In Vedic Astrology, known as ‘Jyotish’ in Sanskrit, the 27 constellations (Nakshatras) determines the core of celestial influences on our planet. The term Nakshatra when dissected gets split into Naksha - Map and Tara – Star which apparently points out the “Star mapping” technique. The 27 Nakshatras, in a way, represents our ideal path in the passage of life right from the moment of birth and goes till death.
The seed of Rahu’s energy, Ardra, consists of the bright star in the Orion constellation known in modern astronomy as Betelguese (Alpha-Orionis). This red giant star is one of the brightest stars in the night sky with a visual magnitude of 0.57 and it is revered in the Ancient cultures as it has a very strong influence on our planet. Vedic Legends saw this Bright Red Giant as an abode of Rudra, the fierce form of Lord Shiva.
Ardra is the place where intellect is born. Although Ardra is much as curious as Mrigashira, it goes a step further to know the cause behind the effect. Simply, Ardra men are good observers and dissectors. They like to observe and understand people without judgmental thoughts. They have large faces, curly hairs, and witty expressions
Professional Life: In the Universal scheme of things, Ardra refers to “Yatna Shakti” – the power to make efforts to result in achievements. Ardra people are like storms running around and the reactions they receive from people are also varied. They are great at multi-tasking events and are able to manage every task that is assigned to them in an equal manner. They are also not so good at finances, so they end up spending in some unwanted materialistic desires like a 7-year-old kid who doesn’t care about money. They put thoughts into speech effortlessly and are courageous like Rudra.
Compatibility: They are dominant in both physical and in thoughts. Ardra’s sexual animal is a dog. Dogs are aggressive and sexually active creatures and thus Ardra is most indulgent in sexual matters with their partners. Ardra is most compatible with Mula Nakshatra, the other dog asterism. Late marriage is advisable for Ardra men as they would face incompatibility and other marriage-related issues with their partners during a younger age.
Health: Lung related problems, chronic diseases, and frequent sickness should be taken care of as soon as possible.
She is subtle, soft and very well-mannered but also has a fierce side which she doesn’t want to show to anyone. Ardra women are thoughtful, intelligent and most importantly have a constant urge to emerge and evolve. Her observing skills in addition to her conversational skills can also result in fault-finding in others
Professional Life: Rahu’s Mercurial side is relayed through Ardra Nakshatra by heightening the intellectual and thinking capacity of the natives and resulting in a great wit, versatility and communication skills. Like a Diamond, Ardra’s intellectualism is piercing and multifaceted. She likes to work either in research fields; electronics or independently.
Compatibility: Most of the Ardra men qualities get mirrored here as well. Like for instance, late marriage results in a proper love-life and family prospects; active in their love-life. But she can undergo severe agony because of unfamiliar family problems that arise out of nowhere. She has to come across many rough patches in her life to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Health: Menstrual problems, chronic coughs, and diseases can result in severe health issues later. So, it is advisable to consult practitioners as soon as possible.
Name: “Green”, “Fresh”, “Moist one” – Feeling of renewal.
Symbol: “Diamond” or a “Teardrop”
Deity or God: Rudra, the destructive and transformative aspect of Lord Shiva (The Destroyer among the Vedic Trinity)
Nature: Ardra is the first Nakshatra where an attempt is made in mental or intellect plane to understand the functioning of Maya. Intellect is born and evolved here.
Mode of Functioning: It is a balanced Nakshatra like a Thunderstorm which is a typical manifestation of nature’s way of balancing things.
Caste: Butcher caste, as Rudra is known for removing unwanted and demonic forces out of the universe.
Gender: Female Nakshatra (Green, Fresh and Moistness)
Body Parts: Eyes, Front and the back of the head. Neurologists recently discovered that most of the brain’s controlling mechanisms are located in the front and back of the head.
Direction: Southwest, West, and North
Places: Places where Thunderstorms, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes are common, Factories and Laboratories dealing with poisonous and chemical processes, Communication centers and High tech studios, Hospitals and Military bases where weapons are stored and maintained.
Guna (Essence): Tamasic Nakshatra
Tattwa (Element): Water Element
Gana (Type): Manusha or Human Nakshatra as it ruled by Rahu who is involved in Humanity and its struggles
Orientation and Disposition: Upward and Tikshna (Sharp) Nakshatra
Disposition: It is a Tikshna (Sharp & Forceful) Nakshatra
Lunar Month: It relates to the second half (middle 9 days) of the Lunar month of Margashirsha
Lunar Day: It relates to the Ekadashi (11th Tithi or day) of the waxing and waning phases of the Lunar monthly cycle
Auspicious Activities: Destructive activities, Demolishing old buildings, unlearning old and bad habits, Creative, dissecting and researching, Propitiating fierce deities like Rudra and Kali
Inauspicious Activities: All initiations and beginnings; Marriages, Travel, Giving, Receiving honors and religious ceremonies.
Planetary Ruler: Rahu and Mercury
Vowels and Alphabets: “Ku” “Kha” “Nga” & “Chha”. In Sanskrit, Ardra corresponds to Aee and consequently, its Mantra is Om Aeem
Sexual Type: Its sexual animal is a Dog and they are known for being sexually active and excessively indulgent in sexual matters
Compatibility: It is highly compatible with Mula, the other dog asterism
Esoteric: Betelguese is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Orion was supposed to come into being when Shiva assumed the form of a Hunter and took out of on Brahma’s head with his arrow
Gotra (Celestial lineage): Sage Pulahu, one of the seven sages who looks after the Galaxy’s affairs
Remedial: Worshipping Lord Shiva in his terrible form, Rudra
Ardra Nakshatra Historical Personalities: Albert Einstein, the great physicist was born in this Nakshatra. His appearance, wisdom and his contribution to science and world reveal a lot about Ardra’s functioning.
1st Pada: 6-40′ – 10-00′ Gemini, falls in Saggitarius Navamsa and is ruled by Jupiter. It relates to exploratory and curious side of this Nakshatra
2nd Pada: 10-00′ – 13-30′ Gemini, falls in Capricorn Navamsa and is ruled by Saturn. It relates to materialistic desires, pursuits and eventual frustrations accompanied with it.
3rd Pada: 13-20′ – 16-40′ Gemini, falls in Aquarius Navamsa and is ruled by Saturn. It relates to scientific and research-oriented side of this Nakshatra by possessing top-notch mental activities
4th Pada: 16-40′ – 20-00′ Gemini, falls in Pisces Navamsa and is ruled by Jupiter. It relates to the sensitive and compassionate side of this Nakshatra. Planets positioned in this Pada is supposed to give positive and beneficial results in one’s life than the previous two Padas.
Lucky Number: 4
Lucky Letters: C, G, K, N
Lucky Colours: Green
Lucky Stones: Gomed
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