Ashlesha Nakshatra

Entanglement and liberation

I am Ashlesha.
I am deeply intuitive, like the Nagas, Divine serpents.
With my penetrating gaze I see through your hidden intentions.
My intuitive power often leads me to discovery of some rare secrets.
I am sensitive and vulnerable – but if you try to hurt me, I will protect myself.
I am one of the most transformative lunar mansions.
I have the power to transform all the poisons within myself.
I might not give you much stability and comfort in life.
But I will bless you with Divine wisdom and connection with the Source.
I will teach you how to let go of your attachments, like a snake is shedding his skin.
I can bind you or liberate you.
Nagas, Divine serpents, are forces of transformation residing in the depths of our subconscious mind, inspiring us to find a healthy balance between contraction and expansion, moving towards freedom, while honouring our current boundaries and limitations.
Nagas, Divine serpents, represent the power of vibration in their serpentine motion and the cyclic nature of time in their coiled state. In Vedic pantheon, Divine serpents, with their bodies always close to the surface of Earth, were considered the protectors of land and natural environment, as well as the most intuitive, wise and sensitive of all beings, deriving their wisdom directly from the greatest teacher: Nature. In yogic tradition serpent also represents the power of vibration, as well as Kundalini shakti, our dormant spiritual power, which, when coiled, is asleep and leads to lots of material attachments – and when awakened, frees us from all bondage.

Ashlesha nakshatra, star ruled by Nagas, Divine serpents, is one of the most challenging and most misunderstood lunar mansions. It is also the most vulnerable and the most sensitive of all the stars, which can often make its energy overly introverted and overly protective. Dwelling at the very end of Cancer, it forms an intense gandanta point with Magha nakshatra, which is said to be located in our energy body right at the center of our third eye. Before we experience final freedom, release and detachment of Magha nakshatra, it is here, in Ashlesha, that all our inner attachments, poisons and layers of our ego, are getting intensely purified and finally need to be left behind. Like snake is leaving its old skin, so here we learn what are our own limitations that we need to let go of.

Here, in Ashlesha nakshatra, we are confronted with most vulnerable parts of ourselves and we learn how to acknowledge and honour our own boundaries, limitations and wounds.

The power of this nakshatra is vishashleshana shakti, power to embrace the poison – and so, here we also learn how to embrace difficult emotions, without turning them into poisonous words and actions that can potentially hurt others. Here we learn, how to embrace our vulnerability, without being overly protective.

During churning of the ocean of milk, representing the process of churning our own consciousness, it was the poison that emerged as the first one on the surface – and it was Lord Shiva, the king of yogis and friend of serpents, who happily accepted it and drank it all – but he kept it in his throat, not allowing it to create danger to his environment, but neither allowing it to pollute his inner space. Similar is the lesson that vulnerable Moon in Ashlesha nakshatra is trying to teach us.

It is also believed in Vedic tradition that serpents, who take a vow to never inflict their poison on anybody, are developing powerful yogic powers. Moon in Ashlesha teaches us this healthy self-restriction in our thoughts, words and actions, which leads to powerful inner transformation and development of strong will power. This is why for people born with this placement daily practice of meditation and yoga, as well as bringing more awareness and conscious non-violence into their thoughts, words and actions, will not only become great remedies, but will also lead them to developing inner spiritual power and powerful intuition. Days, when Moon is dwelling in this lunar mansion, are also highly recommended for all types of spiritual practices and introspection. Do your best not to act impulsively on days, when Moon dwells in Ashlesha, as you may regret it later.

Divine and shadow qualities

Ashlesha nakshatra and Nagas

Nagas, Divine serpents presiding over this lunar mansion, help us to connect with deeper layers of ourselves, connect to our psychic powers and re-awaken our connection with the Divine. Ashlesha nakshatra inspires us to embrace with love every aspect of ourselves and transform all our inner poisons with the power of love, acceptance and wisdom. It is a perfect day for meditation, spiritual practice and sincere introspection. Yet, as the energy of Ashlesha nakshatra is deeply transformative and emotional, when Moon resides in this lunar mansion it is not the greatest timing for other important activities.

Divine qualities

  • intuition
  • sensitivity
  • power of word
  • independence
  • penetrating intellect

Shadow qualities

  • oversensitivity
  • vulnerability
  • protectiveness
  • deep attachments
  • alienation

Ashlesha Nakshatra In-depth

Discover the secrets of Ashlesha nakshatra in this more than 5 hours long session with 11 study cases and detailed knowledge of the symbolism, anatomy and secrets of this lunar mansion. Along with the access to course recording you will also receive +40 pages of pre-read material about the symbolism of Nagas, Divine serpents, presiding deities of this lunar mansion plus 30 charts for study and visual charts.
1. Deep insights into Ashlesha Nakshatra
On this course you will learn about such details of Ashlesha Nakshatra and its presiding deity, Nagas, which you never heard on any other course. I can promise you that. On this course we dive deep not only into the wisdom of the nakshatra itself, but we also have a close look at the anatomy of the nakshatra, with its 4 unique padas and special degrees. You will also learn about various yogas formed with Ashlesha Nakshatra.

2. Spiritual aspect of Nagas
Spiritual aspect of the nakshatras was always most fascinating for me. Being on spiritual path for more than 12 years, I was always asking myself a question, what the Moon is trying to teach me, when it passes, day by day, through each nakshatra, awakening its dormant shakti. A spiritual approach to the nakshatras and seeking their deeper wisdom in everyday life is what makes my nakshatra classes unique and quite different from others.
3. Practical approach to understanding the nakshatras
I believe that knowledge can gain its real value only once we learn how to apply it. Each of our classes completes with a detailed analysis of chosen study cases, so you can learn better, how the shakti of the nakshatra can manifest in people’s real lives. After each class you will also receive at least 20 study cases for self-study, so you can start observing some patterns and feel more confident in noticing the influence of the nakshatras.

Divine influence

Devata: Nagas (Divine serpents)
Shakti: vishashleshana shakti – power to embrace the poison
Basis above: approaching
Basis below: dancing, trembling
Desire: to overcome enemies
Planetary ruler: Mercury

Special degrees

Placement: 16:40 – 30:00 Cancer (water, rajas)
Yogatara: 18:00 and 20:40 Cancer (1 and 2 pada)
Mars’ debilitation: 28:00 Cancer (4 pada)
Mrityu bhaga: 22:00 Cancer (2 pada)
Ashtamamsha: 3 pada
Visha nadi: 23:46:40 – 24:40 Cancer (3 pada)
Amrita nadi: 29:06:40 – 30:00 Cancer (4 pada)


Tattwa: water
Gunas: rajas – sattwa – sattwa
Nature: tikshna (sharp)
Gaze: adho-mukha (downward facing)
Gana: rakshasa (demonic)
Varna: mleccha (outcaste)
Gender: female
Motivation: dharma (righteousness)

Symbolism and omens

Animal: male cat
Symbol: coiled serpent, circle, wheel

Omens: snake, worm, eel, poison, poisoning, medicine, healing herb, spider, creeping creature, water creature, embrace, mantra

Body connection

Tridosha: kapha
Body part: joints, nails, ears
Chakra: anahata (heart chakra)

Healing tree: champaca

Resonance with weekdays

Monday: shobhana yoga
Tuesday: sarvartha siddhi yoga
Wednesday: amrita yoga
Thursday: shubha yoga
Friday: mrityu yoga
Saturday: mrityu yoga

Most supported activites

  • Introspection
  • Meditation
  • Healing
  • Writing
  • Unclutching from old attachments
  • Grieving
  • Any liberating process