Ashlesha Nakshatra

Written By Addittya Tamhankar

Ashlesha Nakshatra is a walking encyclopedia. A wealth of information comes through Ashlesha. Ashlesha is the Master – when it comes to information. In the zodiac cycle – Ashlesha is the very first Nakshatra of Mercury and interestingly it falls in a sign ruled by Moon – Cancer. Mercury and Moon are enemies. And yet the very first Mercurian Nakshatra of the zodiac cycle falls in its enemy sign – Cancer. Mercury rules over the AIR and Moon rules the Water – Ashlesha is the amalgamation of AIR and WATER. AIR signifies intelligence and WATER signifies EMOTION – and so Ashlesha signifies emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

Emotional intelligence is the intersection of the heart and the head.

ASHLESHA native is primarily a very sensitive person – he understands the language of heart, he can jump – he can sacrifice life for love – he is indeed a man of heart; he is not ashamed of his tears.

Only a man of heart can cry – and the tears that flow through his eyes simply signify that he can feel more – he can understand more – he can relate more to your pain, to your situation and his feelings are so intense that words cannot express – tears can. It is a very natural phenomena – observe closely – whenever a man or woman is unable to express their feeling through words – tears start flowing – and so tears become the source of expression.

When Mercury is placed in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, or 11th house – then Ashlesha Ascendant native does well in the field of communication, films and arts.

Mercury placed alone in the 8th house is a very bad placement – especially if you are born with Ashlesha Ascendant. But otherwise also – for any ascendant – Mercury alone in the 8th house is very unfortunate placement – such a person is also not trustworthy.

So for Ashlesha to blossom and provide you with great results – Mercury and Moon should be well-placed and there should be no malefic aspects to them. For Cancer Ascendant with Ashlesha rising – it is observed that whenever Mercury and Moon are in contact with Rahu or Ketu – the native is devoid of happiness from mother. So if Mercury is in Rahu’s Nakshatra and Moon is with Rahu or Ketu or Mercury is with Rahu and Moon is with Rahu or Ketu – then there is a strong possibility that the native’s mother will remain absent for major part of his life or the native may have to face the wrath of stepmother. You all should understand that Ashlesha primarily is focused on the 4th house – and so when Mercury and Moon are afflicted by malefic planet – then the person will suffer at the hands of his stepmother or he may lose his mother at a very early stage of his life.

Multiple Planets placed in the 8th house are not bad – but a single planet such as Mercury in the 8th house is bad. Or a single entity such as Moon, Mars or Sun in the 8th house is bad. The only exception is Jupiter and Ketu.

Ashlesha Ascendant Nakshatra is a transformative nakshatra – a person born with Cancer Ascendant in Ashlesha Nakshatra goes through real transformation, especially if he or she is an evolved soul.

Ashlesha is the bridge that connects the watery sign Cancer with fiery sign Leo – and natives born with Ashlesha Ascendant are excellent in connecting the dots. Our first Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was born with Cancer Ascendant in Ashlesha Nakshatra. The Father of India – Mahatma Gandhi was also born with Moon in Ashlesha Nakshatra. Both – Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi were excellent at analyzing and connecting the dots. Both had well-placed Moon and Mercury in their birth charts. So the most powerful and world famous political leaders – Nehru and Gandhi belonged to Ashlesha Nakshatra. Probably this similarity – brought them together and they became good friends forever.

Watery signs can quickly catch the pulse of the situation and connect with the masses. PM Modi is also born in watery sign – his moon sign is Scorpio. Natives born in watery sign are extremely good when it comes to expressing their emotions. They express their emotions in the most effective and impressive way. And when you are born in watery sign Cancer with Mercurian Nakshatra Ashlesha – then it is ‘icing on the cake’ – because the communicative abilities of Mercury and the emotional connect of Moon – creates a solid foundation that enables the native to connect with others. Ashlesha native always have a certain emotional connect – even when it comes to lifeless things such a mobiles or laptops or cars or bikes – they will buy only if they are able to have a certain emotional connect with a certain brand.

