Ruling Planet: Mars
Deity: Soma, the Moon God.
Symbol: Deer (Antelope’s) head.
Gana (nature): Deva (God).
Animal symbol: Female Serpent.
Sounds: vay, vo, kaa, ke.
Primary motivation: moksha (spiritual liberation).
Ruling body parts: Face, Chin, Cheeks, Larynx, Palate, Throat, Vocal Chord, Arms, Shoulders, Thymus Gland and Upper Ribs.
Mrigashira Nakshatra comes under the domain of planet Venus (Taurus 23 degree 20) and Mercury (Gemini 06 degree 40) ruled by planet Mars. It consists of three faint stars near the head of constellation of Orion. Mrigashira is the fifth Nakshatra called "The Searching Star" marking the beginning of search, the ruling planet mars reflecting the spiritual warrior searching for truth. The first half of the Mrigashira is placed in the constellation of Taurus the bull. This part is ruled by Venus is very creative; the native is very poetic and have musical talent. This is very good for producing beautiful and creative things. The second half of Mrigashira which resides in Gemini is very good in writing, and public speaking. The person may also be very clever, curious and research oriented. The symbol for Mrigashira is an antelope’s head. Antelope is elusive, quick, graceful, agile, and represented as a golden deer. Thus it can be a search for the golden deer that gets caught in the form of comforts and pleasures of worldly life chasing after non-existent things that can only be held in the moment. People born with this nakshatra prominent often have the face of a deer. Another animal is a female serpent, representing the sensual and seductive nature. Mrigashira represents quick radical change, and searching for enlightenment. This Nakshatra also speaks of Motherly instincts. They are devoted to their mothers.
Seeking comfort and pleasure in life, sensory attachments to strong materialistic things and craving for sensation. A fickle nature may also be observed in the Gemini half of Mrigashira.
The Deity is Soma; the Moon God who imparts the divine nectar of ever-new bliss. It has a Deva temperament and moksha or spiritual liberation as its primary motivation. It is an excellent asterism for research of religious or philosophical truths. The power of Mrigashira is "to give fulfilment". Mrigashira Nakshatra is joyful and makes life more attractive. Main motive is they search to fulfil their desire and enjoy the creation. Mrigashira individuals are gentle, peaceful, sensitive, and perceptive in nature. They are sincere in their behaviour towards others and expect that others should also behave in the same way. They are always curious and so are good travellers, investigators, researchers and collectors and they make good public speakers and communicators.
Legend of Mrigashira Nakshatra
In Hindu mythology a story connected with Mrigashira Nakshatra. This story reveals a shadow side of soma the deity, and his attraction to Jupiter’s wife Tara. Soma seduced Tara and eloped with her. This caused tremendous uproar which made the Gods intervene and return Tara to Jupiter, however by that time Tara was Pregnant with moon’s child, the child’s name budha or mercury. In the Vedas, it is written, "out of the moon, the mind was born". That is analytical mind of mercury is create out of the perceptual mind of the moon. Jupiter was aware of Budha’s illegitimate birth, but Jupiter found Mercury charming and agreed to accept him as his son and decide to father him anyway. From Astrological point of view, this can be interrelated as involvement of sexual seduction, birth of illegitimate child and reunion of family after a mishap. Natives of this nakshatra are pleasure seeking, the way Soma sought after Tara’s company and they are on a look out for some kind of sensational relationships.
Mrigashira Nakshatra Pada
In each Nakshatra there are 4 padas. The Navamsa is the 1/9 division of the zodiac. Therefore, there is connection between the padas and the navamsa. The signs of the padas give information about the soul of a person.
Ascendant in Mrigashira Nakshatra: Attractive, seductive nature, mystical, seeker of truth, face of a deer, enthusiastic, talkative, good speech, daring, active mind, mental vacillation, love of travel.
Roles of Planets in Mrigashira Nakshatra
Stars and planets each have a different influence on our lives depending on their position in the horoscope.