The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Nakshatras – The Journey of Soul Part-2’.
Dhanishtha nakshatra is 23rd among 27 nakshatras. The first two quarters of Dhanishtha fall in Capricorn and the last two quarters of this nakshatra fall in Aquarius.
The literal meaning of the word Dhanishtha is ‘the wealthiest one’. Vedic astrology translates the meaning of Dhanishtha as wealthy and beneficent. Strong benefic influence of Dhanishtha in a horoscope is capable of blessing the native with wealth and status. Natives under strong influence of Dhanishtha may also enjoy various types of pleasures in their lives.
A musical drum is taken as the main symbol of Dhanishtha nakshatra. This symbol associates Dhanishtha nakshatra with all types of musical activities. Accordingly, Dhanishtha natives may be inclined towards one form of music or another. It is believed by some that the musical drum used as the symbol of Dhanishtha nakshatra is the Damaru of Lord Shiva. Some others believe it is a drum which is hollow from inside. A Damaru is also hollow from inside and it creates music from hollowness.
This indicates the characteristic of creating things out of nothing. It means natives under strong influence of Dhanishtha may bring beautiful creations to life, virtually out of nothing. It also means that Dhanishtha natives may create success, money and wealth out of nothing. Hence Dhanishtha natives may achieve success and wealth, even if they are born in poor families.
A Flute is also considered as a symbol of Dhanishtha nakshatra. The symbol of Flute again relates Dhanishtha nakshatra to music and creation of something out of nothing. Hence Dhanishtha natives may be creative and they may create wealth, money, success, music and other pieces of creation out of nothing.
Since old times, drums have been used to convey messages to masses of people. Whenever kings needed to make public announcements, drums were used to gather crowds. It is believed that through the sound of Damaru, Lord Shiva also sends messages to all creatures or to some specific creatures in the zone. Therefore, Dhanishtha nakshatra represents characteristics of connecting to masses and communicating with them.
Due to characteristics like creativity and the ability to connect to masses; Dhanishtha nakshatra may bless natives under its strong influence with success through various creative fields. Hence Dhanishtha natives may achieve success as various types of artists who play musical instruments like flute, drum, guitar, violin, piano and all other such instruments. Dhanishtha nakshatra may also bless the natives with success through other creative fields and they may become actors, singers, dancers, writers and other types of creative artists. Dhanishtha as a nakshatra has a lot to do with creativity of all types.
Vedic astrology assigns eight Vasus as the ruling deities of Dhanishtha nakshatra. Vasus are a particular group of gods. Other groups are Rudras and Adityas. The eight Vasus are known as Apah, Dhruva, Dhara, Anila, Soma, Anala, Pratyush and Prabhasa. Each one of these Vasus adds his unique characteristics to Dhanishtha nakshatra. Hence Dhanishtha nakshatra is blessed with characteristics like musical abilities, confidence, organizational skills, being full of energy, being fixed in nature, reliability, charitable nature, resourcefulness, business skills, discrimination, joyfulness, hopefulness, goodness, sensitivity, excellence, wealth, safety and many other good characteristics possessed by these eight Vasus.
Lord Shiva is assigned as the final presiding deity of Dhanishtha nakshatra. Accordingly, some characteristics of Lord Shiva like his musical abilities and his dancing abilities are relayed through Dhanishtha nakshatra. Lord Shiva is considered as the lord of dances in his Nataraja form. Among various types of dances he engages in; two forms of Tandava hold special significance.
Lord Shiva uses Ananda Tandava to promote creation, joy and happiness. On the other hand, he uses Rudra Tandava to cause destruction. These two opposite looking forms of Tandava practiced by Lord Shiva in reality are complementary to each other. Dhanishtha nakshatra also represents both these sides of Lord Shiva. It means Dhanishtha nakshatra represents creative as well as destructive characteristics of Lord Shiva. In other words, Dhanishtha nakshatra exhibits characteristics belonging to soft form of Lord Shiva as well as those belonging to aggressive form of Lord Shiva.
