Friday, January 27, 2012


SWATI is once again among the few nakshatras which are represented by a single star.  And that star is known as ARCTURUS (ALPHA-BOOTIS).  With a visual magnitude of 0.16, Arcturus is the third brightest among the stars in the night sky.

Ancient Vedic seers saw it as the abode of SARASWATHI, the goddess of learning.

Its symbol is a 'YOUNG PLANT SHOOT BLOWN BY THE WIND". The wind symbolism suggests the airy quality of this nakshatra which promotes restless-ness, adaptability, skill-ness in using the mind and a roaming disposition.  Whereas, the young plant symbolism suggests delicacy.

Its main deity is VAYU, the god of wind.  All of Vayu's qualities, can be seen manifested through HANUMAN, son of Vayu & one of the central characters in the vedic-epic, RAMAYANA.

Hanuman's qualities like extreme strength, morality, strong sense of ethics, moderation, fairness, intelligence and loyalty apply to the highest aspect of Swati's functioning.

It is Hanuman's extreme loyalty and devotion to RAMA, which still remains the strongest example of unconditional and selfless service is strongly entrenced in our minds. It is no wonder then that the planest of service. i.e.SATURN, reaches maximum exaltation in Swati. 

It belongs to the Butcher's class. Even wind can be a highly destructive and unforgiving force when it takes the form of cyclones and tornadoes. And Swati can be quite ruthless in its approach, especially when it gains strength and power over the passage of time.

The body part it represents is the Chest, which emphasizes its connection with the air element and the process of breathing. 

It is a Female nakshatra & a Deva Ganam.  Swati represents the female aspect of its planetary ruler, Rahu. Its directions are connected with the West, South-West & the South-East.

Worship of Saraswati is the best remedial worship.

In the universal scheme of things, Swati relates to 'PRADHVAMSA SHAKTI" - the power to disperse like the wind. No wonder, it is said also that Swati can be seen as the universal vacuum cleaner!

Swati is related to SAGE MARICHI, one of the seven celestial sages looking after the affairs of our galaxy.  The name of this sage translates into "LIGHT". The "lightness" (as in swiftness) seems to connect well with Swati, considering that Air is light element.

The 1st paagam of Swati says about the restless-ness and the inquisitive-ness aspect of Swati;

The 2nd paagam of Swati indicates good business-sense;

The 3rd paagam of Swati is the most intellectual amongst the four paagams of Swati; &

The 4th paagam of Swati is the most flexible and adaptable paagam and are service orientated and hardworking.

DO YOU KNOW which paagam of SWATI you belong to?

Are you the Restless & Inquisitive type???

Good business-sense type???

Intellectual type???

Or the very Hardworking type???

Every paagam comes with different interpretations.  Only DETAILED ASTROLOGERS can let you know the difference.

According to Varahamihira, those with Moon in Swati are "pleasant in speech, have a self controlled nature and compassionate ways".

MOST FAMOUS PERSONALITIES OF SWATI :- MARK TWAIN, the famous author and social commentator, representing intelligence & expression.

Jyotisha Ravi
Professional Vedic Astrologer

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


CHITRAI is one of the few nakshatras which are represented by a single star.  And that star is known as SPICA (ALPHA-VIRGINIS).  It is one of the brightest stars in the night sky with a visual magnitude of 1.06.

Ancient Vedic seers saw this nakshatra as the "RESIDENCE of VISHWAKARMA (or Tvastar), the divine architect.

TVASTAR, the celestial architect, is the main ruling deity of this nakshatra.  He is usually referred as VISHWAKARMA too.  He is said to be adept in MAYA, the illusory force which keeps alive the drama of life.  Vishwakarma, uses his knowledge of Maya to create, mutate and fashion new forms out of the pre-existing ones, an act which seems like magic to others.  His workings are often done in secret and shroud of mystery surrounds him.

To understand his mysterious aspect better, we have to take our present day example, "most of us are completely unaware how normal soil containing silicon is transformed into a computer, a device which has the ability to do all these magic-like functions".

In the same way, most of us do not have the clue as to how Vishwakarma creates magnificent structures using the most basic elements.  That is why none can surpass Chitrai as far as arts, crafts, design, architecture, and beauty are concerned.

Vishwakarma, even though he is friendly to the gods, has no particular allegiance to anyone.  He creates all LOKAS (planes of existence) for all (human, godly, serpent,e.t.c.).  It is Vishwakarma who fashions thunderbolts for INDRA, the king of heavenly hosts.  But his twin brother, TRISHIRAS (three-headed) is a demon and an enemy of Indra.  This duality finds expression through Chitrai, a nakshatra which is very ambiguous and thus hard to classify in any fixed category of good, evil, crooked or saintly.

Therefore, the essence of Chitrai can be summarized in the phrase "CREATE, CREATE, & CREATE".

Chitrai belongs to the Farmer's class.  Even Vishwakarma, the devine architect, is in a way nothing but a "producer", in keeping the wishes of the gods, or whosoever he is working for, at any given point in time.  The ancient vedic seers obviously regarded creating and producing things, especially on a material plane, as a working class activity.

In modern times, sculptures and architects are elevated to lofty positions in society, but in essence, they still remain puppets in the hands of those who finance them.

It is related primarily to the range or arc that goes from South-East, to South, to West.

It is a Female & PITTA (fiery) nakshatra.

FOREHEAD & NECK are the body parts related to this nakshatra.
The 1st paagam of Chitrai indicates strong abilities to keep secrets;

The 2nd paagam of Chitrai indicates a very disciplined paagam which likes to conclude whatever it begins;

The 3rd paagam of Chitrai indicates a very self-centric & the focus on relationships; &

The 4th paagam of Chitrai relates to the magical & mysterious side of Chitrai.

DO YOU KNOW which paagam of CHITRAI you belong to?  Every paagam comes with different interpretations.  Only DETAILED ASTROLOGERS can let you know the difference.

Worship of feminine deities who ride on tigers like DURGA is the best way of getting the best of Chitrai.

According to Varahamihira, those with Moon in Chitrai are found wearing bright clothes and garlands, with beautiful eyes and bodies.

MOST FAMOUS PERSONALITIES OF CHITRAI :- ANNA NICOLE SMITH, the famous model who inherited a fortune from her 90 year old billionaire husband, has her Moon placed in Chitrai.  Her huge body is very representative of Chitrai's love of large, well built and proportionate structures.

Jyotisha Ravi
Professional Vedic Astrologer