Rasi or Sign – Cancer (Kataka)
Position – 16° 40’ to 30° 00’ Cancer
Nakshatra Lord – Mercury
Star Cluster – Six Stars
Star Formation / Symbol – Coiled Serpent
Colour – Blood Red
Gender – Female
Gana – Rakshasa
Caste – Vyshya
Yoni – Marjala
Deity – Naga, Sarpa
Letters represented – D, Du, Day, Dow
Representation in Triloka – Patala or Naraka
Category – Daruna
Tridosha – Kapha (Phlegmatic)
Triguna – Sattva
Purushartha (Motivation) – Dharma
Body Part – Ears, Nails
Longevity – Poornayu
Gem – Emerald
Swara (Sound) – E and Vu karakshara
Bird – Pingala Pakshi
Place – Shoonya (Dark place)
Tree – Punnaga Tree or Naga Champa
Nadi – Antya Nadi
Ashlesha Nakshatra in Scriptures
According to Sage Narada, The person born in Ashlesha Nakshatra will be mischievous, crafty, cruel, fond of other’s wife, addicted to vices, self restrained.
According to Jathakabharana, the native will behave angrily with everyone without understanding the feelings of others and will be as valorous as a lion. The person will not do sacred duties but instead will do demeaning acts and behaves like an animal with cruelty without any humanity.
According to Manasagara, the person will always look tragic and will be doing work of others. He will be short tempered and cruel minded.
According to Brihat Samhita, those with Moon in Ashlesha Nakshatra are sinful, ungrateful, will have deceitful nature and irresponsible.
Ashlesha Nakshatra falls in the domain of Cancer sign. The lord of this star is Budha (Mercury). Ashlesha is an enigmatic Nakshatra. It is associated with Naga or Serpent (Snakes) and it signify clinging, embracing and holding on to the past. It may show some unfulfilled thirst or desires of the past residing like a coil of snake in memory. People with Ashlesha Nakshatra may have unstable mind and very calculative individuals. These people may have intuitive powers in them. They will be too judgemental of others and at the same time also suspicious. They will be well educated and smart beings. They are bold and liberal in nature. these people can adjust to any situation at will.
Their mindset will be revolved around with confusion, suspicion and cunningness. There will be inherent duplicity and confusion in every matter. Ashlesha individuals may not express their feelings very easily with others. Or even if they do, may not express as intended. Hence it may be perceived as very secretive behaviour to others. So it will become difficult in finding real friends for them.
Ashlesha people are very romantic people but they expect same thing from their partners, otherwise they behave indifferently. If they feel less attention from the partners against the expectation, then they may even go to the extent of doubting the partners.
Usually there will be proper plan and goals in life. Will be very passionate and wants a high status in society. Problem is that they will be too much bothered about winning. They don’t mind even hurting others in achieving the goals. Since these goals will become burden at some point, they miss out in enjoying the present moment. They can become very stingy at times.
Apart from the above characteristics, some of the specific characters for different quarters or padas under Ashlesha star are as follows.
Ashlesha Nakshatra 1st Pada – (16° 40’ to 20° 00’ Cancer) – Jupiter rules over this pada. People born in Ashlesha Nakshatra 1st pada are knowledgeable. There is still some secretive nature but wisdom prevails over that. They will be respected in society. These people may be religiously inclined. There will a craving for the authority in some or the other way.
Ashlesha Nakshatra 2nd Pada – (20° 00’ to 23° 20’ Cancer) – Saturn rules over this pada. They may find very difficult in having balanced mindset. They will always be worried for some or the other things. They may have cunning behaviour and people may not trust easily. These people may be lazy and always find shortcuts in doing the things. But they are very ambitious people.
Ashlesha Nakshatra 3rd Pada – (23° 20’ to 26° 40’ Cancer) – Again Saturn rules over this quarter. These people may not be very confident people. There may be some spiritual yearning with the native. They will want to help others or do some philanthropic work. They may have very volatile relationship with mother.
Ashlesha Nakshatra 4th Pada – (26° 40’ to 30° 00’ Cancer) – Jupiter is the lord of this pada. This pada is influenced by Mercury and Jupiter. These people are scholars in their field. They may have to incur lot of expenditure on account of health, They love to travel a lot and may travel to foreign countries. They will be romantic and sensitive individuals.
Muhurta or Electional Astrology
Ashlesha Nakshatra is Teekshna (Sharp) and Daruna (Bitter) Nakshatra, which is suitable for starting tantrik acts, train animals, black magic, hata yoga etc.
This is also Adhomukh (facing downwards) Nakshatra, so it is suitable for digging wells, ponds, underground construction, mining, silver works and such types of acts can be performed.