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Male and female alike can greatly benefit from a birth in Dhanishta Sun, as it is a kind of androgynous sign (in the truest sense of the word) in that extreme masculinity or femininity can manifest through it due to its planetary rulership. Although Mars strongly indicates men, it is actually a servant. The better a Mars is, the better it takes orders. A good Mars grants discipline and the ability to be respectful. A bad Mars leads to activity in crime, lack of discipline, etc. That is why the traits of Mars can be excellent for women as well as men, granting discipline, focus, determination, and the ability to perceive things accurately. When we think of true, independent masculinity, the planet responsible is actually the Sun itself. Dhanishta literally means “fame” and can often result in its natives being granted great popularity, admiration, power, fame, and notoriety in life. This is due to the celebratory nature of the sign, as the Sun here sits in the sign of the goat (the 10th house, which is that of the highest visibility). It is also a sign of valuables such as gems and gold, as well as military and spiritual victory. These natives are more likely to enroll in the armed forces or engage in intense spiritual restraint. Dhanishta gives its natives a strong, independent, willful nature. They will also be blessed with a great capacity for any activity involving rhythm or endurance (dance, drums, musical instruments of all kinds, cross country, etc.).
Dhanishta Sun natives will have a good eye for aesthetics and have a great predilection for fashion; they will often be some of the first to acquire expensive clothing and accessories, and will often wear well-known, high-class brands. The female natives will greatly appreciate jewelry, and will normally be wearing at least one or two pieces. These women will often have a large wardrobe and enjoy creating a dazzling appearance. Additionally, they will have a great knack for bodybuilding and sculpting of their physiques, and will often have a wonderful body for most of their lives. Although many of these traits mirror Chitra (a trine nakshatra, as they are both under Mars rulership) there are some key differences. Dhanishta is a bit more physical and athletic, often expressing itself through intense skill in dance or another sport. It tends to work hard to achieve what it wants naturally, while Chitra is more apt to get plastic surgery or focus on the glamor aspects such as makeup, etc. Male Dhanishta Sun natives also possess a strong athletic constitution and predilection for honing and developing a skill that requires great patience and endurance, or activities that require a strong sense of rhythm (including mountain climbing, martial arts, mantra recitation, etc.). Sun rules the bone tissue in the body, and Dhanishta naturally gives a strong, durable skeleton due to the rugged hardness of the sign itself.
The Martial nature of the sign can lend itself to some marital trouble, but this is entirely dependent on other aspects of the native’s Mars (placement, sign, etc). It is important that these natives channel the energy of Mars correctly so it does not manifest in romantic discord. The discord here can manifest in ways such as the native have issues with anger, holding grudges, and even promiscuity at some times. The intense energy of this sign can mean that it is quite lustful, falling into passionate “crushes” on person-after-person that are not always lasting in nature. These natives can be very strong-willed and are not likely to change their morals, values, or opinions easily. Once they take a stance on something, they are more likely to spend all day trying to convince others of their viewpoint than openly listening to others. This willfulness helps these natives to remain stable and achieve their goals. They are the type to set a goal early in life and, unwavering, pursue it for many years until it is achieved. However, although these natives have a sometimes intimidating stability, they can come off as very innocent in nature. Others will enjoy their company greatly and, rather than being offended by their non-budging opinions, will find it admirable and envy-worthy. These natives will often have a close relationship with their opposite-gender siblings. The female natives will usually carry on the political and religious opinions of her father and brother. Like other signs in this area of the Zodiac, these natives can become passionate about something that is quite eccentric or underground and can seem to have an odd or bizarre perspective on things at times.
