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Shatabhisha is taken as the twenty fourth nakshatra among the 27 nakshatras which are considered important in Vedic astrology for making calculations from horoscopes. The literal meaning of the word Shatabhisha is translated as Hundred Doctors or Hundred Medicines and accordingly many Vedic astrologers believe that this nakshatra is related with diseases as well as their cures and medicines. Vedic astrology considers an empty circle as the main symbol of Shatabhisha and this symbol of empty circle renders many characteristics to this nakshatra. Many Vedic astrologers believe that a circle conveys the idea of containment of something as well as the idea of limiting something within its boundaries and accordingly Shatabhisha as a nakshatra has lot to do with containing many things in itself and limiting many outer things or persons from reaching its innermost cores thereby providing a sense of security to the native. An alternate name of Shatataraka is also mentioned for this nakshatra and the word Shatataraka literally translates into Hundred Stars and some Vedic astrologers believe that the circle symbol of Shatabhisha contains these hundred stars within itself which shows that Shatabhisha can contain many things in itself which may not be known to the outer world or which may not be available for the outer world as they are protected by a circular boundary from all the sides. Thus it can be said that Shatabhisha also possesses the characteristic of hiding things from the other people and as a result Shatabhisha natives are considered as one of the most secretive type natives compared to all other nakshatra type natives. Hence Shatabhisha has a lot to do with protection, diseases and their cures, limitations, hiding and secrets which make this nakshatra one of its own kind among all the nakshatras.

                                   A circle also represents an idea of completion as a circle is complete in itself and accordingly some Vedic astrologers believe that Shatabhisha gives a sense of completion to the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra and such natives have good confidence in themselves and they believe that they can take anything they have started to completion and many a times they are able to do so. Some Vedic astrologers on the other hand believe that Shatabhisha natives are narrow minded and cut off or aloof from the other people as a circle conveys a sense of cutting itself off from the rest of its surroundings and accordingly it restricts sharing with the outer world. Vedic astrology assigns Varuna the god of water as the ruling deity of this nakshatra and the influence of Varuna relates Shatabhisha to all kinds of water bodies present in this world and particularly to the large water bodies like oceans and in fact some Vedic astrologers believe that the characteristics possessed by an ocean influence this nakshatra more than anything else. For example, an ocean is known to hide hundreds of secrets and treasures within itself and accordingly Shatabhisha is also known to hide many secrets and many kinds of secret knowledge in itself. Oceans are considered to contain many hidden herbs and medicines which can cure even the most difficult to treat diseases and accordingly an ocean can be considered as a collection of Hundreds of Doctors or Hundred of Medicines which is the main symbol used for Shatabhisha. Like a circle, an ocean is also limited by its boundaries from all the sides which restrict its interaction with the things lying outside its boundaries.  There are many more characteristics possessed by the Ocean which are relayed through this nakshatra and hence Shatabhisha has a strong connection with the ocean.

                                      Vedic astrology assigns Rahu as the planetary ruler of Shatabhisha and the influence of Rahu enhances the hiding, curing and mysterious aspect of this nakshatra as Rahu is known as a planet of illusions, secrets and secret knowledge, mysteries and magical events in Vedic astrology and all of these qualities of Rahu are exhibited through Shatabhisha. Some Vedic astrologers believe that the characteristics of Rahu which are in tune with the characteristics of an ocean are relayed through Shatabhisha and this fact again asserts the idea of strong relation of ocean with this nakshatra. All parts of this nakshatra fall in the sign of Aquarius ruled by Saturn and therefore Shatabhisha comes under the influence of Aquarius and Saturn and the influence of these two bring characteristics like patience, organization and practicality to this nakshatra. Shatabhisha natives are known to be the most secretive among all the nakshatra type natives and secrecy and secrets are what form the core of their personality and strength, most of the times. Some Vedic astrologers believe that most of Shatabhisha natives reach success on the basis of some hidden knowledge, secrets or something else which is hidden and not known to the world. Shatabhisha natives are considered to be very good at keeping secrets and most of these natives will guard theirs’ as well as other people’s secrets just like an ocean guards hundreds and thousands of things which are hidden deep inside it. For this reason, Shatabhisha natives are considered to be very trustworthy when it comes to sharing a secret with them and most of Shatabhisha natives know so many secrets of the people around they but they hardly let these secrets out and they look so calm after digesting all these secrets like they do not know anything in the first place.

