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Aśvinī (अश्विनि), or Ashwini, literally, “horse owner,” is the first Nakṣatra of the Vedic system. It’s also known as Ashvayuja, Nasatya, Dasra, Ashwiyuka, Tutaga, Vaaji, Ashwa, and Haya. The name Aśvinī was first used (in “modern” use) by Varahamihira in the 6th century. Its older name, found in the Atharvaveda (AVS 19.7) and in Panini (4.3.36), was Aśvayúj, meaning “harnessing horses.”
Aśvinī is referred to as the “The Star of Transport” and “Wife of the Ashvins.”
It is symbolized by the head of a horse, standing for power and beauty.
Aśvinī resides between 0° 0′ to 13° 20′ Mesha (Aries) and corresponds to the head of Aries, which is comprised of the stars β (Sheratan) and γ (Hamal) Arietis. Several thousands of years ago these two stars marked the northern vernal equinox.
Devata, Graha & Śakti
Aśvinī is ruled by Ketu, resides within the rāśi (sign) of Mesha (Aries), which is ruled by Maṅgala (Mars), and its presiding devas are the Aśvinī Kumara.
A Maṅgala/Ketu mixture of energy is experienced by planets which inhabit Aśvinī. Dynamism, tenacity, fierce activity, and a thirst for life are common among those affected by these forces.1 Mysterious Ketu offers an experience of all the influences of the rulers of its four padas (feet or quarters): Maṅgala (Mars), Śūkra (Venus), Budha (Mercury), and Candra (the Moon), suggesting that four different phases or types of growth and emergence respond to the evolutionary impulses connected with mental and physical sensitivity and sociability.2
The Aśvinī Kumara
The Aśvinī Kumara (अश्विन), also known as Aśvins or Aśvinau, are ancient, heroic, golden-armored horse-headed twin brothers, sons of Sūrya, who are physicians to celestial divinity and perform medical miracles. Aśvinī’s association with the Aśvinī Kumaras reflects medicine, healing, or administering to people’s needs, or perhaps even engagement in miraculous or heroic pursuits.3 They are considered to be the deities of Ayurveda. Aśvinī can be found in healing professions like doctors, healers, and spiritualists.
Their great curative powers gives them the ability to restore usefulness and rejuvenate the old. They are sometimes referred to as the “Horsemen” and exhibit the youth, vitality, and rejuvenation that they offer the world. As twins they represent a cosmic duality of ideas, such as light and dark, day and night, heaven and earth, birth and death, past and future, healing and destruction.4
Their individual names are Nasatya and Dasra. As sons of Sūrya, they are children of the soul and were born in its image through Aśvinī. Like their father, they are luminous in nature.5
Śiva & Śakti
Śiva/Śakti, the active and passive principles of manifestation, centrifugal versus centripetal, all such polarizing, dualist relationships are responsible for manifestation of all types. In this example, Aśvinī is Śiva and the following Bharaṇī is Śakti. Both are contained in Mesha (Aries), giving the rāśi its energetic, powerful, creative, electrifying potential.
Planetary Placements/Astrological Interpretations
Aśvinī natives have the power to quickly reach things. Aśvinī’s basis above are the creatures to be healed and its basis below is the healing therapies. From these three qualities the entire world can become free of disease. Aśvinī brings about quick aid and energization. The healing power of Aśvinī is evident from these comments, particularly their ability to bring about fast, radical or miraculous cures as well as rejuvenation. The Aśvins are forces of Prana or the life-force, which is quick in its action to stimulate, help, and initiate a new level of activity.6 At times Aśvinī natives can be misunderstood, though, as people do not sense the innocence and idealism under their strong exterior.7
Yamas & Niyamas
Āsanas, Mudras, Meditations & Bhandas
When the Moon is in the Nakṣatra of Aśvinī it’s a great day to begin a yoga practice or learn new yogic techniques. Self-improvement activities are favored this day, especially the spiritual sciences of yoga, astrology, and Ayurveda. This is one of the best times of the month to create an altar and engage in all practices of yoga, including healing meditations, and taking special herbs and elixirs since Aśvinī has such a powerful potential for improvement of personal health.
Tales & Mythologies
The Aśvinī Kumara had the capability of bestowing youth to the decrepit sage Chyavan and providing life force to the tree burnt by the poison of the Great Serpent Takshat.
Gemstones & Metals
Interests & Careers
- physicians, healing, hospitals, involvement in chemistry, pharmacology, or drugs
- psychology, therapy
- Physically courageous acts and positions, like military service, police and law enforcement, and athletics
- criminal courts
- Metals and heavy machinery, factories, copper and steel manufacturing and mining
- Mechanical engineering
- merchants, sales
- Horses, horse training, jockeying, horse racing and tracks, stables, horseback duties (especially law enforcement on horseback)
- Involvement in transportation, depots
When Chandra is in Aśvinī it is most auspicious to engage in:
- All self-improvement activities
- Adopting a spiritual name
- Creating an altar
- Engaging in all practices of yoga
- Healing meditations, taking special herbs and elixirs
As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Aśvinī…
Ayurveda & Health Factors
Aśvinī rules over the knees and the upper part of the feet.
Aśvinī can be/is often responsible for head injuries and headaches, as well as diseases like mental illness, smallpox, and malaria.
Aśvinī, however, has powerful potential for improvement of personal health, so healing meditations and taking special herbs and elixirs should be performed on this day if necessary. The power of the Aśvinī Kumaras offers Aśvinī natives a great healing touch and regenerative potential. If other indications agree, one may be quick to heal, recover from, or withstand health problems, no matter the cause.
Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras ↩
Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 60 ↩
deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 217 ↩
Mark Cartwright. Ancient History Encyclopedia. ↩
Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. pp. 37-38. ↩
Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. pp. 37-38. ↩