When it comes to Ashlesha – everything happens with a certain element of emotion. Mohan always visits a certain mobile shop located on JM road in Pune. From last 10 ten years – he switched multiple mobiles – but the mobile shop was always the same. One day I said “Mohan – there are so many other mobile shops on JM Road – but why you buy from the same shop?”

Mohan smiled and said “ Because I feel emotionally connected with the shopkeeper – he seems to be a gentle person.”

Mohan is born with Cancer Ascendant in Ashlesha – and so you see – these native need to have a certain emotional connect – only then they will buy from you – only then they will respond to you – only then they will befriend you.

Ashlesha born natives love to connect with people. Reminds me of the old slogan of Nokia mobile company – “Connecting People”. And so Ashlesha natives do well as HR professionals, Real Estate Agents, Sales executives – because all these professions are focused on connecting people!

Connection happens when you are able to relate with others. And relating is based on the level of your understanding. Always remember – every Nakshatra operates based on the native’s level of consciousness. Higher level of consciousness will simply provide the higher version of Ashlesha Nakshatra while lower level will attract lower version of Ashlesha Nakshatra.

SUFFERING is the sole origin of consciousness. And so it is obvious that the more active 8th house, 12th house and 6th house is – the more suffering comes your way. However if your moon is with Ketu or Rahu and Jupiter is strong – then the fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness.

And so evolved souls – welcome sufferings because it is through sufferings that one evolves – and attains enlightenment. Suffering is temporary – enlightenment is forever. Remember – when you plant a seed – what happens? The seed goes through an intense break-up – because unless the seed breaks how can the sprout come out? For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely break. The shell of the seed cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.

Shallow men and women therefore cannot understand the depth and beauty of Ashlesha – they see the pain and suffering but through this pain and suffering – a Buddha is born. Interestingly – Gautama Buddha was born with Cancer Ascendant in Ashlesha Nakshatra. And Buddha embraced all kind of sufferings and pain – because he was perfectly aware that suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.

Enlightenment or self-realization is of two types. Always remember there are two kind of self-realized souls – one who attains the state of non-duality (Advait) and merges with God – to which we address as Moksha. While the second kind of self-realized soul is someone like Gautama Buddha. It is said that when Gautama Buddha reached heaven and the guard opened the door, Gautama Buddha turned his back to heaven. He said, “I will not enter until each and every person is liberated. When the last person enters I will follow behind him.”

Gautama Buddha was born on Ashlesha Ascendant. Ashlesha is emotional and when a spiritual person is born on Ashlesha – then his emotions are pure – Buddha also is pure – his emotions are pure – he is in love with this human world – he has immense compassion for this human world – he cannot enter the heaven – his compassion won’t let him – his love won’t let him – and so he says ““I will not enter until each and every person is liberated. When the last person enters I will follow behind him.”

How to express this kind of pure unconditional love – how to express this kind of deep of compassion – only these second kind of self-realized souls – only someone like Buddha, Jesus, Mahavira can wait at the Gate of Heaven – they are not in rush to attain Moksha – or to become one with God – they want to wait – they want to help as many souls as they can – such kind of self-realized souls are addressed as Bodhisattva. The Buddhists have recognized these two types of self-realized souls. One is the arhat, who attains self-realization and merges into the void; the other is the bodhisattva, the one who waits for others. Buddha is great – because he thinks of others – he is Bodhisattva.

