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Planetary rulers for each nakshatra:
Nakshatra Quality and Energetic Expression:
Fixed: These nakshatras give good results for stable, permanent and perseveringresults.
Rohini, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarashada, Uttarabhadrapada
Sharp and Dreadful: These nakshatras offer the ability to cut, make decisions, andexecutive abilities.
Ardra, Ashlesha, Jyeshtha, Mula
Fierce and Severe: These nakshatras are good when harsh or aggressive results areneeded.
Bharani, Magha, Purvaphalguni, Purvashada
12Light: These nakshatras are not heavy and give quick, active, prompt, graceful and easyresults.
Purvabhadrapada, Ashwini, Pushya, Hasta
Soft, Mild, Tender: These nakshatras offer an easy going nature, enjoyable andpleasurable.
Mrigashirsha, Chitra, Anuradha, Revati
A Mix of Soft and Hard: These nakshatras are a combination of soft and hard and givemixed results.
Moveable: These nakshatras are moveable and change easily.
Punarvasu, Swati,Sravana, Dhanishta, Satabisha
Atma Karaka Planets:
means indicator, to make or do, to produce or create, and also that which isinstrumental in bringing about an action. The Atma Karaka planet, or soul planet, is theone that you have the most karma to work with in this life. It is the most importantkaraka. This AK planet is the key that controls all other factors, elements andsigniﬁcations of the chart, as a king inﬂuences the affairs of its subjects and its lands.The natural signiﬁcations of the planet will share a lot about what you are working on inthis life time, what is most alive in your personal mythology, and what karmas are anintimate part of your work. The work of the Atma Karaka planet is work that is beingdone on the soul level of life, the Atma. How the AK planet interacts with the rest of thechart will also share how your soul responds to life, your environment, and ultimatelyothers.
The AK planet is calculated from the highest degree planet of the chart. Ketu is not usedbecause he is not connected to a form, he is formless, and represents our moksha; heis no longer earth bound. Rahu always moves backwards and therefore his degrees arecalculated backwards as well. Take Rahu’s degrees and subtract them from 30 (thereare 30 degrees in each sign) so you can see how far backwards he has moved throughthe sign. Then see which planet has the highest degree in your chart to determine yourAK planet.
Your Atma Karaka planet is Saturn or Sani in Sanskrit. This is the planet that your soul,inner nature and karmas are connected to and represented by. Saturn is the planet ofgrief, suffering, sadness, hard work, cycles, rhythms and slow progress. When one’s AKis Saturn, it indicates that the person will experience sorrow and sadness in life and willbe connected to that sadness and the sadness of others.
13You have a deep understanding of human suffering, and see it as the transformationaltool. We all suffer and you understand this with great compassion and self-knowledge.Your dharma should be focused on helping to relieve suffering, since you are so closelyconnected to it. You can help others with tools and practices that can ease their griefand hardships. Saturn is also connected to ancient lineages like the Vedic tradition aswell as hard, disciplined practices like yoga asanas and meditation, as well as physicalmovement like dance. Saturn likes to sweat. Routine is good for you, sadhana isessential. Study the various meanings of Saturn, how he operates, what he expects ofyou and how to be in harmony with him in order to reduce health issues and mental/ emotional burdens. Ayurveda is the master source for keeping ones health in alignmentwith Saturn’s wishes. Also, if you have connections to death and grief, grief work may bea good ﬁt for your personal healing work- it will beneﬁt you as well as the healing ofothers.Saturn is a great friend to have on your side, as long as you know how to harmonizewith him. He does things slowly and represents old age. So these people tend to ripenlater in life. You need life and its process for your growth and with it you gain deep andlasting knowledge, the kind that can only come with time.
Your AK planet is Rahu. Rahu is a shadow planet (the North Node) and brings us strongdesires and cravings. He wants and creates desires for us on this material plane ofexistence. He has a strong drive and can be obsessive about his desires. He can takeus off the spiritual path and keeps us from the true meaning of life- which is why themoksha planet, Ketu, always sits seven houses away from him. (Ketu snips the ties thatbind us to the material realm). Rahu as AK indicates that the person is under theinﬂuence of the shadow and has to work hard at unveiling him/herself. You may becheated by others, feel cheated, or cheat. Ultimately you are cheating your Self if youuse deception so be aware of your actions and where they come from.These individuals may accidentally fall into difﬁcult situations because of lack of judgment. They need to be very clear about discerning between what is for their highestgood and the good of others. Learning to trust your Self above all else is a veryimportant for you.The cause of creation is our desire which is represented by Rahu. Without Rahu and hisappetite, his desire, we would not have incarnated and our innate ability to create ourlives would not be possible. Rahu expresses our souls desire to incarnate, to be alive inthis form on the earth plane. There are strong pulls here to grow, learn, change anddeepen one’s understanding of life.
