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Krittika – The Razor
Krittika (26.40 Aries-10.00 Taurus) is the root source of solar energy, represented by a group of 7 stars, the Pleiades. This constellation was seen by Vedic astrologers to represent a necklace and hence its galactic importance was significant. Ruled by the god of fire, Agni, Krittika is the storehouse of the passive agent that nurtures power.
Krittika denotes the ‘Cutters’, which has more to do with femininity than male power. Just like a cutting instrument, Krittika symbolizes construction as well as destruction of mental and emotional impulses.
Krittika is said to be the Sanskrit root for the word ‘critical’. Hence, the basic nature and function of this constellation can be easily surmised. The critical and fault finding aspect of Krittika can be accounted for as this nakshatra aims to penetrate the underlying cause of all kinds of imperfections between appearance and reality. Krittika cannot withstand imperfections which impedes achievement.
If your planet is on Krittika, you have a fiery energetic aspect that is also straightforward. Your penetrating and blunt manners are intimidating, although this is not the case every time. Krittika natives are socially graceful as well. Their extreme temper, although short-lived, is demonstrated only when roused.
The rage of Krittika is that of the Sun, rather than that of Mars, which is enduring and vengeful. The King/Sun does not need to have sustaining anger, while the Soldiers/Mars need it to sustain them for fighting battles.
The feminine, caring and nurturing facet of Krittika is often concealed beneath their stern exteriors. Despite the destructive element, we require fire for warmth and cooking, which is essential for life. This prospect makes Krittika sustain the social sphere. They channel their warmth, determination and independence to support others. Krittika can even eliminate others by their sharp tongue unintended.
In its cosmic configuration, Krittika relates to ‘dahana shakti’ which refers to its power to sever ties with the corporal. The heat and light symbolism relates this nakshatra to all functions related to fire like cooking, purification, molding and melting. The creative urge of Krittika also relates to that of the Moon, which unfolds the presence of the sun. It acts when it has a direction in mind and hence those with a prominent Krittika in their charts have a sudden way of demonstrating their energy.
The nakshatra is spiritually aware which makes it undergo extreme purification. Krittika is determined to chart its way towards developing its innate nature and hence it will not hesitate it eliminating any impediment along the way. There are sudden ups and downs as well.
Quarters or Padas
Pada 1 :Sagittarius Navamsa (26.40–30.00 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by altruism, generosity, willpower, stamina, military pursuits
Pada 2 :Capricorn Navamsa (00.00–3.20 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by morality, ethics, material vision, maternal aspect
Pada 3 :Aquarius Navamsa (3.20–6.40 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by humanitarianism, futuristic and ancient wisdom, duty, knowledge
Pada 4 :Pisces Navamsa (6.40-10.00 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by sensitivity, benevolence, creativity
Gana: Krittika is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra that is cold blooded and merciless, as well as unforgiving
Fire worship/purification, leaders, executives, cooking, embroidery, sewing, shaving, cutting, honesty, frankness, drumming, and debates, extracurricular activities
Social interactions, diplomacy, relaxation, rest, activities involving water
The natives of Krittika should indulge in the worship of Kartikeya, the Sun and must chant the Gayatri mantra. They must also be respectful towards the 7 wives of the Pleiades. The root mantra “Om Im” and “Om Oo” should be chanted 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing bright colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the lunar course of this constellation for best results.
In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Krittika pleasant appearance, fondness for others’ spouses, appetite and fame.