Therefore remember – that there are two kinds of self-realized souls. When you also reach this ultimate state, if a desire to help others — for the urge to help others is also a desire — remains within you, you will wait. If it does not, you will merge with the void and attain Moksha. This is why the true master tries to develop those of his disciples who have the greatest capacity for compassion – who can become Bodhisattvas. The majority of spiritual seekers are in rush to attain Moksha and merge with the void however few – very few and they are the real diamonds – these very few – maybe one in a million – become Bodhisattvas – meaning they attain enlightenment but they don’t merge with the void because they want to continue guiding the human world – and helping souls to attain enlightenment. Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Mahavira, Paramhansa Yogananda, Akkalkot Swami Samarth, Gajanan Maharaj, Sai Baba, Meher Baba and the greatest of all – His Holiness Mahavatar Babaji are example of Boddhisattvas – for they are still waiting at the Gate of Heaven – they will not enter – they will not merge with the void until the last person on the planet attains moksha – liberation.

Such is the height of these great masters that it is impossible to express their greatness in words – language is poor – words cannot suffice.

It is an irony – that Ashlesha has given birth to greatest spiritual masters – such as Gautama Buddha, Ashlesha has given birth to greatest political freedom fighters – such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru – and yet shallow astrologers have defamed ASHLESHA – have ridiculed ASHLESHA. This is what happens – the REAL DIAMOND is ridiculed while people continue to cling to a FAKE DIAMOND.

My sharing is for selective men and women – who are Real diamonds and who has a certain depth of understanding.

Ashlesha Nakshatra is directly connected with Lord Shiva – and so evolved souls born with Ashlesha are highly spiritual men and women. Snake or Serpent is the deity of Ashlesha. Lord Shiva always has snakes around his neck – HE loves snakes – snakes are not bad – in fact snake is the most spiritual creature on this planet. Ashlesha is also a very hot nakshatra – if you have Ashlesha rising on Ascendant then you may feel very hot during summer season – because your body composition itself is quite hot in nature.

From Ashwini – begins the first zodiac cycle. While Ashlesha is the end of first zodiac cycle.

Nothingness is the basis of everything. When you break a seed – there is nothing inside and yet through this nothingness a seed is born – a huge tree comes into existence. Ketu signify NOTHINGNESS – and Ketu’s Nakshatra ASHWINI is therefore the very first NAKSHATRA of the first zodiac cycle. ASHWINI is the beginning. BHARANI is the birth of human body – BHARANI is ruled by Venus. KRITTIKA is the coming of consciousness – it is also therefore connected with Lord Dattatreya. ROHINI is the evolution of mind – Rohini is ruled by Moon, Mrigshira is the coming of energy – Mrigshira is ruled by Mars. Sexual bliss or Spiritual transcendence is not possible without energy – Mars therefore plays a vital role in human evolution. Ardra is the coming of desires – Ardra is ruled by Rahu. Once you have physical body, consciousness, mind and energy – then you become desirous of attaining certain things on this planet. Depending on the level of your consciousness – your level of desires will manifest. An evolved soul may want to spend his energy in meditation and attaining self-realization – while an ignorant soul may want to have more money, more sex and more power and fame. So it all depend on the level of the awareness that a certain soul has achieved through his or her past birth cycles. Punarvasu is the restoration of knowledge that you have forgotten – basically it is to help you remember the forgotten language – the language of Buddha – the language of silence. Punarvasu is ruled by Jupiter. Pushya is ultimate wisdom – it is rules by Saturn. And then finally comes the last nakshatra of this first Zodiac cycle and that is ASHLESHA!

Ashlesha thus becomes the messenger – the ultimate wisdom gained through PUSHYA is now being shared through the greatest messenger of this galaxy – Ashlesha! And so many great spiritual messengers – God’s messengers are born on Ashlesha Nakshatra.

After Mercurian Ashlesha – the second zodiac cycle starts with MAGHA ruled by Ketu and ends with Mercurian Jyeshtha Nakshatra ! While the third zodiac cycle starts from MOOLA ruled by KETU and ends with Mercurian Revathi Nakshatra. So within the entire zodiac cycle of 27 Nakshatras – there are total three internal zodiac cycles that start with KETU’s Nakshatra and ends with Mercurian Nakshatra.

