Hastā

Etymology& Symbolism

Hastā (हस्त) translates simply as “hand,” especially the palm. It has also gone by the names Bhanu, Aruna, and Ark. “Bhanu” refers to the Sun or a ray of light. “Ark” refers to the very same, but also the essence of an herbal plant. “Aruna” refers to the color of the sunrise or morning dawn, or dawn personified as the charioteer of the Sun. All of these names infer great vitality, the time of new beginnings, and the regenerating energy of the Sun that sustains and nourishes all others without reliance on anything but itself. Therefore, Hastā indicates self-reliance through one’s own inherent tools (i.e., the hands).

To understand this asterism let’s explore the symbolism of the hand.

The Hand

Hastā is primarily symbolized by a hand, palm, or fist. The hand reflects an individual’s destiny and effort. As an open hand or palm, it represents blessings to humanity.

When the fingers are closed, as a fist, it offers determination and the prowess and strength to withstand confrontation. Grasping, it represents a tendency and importance to control the immediate environment through any means and grabbing/holding onto all sorts of things (whether material, spiritual, mental, emotional, or physical) rather than through the leadership capabilities of the preceding rāśi, Simha (Leo). Whether those means are honorable or dishonorable depends on the condition of Hastā in a birth chart.

Hastā has a tendency to be self-improving, so one’s power of self-control or will has great influence here.

This hand also suggests skill in arts and craftsmanship, as well as the daily, repetitive work of a person who works with his hands. Achievement and productivity is implied. Personified, this is the person with his hands directly in the work rather than one overseeing the work being performed. Being so directly involved and productive, this Naksatra enhances “industry, enterprise, invention, and subtle thought.”1

Corvus, the crow or raven

Corvus, the crow or raven

Astronomy

Hastā resides between 10° and 23° 20′ Kanyā (Virgo). It consists of five stars of to the constellation of Corvus (Corvi), the crow or raven. These five stars (α, β, γ, δ and ε Corvi) each represent a different finger of Hastā’s hand.

Classifications

Nature Puruṣārtha
(motivation)
Varna Color Dosha Gana Guna/Tattva Gender Body Part Animal
Quick (Kshipra) Mokṣa Deva Tamas/Tamas/Rajas  Male Female Buffalo

Because Hastā is a Kshipra (light and swift/quick) naksatra, a person born under the influence of Hastā are natural travelers, usually engage in sports, as well as healing and administering medicines.

The primitive impulse of Hastā is the duration of time. Hastā provides the basic foundation from which further expansion and expression of manifestation possible. This is not a gift, rather a course upon which the native must struggle to express inner vitality and potential for growth.

Inspired by Tamas Hastā (inertia) at its primary and secondary levels, Rajas operates at its tertiary level. Hastā has the ability to impel an individual to change, transform, and go in new directions. It provides great opportunity for growth and expansion. This growth results in the inner (rajasic) urge to proceed forward through a resisting, inert (tamasic) external shell. This can be responsible for conflict and various levels of crises. Resulting resistance may manifest as any type of impediments, difficulties, and/or obstructions.

Hastā is assigned the caste classification of Vaisyas, as it works for the sustenance of society and engages in commerce or trade without the concern or care (objective) for personal profit. In this way, evolved Hastā natives are incredibly humble. If guided on a renunciative path (nvtitti marg), their only true concern in the material realm is to develop themselves into a sustaining power in the community, for the good of the community, to engage in public service opportunities, and become leaders of change and improvement. Those less evolved and more materialistic, however, will surely find themselves on the short end of the stick, barely eking out substinence for themselves. The only way to fully leverage the gift of Hastā is to do so selflessly.

Hastā is motivated by moksa (liberation).

Devata, Graha & Śakti

Hastā is ruled by Candra, resides completely within the rāśi of Kanyā (ruled by Budha), and its presiding deva is Savitṛ, Sūrya in its regenerative aspect. In a world torn between the material and the spiritual, Kanyā’s tendency is to integrate the two through its fine-tuned, natural forces.

Kanyā is as an embodiment of nature’s finer forces which must be uncovered and released, developed, harnessed, and put into use to further the mission of life on one’s own/by one’s own efforts. Again, a sign of self-reliance or self-capability, as well as contrtol over outgoing energy that has the potential to radiate farther. It is for this reason that there is such a connection with Savitṛ and Sūrya.

