Shravana – The Arrow
Shravana (10.00-23.20 Capricorn) is governed by the all-pervading energy of Lord Vishnu, the Creator. It represents the climax of the lunar energy and is shown in the celestial horizon as the eagle. Shravana is ruled by the Moon, and is symbolized by triple footprints.
In fact, the very term ‘Shravana’ can be translated into several meanings like ‘hearing’ and ‘someone who walks by limping’. The latter meaning refers to the three footprints of Vishnu. Shravana is also translates into ‘Asvattha’ or the sacred pipal tree which has extraordinary Vedic significance.
Amicability: this is the word that defines Shravana that believes in maintaining peace with the surroundings and be just in its approach. Calculation, although when developed in higher motivations, is totally unselfish. Despite being unyielding and obstinate, Shravana indicates a positive nature as well. In all its perseverance, Shravana seldom prefers leaving things midway. Thus, when any kind of activity is initiated in Shravana, it is certain that it will be completed.
On the flip side, Shravana is characterized with shrewdness and this along with hard work and knowledge, is used for attaining selfish ends. The ability to listen, acquire and impart meaning is usually lost in manipulation, gossip and bad-mouthing. As a nakshatra that is oriented towards achieving what it aims at, Shravana tends to become harmful when the goals are unprincipled and not fully recognized. One commonly found disadvantage is narrow-mindedness. Here, the ego needs to be toned to a certain extent and hence there is the risk that they may not always follow the right path.
Oration, organizational abilities and material pursuits are a few of the aspects that characterize this asterism. In fact, the ability to organize things has incorporated a negative connotation in recent times. The social involvement of Shravana makes it favorable for public dealings. The business-like approach to things is however very cordial. Shravana ascending can make the person crafty, alert and receptive. However, too much of generosity and modesty can often lead to their doom.
The Shravana constellation is not favorable for rearing children, from whom they derive little happiness. The power of the asterism relates to ‘apradhrishya shakti’ or the power to attribute final victory.
Padas or Quarters
The first pada falls on the Aries
Navamsa which is ruled by Mars. There is an inherent Martian attribute that is
expressed in the form of logic, ambition and initiative.
The second pada falls on the
Taurus Navamsa which is ruled by Venus. Natives are diplomatic, courteous and
tactful. The pada corresponds to the Pushkara Navamsa that always provides the
best results. Their key forte lies in the organizational areas of music and
The third pada falls on the
Gemini Navamsa which is ruled by Mercury. It reflects the best of Shravana which
is cunning, flexible and well-versed in speech. It also has the desire to
learn. The pada is concerned with people working in media and communications
The fourth pada falls on the
Cancer Navamsa which is ruled by the Moon. It is sympathetic, understanding and
receptive. Mass oriented in nature, it relates to people holding public offices
or people in hotel and other lunar jobs.
Teachers, preachers; scholars;
students; linguists; translators; narrators; storytellers; comedians;
musicians; recording artists; telephone operators; those preserving ancient traditions;
gossip writers and columnists; organizers in big and small organizations; news broadcasters;
psychologists; psychoanalysts; talk show hosts; radio operators; travel agents;
healers and practitioners; restaurant and hotel workers; allopath experts; charities;
Rituals, performances, beginnings, medical, prevention, social interaction, reading, writing, music, meditation, philosophy, sexuality, peacefulness, organization, herbs, medicines, politics, clothes, items for home business, travel, charity
Aggression, risks, lawsuits, lending, war, manual labor, promises, oaths, demolishing, ending old things, marriage ceremony, adopting children
Shravana natives should worship Lord Vishnu in all his incarnations and chant the root mantra “Om Mam” 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing white and light blue 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 Shravana a scholarly appearance and a broadminded spouse. The famous boxer Mohammed Ali is a typical Shravana native.