Ashlesha is the most significant Nakshatra – a healing Nakshatra. Many great doctors and surgeons are born on Ashlesha as well as many spiritual gurus, executive coaches, and motivators also are born on Ashlesha Nakshatra.

Gautama Buddha was born with Ashlesha Nakshatra rising on his Ascendant. Ashlesha Nakshatra is also the birth Nakshatra of Ketu. So you see – KETU connects well with Ashlesha. Ashlesha, therefore, has the power to absorb the pain and heal others. Ketu’s nature is to absorb – Ketu is just like a sponge – the way a sponge absorbs water – similarly Ketu absorbs your pain and heals you. And since Ketu is born on Ashlesha Nakshatra – Ashlesha is also like a sponge. And so a person born with Ashlesha ascendant quickly absorbs – and thus this quality of absorbing enables him to become a good student and a good disciple. Gautama Buddha was a great master but he was also a great disciple. Alara Kalama was the Guru of Gautama Buddha.

Ashlesha has four padas – the first pada is excellent for lawyers, policemen, and medical practitioners, and healers. When Ascendant Ashlesha is rising in the first pada – the person happens to be a good fighter. He never gives up. He continues to strive – until he achieves his goal. These men and women are inclined toward following the Dharma. They are very moody by nature. In the morning they may seem alright and in the evening they may become wild. So the mood keeps swinging – if the horoscope is weak and Mercury is afflicted then the person may have bipolar disorder. However, if Mercury is well placed – then the person is normal though his mood often keeps changing. Ashlesha first pada native is much interested in the higher philosophy of life and often takes great interest in reading self-help books.

Ashlesha second pada men and women are excellent dealers. They know how to make a deal – and so this is a good placement for those who aspire to become successful businessmen. This placement also brings great interest in having more and more sexual relations – in a way it makes the person more sexual by nature – especially if Ashlesha is rising on the Ascendant. These men and women always need a partner – they hate to live alone. And so if Venus is good then from early age – they find good partners and they also enjoy much through their relationship. If Venus is afflicted then such men and women will find partners but will go through multiple relationships. Ashlesha second pada makes the person more social and is generally liked by others. This is also a good placement for succeeding in politics – many successful politicians have Ashlesha rising in second pada – one of them is our late Prime Minister Srimati Indira Gandhi – she was born with Cancer Ascendant in Ashlesha Nakshatra 2 pada – and she was liked by millions of Indians – probably after Jawaharlal Nehru – she was the most popular Indian leader of those times.

Ashlesha third pada is a high voltage point – and so the person goes through great transformation. Many shocks, and tragic events happen but all of these upheavals eventually shape the native’s persona and he emerges as a winner – a hero. Hitler was born with Ashlesha in third pada – and though it has been a fashion to criticize Adolf Hitler for his ruthless administration still it is important to note that he gave a sense of dignity and pride to millions of Germans who otherwise were lost and ill treated by the Jews in Germany. Tragic end and tragic events is a part and parcel of this placement and so Adolf Hitler had to go through a very difficult childhood days – during his childhood days he would often see the kind of exploitation that the Jews in Germany were doing and probably this observation – lead to his hatred towards the Jews. History is not what you read in the books – history is what you get to hear from those who have lived and met Hitler in person – and I had met someone very special who had seen Hitler and had several interactions with Hitler – and he was of the view that Hitler was wronged by the Jews from the very early days of his life. So it is necessary to have a balanced view on Hitler rather than being biased towards the Jews. The mass killing of Jews that Hitler initiated is certainly wrong and should be condemned but one should also study the facts that triggered this kind of hatred in him -towards the Jews.

