Nakshatra Series – Anuradha
Anuradha consists of three stars in a row, which were seen by the ancients as forming a shape similar to a ‘staff’. These three stars are known in modem astronomy as Beta-Scorpionis (Acrab), Delta-Scorpionis (Isidis) & Pi-Scorpionis. All of these stars lie in the beginning of the zodiacal constellation of Scorpio. Beta-scorpionis is the brightest among these stars with a visual magnitude of 2.62′. All of these stars can be easily spotted in the dark night sky from the countryside, if one locates the bright star Antares in the constellation of Scorpio, close to the white stretch of the milky-way. These three stars lie directly above this bright star in a staff like formation (very close to a straight line).
“Anuradha” translates simply into “Another Radha” or “After Radha”. Its alternative meaning is “Subsequent Success”. This name, as we can see, has its root in the fact that it follows the asterism Radha (Vishakha). Even though it is not apparent straightaway, the often ignored fact is that these two asterisms (Vishakha & Anuradha) form a pair in the same way as Purva Phalguni and Uttara Phalguni.
A ‘staff’ the main symbol of this asterism, is directly derived from the shape ancient Vedic seers ascribed to its constituent stars. The staff has always been seen as a symbol of power and protection. In the puranic lore most of the exalted sages carry a staff. It is in fact the only weapon that they carry but it is usually more than enough has it carries within itself all the power of their penance.
The readers can refer to the puranic story of Vishwamitra challenging Sage Vashishta where all of Vishwamitra’s weapons including the Brahmastra (similar to a nuclear missile) were useless against Vashishta’s staff. These sages never used a staff for offensive purposes. It is only used for self-defence. It typifies wisdom and learning and thus can only act in congruence with the Universal mind. This Nakshatra relates to learning and the retention of learning. It also relates to one’s relationship with the Universal force. The stronger the contact, the more powerful the effect of this Nakshatra becomes.
A lotus, is another symbol ascribed by scholars and sages to this Nakshatra. Since ancient times, the qualities of purity, auspiciousness, knowledge and enlightenment have been associated with the lotus. In fact Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Laxmi, the goddess of prosperity are often depicted as sitting atop a lotus.
A lotus has the ability to grow in muddy waters. This represents the ability of this Nakshatra to keep itself pure and saattwik in any surroundings. It also signifies the attainment of knowledge through the muddy puddles of mental, intellectual and emotional confusion.
A ‘Triumphant gateway adorned with leaves’ is another alternative symbol of this Nakshatra. Readers will remember that the preceding asterism, Vishakha, also has this as its main symbol. As we mentioned earlier, Vishakha is a sort of a ally or co-worker of Anuradha. Just like Vishakha, Anuradha also represents victory. It is also a goal centred Nakshatra in much the same way as its ally, but its goals are usually more in tune with universal plan. It also likes to attain its goals through group work rather than going it alone. This is probably the reason why Anuradha attains its goals more smoothly and effortlessly, in comparison to Vishakha. Vishakha is often reluctant to take help or cooperate with allies. In my experience, I have seen that Vishakha, more often than not, needs allies to attain its goals. In most cases this ally is Anuradha.
Mitra, one of the twelve Aditya’s (solar deities) rules Anuradha. The name ‘Mitra’ translates into friend’. Thus it comes as no surprise that he is the solar deity related to friendships, good faith and cordiality. His qualities infuse this Nakshatra with light-heartedness, warmth, leadership, friendliness, helpfulness and a generally optimistic view of life. Mitra’s concern for friendship can be seen from the fact that he is never invoked alone. He is always invoked along with either Varuna (the ruling deity of Satabhisha) or Aryaman (the ruling deity of Uttara Phalguni. One can easily deduce from the above that Anuradha is most friendly with these two Nakshatra’s.
If it weren’t for Mitra, the world would be a much more dangerous place to live in. All the natural qualities usually associated with the sign Aquarius correlate to Mitra as well as Anuradha. It is interesting to note that Anuradha lies in the 10th house for those born with Aquarius rising. Under the guidance of Mitra, sometimes even enemies can work together in order to achieve a goal.
Since Anuradha is so concerned with learning and accumulation of knowledge Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, can be said to be strongly connected to this Nakshatra. This is the only way one can explain the musical prowess of this Nakshatra. As we have seen earlier, Sarasvati always sits on a lotus (a symbol of Anuradha) with a Vina (stringed instrument).
Nature of Functioning:
The keyword for Anuradha is ‘exploration’. This exploration, however, is not a lonesome ordeal, but a joyous, communal combination of people and energies. Anuradha brings to life the hidden secrets of nature’s functioning’s through establishing a bridge between naturally discordant energies. Anuradha fosters communication between all the extremes – the young and the old; the mature and immature; the more evolved and the less evolved; the different races, castes etc. Anuradha can thus be seen as a universal solvent. Most of Anuradha’s tendencies put it outside the orthodox, social gambit. This is the reason why it falls in the heart of Scorpio, a sign which questions and grows out of the social sensibilities represented by the sign Libra. In a way, Anuradha is the Nakshatra of the revolutionaries, who rebel against outdated ways of thinking and being. In the present times, Anuradha it ability to see through the reality behind all the fake media propaganda on social, economic and political levels.
The fact that Anuradha is open to all doesn’t mean that it doesn’t discriminate. Evolved Anuradha natives are in fact quite discriminative and cautious as to who they let into their inner circle. In the present day and age, where every Nakshatra’s energy has been utilized for negative ends, Anuradha falls prey to excessive openness and frivolous friendships.
The logic oriented approach of this Nakshatra accounts for the fact that many Anuradha natives are attracted to-material-sciences like mathematics and physics. The ability of Anuradha to combine logic, intuition and freedom of thought produces deep thinkers in every field. Numbers are something which takes Anuradha’s fancy like no other thing. A lot of Anuradha natives have a strong interest either in occult or mundane numerology r statistics. Anuradha always tries to broaden its horizons in relation to its area of interest. The more evolved the soul, the more all-encompassing the vision.
Natives with strong influence of Anuradha on their ascendant are born with stout hairy bodies. They have prominent chest and thighs and have a tendency to develop a belly with age. Their face conveys a sense of friendliness and wellbeing. A slight hint of secrecy emanates from the eyes and the overall demeanour in general. Their social behaviour fluctuates between passivity and exuberance. Combining friendliness with aloofness is their special gift.
Anuradha natives are usually seen making special effort to put people at ease and love to act as a bridge between people, groups and organizations. They are very interested in anything to do with the occult and hidden issues in general. They are extremely sensitive on an emotional plane even though they like to put up a tough impenetrable exterior.
It is their ability to keep up solid exteriors which makes them good organizers. Anuradha natives are often seen to be the founders and leaders of organizations. They have original minds which are melting pots of myriad pieces of knowledge, understanding and experience.
Most Anuradha natives channel their emotional energy in the form of devotion to some higher deity, universal energy or cause. Anuradha natives are at their most versatile when they have to combine their talents with others. Despite their need for constant interaction, most Anuradha natives have to spend a lot of time of their lives or the other.
Curiosity makes them travel a log to foreign lands. They have quite an easy time relating to and adjusting to foreign environments in comparison to other Nakshatra’s. In fact, living in foreign lands is usually very satisfying and fruitful for them.
In the universal scheme of things, Anuradha relates to “radhana Shakti”- the power of worship. Its symbolism has ascension above and dissension below. This symbolism stresses upon Anuradha’s ability to explore and understand both the lower and higher lokas through its devotion to universal energies.