Nakshatra/Star: Swati ( 6°40’ – 20°00’ Libra )
Swati is the 15th Nakshatra/Star of Zodiac ruled by shadowy planet RAHU (the North Node of the Moon). It is the Self Going Star representing its independent and restless nature. Swati is ruled by Vayu, the God of Wind. Thus this Nakshatra is concerned with air, wind, breeze or knowledge of sky since sky is the abode of air. Saraswati( Goddess of Music and learning ) is the female deity related to this asterism.”Balance” is the keyword for Swati natives. Swati nakshatra is usually in no hurry to achieve its objectives, and this is reason why Shani finds maximum exaltation here. Emphasis here is on long-term planning. Most Swati natives are usually very good at sowing seeds for future, but only a few of them stick around to nurture seed into a full grown tree. It is more of a”wait and watch”, rather than a”run and get it” type of Nakshatra. Law, sex and money – three major ”Libran” signification, form an integral part of activities of this star. Swati relates to”Pradhvamsa Shakti” – power to disperse like wind.
Since All of its four quarters falls in sign Libra, thus Venus influence is very much strong here. Rahu’s venusian side is usually quite materialistic, which makes this asterism Rajasic (materially active). It is best Nakshatra for business and other financially profitable activities, as it always keeps its own interests above everything else. Rahu – Shukra influence together is a highly indulgent combination, which gives a strong urge for comfort and luxury. A love of show and pomp is seen when Rahu is functioning through its lower aspect. In its negative aspect, natives under heavy influence of this Nakshatra can become a slave to their desires and are guided by greed and deceit to gain their ends.
Maya element of Swati lies in its ability to adjust itself to any situation or circumstance without losing its own essence. Its free, detached, observant quality makes it easy for it to scatter away any negative buildup on any level of being. Swati can thus be seen as universal vacuum cleaner.
Symbol: Shoot of plant or Sprout Blowing in the wind
Star Lord: Rahu( north lunar node )
Ruling Deities: Vayu, the Wind God and Goddess Saraswati
The symbol of this nakshatra is a”young plant shoot blown by wind”. Young plant symbolism suggests delicacy. This is reason why this nakshatra strives for strength and independence, just like a young plant shoot strives for maturity. Its symbolism has roaming around above and change of form below nature.
Swati is quite humble in its disposition and needs to be told about its potential, for it to be able to express itself. A person born in this Nakshatra is endowed with tremendous beauty, flirts with many women, is jolly. Females born in this sign and nakshatra walk as if they are thinking deep before taking every step and trying to balance their body before taking any further action. They do not like to do any injustice to others neither do they like any injustice being done to them. Swati people have an ability to “bend with the wind” in order to survive the forces of change which they may encounter.
Natives born under this star are good at buying and selling, his/her wealth and property come and go quite easily. They are broad-minded and attract people from diverse backgrounds. Many of those born under this nakshatra will be involved in religious or social work. Swati’s primary motivation is artha or material prosperity. Rahu, the ruling planet, can create a strong desire for financial success and lust for life. These natives are cultured, learned, famous, submissive to ladies, passionate and wealthy.
Swati natives usually have slim and elegantly proportioned bodies. They can be easily spotted in group situations with a continuously fixed smile on their faces. Because of emphasis of Shukra and Rahu, Swati natives are born diplomats. They are socialites of zodiac. They usually go to any lengths to fit into prevalent social and cultural structures. They are strong advocates of social etiquette’s, courtesies and civilized behavior. They use their social charm to climb ladder of success. Their catchphrase is ”Who am I to blow against wind?”. It is this quality which makes them lose their inner centre and blindly follow mass trends. Often very intelligent Swati types behave in same way, even after attaining a clear understanding of worthlessness of trying to please everyone all time.
Ascendant in Swati: Kind, happy, humorous, religious, dresses simply, interest in psychology, medicine, political nature, lives away from birth place.
Moon in Swati: Righteous, compassionate, truthful, famous, clever speech, generous nature, adamant hot-tempered, independent, traveler, advancement after 30, humanitarian concern,charitable.
The moon in Swati indicates someone who is musical, artistic, creative, intuitive and psychic.They have good business and financial skills and are good communicators. They are good learners, knowledgeable, curious and flexible in their approach. They can be vulnerable but are good survivors. However, they can also be changeable, restless and fickle.
The Sun in Swati: Self-employed, business skills, logical, good social status, authority figure,troubles with government, fall from grace, always looking for future success, difficulties with father.
Career interests: Businessmen and trades people of all types; wrestlers; all sports, especially those relying on breath control; yoga teachers ; singers; musicians playing wind instruments, like horns & organ; researchers; inventors; technology experts; independent enterprises; government related service professions; aeronautical industry; pilots; professions connected with aviation industry; transportation industry; socialites; professions involving use of speech, like newsreaders etc.; adventure sports people like skydivers, balloonists etc.; educators, teachers; lawyers; judges; politicians; trade-union & working class leaders; diplomats, hosts, hostesses, traders in medicines, drug and alcohol etc.
Health issues: Hernia, Eczema, skin problems, urinary, bladder, kidneys, flatulence, intestinal problems, pain in the joints, heart trouble, abdominal problems etc.
Shadowy Side: Self-centeredness with the objective of personal gains, focus too much on social work may create friction within the family.
According to Varahamihira, those born with Chandra in Swati are”pleasant in speech, have a self-controlled nature and compassionate ways. Person is a merchant with principles”.
Remedy: For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, best remedial measure is worship of Goddess Saraswati.