Star Series : Krittika (26°40’ Mesha – 10° 00’ Vrishabha)
Krittika is the 3rd Nakshtra/Star of Zodiac. It is a Female Nakshtra and is second highly liked by planet Moon after Nakshtra, Rohini. Its Name is of so because Krittikas (seven wives of seven celestial Sages) roused up Karttikeya (Lord Shiva’s son whose birth is primarily for Destruction of Daemons).Thus this Nakshtra rules Wars and Aggression. People born in this Nakshtra are also very fiery in nature. Agni (God of Fire) and Karttikeya (God of War) are its Ruling Deities.
It is an active Nakshatra and it belongs to Brahman Caste.Its main symbol is an axe, razor or any sharp-edged instrument like blade or knife. All sharp instruments can be used for both constructive or destructive purposes. A knife, for example, can be used for cutting vegetables or hurting someone. In same way, Krittika’s penetration can be used for cutting through superficial layers of mental and emotional functioning. On other hand, it can be used for causing harm out of anger or enmity. In some cases, its destructive aspect is constructive from a universal point of view, especially when those at end of blade are crooked or evil.
Grahas placed in Krittika give one pointed action and fiery bursts of energy. They act in a sudden and explosive manner. Krittika natives have a direct and straightforward approach and don’t like to beat about bush. They usually have cutting and blunt manners which often offends or intimidates those around them. They have an extreme temper, but it does not last for more than a few seconds.
Krittika natives usually hide their caring, nurturing and maternal side beneath hard, stern exteriors. Fire, despite its dangerous and destructive potential, cooks our food, warms us up on a cold day and helps make most of things we require for a comfortable living. In other words, fire is what makes civilization possible. Going one step further, we find that Surya’s fire makes life possible on earth. This is reason why Krittika natives are usually life-sustaining element within their social sphere. They like to support others around them through their warmth, independence and will-power. In some cases this may be excessive and result is similar to overcooked food. Krittika natives can alienate those around them by their sharp tongue and nature even though they don’t have any real malefic intent.
Profession: All Professions involving use of Fire and Sharp Objects. Critics; managers; generals & people in authority positions; technical professions in general; teachers; educators; University related professions; lawyers; judges; surgeons; swordsmen; fencers; people who make swords, knives and other sharp instruments; blacksmiths; creative arts involving use of fire-based processes;jewelers and glassmakers; all military professions; police; fire fighters; explosive experts; those who work in foster homes & orphanages; professions connected to rehabilitation of addicts of all kinds, whether it be related to drug addiction, smoking, alcoholism, weight problems; professions involved in promoting methods & techniques for self-improvement or self-assertiveness; spiritual teachers who promote strong purificatory measures or worship involving Surya or fire; professions involving fire, like fire dancers or fire sacrifices; professional dart players or archers; barbers & hairdressers; tailors; work involving use of needles, like embroiderers or vaccinators; gold diggers & miners; cooks of all varieties; those who make clay objects, like bricks for building houses or ceramic objects; furnace makers; those who make cooking utensils or trade tools.
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Pada & Letter:
First Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Sagittarius Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This is a highly moralistic, generous and altruistic Pada. There’s a daredevil element to this Pada, which connects it to one type of military pursuit or other. 1st Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “A”.
Second Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Capricorn Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This Pada also has a strong sense of ethics, but its vision is more material rather than mental or spiritual. Even its spirituality is expressed through matter. Second Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Ee”.
Third Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Aqaurius Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This is also a humanitarian and altruistic Pada. It combines futuristic visions and ancient knowledge on a weave of fixed principles. Third Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Oo”.
Fourth Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Pisces Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This Pada has ability to manifest its deep sensitivity on a material plane. It promotes group work of all types in a joyful, benevolent way. Fourth Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Ay”.
Guna (essence), Gana (type), Tatva (element),Caste, Yoni, Direction, Body Parts and Gender:
Krittika Nakshtra people belong to Rajasik Guna, Rakshas Gana, Earthly element, Female gender and Brahmin caste. Krittika Nakshtra rules from East, South-East to South. Hips, loins and crown of head are body parts related to this Nakshatra. Yoni for this Nakshtra is Lion.
Worshiping Lord Karttikeya or Lord Surya (along with Gayatri Mantra Recitation) is recommended for Krittika Folks.