In regards to appearance, Dhanishta natives can sometimes have more body hair than others. Female natives have long legs and a slightly pear-shaped body, which is normally quite beautifully proportioned. Their bones are on the smaller side, and they have a more delicate nature than Dhanishta natives of other planets (Dhanishta in the Moon, etc). They have uncommonly small skulls, and this can give the appearance sometimes of very large, round eyes. The eyes tend to be wide set, and the lips tend to be very even, whether full or thin. The influence of Saturn completes the Mars aspect to help bring nice symmetry and structure to the face. However, if the native has any planets in the first or second house, this can be altered to a great extent. These women tend towards high-pitched, sweet voices. They are pursued by many men and can seem very innocent and feminine, although very unique and even strange or unusual. Male natives tend to have sloping nose bridges with a very wide nostril set. They also have very squinted, hooded, narrow eyes (from the influence of Mars). Their facial structure is quite large, and Saturn gives them length of the neck and face.
"A drum is the main symbol of Dhanishta nakshatra. This nakshatra is related to the music of the spheres (planets) that we began hearing and obeying unconditionally in Shravana nakshatra. Like Shravana, Dhanishta deals with receptivity; however, being the pinnacle of martial energy, as well as the exaltation point for Mars himself, there is a difference in the types of receptivity. In Shravana we heard and established a direct line to the voice of our Soul. We obeyed its orders unconditionally and have now moved into our personal solar system, with our Soul as its center and King. In Dhanishta, however, we are not simply listening to and obeying the vibration of our star and soul. Here we begin moving and dancing in the particular rhythm of our pulsing star. The cosmic vibration of our star begins animating our libido, and its true driver can finally animate the vehicle. Mars is the planet of the will, and Dhanishta shows that Martial energy is only truly perfected when a hollow receptivity is created for the will to inhabit. In Shravana, we sorted out and removed the false influences of our wants versus our will, and thus we can become a conduit for the ultimate will of God. Our personal, true will is actually no different from the will of God. In Dhanishta that becomes clear, as we begin losing the distinction between our limited personality and our Soul. Here our soul’s impulses become more automatic as we begin merging with it. Dhanishta relates to the practice of mantra yoga. The recitation of a mantra develops and perfects automatic consciousness, which manifests in its highest form in Dhanishta..
Shatabhisha Sun is very beneficial for women, slightly more so than for men due to the inherently yin/feminine/passive nature of the sign. Shatabhisha is a higher arc of Swati nakshatra (both ruled by Rahu). While Swati is the “fallen” placement for the Sun (being opposite the planets exaltation point), Shatabhisha is the “debilitated” placement (being opposite of the Sun’s natural position in Leo). Here we find this constellation to be a sort of shadow, cast from the yang, bright, positively polarized Leo that is opposing it. Because men thrive from a solid base of yang energy, this placement can lead to a delicate bone tissue and a naturally avoidant, secretive disposition. Both genders with this sign tend to make everything into a secret, and they withhold much information and emotions from others. It can be said that they function like a person throwing a veil onto everything, muffling the truth from being easy to discover. As secretive as they are, they are also obsessed with hearing the history and secrets of others. The native will often scour their partner to disclose every detail of their past, obsessing over what the partner did prior to the relationship. The male natives are socially pleasant, if not rather eccentric and mysterious, but really thrive in their private life. They tend to be the type to spend much time at home on the darker parts of the Internet (such as hacking, 4chan, “darknet”, porn, etc.) or playing video games; it makes sense here that Shatabhisha is the nakshatra that rules the underworld, as this is a realm containing demonic energy in our modern society. They often have a career revolving around computers, from computer programming to software development and cyber security, and enjoy anime/Japanese culture. Although this is a dim spot for the Sun, it does not rebel against brightness like Swati nakshatra, but rather just remains very inactive. Shatabhisha Sun men normally remain influential only “underground”. They are normally rather gentle and accommodating socially, being far more egotistically and emotionally invested in more hidden aspects of their lives; their fulfillment is not contained in mundane social interaction. They tend to flit in and out of relationships, and can sometimes suffer emotionally from their more aggressive, heated female partners. Their partners may feel that they do not invest themselves deeply enough into the relationships, and Shatabhisha Sun men are often broken up with over and over. They may have difficulty in discriminating enough to choose a partner that is actually suitable for them, but will find many types of girls attractive. The opposite sign of Shatabhisha is Purva Phalguni; if we remember, Purva Phalguni is fiercely devotional yet independent, growing unpleasant if any will is forced upon them, and always preferring to be the guiding force in every situation. Shatabhisha, for men and women, is certainly the opposite. This sign is most likely to allow the will of another to influence it, and is quite comfortable doing so. As the sign that loses the ego and gives itself up to God cosmically, Shatabhisha actually derives a blissful thrill from allowing itself to be guided by its loved ones, as it finds very little stability in itself.
