Wednesday, December 21, 2011


HASTAM consists of 5 stars, known in modern astronomy as ALPHA-CORVI, BETA-CORVI, DELTA-CORVI, GAMMA-CORVI & EPSILON-CORVI.  Beta-Corvi is the brightest among these stars with a visual magnitude of 2.66.

Hastam"s main translation is "THE HAND". And it's alternative translation is "LAUGHTER".  The root "HASTAM" in Sanskrit means "TO LAUGH".

Hastam's symbol is "a hand with all the five fingers".  Through this symbol, the ancient seers are trying to emphasize Hastam's relation with FATE.

The deity that is presiding over Hastam is a sloar deity named "SAVITAR".  Savitar has a jovial, light-hearted type of persona.  He is always portrayed with a laughing gesture. This makes Hastam interested in all kinds of sports on all planes of existence.  On the terrestrial earthly plane, Hastam relates to both mind games and physical sports.

Savitar is supposedly to be extremely skilled with his hands.  This makes Hastam directly associated with everything done with the hands.  The reasoning behind the naming of Hastam should now be clear to us.  Savitar is also considered to be a crafty trickster, gambler and fraudster.  In the ancient times, all kings (represented by Sun) were supposed to be well versed in the arts of lying, deceit, fraud, gambling and even robbery!  The book "SUN-THE COSMIC POWERHOUSE @ Sagar Publications" reveals on this aspect of the Sun's nature.

In a way the nature and functioning of Savitar is akin to a bright sunny day where everyone is feeling good and are involved in creative activities of all kinds.  This is what makes Hastam one of the most optimistic and creative nakshatras. 

In the universal scheme of things, Hastam relates to "HASTAM STHAPANIYA AGAMA SHAKTI" - the power to put one's object of desire in one's hands. The symbolism makes it clear beyond words that Hastam promises immediate acquirement of one's object of desire through one's skill.

Hastam is a passive nakshatra as this can be understood in terms of its planetary ruler MOON.  It is a Male &"VATA" (airy) nakshatra & belongs to the Vaishya's class because Hastam is associated with production, buying & selling of goods.  It can be said that Hastam has the most business like approach to life in comparison to all other nakshatras.  In the present day and age where business and commerce rules everything else, Hastam has a dominant role.

Hastam relates to the direction east, south, north & northwest. 
According to Varahamihira, those with Moon in Hastam makes one 'energetic, daring & merciless".  In a way, it is a street-smart professional. 

The 1st paagam of Hastam indicates abundant energy and makes one expert at underhanded activities;
The 2nd paagam of Hastam indicates down-to-earth practicality;

The 3rd paagam of Hastam indicates business-minded & this is the most cleverest amongst the Hastam's paagams; &

The 4th paagam of Hastam indicates the focus on family life and communal co-existence.
For those suffering from the bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, the best remedial measure is worship of the SUN as a creative force, at sunrise.

DO YOU KNOW which paagam of HASTAM you belong to.......e.g. 3RD PAAGAM???
Every paagam comes with different interpretations.  Only DETAILED ASTROLOGERS can let you know the difference.

MOST FAMOUS PERSONALITIES OF HASTAM :-  SWAMI VIVEKANANDA, the famous Indian Saint, who made waves in the West by introducing the VEDANTA PHILOSOPHY, has his Moon sign in Hastam.  He was crafty in his speech combined with wit, humour and sarcasm to enthrall audiences across America & Europe.  Back in India, he preached a very "HASTAM-DOCTRINE OF WORKING HARD ON A MATERIAL LEVEL".

Jyotisha Ravi
Professional Vedic Astrologer


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