Nakshatra/Star Series: Ardra (6°40’ – 20°00’ Mithuna)
Ardra is the 6th nakshatra/star of zodiac also known as “The Star of Sorrow”/“The Star of Achievement”. Ardra means moist and it carries a feeling of renewal within it.For example, word ”moist” may refer to moisture in air,which forms clouds,which in turn cause rain.Rain in turn brings life to earthly vegetation and makes them ”fresh” and ”green”.
Its main symbol is a diamond,even though many scholars see a teardrop as its primary symbol.Rahu rules this nakshatra and its presiding deity is Lord “Rudra(destructive and transformative aspect of Shiva)”.
Ardra is female nakshatra. Even though its presiding deity Rudra is male ; Terms associated with Ardra, like ”tenderness”, ”moistness” and ”freshness”,can only be regarded as being feminine.Renewal which earth’s vegetation experiences after rainfall is also one of nature’s feminine phenomena.
This nakshatra relates to”Yatna Shakti”- power to make efforts.Its main theme is searching and reaching desired goal.Ardra thus finishes off searching that began in Mrigashira. Achievement is result of Ardra’s energy.Getting to root of matter is very important to this Nakshatra.Ardra is therefore directly connected to one’s depth of perception.That’s why a “Human head” is its alternative symbol.
Natives born with Ardra rising on Lagna usually have large faces,curly hair and sullen expression.Eyes have a particular piercing quality about them and expression ”going red with anger” literally applies to Ardra natives.Mad,absent-minded professor archetype is an Ardra character.They have good memory and are quick to respond to facts and figures.It must be noted that Ardra natives don’t usually verify facts before they speak.Although they may appear calm outside,there is usually some raging storm going on in their heads.Their lives are full of extreme changes and complete turn-arounds. Ardra natives are intense and unrelenting observers of both themselves and others.This quality,coupled with fact that they usually put their thoughts into speech,makes them appear impolite and critical.In some cases their sarcasm can cause much pain or agony to others. In lesser evolved souls,Ardra displays its childlike tendency to serve selfish ends through lying,unscrupulousness etc.They are,however,courageous like Rudra and don’t mind any type of confrontation.
Because of illusionary energies of Rahu,Ardra can create a whole lot of confusion and make Ardra natives scatter away their intellectual and mental energies in meaningless pursuits.It can also make them stubborn,arrogant and reckless.In present day and age,where science and technology have a strong hold over mass consciousness,Ardra natives usually waste their potential on these material sciences, which in most cases don’t bring about any evolution on soul level. It is seen that a lot of physicists make shift from physics to metaphysics late in their lives,after exhausting all its possibilities.This shows how people can waste their whole lives before coming to any meaningful conclusion.All Ardra natives get a chance to transform their lives for better,but in today’s hyper materialistic age, where all types of illusions abound,it is no easy task.
This Nakshatra is favorable for all destructive kind like activities; like demolishing old buildings; discarding old and worn-out habits and objects; good for research and creative activities within its domain.
Unfavorable for any type of beginning; generally inauspicious for all auspicious activities like marriage,travel,giving and receiving honors,religious ceremonies and like.
Electrical engineers and electricians;electronic & computer industry; computer software developers; sound engineers & technicians;musicians,especially those involved in electronic music;English language experts;weapon experts; photographers;special effects people in film industry; computer game designers & Sci-Fi buffs;3D & virtual reality experts;manual laborers of all types;physicists, mathematicians & researchers; scientists; profound thinkers & philosophers; writers & novelists,especially of science fiction genre;surgeons;physicians who administer poisons in small amounts as remedies, like homeopaths; allopathic doctors; those involved in mental sports like chess,scrabble,bridge etc. ; morticians;chemical & fertilizer industry;pharmaceutical industry; professions involving handling poisons of any type; those working in nuclear power plants;eye & brain specialists & surgeons;psychoanalysts & psychotherapists;those specializing in healing or curing brain & head disorders;investigators,detectives & mystery solvers;analysts of all types;lighting experts;X-ray specialists & radar personnel;food processing places which produce canned,frozen & junk food; thieves;legal & illegal drug dealers; sales people adept at lying and double talk; biotechnologists;chemotherapists;politicians & manipulators;snipers & hitmen.
Pada and Letter:
First Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Sagittarius Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This Padarelates to exploratory and curious side of Ardra. Grahas placed here have a happy-go-lucky disposition, butare prone to material excesses. 1st Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Ku”.
Second Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Capricorn Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This Pada gives a strong interest in all types of materialistic pursuits and frustration therein. Most of negative qualitiesof this Nakshatra are manifested through this Pada. Second Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Kha”.
Third Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Aquarius Navamsa ruled by Saturn. This Pada relates to electrical, scientific and research oriented part of Ardra’s functioning. Storm here is at its peaklightning stage and thus Grahas posited here can give short sudden bursts of inspiration.. Third Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Na”.
Fourth Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Pisces Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This is Pushkara Navamsa Pada of Ardra. It relates to sensitive and compassionate aspect of Ardra. It has a strongdesire to help those less fortunate than itself in process of evolution.. Fourth Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Chha”.
Guna (essence), Gana (type), Tatva (element),Caste, Yoni, Direction, Body Parts and Gender:
Ardra Nakshatra people belong to Tamasik Guna, Manushya Gana, Watery element, Female in gender and Butcher caste. Ardra Nakshatra rules South-West, West and North direction. Eyes and back and front of head are body parts related to this Nakshatra. Yoni for this Nakshatra is Dog.
According to Varahamihira,Chandr’s placement in Ardra makes one ”ungrateful,wicked,violent and proud”.
Remedy : Worshipping lord Rudra is highly commended for Ardra Natives to get rid of afflictions caused by this nakshatra.