Puṣya

Etymology/Symbolism

Puṣya (Pushya) means “nourishment” and was once referred to as Tishya, which means, “to look,” or simply, “auspicious.” Sidhya, or “prosperous,” is also a common name of this Nakṣatra.

Cow’s Udder/Nourishment

Each of Puṣya’s names refer to its ability to nourish on all planes, including the physical, emotional, mental, material, and spiritual.

Puṣya is symbolized by a milk-producing udder of a cow. It ensures selfishness and philanthropy, just as the cow is famed for willingly giving its milk to others as well as to its own calf.

Other Symbols

Other symbols used to represent Puṣya include a flower, circle, and an arrow. These three symbols collectively reflect and emphasize the individual characteristics of this Nakṣatra and point succinctly to its essential features: vibrant tranquility, absence of undue agitation, faith in oneself, and fullness of life.

The Flower

Puṣya symbolized by a flower (not a lotus or any specific type of flower), links the subjective idea with the objective archetype. This impulse is symbolized by the flower, and image present for the first time among the asterisms, showing a complete picture in its fullness. The flower represents the blossoming of latent faculties, the possibility of attaining the archetype. The lotus, on the other hand, is the symbol of spiritual perfection. It contains within itself the image of its progenitor. The lotus is said to be the most spiritual plant, and is called the child of the universe bearing the likeliness of its mother and its bosom. But this flower isn’t, specifically, of the lotus variety.

A flower, in general, is not considered to contain the likeliness of its mother in its bosom, it is actually an alchemical symbol in which the base metal lead is turned into the precious metal gold. The flower is considered a symbol of the process of making the subjective or the latent faculties, inner symmetry, and perfection, into an objective reality and a thing of beauty. In a different way this symbol represents the “bythos,” the great deep in which all potentialities lie ready to be made manifest. It is a popular way of representing Hiranyagarbha, the radiant or golden egg or ethereal stuff from which the Universe was formed.

The Circle

Both these symbols refer to the cosmic wholeness, a portion of which is energized. They show the possibility of attaining wholeness. The circle relates particularly to the cosmic Matrix Switch energizes one of its seeds to fly during the specified duration. Some of the qualities of the soul must occur during its incarnation. The complete blossoming me require thousands of incarnations and a considerable uphill journey journey, but the divine mission for the soul is inevitable.

The circle as a symbol of Pushya does not represent finality, the position where the individual has nothing further to learn. Does not show that the soul has blossomed to its maximum. The circle here merely shows that the final dimensions up to which the soul must manifest have been demarcated and the necessary force is required for its fulfillment have been apportioned. The plan for the individual is now complete.

Archer Silhouette

The Arrow

The arrow takes the idea further as the support carrying out the mission has been bestowed the arrow symbolizes the aspiration necessary for attaining the goal. It indicates the psychological preparedness prerequisite for externalizing latent faculties. The arrow is a missile to hit the target. For this purpose, in various faculty is given to the soul will be used. The previous asterism, Punarvasu, is symbolized by a quiver of arrows, suggesting that under it the individual is equipped for the mission. Under Pushya he gets his marching orders. Now he has the arrow, the instrument to set his forces into motion toward their goal. Pusha endows the individual with strength and power and fullness for the mission assigned to the soul.

Astronomy

Puṣya resides between 3° 20′ – 16° 40′ Karka (Cancer). It corresponds to γ, δ and θ Cancri, in the constellation of Cancri. (Which star in) Cancri emits the color #ffc370.

Classifications

Nature Puruṣārtha Varna Color Gana Guna/Tattva Gender Body Part Animal
Quick (Kshipra) Dharma Kshtriya reddish black/red & black Deva Rajas/Sattvas/Tamas female face goat/sheep

With dharma as its motivating force, the spiritual warrior gets his “marching orders” under Puṣya and sets his forces into motion. Observation, comprehension, understanding are observed. Mainly rajasic and dharma-motivated with righteousness, Puṣya immerses a person almost completely in materialism. Consciousness reviving the memory of its primeval nature is unfolding. More evolved individuals on a spiritual path will experience tranquility of mind, but since rajasc and tamasic tendencies still exist, considerable mental agitation may exist. Under the Kshtriya caste, a great amount of purposeful activity will take place here.

Devata, Graha & Śakti

Graha

Puṣya is ruled by Śani, resides within the rāśi of Karka (ruled by Candra), and although not under the planetary influence of Jupiter its presiding deva is Bṛhaspati. Therefore, Pushya nourishes (Candra), allowing for growth (Bṛhaspati) and popularity, but because it’s ruled by Śani, selflessness and philanthropy is assured. This is all-encompassing nourishment at all levels.

