The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Nakshatras – The Journey of Soul Part-2’.
Anuradha nakshatra is 17th among 27 nakshatras. All four quarters of Anuradha fall in Scorpio. The word Anuradha literally translates into ‘another Radha’. Prevalent beliefs of Vedic astrology relate the meaning of this word to success and good luck.
Radha was Lord Krishna’s lover and their relationship had significant amounts of friendship and understanding among other attributes. To be the love of Lord Krishna is considered as great luck and success. The love of Radha for Lord Krishna was intense and soft at the same time. It means her love was not filled with possession and it was liberating type. Hence characteristics like friendship, understanding, intensity, liberty, luck and success are added to Anuradha nakshatra through its name. Due to these characteristics, natives under strong influence of Anuradha nakshatra may be friendly, caring, liberal, intense and understanding.
The main symbol of Anuradha nakshatra is a staff carried by powerful sages according to Vedic mythology. These staffs used to be very powerful. They were used by sages for protection and to punish the ones who deserved punishments. It means staffs were used by them to keep things around them in balance. The sages almost never used their staffs for selfish motives. They used their staffs only when there was need for them to be used, which means they used them wisely.
Hence the symbol of staff associates Anuradha nakshatra with power, protection and wisdom. Accordingly, these characteristics are relayed through Anuradha, combining with the characteristics mentioned earlier. An alternate symbol of Lotus is also assigned to Anuradha nakshatra. Lotus is considered as a very auspicious flower in Vedic mythology. It is considered as the Aasana or seat of goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning and knowledge.
A lotus is special in the way that it grows in mud and it stays in mud, but it doesn’t get affected by it. This means despite growing in mud; lotus keeps itself clean and pure. A lotus conveys that in the deepest sense, purity is not dependent on circumstances outside, it comes from within. A Lotus also shows that life may take beautiful forms, even by using resources like mud.
It means spiritual advancement or goodness may be achieved, even when all around you is bad. It also means that a wise person can make constructive use of even the negative people or circumstances around him. He may do so by learning how not to be like them and why not to do what they are doing. For these reasons, Lotus is considered as an inspiration for natives who wish to achieve spiritual growth or who wish to make themselves better, even when circumstances may be adverse. Therefore, Anuradha nakshatra is also associated with characteristics like learning, auspiciousness, enlightenment, wisdom and the ability to remain unaffected by circumstances.
Vedic astrology assigns Mitra, one of the twelve Adityas (Solar deities) as the ruling deity of Anuradha nakshatra. Accordingly, many characteristics of Mitra are relayed through Anuradha. The word Mitra translates into Friend. Hence the characteristics like friendliness, cordiality, helpfulness and working in harmony with others to achieve success are associated with Mitra. All these characteristics find expression through Anuradha nakshatra. Mitra promotes friendship on all levels and stages of life. Hence Anuradha may be seen as a nakshatra which promotes friendship and universal brotherhood.
As a result, Anuradha natives may be seen making many friends throughout their lives. Such natives may achieve success with the help of these friends and as results of group work. It should be noted that while making friends, Anuradha may not discriminate based on age, race, colour, gender, financial status and all other such attributes. For this reason, natives under strong influence of Anuradha nakshatra may have large networks of friends, belonging to all walks of life.
Goddess Saraswati is assigned as another ruling deity of Anuradha nakshatra. Hence Anuradha nakshatra associates with all types of learning through goddess Saraswati. Accordingly, Anuradha natives may be skilled in many types of arts like music and singing.
Vedic astrology assigns Saturn as the ruling planet of Anuradha nakshatra. The influence of Saturn blesses Anuradha nakshatra with characteristics like practicality, analytical ability, perseverance and discipline. Due to these characteristics, Anuradha natives generally have sensible and no-nonsense approach towards life. Anuradha natives are generally very good at separating the right path from the wrong one.
