Nakshatra/Star: Pushya( 3°20’ – 16°40’ Karaka )
Pushya “The Star of Nourishment’’ is the 8th Nakshatra/Star of Zodiac.Pushya is derived from the word “Pushti” which means nourishment, to strengthen, to fortify. The nourishment may be related to either physical fitness or material wealth or knowledge. In Pushya, the ideas of Brihaspati are linked up. Brihaspati stands for wisdom — the wisdom that nourishes the mind, flourishes it and makes it prosperous. The ancient name of Pushya in the Rig Veda was “Tishya”, the Celestial Archer. It has a deva temperament with the primary motivation of dharma or right action. It increases our good karma and good efforts. The main essence of this nakshatra is “Bramavarchasa shakti : power and ability to create spiritual energy”.
Symbols : The udder of the sacred cow, flower , wheel , circle.
Star Lord : Saturn
Ruling Deity : Jupiter( Brihaspati ) , lord of sacred speech/ the priest to the Gods .
Pushya’s main symbol is “milk yielding udder of a cow”. Cows, as we know, provide their milk to others, besides their own calf, unselfishly. Cows are also a universal symbol of motherhood and were highly revered, especially in ancient Vedic society. In India it is still considered holiest amongst all animals. All notions of fertility and productivity that are related to earth on a material plane, fall under domain of this Nakshatra. In many ancient legends, earth is often equated with a cow.
This Nakshatra is very aware of proper utilization of time principle to achieve its productive, creative and nurturing objectives. There’s no place for brutality, savagery, vulgarity or animalistic behavior in this Nakshatra.This Nakshatra is related to curves of all types. Breasts, Chandr, earth and a cow’s udder are all circular and rounded. Natives with Pushya prominent in their charts usually show an obsessive streak for round things.
Pushya is simply the most loved and benign of all Nakshatras. Being ruled by Shani, Pushya natives are very reliable, dependable stalwarts, who one can always turn to in times of need. As this Nakshatra completely resides in Karaka, a sense of family, home and community are strong in Pushya natives. Cancer being 4th house shows motherhood attributes, so its understood why cow, nourishment ,flourishment, emotional wholeness,all benevolent qualities are associated with this nakshatra.
Guru is exalted in Pushya, giving these natives a strong sense of ethics. They like to do right thing and abide by accepted standards and laws. They are shining examples of hospitality, decency, courtesy, etiquette etc. In its negative aspect, Pushya can make one lethargic, needy, dependent and prone to addictions due to a lack of willpower. If afflicted, Pushya natives tend to get victimized easily.
When this Nakshatra influences appearance of a native, it gives fleshy features, prominent chest / breasts, round faces and luminous lustre. Natives under its influence put on fat easily and are prone to bronchial disorders.They have a liking for good food, comfort and social enjoyment. They also like to surround themselves with material luxuries of all kinds. They are gentle, patient, docile creatures who are very attached to their family, especially mother or mother figures.
Moon in Pushya: Learned, composed mind, virtuous, liked by all people,wealthy, political interest, problems with family of origin.
The moon in Pushya indicates a person who is religious, conventional, helping, selfless, caring, intelligent and spiritual. They are usually self-sufficient and wealthy, but give service to others and the under privileged. However, they can be arrogant and superior towards those who do not share their high ideals.
Sun in Pushya: Good speech, authority figure, wealthy, successful, thrifty, sensitive, artistic nature, creativity in arts, need for security.
Career interests: All those connected with dairy industry; food and drink merchants of all types; politicians, rulers & aristocrats; caterers and hoteliers; all those in restaurant business; clergy, nuns, priests, gurus, spiritual teachers; psychologists, counselors and psychotherapists; managers; those associated with charitable organizations;professional hosts & hostesses; river and lake related professions; teachers and education experts; child care professionals; mothers; all care professions; artisans; those involved in all kinds of business and creative activities requiring finesse; real estate agents; farmers & gardeners; those making a living out of orthodoxy, traditionalism and religious bigotry.
Pada and Letter:
First Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Leo Navamsa, ruled by Sun. First Pada concerns itself with achievement, limelight, wealth and pride in one’s family or ancestry. Luminaries specially give strong positive results in this Pada.. 1st Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Hoo”.
Second Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Virgo Navamsa, ruled by Mercury. Hardworking, service aspect of Pushya finds expression here. Since this is a Pushkara Navamsa Pada, all Grahas barring Venus, give good results here, at least on material plane.. Second Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “He”.
Third Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Libra Navamsa, ruled by Venus. Focus here is on home, comforts, luxury and sociability. Superficiality and conformity is downside of this Pada. Moon, Mercury,Venus and Saturn do well here. Third Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Ho”.
Fourth Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Scorpio Navamsa, ruled by Mars. This Pada relates to esoteric side of Pushya, which seeks connections with celestial beings in other world. It is Pada of Mantras and rituals. In its negative aspect, most of Pushya’s negative traits, like dependence, victimization and bigotry, find expression through this Pada. Fourth Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Dah”.
Guna (essence), Gana (type), Tatva (element),Caste, Yoni, Direction, Body Parts and Gender:
Pushya Nakshatra people belong to Tamsik Guna, Dev Gana, Watery element, Male in gender and Kshatriya caste. Pushya Nakshatra rules West to North direction. Mouth and nose are body parts related to this Nakshatra. Yoni for this Nakshatra is Goat.
Health issues: skin problems, eczema, stomach, ulcers, nausea, breast cancer, tuberculosis, chest problems.
Shadowy side: Stubborn, selfish nature, arrogance, pride and jealousy, deflated by criticism, doubting their own worth due to others opinion.
According to Varahamihira, those with Chandra in Pushya are “lucky, learned, wealthy, ethical and of a peaceful nature.”
Remedy: For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this Nakshatra, best remedial measure is to pay reverence to cows, priests, Gurus or Brahmins. One can also worship a benign Mother goddess.