Hastha – The Hand
Hastha (10.00-23.20 Virgo) represents the creativity of the Sun. The word Hastha translates into the ‘hand’ or it may be alternatively transcribed as ‘laughter’. The significance of the latter is that Hastha is often associated with punning.
The symbol of the closed fist gives Hastha the ability to achieve goals and good manners. In fact, Hastha is often associated with the sun and the solar principle, as it is related to the Sun and its rays.
The common English words like hand, handy, hassle, haggle, haste, hard, harness etc are said to be derived from Hastha. The relation to the well known greeting Hastha Maniana symbolizes the jovial aspect of the Hastha personality and its relation with endings of all types. Once the family in Uttaraphalguni has been established, Hastha seeks to get the household going. It makes advocacy of civilized living, by making excellent householders, with apparent seriousness and joviality beneath.
The Hastha nakshatra may betray a staright faced expression, and their supple build can handle various kinds of manual jobs. Their sharp minds make for instant solutions along lines of practicality, which makes them disregard extreme romantic attitudes. Their mischievous smiles are complemented by the lack of ability to sit still and hence the natives are somewhat fidgety. Often obsessed with staying busy, this asterism likes to complicate apparently simple tasks, but with a very high amount of attention to detail.
Hastha born individuals expect others to be as meticulous as they are and are highly critical when their ends are not met, or expectations not realized. When related with the progeny in the 5th house, Hastha born individuals are likely to develop tension with their children. In accordance with the universal scheme of things, Hastha born persons are associated with the Sanskrit phrase ‘Hastha sthapaniya agama shakti’. This means, the nakshatra has the power to put the object of their desire within their hands or power.
The symbolism of Hastha is a representation of attainment of the end or material object over the procedure of the attainment. In fact, the very symbol refers to the fact that Hastha holds the promise of immediate acquisition of the desired object by dint of sheer skill.
Padas or Quarters
The first pada falls on the Aries
Navamsa which is ruled by Mars. It represents immense energy and makes the
person an expert in underhand means. Military, surgical and mathematical prowess
is some of the highlights.
The second pada falls on the Taurus
Navamsa which is ruled by Venus. The quarter is emphasized with practicality. Planets
here look for material bliss and perfection. They are moral and honest more
than the other padas. A support for artistic actions is noted. Well placed
Saturn, Mercury and Venus provide beneficial results.
The third pada falls on the
Gemini Navamsa which is ruled by Mercury. The pada belongs to traders,
merchants and businessmen. Career is the main focus. Of all the padas of Hasta,
this one is the most dexterous and clever. Mercury being well-placed provides amazing
intelligence and perception.
The fourth pada falls on the
Cancer Navamsa which is ruled by the Moon. Aspects that are highlighted here
are communal coexistence and family life. Material security is guaranteed,
although there is also a suspicion towards anything that is external. The best
and the worst are displayed through this quarter. If the Jupiter is
well-placed, strong results may be achieved in terms of bearing a deserving
Manual laborers, artisans; professions requiring hand
dexterity; jewelers, mechanics; gymnasts; acrobats; origami experts; fairy tale
writers; circus performers; production of daily utility products; printers and
publishers; inventors; Stage Magicians; Swindlers; Stock Brokers; Pickpockets;
packers; those in the share and stock markets; manicurists; toymakers; casino workers; bookies;
Professional Gamblers; Carpenters; Market Sellers; Small Shop Owners, Accountants;
Typists; small traders and businessmen; clerks; cleaners; bankers; Masseurs; Physiotherapists;
Housekeepers; Servants; toilet and chemical industry; Palmists; Psychics; Tarot
Card Readers; Textile industry; Auctioneers; Astrologers; Ceramic & pottery
industry; interior decorators; Agriculturalists; Farmers; Gardeners; Food
Producers, processors and distributors; Stylists; Hairdressers, barbers; amusement
parks; masons; sculptors; salespeople; Satirical Novelists; Professional
Comedians; radio and TV commentators; Newsreaders; Speech Therapists; Martial
Artists; Thieves and Robbers; forgers, street smart professions
Generally good for all activities, art and craft, laughter-inducing activities, pottery, jewelry designing, linguistics, holistic healing procedures, magic, skills of hands, dealing with kids, travel, changing homes
Planning long term objectives and aims, sexual acts, inactivity, relaxation, executive maturity, nighttime acts
Hastha natives should worship the Sun god and chant the root mantra “Om Jham” and “Om Nyam” 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing light colors like green and white 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 Hastha energy, boldness, and mercilessness and thieving qualities. Swami Vivekananda is a typical Hastha native, if some of the qualities are ignored.