Yet another wonderful example of Ashlesha Nakshatra Pada 3 is Ram Dass – the close disciple of Neem Karoli Baba. Ram Dass’s birth name was Richard Alpert. He was also known as Baba Ram Dass. Richard Alpert was an American spiritual teacher, guru of modern yoga, psychologist, and author. He was the author of the best-selling 1971 book ‘Be Here Now’. The book helped popularize Eastern spirituality and yoga in the Western countries. In 1967, Richard Alpert traveled to India and became a disciple of Neem Karoli Baba who gave him the name Ram Dass, meaning “Servant of Ram”. Richard Alpert aka Ram Dass was born with Ashlesha rising on Cancer Ascendant in third pada.

The former President of US – Donald Trump is also born with Ashlesha 3rd Pada – he went through many ups and downs in life – there was a time when had filed for bankruptcy. And then a time came in his life when he became the President of US! Unimaginable surprising events happen when Ashlesha is in the 3rd Pada.

The 4th PADA of Ashlesha is very special – in fact it is my favorite. This is the most purest form of Ashlesha – the 4th Pada. Great persons such Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was born with Ashlesha in 4th Pada – the height of Nehru is such that it cannot be understood by those who just want to target his legacy for their own political interests.

Yet another great example of Ashlesha 4th Pada is the 3rd President of US – Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was born with Ashlesha rising on Cancer Ascendant. 4th Pada Ashlesha natives are much interested in the higher philosophy of life – they take great interest in spiritual teachings, spiritual sharing and they themselves also have the potential to evolve as great spiritual leaders. Natives born with Ashlesha fourth pada are much inclined towards seeking their Guru – the benevolent Master. And once they find their Guru – then they never leave – the remain at the feet of their master – happy and joyous they continue to serve the divine Master. FAITH is very strong – when native is born with Ashlesha fourth pada – they simply walk with FAITH and not with fear. One whose FAITH is unwavering – definitely succeeds in doing what he is meant to do.

4th Pada Ashlesha natives are thus the real lucky ones – who do what they are meant to do. These are the blessed folks – especially if Jupiter is well placed in the birth chart.

Always remember – FAITH is what matters – and along with FAITH – you also need to have PATIENCE. Sai Baba of Shirdi therefore emphasized on two keys of life – SHRADDHA meaning FAITH and SABURI meaning FAITH – SHRADDHA AUR SABURI.

All you need is FAITH and PATIENCE – but shallow men and shallow women are always in rush – and they are quick to blame God for their misdoings – their ignorance. Once it happened – and it is a story of very very ancient times – when God was living on Earth. God was living on Earth but slowly slowly, he became very tired of man, because people would torture him continuously. In the middle of the night, somebody would knock and say, “Why have you done this? Why not do it this way?” Everybody was advising; everybody was praying and their prayers were contradictory. A man would come and would say, “Today let there be sun, because I am going to wash my clothes.”

And somebody else would come and he would say, “Today let there be rain, because I am going to plant trees.” Now what to do? They were driving God mad!

He had to disappear from the earth. He had to escape just to survive. He had to become invisible.

One day a man came, a farmer, an old farmer, and he said, “Look, you may be God, and you may have created the world, but one thing I must say to you: you are not a farmer, and you don’t know even the ABC of farming. And your whole nature and the functioning of your nature is so absurd, and this I say out of my whole life’s experience. You have to learn something.”

God said, “What’s your advice?”

The farmer said, “You give me one year’s time, and just let things be according to me, and see what happens. There will be no poverty left!”

God was willing and one year was given to the farmer. Now it was according to his will that everything was happening. Naturally, he asked the best, he thought only of the best — no thunder, no strong winds, no dangers for the crop. Everything comfortable, cozy, and he was very happy. The wheat was growing so high! No dangers were there, no hindrances were there; everything was moving according to HIS desire. When he wanted sun, there was sun; when he wanted rain, there was rain, and AS much as he wanted. In the old days, sometimes it rained too much, and the rivers would be flooded, and the crops would be destroyed; and sometimes it would not rain enough and the land would remain dry, and the crops would die… and sometimes something else, and sometimes something else. It was rare, very rare, that things were right. But this year everything was put right, mathematically right.