The combination of Candra and Budha energies in Hasta offer a strong mental nature, which results in creative intelligence and good speech. This duot can also offer powerful healing intelligence, which can be very useful in the removal of ignorance. Sūrya is responsible for illuminating Budha’s intelligence in Hastā.

Savitṛ

Savitṛ

Savitṛ

Savitṛ is a solar deva in the Ṛgveda, and is believed by some to be one of the 12 Ādityas. He can be both part of and separate from the Sun. As Sūrya is the name of the Sun after sunrise, Savitṛ is the name of the Sun before sunrise, when it’s out of our view and influence. In essence, Savitṛ represents the divine influence of the Sun in both its present and absent states. Savitṛ imparts creative and transforming energy. Sūrya, who illuminates in all directions, is responsible for Hasta’s illuminating Budha-influenced intelligence.

Since Candra is ever-changing, Budha is dualist, and Savitṛ is in a constant state of change, Hasta also depends and acts on movement and change. Personal growth and ever-evolving self-development is imminent and a flexible, chameleon-like quality to change and take on new shapes may be observed.

The highly revered Gayatri Mantra can be used to invoke Savitr.

Śakti

Hasta gives the ability to achieve goals in a complete and immediate manner. Such goals are usually creative in nature.2

Summary/Astrological Interpretations

Hastā gives the potential for a questionable moral orientation and a pliable conscience.3 Why, though? Because of its desire to hold onto things, at any cost? Really, though, I think that depends on the condition of Hastā.

Hastā people usually have a pleasant, humorous temperament.

A clever, cunning personality can develop here.

Purity of thought and deed.

Because of Hastā’s critical nature and impatience, an objective or one’s work is usually accomplished in a complete and immediate manner. Stress can easily develop, however, if one is unable to do so. If not controlled and if the individual is less evolved (or influenced by a malefic planet), this stress can develop into mercilessness and thievery. Hastā natives have an industrious, hard working, and service-oriented nature.  ((Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras))

See: https://vedictime.com/en/library/nakshatra/hasta

Yamas & Niyamas

Asteya (absence of desire for others’ possessions/not stealing)

Those born under the influence of Hastā are gifted with crafty hands. If their living conditions or state of existence is meager, impoverished, or they have a lack of success,  a person may use their slight of hand to engage in theft or pickpocketing. Instead, a spiritual path or learning from personal experience may be necessary for such people to achieve asetya. However, because of one’s desire to help others, the inherent ability for self-development, self-control, the purity of thought and deed, and the power of self-control, the average person with a natural benefic in Hastā will likely learn and understand the importance of asteya much easier, or much earlier in life, than a person with a malefic planet in Hastā. A malefic planet, especially Rāhu, can exploit the abilities of Hastā for its own insatiable desires or insensitivities, so be conscious of desirous hands when Rāhu transits Hastā.

Dayā (kindness and compassion)

If a benefic planet resides in Hastā or if Hastā is in a kona or kendra, one can leverage their service-oriented nature for the good of others and express kindness and compassion.

Śauca (purity, clearness of mind, speech and body)

Hasta natives have purity of thought and deed with the power of self-control, potentially giving such a person a hand up in establishing and maintaining śauca.

Āsanas, Mudras, Meditations, Mantra & Bhandas

Hand mudras, especially graha mudras for Hastā’s rulers, Candra, Budha, and Sūrya/Savitṛ.

Asanas that incorporate mudras or focus on or strengthen the hands, but none that can potentially damage hands or fingers.

Marmas?

Mantra

Recite the Gāyatrī Mantra, which can be used to invoke Savitṛ (Hastā’s presiding deva). The mantra is also sometimes referred to as Sāvitrī.

Graha mantras for Hasta’s rulers, Candra, Budha, and Sūrya/Savitṛ, can also be performed.

Tales & Mythologies

Gayatri Mantra (see KS TN p. 130.)

