Purvashadha Nakshatra

Pursuing higher ideals

I am Purvashadha.
I invigorate, energise and purify like a mighty waterfall.
My faith is unstoppable.
I always flow towards my goal.
I bring the opposites together.
I purify through confrontation.
Apas, the Goddess of Cosmic Waters, reminds us that we are all connected to the vast ocean of Cosmic Consciousness, the source of all knowledge and wisdom, as well as to the waters of collective consciousness.
Purvashadha nakshatra is located almost exactly opposite Ardra, “the moist star” of individuality and individual effort (yatna shakti), which has a teardrop or a single water drop as its symbol. Purvashadha, is its opposite: it represents the vast waters of collective consciousness and inspires us to collect all the individuals and individual ideas together and unite them for the sake of one higher goal. Apa Devi, presiding Goddess of this lunar mansion, inspires us to unite things (rather than dividing them), sacrifice a bit of our ego and individuality for the higher purpose and look at things from more holistic, all-inclusive perspective. It encourages us to wider the horizons of our understanding, stay tolerant and accepting to others like water, and not get stuck in our personal beliefs or pursuit of our personal goals, but rather act for the sake of universal welfare.
Like the waters, Purvashadha nakshatra is easily stirred and agitated. It can make us easily excited and enthusiastic about something, but it can also make us lose this enthusiasm very easily the moment the first obstacle appears on our way. Purvashadha literally means “early victory” and therefore people born under its influence tend to be a little bit short-sighted and too focused on reaching quick results, without doing any long-term planning. They would rather follow their feeling than logic. But once they dedicate themselves to something, they follow it full-heartedly. However, this can also make them sometimes a bit too focused just on their individual goals and too close-minded (or even fanatic) in their beliefs. Whenever Moon transits Purvashahda nakshatra on the sky it is important to remind ourselves to stay open-minded and tolerant to others.

Divine and shadow qualities

Purvashadha nakshatra and Apas

Apas, Goddess of Cosmic Waters, invokes from within us the mighty stream of Divine wisdom and inspiration and makes us think about profound topics of life. She encourages us think about things in a larger scale, as well as makes us more aware about ourselves as the parts of the society or collective consciousness. What is our contribution to society? How can we make our environment better? How can we be of service? These type of questions are awakened. But, be careful, Purvashadha is also a fierce and very short-tempered lunar mansion that can make you do or say things too impulsively – and you may regret that later.

Divine qualities

  • holistic approach
  • devotion
  • passion
  • wisdom
  • inspiration

Shadow qualities

  • idealism
  • fanatism
  • short-sightedness
  • agressive approach
  • non-tolerance

Purvashadha Nakshatra In-depth

Discover the secrets of Purvashadha nakshatra in this 3+ hours long session with 6 study cases and detailed knowledge of the symbolism and secrets of this lunar mansion. Along with the access to course recording you will also receive +15 pages of pre-read material about the symbolism of Apas, presiding deity of this lunar mansion, 20 charts for study and visual charts.
1. Deep insights into Purvashadha Nakshatra
On this course you will learn about such details of Purvashadha Nakshatra and its presiding deity, Apas, 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 Purvashadha Nakshatra.

2. Spiritual aspect of Apas
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: Apas (Goddess of Waters)
Shakti: varchograna shakti – power to invigorate
Basis above: energy, vigour
Basis below: battle, connection
Desire: to gain the sea
Planetary ruler: Venus

Special degrees

Placement: 13:20 – 26:40 Sagittarius (fire, sattwa)
Yogatara: 10:40 Sagittarius (outside nakshatra)
Pushkaramsha: 3 pada
Pushkara bhaga: 23:00 Sagittarius (3 pada)
Mrityu bhaga: 18:00 Sagittarius (2 pada)
Visha nadi: 18:40 – 19:33:20 Sagittarius (2 pada)
Amrita nadi: 24:00 – 24:53:20 Sagittarius (4 pada)
Yogatara of Uttarashada: 18:30 and 19:40 Sagittarius (2 pada)
Yogatara of Abhijit: 21:30 Sagittarius (3 pada)


Tattwa: water
Gunas: sattwa – rajas – tamas
Nature: ugra (fierce)
Gaze: adho-mukha (downward facing)
Gana: manushya (human)
Varna: brahmin (priest)
Gender: male
Motivation: moksha (release)

Symbolism and omens

Animal: male monkey
Symbol: fan, elephant’s tusk, winnowing basket

Omens: fan, winnowing basket, water, river, sea, pouring out the water, swimming pool, temple of Goddess Lakshmi

Body connection

Tridosha: pitta
Body part: thighs, back portion of the trunk, lower back
Chakra: svadhishthana (sacral chakra)

Healing tree: ashoka

Resonance with weekdays

Monday: mrityu yoga
Wednesday: siddha yoga
Thursday: shubha yoga
Friday: siddha yoga
Saturday: mrityu yoga

Most supported activites

  • Learning
  • Philosophical studies
  • Creative thinking up
  • Debates
  • Writing
  • Spiritual practice
  • Healing