This characteristic of Anuradha is in contrast to the characteristic of Vishakha, which may often choose the wrong path over the right one. It means natives under strong influence of Anuradha nakshatra may pay more attention to how a goal should be reached, than reaching the goal itself. For this reason, Anuradha native generally don’t deviate from their standard moral behaviors. Hence it may be difficult to lure them to engage in immoral deeds, by showing them various types of rewards.
All quarters of Anuradha nakshatra fall in Scorpio which is ruled by Mars. Influence of Scorpio and Mars on Anuradha nakshatra blesses it with abundant energy to pursue and achieve its goals. Influence of Scorpio also adds elements of mystery and the occult to Anuradha nakshatra, since Scorpio is considered as a sign of mysteries and the occult in Vedic astrology.
Due to the combined effect of these influences on Anuradha nakshatra, natives under its strong influence are generally very good at making friends and they are capable of achieving success in various fields of their lives by virtue of group work. Anuradha natives may be very good learners. Hence they may learn many different topics and subjects easily, compared to many other nakshatra type natives. When it comes to learn new languages, natives under strong influence of Anuradha nakshatra may outperform most other nakshatra type natives. Anuradha natives may easily be considered among the quickest learners, in studies as well as in other fields.
Anuradha natives may be especially good in subjects like mathematics and science; and they may be quick at making calculations. Accordingly, many of them may succeed in professional fields where quick calculations are required. Hence natives under strong influence of Anuradha nakshatra may achieve success as astrologers, mathematicians, scientists, astronomers, researchers, analysts and many other similar types of professionals.
Anuradha natives may be good in the field of communications. They may have natural ability to make friends easily and relate easily to people who belong to different age groups, races or cultures. Anuradha nakshatra is a promoter of universal brotherhood. Accordingly, Anuradha natives are likely to be connected to people from various religions, countries and beliefs.
Due to influence of Mars and Scorpio on Anuradha, Anuradha natives may be well capable of challenging the outdated traditions of society. Anuradha natives may be capable of setting new traditions and trends for other people to follow. Influences of Saturn and Mitra on Anuradha nakshatra may bless the natives under its strong impact with the ability to connect to people on mass levels and influence them with their logical reasoning.
Influence of Mars on Anuradha nakshatra provides sufficient energy to these natives to bring about required changes. Mars is known as a planet of energy and rebellion. Accordingly, natives under strong influence of Anuradha nakshatra may start revolutions and they may root out old and outdated traditions or systems through such revolutions. It may be easy for Anuradha natives to gain support of people due to influence of Mitra on Anuradha nakshatra. Hence Anuradha natives may prove good leaders who may start revolutions and see them through.
Anuradha natives are also seen to have good interest in fields like astrology, numerology and other paranormal or occult phenomena. Anuradha natives may be keen on learning new things and exploring new worlds. As a result, many of these natives may travel to foreign countries many times in their lives and some of them may settle permanently in foreign countries. Anuradha natives may be blessed with the ability to adjust themselves to completely new surroundings or countries in very short periods of time. Due to this characteristic, they may easily establish themselves in foreign lands and foreign cultures.
Looking at professions, natives under strong influence of Anuradha nakshatra may achieve success as counselors, therapists, psychologists, scientists, researchers, explorers, analysts, environmentalists, astrologers, numerologists, mathematicians, doctors, healers, psychics, tantrics, spiritual gurus, translators, mediators, teachers, preachers, coaches, negotiators, politicians, diplomats, defense professionals and other government officers; singers, musicians, painters, writers, dancers, actors, sportsmen, photographers, professionals dealing in defense related industries, education field, music industry, media industry, social media networks, airline industry, tour and travel industry, shipping industry, hotel industry; and many other types of professionals, depending on their overall horoscopes.
Let’s look at some other facts associated with this nakshatra. Anuradha is considered as a passive and tender nakshatra. It is considered as a male nakshatra. Vedic astrology assigns Shudra Varna and fire element to Anuradha nakshatra. The Gana assigned to Anuradha is Deva and the Guna assigned to it is Tamasic. It is a level nakshatra and its Yoni or animal symbol is Deer.