Padas

This is the beginning of the fifth cycle of spiritual development which begins with an ashtamamsha pada. This is the only nakshatra where the first pada is ashtamamsha and therefore there must be changed, unexpected and unplanned to reveal the Hastā message.4

Pada 1 Pada 2 Pada 3 Pada 4
Ruler Maṅgala (Aries) Śūkra (Taurus)  Budha (Gemini)  Candra (Cancer)
Position 10° – 13 20′ Kanyā  13° 20′ – 16° 40′ Kanyā 16° 40′ – 20° Kanyā  20° – 23° 20′ Kanyā
Bija Mantra पू Pu ष Sha ण Na ठ Tha/Thaa

Gemstones & Metals

Interests & Careers

  • Because of a Hastā’s inherent ability to be skilled with the hands and have a creative and transforming energy (Savitṛ), a person born under the influence of Hastā may enjoy or excel at painting, art, or craftsmanship5 and can become artisans or handcrafters. Depending on the graha occupying the Naksatra, one could even excel at pickpocketing or stage magic.6 The slight of the hand is a powerful tool – for either good or bad.
  • Due to Hastā’s illuminating intelligence (Sūrya-Budha) and strong mental nature (Candra-Budha) a Hastā person may make a good advisor, minister, counselor, or priest. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231))
  • Due to Hastā’s ability to remove ignorance (Sūrya-Budha), creative and transforming energy (Savitṛ), strong mental nature, creative intelligence, and good speech (Candra-Budha), one may excel in scholarship, teaching, and writing,7 authoring, and education.8
  • Because of Hastā’s Kshipra nature, its tendency for a pleasant temperament, attractive appearance, sweet smile, and ability to make quick friendships, a person may be good in sales, communications, and public relations.9
  • If Hastā’s critical nature and impatience is not controlled, resulting stress can develop into mercilessness and thievery10, spawning thieves, rascals, and rogues. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231))
  • It’s not clear why (as there is no direct celestial, deva, or graha-related reason), but many astrologers traditionally believe that because those born under the influence of Hastā have a humorous temperament they are attracted to comedy, merriment, and ridicule and may become comedians, pranksters, jesters, mimes, etc. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231))
  • Because of Hastā’s Kshipra nature and powerful healing intelligence, service-oriented nature, and transforming energy (Savitṛ), a Hastā person may excel in the healing arts and/or hospital and volunteer work.11
  • Because Hastā is a Kshipra naksatra, a person may engage successfully in the travel industry and conference planning.12
  • Because of the direct association with the hand, a Hasta person may have a natural inclination toward palmistry/palm reading, and by extension also astrology/Jyotish.1314

Auspiciousness/Engage In

Because so much of what we do involves the use of our hands, there are many things that can be performed while Candra is in Hastā.

  • Marriage
  • Installing a deity or building a temple (Hands)
  • Laying the foundation of a home (Hands)
  • Opening a business, sales, and trade (Kshipra)
  • Obtaining or repaying a loan or debt (Kshipra)
  • Learning astrology or astronomy (Hands)
  • Learning or practicing sign language (Hands)
  • Learning music or dance
  • Planting and sowing (Hands)
  • Medical treatment (Kshipra)
  • Travel or beginning a journey (Kshipra)
  • Sports activities (Kshipra)
  • Praticing hand (hasta) mudras

Inauspiciousness/Avoid

As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Hastā one may experience a critical nature or impatience.

Hastā promotes the practice of meditation, yoga and other practical methods of self development. Hardships, impediments and restraints may occur early in life. Poverty or lack of success may be experienced until the individual focuses on the spiritual path.

Ayurveda & Health Issues

Hasta, appropriately, is associated with the hand and fingers.

Health issues may result due to the sensitive nature of Hastā. As Hastā is associated with the hands, problems with one’s hands or fingers can arise from an afflicted Hastā. Hastā can also contribute to a sensitive nervous system, bowel and colon problems, dysentery, colds and allergies, and skin irritations.

Green, lush environments can be very healing for a Hastā person.


  1. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231 

  2. David Frawley. Shaktis of the Nakshatras 

  3. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231 

  4. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 133. 

  5. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 53 

  6. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231 

  7. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 53 

  8. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231 

  9. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. pp. 51-53 

  10. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 51 

  11. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 53 

  12. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 53 

  13. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 53 

  14. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231