                                  Shatabhisha natives have a strong urge to learn about the things, knowledge and practices which are hidden or mysterious and accordingly many Shatabhisha natives can be seen practicing in the fields which have something to do with hidden and mysterious things. Shatabhisha natives are usually suspicious in nature and they do not trust other people easily and it takes them long time to start trusting new people. Shatabhisha has a natural tendency to guard and protect its boundaries just like an ocean or a circle and accordingly the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra guard themselves against anything that is new and foreign and due to this characteristic possessed by them, Shatabhisha natives are known to be the ones which can take a very long time to get intimate with someone as they take long time to accustom to new people and things and they constantly keep on doubting other people and things until they have reached a level of very good understanding. For these reasons, Shatabhisha natives are not known to be very social people as it is very hard for the other people to get in their circle of trust due to the reason that such natives are very hard to approach and many times they do not respond well to someone who approaches them for the purpose of social bonding or friendship. It is interesting to note that even though Rahu is known as a social planet according to Vedic astrology, Shatabhisha tends to be not so social at the same time and therefore Shatabhisha is very different from the other nakshatras ruled by Rahu which are Ardra and Swati and some Vedic astrologers believe that Shatabhisha works in quite an opposite fashion in comparison to Swati which is another nakshatra ruled by Rahu and which is known as one of the most social nakshatras and which at the same time does not have much to do with hiding secrets or dealing in secrets.  Hence, it can be said that a completely different side of Rahu is exhibited through Shatabhisha.

                                           Many Shatabhisha natives like to stay alone instead of being in company of the other people and accordingly these natives have a good tendency to connect to the hidden and mysterious worlds though some natives can suffer from depressions and other such problems due to their tendency to stay alone and away from other people. Shatabhisha natives are very good at learning new languages, hidden sciences and other practices which are considered to be mysterious and hidden and in fact most of Shatabhisha natives love to solve the mysteries and gain mastery in the fields which are related to the field of mysteries. Vedic astrology assigns various professional fields to Shatabhisha and accordingly the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are seen practicing as psychics, astrologers, paranormal mediums and healers, magicians, black magicians, tantrics and other such kinds of people practicing in similar kinds of fields, astronomers, space researchers, scientists and analysts, astronauts and other people dealing in similar kinds of fields, ocean explorers, treasure hunters, scuba divers, coast guards and other people practicing in similar kinds of fields, doctors, physicians, surgeons, chemists, Ayurvedic doctors, homeopathic doctors, and other people dealing in similar kinds of fields and many other kinds of people dealing in many other kinds of professional fields. Natives under the negative influence of Shatabhisha can be seen practicing as drug dealers, narcotic smugglers, liquor smugglers, prostitution mafia and other people practicing in similar kinds of professional fields.

                                     Coming to some other facts associated with this nakshatra which are considered important for making calculations like gun Milan for the purpose of horoscope matching for marriage, Vedic astrology considers Shatabhisha as Neutral in gender and some Vedic astrologers explain this gender classification on the basis that Rahu, the planetary ruler of this nakshatra is considered as a neutral planet in Indian Jyotish. Jyotish considers this nakshatra as movable in nature and active in functioning and these two classifications are not hard to understand after looking at the working of this nakshatra. Most astrologers assign the Varna of Shudra to this nakshatra and this classification of Shatabhisha is again explained on the basis of its association with Rahu. Shatabhisha is considered as Tamasic in Gun and Rakshas in Gan and both of these classifications are again explained on the basis of its association with Rahu as well as on the basis of the fact that most of the working of this nakshatra has something to do with hidden knowledge and practices and Rakshasas are the one who are supposed to be the masters of such knowledge. Vedic astrology assigns the element of Ether to this nakshatra.

Himanshu Shangari