If it seems that Shatabhisha has a lot to do with our modern times, it’s because we’re entering into the Age of Aquarius. Shatabhisha shows the dark side of this with social networking, social justice movements, and social control systems that are now being solidified in society more than ever. If you have any doubt that there’s a disturbing aspect to this age, remember that it is the Sun moving opposite of its natural house of Leo. Yet, here there is also light; if you’re an adept, you are acting opposite of the outer society, meaning adepts are functioning in a wonderful placement currently for the Sun. It always goes this way, that adepts reflect the opposite energies from exoteric, outward society.
Shatabhisha Sun in women is the nakshatra par excellence for women who become involved with magicians and spiritual adepts. The primary function of these women—where they truly excel and thrive—is to be a container to be filled. Shatabhisha women function like a huge water reservoir, compared to others that may only be the size of a teacup energetically. For both Shatabhisha genders, they thrive with a partner who is brimming with Yang energy that they are craving to disperse into someone else. Shatabhisha functions like well-fertilized soil, craving to accept and then grow and support any influence it receives, while limiting it and giving it a manifest place in the Universe. If we recall the image of Aquarius (the constellation in which Shatabhisha is contained) it is a woman pouring water out of a pot. Shatabhisha is the nakshatra that contains all of the actual nakshatras themselves—the actual limit of the Universe—which is why it is represented by a circle. Yin means emptiness, which can therefore create obstacles for male natives but great benefits for women (if you consider the sexual organs that they possess as an indication of the nature that their soul wanted to become in this life). Shatabhisha and Aquarius are the active forces of Saturn, and Saturn (along with Rahu) are the main planets that block and push down on expanding yang. Capricorn is the actual crushing, restricting force of the feminine, while Shatabhisha is the more joyful aspect, yet still limiting. Shatabhisha Sun women have a high chance at attaining a fortunate marriage but tend to be very dependent on a source of yang presented to it, thereby attaining an unlimited source of it. While Swati rebels against yang, feeling insecure that it does not possess it, Shatabhisha simply chooses to become a devotional vessel to the source of light. The difference between the yin nature of Swati and Shatabhisha is this: Swati is a butterfly flitting from flower to flower, enriching its color but never staying too long, while Shatabhisha is the moth who, seeing a source of light, plunges straight into it, achieving union with it forever. Shatabhisha women will attempt, with all their strength and will, to hold and protect whatever energy is given to them.
In regards to more specific personality traits, Shatabhisha Sun women tend to be reserved and careful in speech. It can be said that this placement muffles any other signs the individual may have, drawing them further inward and more likely to keep secrets. They are often intelligent and graceful, with a very sweet, good-hearted nature. People will often perceive them as incredibly innocent even when they may not be. The yin nature of the placement gives off a “damsel in distress” effect in many situations, and anyone with an innate source of yang may feel an urge to protect the Shatabhisha woman, even if it is not needed. The important thing here is that these women choose a very worthy partner that will lead her in a direction of spirituality and self-improvement. Because these women are so adaptable and flexible, they are likely to change drastically when they get with a partner, taking on and reflecting the man’s viewpoints, morals, and interests. Shatabhisha Sun women may sometimes struggle with fashion and prefer to wear greys and blues, sweaters, leggings, etc.; comfort is priority for them, although they may admire and envy girls of a more fashionable nature. Socially, they can be quite paranoid (perhaps thinking people are mad at them when they’re not, etc), and (like Shatabhisha Sun men) may have an odd or eccentric perspective on situations. They may seem to others to be spaced-out, and people sometimes perceive these natives to be drug-users even when they’re not. From the Vata nature of this sign, the women can have bouts of anxiety and be generally light sleepers, always of a fearful nature. They also may find themselves constantly in the service of others, unable to say no to any favors, always trying to please everyone in every situation. Like the men, they are the type to spend much time on the computer, either through social networking, research, looking into conspiracies, etc.
