Nakshatra/Star: Hasta (10°00’ -23°20’ Virgo)
Hasta is the 13th Nakshatra/Star of Zodiac ruled by planet MOON. The word ‘Hasta’ translates into the ‘Hand’ or it may be alternatively transcribed as ‘Laughter’( derived from Sanskrit word ‘hass’). Once the family in Uttara Phalguni has been established, Hasta seeks to get the household going.It makes advocacy of civilized living, by making excellent householders, with apparent seriousness and joviality beneath. This asterism is mainly about the power inlies in hands whether it is opened hand or a clenched fist( mutthi ).The symbol of close fisted hand refers to a person with some definite purposes or promise to bring someone or something within his control. In adverse condition it refers to act of stealing or pick-pocketing and the like. They know how to win over the other party, hence these people can be good diplomats or are suitable for any profession. They do not have the formal education, but they can carry out the responsibilities assigned to them through their all round knowledge and efforts.
The Ruling Deity is Savitar, the creative form of Sun. He is called “the golden handed one”.The shakti of Hasta is “the power to manifest what one seeks and place it in their hands”. Hasta natives can have great dexterity and skilled with hands in healing arts and in with handicrafts.
Symbol: Palm of Hand or Fist
Star Lord: Moon
Ruling Deity: Savitar,the creative form of the Sun God
As this complete asterism/nakshatra falls in sign Virgo so the impact of ruling sign lord Mercury is more here than the ruling planetary lord Moon. Budh’s influence makes Hasta natives jovial and lighthearted. Intellect rules over mind in Hasta. Chandra can perceive, but not derive conclusions, which is Budh’s doing. It is Budh which guides Chandra while it is Chandra which nurtures Budh. Hasta is all about this interplay between Budh and Chandra.
Natives of this nakshatra are very much concerned about the proper utilization of time. They are very prone to go to extremes in relation to this issue and turn their life into a clock. They are obsessed with time keeping, punctuality, repetition and other such robotic traits associated with sign Virgo. Hasta is associated with quickness in thoughts and action and it is also very much creative nakshatra.
Hasta is representative of inner sun, which has ability to hold,produce and foster Divine savior.Term “inner sun” is used because Kanya is Rasi of matter and material world holds and hides spiritual realm.
A person born in this Nakshatra is famous, religious minded, respects Brahmins and learned people and possesses wealth. Those who born under this nakshatra are good at organising and managing things. They also excel at jobs, which involve a lot of travelling.
Ascendant in Hasta: Likable, sociable, entertaining, attractive, sensitive, artistic, respected,eloquent in speech, fond of travel, thievish nature, serves in public, humanitarian.
When Hasta rises on Lagna, it produces highly flexible and supple bodies, capable of handling a variety of manual jobs. They often have some type of acrobatic skill. They have small eyes and roundish faces. They have mischievous smiles and like to squint a lot. They love to laugh and play joker. They have quick, sharp minds, which constantly process whatever they observe. They like to think along practical lines. Theirs is a world of classification, order and arrangement.Hasta natives have a tendency for overwork, arising from an inability to sit still. They can get obsessive about keeping themselves busy, a trait which makes them invent unnecessary tasks or complicate relatively simple tasks. No other Nakshatra comes close to Hasta when it comes to an eye for detail. They work at things painstakingly and expect others to do same. They can be extremely critical when their high standards are not met. Haste usually gives some sort of tension with progeny, if related to 5th Bhava in any way.
Moon in Hasta: Creative, industrious in work, practical, sweet smile, attractive, wealth late in life, makes quick friendship, remains unattached, inclined towards intoxication, cunning, many ups and downs in life, moody nature.
The moon in Hasta indicates a person who is skillful with their hands, good at craftsmanship and the arts, healers and massagers. They are clever, witty, entertaining and humorous, and are good speakers and communicators. Their early life may be subject to hardship and restraints and they like routine and security. They can also be grasping and possessive.
The Sun in Hasta: Love of knowledge and writing, skilled with hands, attention to details,excellent memory and analytical ability, interest in astrology and the occult, gifts in music,dance and drama.
Career Interests: Artisans; manual laborers; all professions requiring dexterity of hand;mechanics; jewelry makers; acrobats, gymnasts and circus performers; fairy tale writers; those involved in invention and production of daily utility items; publishing & printing industry; stage magicians; swindlers; pickpockets; stock brokers; packaging industry; paper industry; manicurists; all people working in share and stock markets; casino dealers; toy makers; carpenters; professional gamblers; bookies; small shop owners, market sellers, small scale trade persons and businessmen in all fields; clerks; bankers; accountants; typists; cleaners; housekeepers; servants; doctors; physiotherapists; chemical & toiletry industry; textile industry; tarot card readers; palmists; psychics; astrologers; auctioneers; pottery & ceramic industry; interior decorators; gardeners; farmers & agriculturalists; all professions connected with food production, processing and distribution industry; barbers, hairdressers & stylists; sculptors; those connected with amusement parks; sales persons in all fields; professional comedians; satirical novelists; radio & television commentators; speech therapists; newsreaders; martial artists;thieves; robbers dealing with opening safes; all street smart professions in general.
Health issues: Sensitive nervous system, bowels, colon problems, dysentery, colds and allergies, skin irritations, hands.
Shadowy Side: Hardships, impediments and restrains early in life, health issues due to sensitive nature and Virgo is a vulnerable sign to health issues. A critical and impatient nature results in stress problems, a merciless and thievish mind.
According to Varahamihira, ”Chandra in Hasta makes one energetic, daring, merciless, a drunkard and a thief”.
Remedy: Worshiping Lord Surya at sunrise, offering water to it with correct recitation of Surya Mantra…is the best remedial measure for Hasta natives.