Punarvasu – The Cyclical Mansion


  • Sidereal Location: 20:00° in Gemini to 03:20° in Cancer.
  • Tropical Location: 14:00°-27:20° in Cancer.
  • Corresponding Fixed Stars: Castor and Pollux, aka α and β Geminorum.
  • Ruler: Jupiter, Aditi – Mother Nature \ Mother of the Gods.
  • Nature: Sattvic
  • Motive: Artha (livelihood)
  • Activity: Passive
  • C\M\D: Creation
  • A\P\M: Mineral
  • Elements: Water, vata
  • Qualities and Direction: Soft, movable, sideways
  • Sex, Species and Caste: Laborer, angel, cat, female
  • Special Power: The ability to bestow prosperity and plenty.
  • Main themes: Nature and natural cycles, birth and motherhood, regeneration and renewal, generational change, firearms and marksmanship.
  • 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 Punarvasu (return of light) lunar mansion gets its name from the natural cycles governing our lives, from the cycle of the seasons to the menstrual cycle that signals a woman’s ability to create new life. Both its ruler, Aditi (Mother Nature), and its symbol, a quiver full of arrows that are constantly shot and then returned back into the quiver, emphasize the cyclicality of this lunar mansion.

In the mythological story, Aditi was in labor when one of the gods came for a visit and cursed her for not answering the door. The curse resulted in a miscarriage but when her husband Kashyapa, one of the seven sages, returned home and saw what happened he easily brought the baby back to life. Punarvasu often plays an important part in the charts of midwives and gynecologists, gardeners and farmers, teachers and caretakers, and others who in one way or another fulfill a motherly role.

On the less pampering side, it is also encountered in the maps of military personnel, hunters and sportsmen, especially those who deal in marksmanship or competitive shooting. This mansion is also considered to be the moon placement of Rama, the hero of the Ramayana and one of the avatars of Vishnu.

Pushya – The Nourishing Mansion

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  • Sidereal Location: 03:20°-16:40° in Cancer.
  • Tropical Location: 27:20° in Cancer to 10:40° in Leo.
  • Corresponding Fixed Stars: γ, δ and θ Cancri.
  • Ruler: Saturn, Brihaspati – The guru of the gods.
  • Nature: Tamasic
  • Motive: Dharma (Righteousness)
  • Activity: Passive
  • C\M\D: Maintenance
  • A\P\M: Plant
  • Elements: Water, pitta
  • Qualities and Direction: Small, light, upwards
  • Sex, Species and Caste: Warrior, angel, sheep, male
  • Special Power: The ability to empower, sanctify and exalt.
  • Main themes: Raising and educating, adoption, nourishing and caring, abundance, marital problems, cheating and separation, workaholics.
  • Appropriate activities: This lunar mansion is considered auspicious for almost everything except activities related to relationships and marriage.


The Pushya (nourishing) lunar mansion gets its name from its symbol, the cow’s udder, and like the cow itself it is considered in India to be sacred and auspicious. Both its ruler, Brihaspati, the guru of the gods and the god of planet Jupiter, and the fact that this mansion is one of the few mentioned by name in the Rigveda, emphasize the great importance given to Pushya in Hindu culture and astrology.

In the mythological story, Brihaspati was so engrossed in his work that he neglected his wife Tara, so she began an affair with the moon god resulting in the birth of mercury. This story, together with the marriage of Rama and Sita, which took place with the moon in this mansion and according to the Ramayana weren’t exactly happy and peaceful, are the reason this mansion is considered inauspicious for marriage.

Jupiter is exalted in 05:00° of Cancer in this lunar mansion, which is not surprising both do to him being the god of this mansion and due to his role as the giver of growth and abundance.

Ashlesha – The Binding Mansion

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  • Sidereal Location: 16:40°-30:00° in Cancer.
  • Tropical Location: 10:40°-24:00° in Leo.
  • Corresponding Fixed Stars: The Minazal stars, aka δ, ε, η, ρ, and σ Hydrae, which form the hydra’s head.
  • Ruler: Mercury, Sarpa – The celestial serpent.
  • Nature: Tamasic
  • Motive: Dharma (Righteousness)
  • Activity: Active
  • C\M\D: Destruction
  • A\P\M: Animal
  • Elements: Water, kapha
  • Qualities and Direction: Sharp, horrific, downwards
  • Sex, Species and Caste: Foreigner, demon, cat, male
  • Special Power: The ability to split, separate and dissolve.
  • Main themes: Connections and ties, sentimentality, psychotherapy and hypnosis, dependence and control, bondage and servitude, seduction and sexuality, chemicals and poisons, medicine and pharmaceuticals.
  • Appropriate activities: Starting a business, advertising and sales, negotiations and mergers, assault and aggression, ambush and betrayal, murder and assassination, poisoning and pest control, arson and incineration, hypnosis and psychotherapy, black magick, animal training, military training, horror movies, digging ditches, trenches, foundations and wells, tunneling and mining, laying infrastructure.


The Ashlesha (binding, wrapping) lunar mansion gets its name from both its ruler, Sarpa the celestial serpent, and its symbol – a coiled snake. The ruler of this mansion is simultaneously associated both with Vritra, the demon snake that locks water in the clouds during drought, and with Shesha Naga (The Milky Way), and sometimes even with the cobra that protected the Buddha, who was born on a full moon in this mystical mansion.

This mansion is also the birth mansion of Ketu, the south node of the moon, and represents the Nagas, the mythical serpents that are endowed with hypnotizing beauty and supernatural abilities such as shapeshifting, hence the association of this mansion with sexuality, attraction and hypnosis. The ability of snakes to produce venom and shed their skin also ties this mansion to drugs, chemicals and medicine, and through the coiled serpent symbol to DNA and to kundalini energy.

This mansion is the position of the Moon, Jupiter and Neptune in the chart of Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver that saved thousands of lives. On the other hand, the coiled serpent also represents ropes that tie slaves and victims of abduction, and the venom ties it to poisoning and even murder.

Mars enters deep debilitation in 28:00° of Cancer in this lunar mansion, which is driven by deep emotions instead of self-restraint and common sense.

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