In regards to appearance, Shatabhisha Sun women tend to have square jaws, slightly frizzy hair or otherwise damaged hair (from hair dye, most of the time) that they let fall into their face, and round eyes. They are normally of average height but with thin limbs. They will often have somewhat thin lips, but when their lips are fuller they are quite heavy in the central upper lip. The influence of Saturn brings a beautiful bone structure and good facial symmetry. They are often pale for their racial background. They function better at a slightly heavier weight than they might think, as the vata nature of this sign can be easily aggravated, encouraging the anxious and obsessive aspects of their personality. Male natives tend to have very rounded eyes and a small frame. They may be found particularly attractive to girls who possess a lot of Yang/active heat (meaning girls with an abundance of energy, opinions, assertiveness, etc.). Both genders sometimes have rather heavy buttocks, and are often slightly pear shaped. From the influence of Saturn, these men have rectangular faces and thick necks.
Shatabhisha nakshatra is represented primarily by a circle. In the science of creating yantras (divine geometric patterns), a circle represents the element of space or ether; Rahu, being in his most advanced point in Shatabhisha, alludes to the vacuous state of consciousness achieved here. In India, when a person is caught staring off into space, absorbed in some obsessive thought, he or she is asked, “Has Rahu seized you?” This is very appropriate to consider when approaching Shatabhisha. Here, Rahu reveals his real purpose, bringing out his all-consuming yin force that functions as a negative but necessary force for most individuals. In a natal chart, Rahu is a kind of void… an illusory hole that one desires to fill with a perceived desire. However, in Shatabhisha there are no desires left. The vacuous void reveals its real purpose: providing the space the Universe can fill. Shatabhisha represents the point at which Universal consciousness is reached.
Like House 11, which deals with the relation between things in a kind of economic, large-scale, social sense, Shatabhisha is an impersonal, expansive energy that gives great skill in Astrology. In addition to the many figures that must be memorized in the science, Astrology is (in essence) a creative art that requires an individual to completely dissolve their personality in order to result in accurate readings. If one cannot be impersonal and dissolve their personality, it results in an Astrologer who places ego into their interpretations, harming those who receive their advice and council. When a person goes to an astrologer/diviner, they are really approaching the God/Deity/Angel manifest within them, as the diviner acts as a vehicle for God to heal the person. When an efficient astrologer prescribes a gem, suggests or performs a remedy, or warns someone against an action, it is really an act of God (as is all genuine religious/spiritual advice from all different religions and spiritual sciences). When a client benefits and is healed from counsel, it is not due to the diviner but to God himself performing his work. This is why Shatabhisha means “One hundred physicians” and has so much to do with healing. On the other hand, diseases that come from Shatabhisha are very terrible; is said they require Ashwini nakshatra to heal them...
