Nakshatra/Star: Vishakha (20°00’ Libra – 3°20’ Scorpio)
Vishakha is the 16th Nakshatra/Star of Zodiac ruled by planet JUPITER. It is the “Star of Purpose’’. The literal translation of Vishakha is “the forked” as this nakshatra is the only one ruled by two deities in one body: Indra, the king of the gods, and Agni, ritual fire. Vishakha people can express two types of desires, Material (Indra with kingly ambitious energy) or Spiritual (Agni with the purification of inner awareness). Indra and Agni here are related to agriculture ; showing the ripening effect of heat, rain and seasonal changes, thus making it an Agricultural nakshatra. Its symbolism has harvest below and cultivation above nature. Another name of this star is Radha, a compliment to Anuradha, the birth star of the Sun. It has the Symbol of a Leaf-decked triumphal gate. Vishakha relates to “ Vyapana Shakti ” – power to make manifest and achieve various things.
Vishakha usually functions as an obsessive, goal-oriented nakshatra, with complete disregard for nature of means employed to achieve desired end. It just focuses on its goal and wants to get it done by Hook or by Crook and after attaining its goal it sets another goal and so on and so on. When striving towards a goal becomes only objective in life, one is likely to have little peace of mind and will definitely miss true essence of life. Terms like ” burning grief ”,” burning desire ” and ” burning passion ” are all tailor-made Vishakha expressions. A sense of emptiness follows any accomplishment. This sense of emptiness is a continuous feature throughout lives of Vishakha natives. Fire is never satisfied, no matter how much or how long it consumes. These natives are always concerned about what they don’t have, rather than making use of what they have. This emptiness and frustration drives some of more evolved Vishakha natives away from blind worldliness in search of higher knowledge and truths.“ Grass looks greener on other side ” is the best befitted idiom for Vishakha natives. These natives take life as a challenge of sorts. They usually make simple things complex and easy things difficult. Vishakha natives are very good at hiding its fiery quality under a calm exterior. It has qualities like possessiveness, jealousy and vindictiveness etc.
Symbol: Triumphal Gateway, potter’s wheel
Star Lord: Jupiter ( Guru )
Ruling Deities: Indra( Chief of the gods ) and Agni( God of Fire )
This nakshatra has a lot to do with marriage as Three Padas of it falls in Sign, governing Marriage ; Tula. Vishakha natives easily fall prey to excesses in regards to sex and alcohol. The indulgent side of Indra( its deity ) is also seen as a character who drowns himself in women, wine and other such pleasures finds its expression through Vishakha. These natives are ones who have an overwhelming need to flock to local bar. But then also Vishakha’s path is not at all romance and roses. This is clear from fact that Radha( Vishakha’s another aspect ) spent a major part of her life pining for Krishna.
It is a Mixed ( Sharp and Soft ) Nakshatra . This classification once again emphasizes duality inherent in Vishakha, as exemplified by meanings of its name. Its soft disposition relates to its Pleasure seeking side, while its sharpness relates to its Fixidity of purpose.
A person born in this nakshatra is religious minded having inclination towards performing rites and rituals etc., is of unstable nature and unfriendly. Vishakha born have a well proportioned body, but they tend to be obese and put on weight with the passing of age. These people can be envious or covetous of the success of others. They may lack a strong social network of friends and feel isolated and alone against the world. Bitterness and resentment may result.
A Man born under this star works at various things but hardly concentrates on any one of them. They are an excellent communicator, and they write and speak well. They have a distinct fierce appearance, with prominent slants and angles on face, even in case of fairer sex. They usually have sharp eyes and features.
Females born in this nakshatra are beautiful and religious in nature. They will have a sweet tongue and quiet diplomatic in their choice of words. They are dreamers, liking astrology, administrators, brave, strong and of charitable nature.
Ascendant in Vishakha: Aggressive, impatient, easily angered, wise, devoted to forms of worship, wealthy, politically inclined, astrological knowledge, mystical.
Moon in Vishakha: Intelligence of the highest order, speaks convincingly, writer, bright appearance, attracts a crowd, leadership, lively away from family, treats all religions as one,truthful, politically inclined, humanitarian.
The moon in Vishakha indicates a person, who is purposeful, goal oriented, ambitious,competitive, opinionated, forceful and determined. They are persistent and patient, but quick witted and intelligent. They are pleasant and popular and are good communicators,but they can also be abrasive. They usually only achieve success later in life and can be jealous and envious of others.
The Sun in Vishakha: Self-centered nature, ambitious, introvert, secretive nature, troubles with authority figures, research-oriented, scientific, restlessness and problems with alcohol.
Career interests: Bartenders ; alcohol & liquor industry ; manual laborers ; fashion models & actresses ; all professions involving use of speech, like TV & radio broadcasters ; politicians ; marching bands ; sports persons, especially sports requiring herculean efforts ; cults & other types of ideological fanatics ; religious fundamentalists ; professional agitators ; soldiers ; dancers ; critics ; criminals & mafia ; custom & immigration officials ; policing jobs ; guards ; prostitution & militant revolutionaries.
Vishakha natives can be found in all types of professions, but usually have a tendency to switch professions throughout their lives.
Health issues: Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like paralysis,kidney and bladder trouble, hormone deficiencies, problems related to the Breasts, Arms,reproductive organs and the stomach.
Shadowy Side: Aggressive, dictatorial, losing the war by pushing their agendas too strongly, quarrelsome personality, issues with suppressed anger and frustration, putting fingers on many pies, envious and covetous of others’ success, uncontrollable sexual appetite, betrayal and disappointment in marriage, infidelity.
According to Varahamihira, those with Chandra in Vishakha are”jealous, greedy, clever with words, skilled at earning money, quarrelsome and incite quarrels among others”.
Remedy: For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this Nakshatra, best remedial measure is to worship half Vishnu, half Shiva form, commonly known as ”Hari Hara“.