Vedic astrology assigns Mars as the ruling planet of Dhanishtha nakshatra. Hence Dhanishtha nakshatra gets characteristics like bravery, courage, energy, aggression, initiative and warrior abilities from Mars. The first two quarters of Dhanishtha nakshatra fall in Capricorn ruled by Saturn and the last two quarters of Dhanishtha fall in Aquarius, also ruled by Saturn. Saturn is known to exhibit characteristics like administrative abilities, organizational abilities, perseverance and discipline among other characteristics. These characteristics of Saturn are exhibited through Dhanishtha nakshatra, making it a goal oriented nakshatra. Dhanishtha natives are generally very good at pursuing their goals until they achieve them.
Dhanishtha natives may have good interest in music and some of them may choose professions related to music. Dhanishtha natives may have good amount of confidence and bravery due to influence of Mars on this nakshatra. These characteristics may become stronger in Capricorn part of Dhanishtha nakshatra. Hence a number of natives under strong influence of Capricorn part of Dhanishtha nakshatra may be seen practicing in the fields like army, police, sports and other such fields.
Dhanishtha natives are generally fixed in nature and they work hard to reach their goals. Due to characteristics like perseverance, confidence and good organizational abilities possessed by them, these natives may be able to achieve their goals in most cases. Dhanishtha natives may have good sense of business, trade and diplomacy. They may use these characteristics to climb the ladders of success in their lives.
Dhanishtha natives may be good at enjoying their lives and whatever they achieve in their lives. Therefore, these natives are generally seen living happily. In fact, living happy and prosperous lives is one of the main characteristics possessed by Dhanishtha natives. These natives may be good at giving outward expressions to troublesome emotions like anger or sadness. Hence they may let them out every now and then. Though such acts of these natives may look troublesome, these acts may end up refreshing them and reviving them.
Dhanishtha natives may be good at social skills and they may know the art of making and maintaining social relationships. Accordingly, they may have big social circles. Dhanishtha natives may possess good conversational skills which may help them convince people and maintain their social circles. Dhanishtha natives may be stubborn to some extent due to strong influence of Mars on this nakshatra. Hence it may be difficult to handle them through pressure as they may refuse to comply.
They may be better handled by trying to convince them with logic or even better, by giving them time and space to decide right or wrong by themselves. When exalted Mars or Sun is placed in Capricorn part of Dhanishtha nakshatra in relevant houses of horoscope; the element of adamancy may increase a lot. Such Dhanishtha natives may often be called egoistic, adamant and/or stubborn.
Here again, the best way to handle such Dhanishtha natives is by simply giving them suggestions and then leaving them alone. Over time, these natives may think over such suggestions and they may come up with good decisions in many cases. Trying to convince them again and again; or trying to pressurize them to act on some specific suggestions or instructions may be the worst ways to handle them. If someone can make Dhanishtha natives understand things in best possible manners; it is them only.
Hence give them suggestions and let them do rest of the job. Dhanishtha natives may love when they are improving themselves. However, they may resent or even retaliate when others are trying to do the same job for them. The characteristics like being adamant or egoistic may be stronger in Capricorn part of Dhanishtha and they may be milder in Aquarius part of this nakshatra.
Looking at professions, natives under strong influence of Dhanishtha nakshatra may be seen practicing as musicians, flute players, drum players and other professionals who play various musical instruments, actors, writers, singers, dancers, sportsmen, police officers, army officers, naval officers, air force officers, security guards and all other types of professionals dealing in security; doctors, consultants, engineers, software developers, researchers, lawyers, judges, politicians, government officers, administrators, ministers, chief ministers, prime ministers, presidents, astrologers, psychics, tantrics, professionals dealing in real estate, hotel industry, airline industry, tour and travel industry, movie industry, music industry, fashion industry, media industry, radio industry, defence industry, sports industry and many other types of professionals, depending on their overall horoscopes.
Let’s look at some other facts associated with this nakshatra. Dhanishtha is considered as an active and movable nakshatra. It is considered as a female nakshatra. Vedic astrology assigns Famer Varna and ether element to Dhanishtha nakshatra. The Gana assigned to Dhanishtha is Rakshasa and the Guna assigned to it is Tamasic. It is an upward nakshatra and its Yoni or animal symbol is Lion.