Purva Bhadrapada Sun can be a powerful position for both men and women due to dual nature of the sign. Purva Bhadrapada is the apex of Jupiter energy and Jupiter, being one of the three male planets in Jyotish along with the Sun and Mars, finds himself strangely at home in the Sun. Here he creates a predilection for academia and higher spiritual pursuits. However, Purva Bhadrapada always has a sinister side, and we can often find men and women with Purva Bhadrapada becoming involved in certain kinds of underworld activities, usually unknown to those close to them. Purva Bhadrapada always presents an agreeable face to the world (although rather serious) and is often a position found in wealthy individuals. Despite the pleasant and simplistic front, there is undoubtedly an inner ferocity and ruthlessness present, which, when applied in a positive sense, creates a wonderful spiritual devotee that is capable of performing truly selfless acts with no expectation of reward. Conversation with these natives almost always will turn towards higher thinking, important matters, philosophy, and academia. They are not particularly fond of discussing that which is entirely trifling. They are natural skeptics of all things, but will not settle for simply denying things and moving on. They will actively pursue understanding and will expand their knowledge consistently throughout their lifetime, not stopping until they have satisfied their logic and reasoning with accurate answers to all of their deepest questions. When functioning negatively, there is no limit to the destructive capability present within this sign. While capable of great destruction, this sign is almost always found serving some sort of useful function in the Universe, even at the native’s expense. This is vastly different from Mula nakshatra, which often places itself totally outside the Universal will with some of its destructive acts. Purva Bhadrapada Sun women will often engage in some type of secret activity regarding the use of their sexual energy, just as the male natives do. The letter V deeply relates to the Nakshatra Purva Bhadrapada. Vam is the mantra of the Swadisthana chakra, which deals with the expression and exchange of sexual energies with others. Purva Bhadrapada has a kind of overabundance of this energy that must be utilized. Because he is intimately related to the Swadisthana center, Jupiter is the cause here. If we consider the function of the ruling deity, Rudra (to destroy and burn), we can see that Purva Bhadrapada needs to do something with its reservoir of energy, either in a constructive self-sacrificing sense or in an evil sense. It’s all up to the individual how they handle the abundant, powerful energies.
Purva Bhadrapada also relates to the activities of adepts and spiritual masters, which are difficult to understand from an earthly perspective. It represents the point in a person’s spiritual journey where others cannot discern if the person is a spiritual master, simply a con artist, or even a total villain. These dualistic figures of Sinner-Saints are found in many cultures, and this is often reflected in the lives of Purva Bhadrapada Sun individuals. They are capable of some of the most selfless acts possible and yet have a wild, uncontrollable, evil side. They may also be totally dual in nature, seemingly two people in one body, as their soul is in the process of transcending the dualistic nature implicit in the structure of creation itself.
In regards to appearance, like other Jupiter-ruled signs, Purva Bhadrapada tends to emphasize the face itself more so than the features. These natives tend to have pronounced, strong chins, full cheeks, high cheekbones, and square, wide, angular jaws. The eyes for both men and women tend to be narrow, perhaps due to the restricting nature of Saturn. Ultimately, their appearance signifies their stability and groundedness to their will and position on Earth. They are not floaty or seeking influence in life, but are born knowing their own position and influence.
"Purva Bhadrapada, like Rudra, represents an accumulation point of merit on our spiritual journey. This nakshatra is the pinnacle of abundant Jupiterian energy (which explains the flooding of the pleasure center here). Jupiter rules our accumulated merit, fat, and by extension the amount of mercy and good luck that we can receive (which for Purva Bhadrapada natives tends to be a lot). Jupiter reaching his peak might seem like a great thing and, in a spiritual sense, it is. However, in practice this means that the only place to go is total annihilation and destruction of all, as in the apocalypse. From all the watery abundance, merit, and enjoyment, Rudra is naturally invoked to perform his duty of destroying excess and purifying. In Ardra nakshatra, he comes to bring a rude awakening because the natives lack sufficient tejas and become overly moist, reaching a pinnacle moment where they need a traumatic event to turn them towards spirituality and discipline. The truly powerful state lies in Purva Bhadrapada, where one has gone through a grand cosmic journey to reach this nakshatra nearing the end of the entire cycle of 28. This is the moment when one can allow Rudra to annihilate his or her ego to turn towards enlightenment. This is also the point where one may reject this annihilation and turn towards a dark an chaotic, yet powerful, existence..."