Hasta – The Hand Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 10:00°-23:20° in Virgo.
- Tropical Location: 04:00°-17:20° in Libra.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: The Corvus (crow) constellation.
- Ruler: Moon, Savitr – The god of light.
- Nature: Rajasic
- Motive: Moksha (liberation)
- Activity: Passive
- C\M\D: Creation
- A\P\M: Mineral
- Elements: Fire, vata
- Qualities and Direction: Small, light, sideways
- Sex, Species and Caste: Trader, human, buffalo, male
- Special Power: The ability to obtain and seize the object of desire.
- Main themes: Dexterity and talent, art and sculpture, innovations and inventions, magic and sleight of hand, mudras, DIY, handmade products and custom builds.
- Appropriate activities: Business and sales, dating and sex, making and wearing jewelry, sowing and planting, music and art, engagements and marriage, , trips and vacations, going abroad, purchasing vehicles, constructing roads, bridges and railways.
The Hasta (hand) lunar mansion gets its name from a constellation of 5 stars resembling the fingers of a hand, which is also its symbol. The deity of this mansion, Savitr, the god of radiance light, is known today mainly through the Gayatri Mantra in which he is addressed with the request of shedding light on the right path to reach the goal. This mansion plays a role in the charts of magicians and handymen alike, but it’s most dazzling expression is seen in the charts of famous architects, engineers and inventors like with the Moon of Nicola Tesla, Gustave Eiffel, Antoni Gaudi and James Dyson, or the Mars of Bill Gates which are all located in this talented mansion.
Mercury is exalted at 15° of Virgo in this lunar mansion, a placement which fits his swift and skillful nature like a glove, allowing for a physical expression of his ideas.
Chitra – The Image Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 23:20° in Virgo to 06:40° in Libra.
- Tropical Location: 17:20° in Libra to 00:40° in Scorpio.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: Spica, aka α Virginis.
- Ruler: Mars, Tvastar – The celestial architect.
- Nature: Tamasic
- Motive: Kama (pleasure)
- Activity: Active
- C\M\D: Maintenance
- A\P\M: Plant
- Elements: Fire, pitta
- Qualities and Direction: Soft, friendly, sideways
- Sex, Species and Caste: Laborer, demon, tiger, female
- Special Power: The ability to accumulate merit in this incarnation.
- Main themes: Technical talent and skill, arts and crafts, perfectionism and masterpieces, David and Goliath struggles.
- Appropriate activities: Learning and education, music and art, making and wearing new clothes, leisure and games, parties and guests, holidays and family gatherings, trips and vacations, going abroad, purchasing vehicles, constructing roads, bridges and railways.
The Chitra (picture, image) lunar mansion gets its name from the bright star Spica, which is used today for calculating the sidereal zodiac. The deity of this mansion is Tvastr, the architect, builder and blacksmith of the gods and the Hindu version of the Greek Hephaestus and Roman Vulcan, which emphasizes the immense creativity and talent of this mansion. In the mythological story, Tvastr created the thunderbolts used by Indra, the Hindu Zeus, to vanquish the demon Vritra. However, in another version of the story he himself creates Vritra to punish Indra who is vanquished until the other gods intervene. In both stories Tvastr is on the winning side despite the odds being against him, and this mansion often symbolizes victories over powerful enemies.
The technical skills of Tvastr do hoveber carry a price in the form of obsessive perfectionism and in the mythical stories he would often destroy his own creations for not being good enough. This mansion often plays a part in the charts of great engineers such as Christopher Wren (Mercury), Buckminster Fuller (Saturn), Ferdinand De Lesseps and Isambard Kingdom Brunel (Uranus and Saturn).
Venus enters deep debilitation at 27° of Virgo in this lunar mansion, which represents the peak of nitpicky materialism and the complete opposite of pure love.
Swati – The ‘Individual’ Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 06:40°-20:00° in Libra.
- Tropical Location: 00:40°-14:00° in Scorpio.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: Arcturus, aka α Bootis.
- Ruler: Rahu, Vayu – The god of air and wind.
- Nature: Tamasic
- Motive: Artha (livelihood)
- Activity: Passive
- C\M\D: Destruction
- A\P\M: Animal
- Elements: Fire, Kapha
- Qualities and Direction: Mutable, sideways
- Sex, Species and Caste: Butcher, angel, buffalo, female
- Special Power: The ability to disseminate to the 4 corners of the world.
- Main themes: Individuality and uniqueness, secession and independence, rebels and outcasts, innovation and thinking outside the box, communication and marketing, rumors and gossip.
- Appropriate activities: Marketing and advertisement, business and sales, dating and sex, making and wearing jewelry, sowing and planting, music and art, engagements and marriage, trips and vacations, going abroad, purchasing vehicles, constructing roads, bridges and railways.
The Swati (Unusual\Separate\Individual) lunar mansion gets its name from the bright star Arcturus, which looks as if positioned quite far from other stars in the night sky, as if secluded. Both the symbol of this mansion, a single blade of grass swaying in the wind, and its deity Vayu, the wind god, emphasize its free, independent and individualistic nature. In the mythical story, the gods made a bet as to which one is the most important for the function of a human body. Each god showed in turn the disastrous effect of his departure, but only when Vayu (as breath) came to leave, all other gods felt themselves being violently thrown away. Both in the stories of Vayu himself and in the stories of his avatars Hanuman and Bhīma, they are all shown immunity to demons and an ability to easily defeat them. This ability is a parable to the cool, detached and logical nature of this mansion which is able to counteract temptations, along with its ability to go against the flow of public opinion.
The Sun enters deep debilitation at 10:00° of Libra in this lunar mansion, which is unsurprising given its dispassionate and non-conformist nature.