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Aslesha – The Serpent
Aslesha (16.40 Cancer-30.00 Cancer) is ruled by the Serpent God
and identifies with the heraldry of Mercurial energy. It is where Ketu is born.
Aslesha is also known by the name Naga, which relates to the serpent deity. The
nakshatra indicates serpentine qualities like clinging, entwining or embracing.
The primary symbol of this asterism is the coiled snake which
can even be found in all the ancient civilizations of the world. All
civilizations have a cold blooded and deceptive aspect to them, while at the
same time they are also insightful, semi divine and carnal.
Various words in English use the alphabets of Aslesha (da, di,do): demon, deceit, debauchery, delusion,
darkness, desperation, devil, danger and the like. You can find them out
yourself. The common feature however that binds these words is that it is not
possible for Aslesha to function benevolently while working on the mundane
plane. It is extremely difficult to cope with the energies of this nakshatra or
handle it appropriately. The Vedic astrologers identified this constellation
with the esoteric and the occult.
The marked features of Aslesha natives are square faces, parallel,
wide and thin lips, beady eyes, suspicious looks, a pale complexion, lack of
attractiveness and sexual appeal. Their snake-like movement makes others attracted
to them. Adept at social graces, Aslesha natives flatter others with courteous
approaches. To rise up the social ladder, they are often deceitful, ruthless
and plotting. Anyone with above average perceptiveness can spot their scheming
nature. Additionally, they are always worried and cautious.
The suspicious nature of Aslesha makes them good observers and
intuitive individuals. They function best in situations where there is lurking
danger. Sometimes, the suspicion can make them paranoid and schizophrenic. Presence
of the Aslesha energy breeds social suspicion and fear. This makes the natives lurk
behind genuine thoughts and feelings. It also makes them miserly and when deceiving
others, they are also deceived in return.
Their natural affinity towards poison is complemented with mental
games like strategy. Aslesha nakshatra has a natural affinity for cooking and
in business, they often employ deceptive methods. The ‘visasleshana shakti’ attribute to them the power of inflicting poison
Padas or Quarters
The first pada falls on the
Sagittarius Navamsa which is ruled by Jupiter. It represents effort and hard
work. There is a lot to do with enmity; disease and the 6th house of
The second pada falls on the Capricorn
Navamsa which is ruled by Saturn. The quarter is generally involved in dealings
with people. It is extremely ambitious and uses all of Ashiesha's negative
traits such as deceit and trickery to achieve its ends. It is also unable to
give up possessions. A Ganda Mula pada, it is not suitable for finances.
The third pada falls on the
Aquarius Navamsa which is ruled by Saturn. Secrecy is the watchword here,
associated with the occult side of the nakshatra. The pada can go to unusual
lengths and take inventive approaches to plotting and scheming. Planets
adversely affect the wellbeing of the mother.
The fourth pada falls on the
Pisces Navamsa which is ruled by Jupiter. It stands for all types of illusions,
symbolizing moral struggle. This is where the Ashlesha serpent is finally
slain. People under the influence of this pada generally get swayed by others,
but cannot deceive others so much. These natives act and do not generally
reveal their true nature. Planets here affect the health of the father figure.
Professions related with poisons;
chemical engineers; petroleum industry; cigarette industry; legal and illegal
druggists; politicians; manipulators who work behind the scenes; con artists; psychologists;
pornography industry; swindlers; prostitutes; thieves; snake charmers;
professions involving reptiles; allopathic surgeons & doctors; poachers;
snake and cat owners; secret service agents; physical yoga teachers; pawnbrokers;
tantrics; lawyers; spies; psychiatrists; psychologists; spirit mediums; hypnotists;
psychics; baseball players; cult leaders; fake gurus
Gana: Aslesha is a ‘rakshasa’/demonic
nakshatra, its celestial representation, Hydra, is considered the most
dangerous of all demons, which makes the natives cruel, selfish and wicked.
Harsh measures like filing lawsuits, poisoning, scheming against
enemies, carnality, short term prospects, Kundalini yoga
Beginnings, lying in the background, business, dealing with
Aslesha natives should worship the Snake God by performing all
kinds of serpent rituals like Sarpa Homaand Naga Panchami by feeding milk to
snakes, and chant the root mantra “Om Kham” and “Om Gam” 108 times during the
lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing dark
colors like red or black is also recommended. All important actions should
correspond to the course of this constellation for best results.
In the words of Varahamihira,
the lunar influence gives Aslesha gluttonous and crafty natures. Indira Gandhi
and Mahatma Gandhi is a typical Aslesha native.