You can use your Rahu instincts for harnessing great power and material expansionbecause he is so worldly wise. Just don’t lose sight of your inner spiritual goals and thework that it takes to really advance in this life- which ultimately has nothing to do withworldly treasures. Rahu also represents foreign affairs (that which seems foreign to you)
14and you can use this fascination with the foreign to learn about ancient knowledge.(Your interest in Vedic astrology is an example of this craving for the foreign yetspiritual). Rahu needs discipline and routine to overcome him. Use ancient spiritualtechniques like yoga and meditation to bring your light out, just make sure that there is avery ancient, pure lineage attached to the techniques. Nothing new agey or created by a“modern master”. You can use this Rahu awareness to be two steps ahead of others,two steps ahead of your Self, and make choices that are more dharmic, rather thanadharmic as a result. For you, ﬁnding the meaning of purity (sattya) and truth is anexcellent Path to follow.
Your Atma Karaka planet is Mercury or Budha in Sanskrit. When one’s Atma Karaka isMercury, there is a great connection to communications of all sorts. Mercury representsthe mind, the mental functions. It also has to do with computers, communicating throughcomputers (email, websites, social media etc.) and is also an indicator of cell phones,lecturing and talking. Mercury is known as
, the friendly planet. Thesepeople are helpful and like to connect, need to connect and create a life based on theirconnections. There is also a propensity for gaining knowledge- reading books, growingmentally, seeking wisdom etc. Working with any of the above: computers, networking,communication, speech, writing, the mind and wisdom, are all intrinsic to your dharma.You may ﬁnd that they all work together for you! Mercury is charming and jovial, is ruledby the color green. Mercury has sharp business skills, has an innate awareness of themarkets and is a natural merchant. Mercury is a prince, studious and good at lecturingand is an independent thinker. Giving and receiving information are key traits here.The key things to remember as a Mercury AK are to be truthful in your thoughts, purifyyour thoughts and mind through meditation and pure knowledge. Watch your speechand what you say, be truthful. Remember that not everything is a debate nor a verbalcompetition. Avoid mind games. Don’t dominate conversations. Since Mercury is verymutable, and adapts to the environment that it is in, it is essential to be careful of thecompany you keep and the environments that you are in.
Having an AK Moon (Chandra in Sanskrit) indicates that an individual is connecteddeeply to the emotional body and must learn to surf these inner tides in this life. Theprimary work is to learn the emotions and work with them, not against them, to usethem, not ﬁght them. Moon AK also indicates a person who is very much connected tothe things that moon represents: mother, intuition, land, home, heart, nurturing andcompassion. These are very caring people and need comfort and support in their life inorder to feel safe and grounded. Family and social life is a central part of their lives andthey may become overly attached to family and friends. Realizing that the whole worldis here to support and nurture is a good reminder and focus.
15Moon (Chandra) is also related to soma, the nectar of life. The moon is wise andstrongly intuitive, has sweet speech and gentle manners but is ﬁckle minded and ahopeless romantic. The moon is merely a reﬂection of the Sun, so the family dynamicsbetween father and mother are particularly important for these individuals. Likely,though, a moon AK will be more attached to the mother if the chart supports this. If theSun is not a strong support for the Moon, the Moon cannot thrive. The Sun shows thedharma passed to an individual from the father, while the Moon shows the emotionaland psychological health of the child passed through the mother- in the womb duringgestation, at the time of birth and throughout early childhood.The Moon is friendly towards all the planets and doesn’t make enemies- Moon peopleare the same. Conﬂict is extremely uncomfortable for these individuals. Moon is verysocial and loves community, neighbors and social interactions. However, Moon peopleare mutable and change to sync up with their surroundings. It is very important thatMoon people keep very good sattvic (pure) company so that they do not becomeoverburdened with dark energy. Being in water, near water and cleansing in water dailyis helpful for Moon people to clear any energy they may have picked up during the daythat is not their own.
Moon Atma Karaka need to feel comfort and a sense of security in order to thrive.These people are sensitive and feel vulnerable, are easily hurt and damaged. Home,mother, security, land and the emotional/psychological aspects of life are very importantto their sense of well being. Bhakti yoga and devotional practices will help the heartexpand and be soothed. Following the phases of the moon and making adjustmentswith these cosmic tides can be helpful as well.
Art and creativity are excellent tools(especially singing) for Moon people to move the emotional tides they are so connectedto. Somatic and Expressive Art therapies are essential for these individuals. Moon AKindividuals are here to learn to nurture and be nurtured, to work with the emotionalrealms and to expand their compassion and devotional abilities.
Your Atma Karaka planet is Venus or Shukra in Sanskrit. Venus is the planet of beauty,romance, love, passion, creativity, pro-creation, creative life force, relationships,femininity, art and artistry, music. Physically, Venus relates to the reproductive tissues ofthe body (semen and ovaries) hence the correlation to procreation as well as thehormones that regulate sexuality. Venus also correlates to the immune system and it iswell known that love boost immunity and gives a new propensity for life. Art andcreativity are just another expression of the act of creation. Venus is also water, whichhas a life-giving quality to it. Water literally gives life- to all expressions of Nature. Venuscan give rejuvenation and health as a result and is responsible for the life-givingqualities that sustain us.In Vedic lore, it is said that Venus can bring the dead back to life- metaphoric on manydifferent levels. On the physical level, when a person is sick or near death, it is thepower of Venus that can cure them and bring health back. (Recitation of the Mrtyunjaya