has been forwarded to us by our ancestors. Hence the individuality of a person includes many of the qualities which belonged to his ancestors and thus the individuality aspect of this nakshatra can also be seen associated to ancestors as without the contribution of the ancestors, we would not have been what we are today. So Magha has a lot to do with the ancestors and it relays many of the qualities associated with the ancestors.

                                        Vedic Jyotish takes Ketu as the planetary ruler of Magha and before commenting on what kind of influence Ketu exerts on this nakshatra, it is important to mention first that all parts of this nakshatra fall in the sign of Leo ruled by the most fiery planet and king of all the planets according to Vedic Astrology, the Sun itself. The Sun as we know is the peak of individualization among all the planets, so the individualization aspect of Magha is supported by the Sun and its sign Leo. Moving forward, as Vedic astrology associates the Sun with all kinds of authority, power and status, so the royal and materialistic qualities of Ketu are relayed through Magha in order to be in accordance with the influence of the Sun and the sign Leo on this nakshatra. Hence the common qualities of Ketu and the Sun like, authority, power, status, individuality, deep insight, quick action and other such qualities are relayed through this nakshatra and therefore many Vedic astrologers consider Magha as a nakhshatra which fuses the similar qualities of the Sun and Ketu.  It is interesting to note here that the Sun is a direct signifier of the self and the ancestors or the Pitras of a person according to the beliefs of Vedic Astrology and a negative aspect to the Sun in a horoscope leads to the formation of Pitru Dosha in that horoscope according to Indian Jyotish. Ketu is also considered as a planet of genetics as it represents the older family members in a family like grandfather and Vedic Jyotish also considers Ketu as a planet related to the past and past lives of a native and it is believed that many good or bad things brought to the native are as a result of his past deeds. As the past again connects with the ancestors, so it can be concluded here that the influence of Ancestors or Pitras, Ketu and the Sun work in coherence with each other to exhibit their common qualities through Magha.

                                     Vedic Jyotish considers Magha as a nakshatra associated with the past and many Vedic astrologers believe that Magha brings most of the good things or bad things to the native under its influence depending upon his past karmas. Magha is a very fierce and active nakshatra according to Vedic Astrology, as the Sun and Ketu both are considered as fiery and active planets in Vedic Astrology. As a result, the good or bad results rendered by this nakshatra to the native under its strong influence can be very quick and fierce in nature which means that it can either bring great fortunes to the native under its influence or it can bring great troubles and miseries to the same native in a very short period of time depending upon whether this nakshatra is working positively or negatively in his horoscope. Even though Magha is associated with the planets like the Sun and Ketu which are considered as the planets favoring individuality, it is still a very much social nakshatra and natives under the influence of this nakshatra are usually good at making and maintaining social relations. But it is again interesting to note here that Magha natives usually consider themselves superior compared to most of the people in their social circle and they usually demand respect and authority from the people around them which they may or may not get depending upon the overall horoscope of these natives.

                                    The reason for such behavior of Magha natives can again be associated to the symbol of this nakshatra as well as the influence of the Sun on this nakshatra. Natives under the influence of this nakshatra usually have a great respect for traditions due to the influence of Ancestors on this nakshatra as everything passed on to us by our ancestors is a tradition in a way. Magha natives do not like people who disrespect their traditional values and who bring social disgrace to the name of their family and Magha natives can many times go out of the way to show anger on such people or even punish them in some way. Magha natives are proud of their family lineage and they do their best to protect it and bring good name to their family by following the moral and ethical codes of the society. The natives under the influence of this nakshatra have strong desires for the continuation of their family through progeny and the influence of Magha helps them achieve this goal most of the times. The strong influence of Magha in a horoscope is considered very good for progeny aspect of the native according to many Vedic astrologers. 

                                        According to the beliefs of Vedic Astrology, natives under the influence of Magha nakshatra are usually found practicing in professions which have something to do with authority, position, power and status. Magha natives can be found in many professional fields practicing as Heads of the Governments and the Kings, administrators, Bureaucrats, Judges, Magistrates, Aristocrats and many other kind of people holding important positions with governments, Politicians and diplomats possessing great power, authority and status, top class lawyers commanding authority and many other kinds of people practicing in many other kinds of professions dealing with power, authority and status. Some Vedic astrologers believe that the strong influence of this nakshatra in a horoscope definitely gives a position of authority and power and this fact is very well supported by the kind of professions associated with this nakshatra. The influence of Ketu on this nakshatra can also make the natives under the influence of Magha practice as black magicians, tantrics, exorcists, astrologers, psychics and in other such kind of professions.

                                      And finally discussing some of the other facts associated with this nakshatra which are considered important in Vedic Astrology for making certain specific calculations like gun Milan for the purpose of horoscope matching for marriage, Magha is considered as a female nakshatra in Vedic Jyotish which can come as a surprise to many people as both the planets influencing this nakshatra are considered as male planets in Indian Jyotish and there is still not any convincing explanation available for this classification of gender assigned to this nakshatra by ancient Vedic Astrologers. Magha is considered as fierce in nature and it is considered as active in functioning and both of these classifications can be easily understood by understanding the nature of the Sun and Ketu. Vedic astrology considers Magha as Shudra in Varna which is again a surprise seeing the qualities exhibited by this nakshatra but there is again no convincing explanation available for this classification. Vedic Jyotish considers Magha to be Tamasic in Gun and Rakshas in Gan which are again surprising classifications by the ancient Vedic astrologers but the tamasic gun assigned to this nakshatra can be due to the fact that Ketu is considered as a Tamasic planet in Indian Jyotish whereas there is again no convincing explanation available for the Rakshas Gan assigned to this nakshatra by ancient Vedic astrologers. Element of water is assigned to this nakshatra.

By
Himanshu Shangari