The wheat was growing so high that the farmer was very happy. He used to go to God and say, “Look! This time the crops will be such that for ten years if people don’t work there will be enough food.”

But when the crops were cut, there was no wheat inside. He was surprised — what happened?! He asked God, “What happened? what went wrong?”

God said, “Because there was no challenge, because there was no difficulty, because there was no conflict, no friction, because all was good, you avoided all that was bad, the wheat remained impotent. A little struggle is a must. Storms are needed, thunder , lightning is needed. They shake up the soul inside the wheat.”

This parable is of immense value. If you are just happy and happy and happy, happiness will lose all meaning. You will become tired of it. You will be fed up with it. You remain interested in happiness because there are sad moments too. Those sad moments keep you interested in happiness. You cannot go on eating only sugar and sugar and sugar — something salted is a must, otherwise all taste will be lost.”

You see – that is the message for Ashlesha native and also for all my close followers – that in life – suffering plays a vital role – challenges play a vital role – failures play a vital role – because all of these adversaries eventually help you evolve – mature and grow in the true sense. If there is absolutely no challenges and sufferings and failures in your life then you will grow high like the wheat crop but there will be no seeds inside – you will remain shallow – empty – with absolute nothing to learn from!

Remember – if there is meaning in life – then there must be meaning in suffering too! Only a man – only a woman who has been through suffering – evolves – matures and becomes more humble, more loving, more forgiving and more compassionate. Suffering is necessary until you AWAKE – until you EVOLVE – until the level of your awareness is raised to higher altitudes. Once you become aware – suffering ceases – and you become free – total free – that is when you experience the real taste of FREEDOM.

It is only when the night is dark – very dark that you see brighter stars – similarly it is only when you are in deep grief – deep suffering that you come closer to God – to your SELF.

Ashlesha, Ashwani, Magha, Revati, Jyestha and Moola are the six Gand Moola Nakshatras – they are called Gand Moola because through them – transformation happens. And transformation is a painful process – one has to go through many upheavals and tragedies of life – until one is completely transformed! All the six Gand Moola Nakshatras are ruled by Ketu and Mercury – and yet it is these 6 Gand Moola Nakshatras that have given birth to the greatest souls on this planet.

Shallow men and shallow women cannot stand to the storms that these Nakshatras bring and so they remain as they are – however evolved souls rejoice while going through the whole painful process of transformation because they are perfectly aware that an iron metal rod shines only when it goes through the fire of suffering.

In a way it therefore important to note – that the SIX GAND MOOLA NAKSHATRAS are GREAT TRANSFORMERS – and transformation comes at a cost. Remember – how a caterpillar goes through a painful transformation until it transforms into a beautiful butterfly? While going through the painful transformation the caterpillar thinks that the world is over – but soon it realizes that it has transformed into a beautiful butterfly!

Ashlesha is one such transformative Nakshatra that helps you to transform into a beautiful butterfly. Depending on how evolved your soul is – you will understand the significance and mission of the greatest messenger of this galaxy – ASHLESHA.

Love and light to all my close followers – stay blessed and for more motivation – remember to follow me on Instagram.

Jai Shri Ganesha. Jai Guru.

Addittya Tamhankar

Addittya Tamhankar

Acharya Addittya Tamhankar is a distinguished astrologer and acclaimed author known for his in-depth knowledge and insight into astrology. He has authored over 11 books, including bestsellers on the cosmic entities Rahu and Ketϋ, and his recent works include "Come Back Home - Reconnect to Source Consciousness" and "27 Nakshatras - the Living Legends." Alongside his literary achievements, Acharya Addittya has cultivated a substantial online following, with over 1,000 YouTube videos and a community of more than 40,000 subscribers. His blogs offer enlightening discussions on spirituality and planetary influences, drawing readers and viewers who seek wisdom and deeper understanding of these complex subjects.
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