Vishakha – The Branching Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 20:00° in Libra to 03:20° in Scorpio.
- Tropical Location: 14:00°-27:20° in Scorpio.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: The Libra constellation.
- Ruler: Jupiter, Shakragni – The combined form of Indra and Agni.
- Nature: Sattvic
- Motive: Dharma (Righteousness)
- Activity: Active
- C\M\D: Creation
- A\P\M: Mineral
- Elements: Fire, kapha
- Qualities and Direction: Mixed, ordinary, downwards
- Sex, Species and Caste: Foreigner, demon, tiger, male
- Special Power: The ability to produce many various fruits.
- Main themes: Splitting and separating, pluralism and diversity, loyalty and steadfastness, determination, righteous zeal, indecisiveness, split personality.
- Appropriate activities: Rituals and offerings, cooking and mixing, tests and experimentation, group activities, business and sales, 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 Vishakha (splitting, branching, coral) lunar mansion is the perfect analogue for the western archetype of Libra both in its pluralism and severe indecisiveness as well as in its zeal for righteousness and justice. This symbolism is far from accidental, as tis counterpart in the west is the Libra constellation.
This plural mansion has three different symbols: the first is the branches of a coral, which signifies a split in the road or in one’s opinions. The second is the potter’s wheel that represents industriousness and talent. The third is the front of a triumphant arch which represents conquests both in the political and in the sexual sense, and underscores the determination represented by this mansion. Even when it comes to its deity, Vishakha isn’t satisfied with one and features a combination of both Indra, king of the gods and the Hindu Zeus, and Agni, the god of fire. This combined form, called Shakragni (the power of fire), also serves a parable for the branching fiery lightning, which is Indras most powerful weapon.
Saturn is exalted at 20° of Libra in this lunar mansion, which suits it perfectly both in its pluralism and in its zeal for righteousness and justice.
The Moon, in contrast to Saturn, enters deep debilitation at 3° of Scorpio in this indecisive, divergent and extremist lunar mansion.
Anuradha – The Devoted Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 03:20°-16:40° in Scorpio.
- Tropical Location: 27:20° in Scorpio to 10:40° in Sagittarius.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: β, δ and π Scorpionis, which form the head of the scorpion.
- Ruler: Saturn, Mitra – The god of friendship.
- Nature: Tamasic
- Motive: Dharma (Righteousness)
- Activity: Passive
- C\M\D: Maintenance
- A\P\M: Plant
- Elements: Fire, pitta
- Qualities and Direction: Soft and gentle, sideways
- Sex, Species and Caste: Laborer, angel, deer, female
- Special Power: The ability to devote oneself fully to the object or goal.
- Main themes: Fellowship and friendship, help and assistance, abstinence and chastity, devotion and commitment, unconditional love, self-sacrifice, piety and godliness, complete\blind faith.
- 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 Anuradha (with Radha) lunar mansion gets its name from the mythological story of Krishna and Radha, his greatest admirer. The deity of this mansion, the god of fellowship, friendship and fairness named Mitra, shows its emphasis on true comradery and on helping others. The symbols of this mansion are the lotus flower which represents purity, wisdom and belief, as well as the back part of the triumphal arch, which allegorically symbolizes both the devotion of a wife to her husband as well as the devotion of soldiers to their leader which makes victory possible. This mansion often plays a role in the birth charts of spiritual leaders who devote their lives to the spiritual and abstain from the material. Mars is positioned in this mansion in the chart of Yogananda, while for Martin Luther King Jr. it is the position of Ketu and of the Sun in the case of Martin Luther. One of the most interesting combinations involving this mansion can be seen in the chart of Baruch Spinoza, who was excommunicated for his beliefs, as it contains both the Sun and Saturn and they are placed only 1 degree apart.
Jyeshtha – The Firstborn Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 16:40°-30:00° in Scorpio.
- Tropical Location: 10:40°-24:00° in Sagittarius.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: Antares and Al Niyat, aka α, σ, and τ Scorpionis.
- Ruler: Mercury, Indra – The king of the gods.
- Nature: Sattvic
- Motive: Artha (livelihood)
- Activity: Active
- C\M\D: Destruction
- A\P\M: Animal
- Elements: Air, vata
- Qualities and Direction: Sharp, horrific, sideways
- Sex, Species and Caste: Laborer, demon, deer, male
- Special Power: The ability to muster courage and prevail.
- Main themes: Primogeniture and seniority, leadership and status, taking responsibility, victory and success, bragging and showing off, arrogance and ego, insecurity and paranoia.
- Appropriate activities: Starting a business, advertising and sales, negotiations and mergers, contests and sports, 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, trips and vacations, going abroad, purchasing vehicles, constructing roads, bridges and railways.
The Jyestha (firstborn, oldest, eldest) lunar mansion gets its name both from the bright star Antares, which has a special significance in most cultures, and from the mythological story of the Nakshatras, in which Jyeshtha is the eldest of the 27 daughters married to the Moon. The deity of this mansion is Indra, the king of the gods and the Hindu counterpart of the Babylonian Marduk, the Greek Zeus, the Roman Jupiter, the Germanic Thor and the Abrahamic Michael, underscoring the preeminence and supremacy represented by Jyeshtha.
In the mythological story, Indra like all of its counterparts defeats a great dragon\snake which threatens the world, hence the association of this mansion with victory and success. Also like most of his counterparts, Indra is full of insatiable lusts and desires and is prone to bragging and arrogance which often get him into serious trouble and even make him lose his throne.
The main difference between Indra and most of its counterparts is his fear and even paranoia about losing his throne, which makes him extremely defensive. The symbols of this mansion, the umbrella which protects from the elements and the talisman which protects from dark forces, also emphasize the protective nature of this lunar mansion.
If one wishes to understand this lunar mansion, it is important to understand that these mythological stories are a parable for the human ego, which inflates with every success and is afraid of anything that will deflate it or dispute its importance. This is the position of the Moon in the charts of Einstein, Nietzsche, Freud, Yuri Gagarin, Christopher Reeve, Stephen King and Donald Trump. It is also the position of Venus for Theodore Roosevelt, of Mars for Prince Charles and Howard Hughes, of Jupiter for Bush senior, of Rahu for Saddam Hussein and Nelson Mandela, of Ketu for Bush junior and Charles De Gaulle, and of Saturn for Golda Meir.