The combination of Candra and Bṛhaspati is clearly an indicator for its ability to nourish, and offers Puṣya abundance, growth, opulence, as well as the potential for over-nourishment, plumpness, and fat.

Śani, on the other hand, is associated with tamasic (or inertial proclivities). It brings Puṣya stability and enables creativity to fructify into entirely new forms. It enables positive effort and good karma through hard work and discipline – something that should be exercised with such strong Candra and Bṛhaspati influences. While Candra and Bṛhaspati nourish and facilitate growth, Śani concretizes, condenses, and crystallizes (dehydrates) nebulous matter.

The combination of Śani, Candra, and Bṛhaspati stabilizes the intense energy and enables it to grow in an entirely new form, and in a focused manner. The subjectve aspect of cosmic ideation becomes objective as an archetype.1

Śakti

Ruled by Bṛhaspati, the priest, guru, and preceptor of the gods (as well as men), Puṣya offers the ability to create spiritual energy (brahmavarchasa shakti). It increases our good karma and good efforts. The value of this Nakṣatra for religious and spiritual practices is emphasized. Bṛhaspati is the lord of speech, particularly prayer, and of all forms of worship, including meditation, so these indications are all in harmony with his functions.2

Bṛhaspati

Brihaspati desired, “May I possess the splendor of spiritual knowledge.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Brihaspati, to Pushya, gains the splendor of spiritual knowledge. Pushya connects us with spiritual knowledge, but also religion, ritual and morality in general. Through it the good overcomes the evil. – David Frawley, Fruits of Worshipping Each Nakshatra

Puṣya’s association with Bṛhaspati gives it rulership over speech, oratory, eloquence, wisdom, luck, and aristocracy, and over religious and priestly inclinations. Devotion and prayer, virtuous conduct, peace of mind, purity, truth, honesty, and philosophy all appear in Pushya’s portfolio, so it can also represent excessive orthodoxy, traditionalism, or non-creativity.3 It promotes expansion, protects and nourishes.

Bṛhaspati, which offers intuitive wisdom, good fortune, powerful speech, and purification of the psyche4, is deeply exalted in Pushya. Bṛhaspati also supports all forms of worship and spiritual practice.

Puṣya, however, can be stubborn and selfish. Arrogance, pride, and jealousy cay be experienced at times. Through Bṛhaspati, Pushya has the power to overcome negative influences and assert its benefic nature.5

Together, Śani and Bṛhaspati’s interaction offer vibrant tranquility, faith in oneself, and fullness of life.

Padas

The Sun, Moon, and Venus have debilitated Paula in Puṣya. Saturn feels frustrated in Scorpio pada and Mars gains. Mercury and Saturn have exalted padas. With planets here we have to cross the barrier of weakness, recognize our own feelings before we can find our strengths. There is a pushkara pada.

Pada 1 Pada 2 Pada 3 Pada 4
Ruler Sūrya (Simha) Budha (Kanya) Śūkra (Libra) Mangala (Scorpio)
Position 3° 20′ – 6° 40′ 6° 40′ – 10° 10° – 13° 20′ 13° 20′ – 16° 40′
Bija Mantra Hu He  Ho  Da
Effects

Yamas & Niyamas

By nature of the Nakṣatra, those born under the influence of Puṣya may have a leg up on the Niyamas of Dāna and Japa.

Because those born under Puṣya want to share their inner wealth, they are natural practitioners of Dāna, charitable and generous, giving and sharing of earned wealth, food, or possessions to those in need.

Āsanas, Mudras, Meditations, Mantra & Bhandas

When Puṣya falls on a Sunday it is referred to as Ravi Puṣya Yoga, a day which is very important in obtaining and working with knowledge of Tantra and Mantra.

Studying the Vedas or Shastras are also very auspicious activities when Candra is in Puṣya.

Tales & Mythologies

The Hindu god Bharata, brother of Rama was born under Puṣya.

Puṣya is also mentioned in the story of the Birth of Buddha.

Gemstones & Metals

Ruled by Śani, Puṣya’s gemstone is blue sapphire (NEELAM). Pearl is also acceptable, as Puṣya resides within Cancer, ruled by Candra.

It’s considered favorable to purchase gold on days in which Candra is in Pushya, especially if this happens on a Thursday.

Interests & Careers

  • Politics, aristocrats, highly-placed people, rulers, ministers, and managing directors.
  • Government work, involvement in powerful organizations
  • Geology, aquatic biology
  • Military or police service
  • Music, art
  • Food merchants and grain dealers
  • Dairy industry
  • Clergy and others associated with self-enhancement teachings (like gurus, counselors, psychologists, and priests)

Auspiciousness/Engage In

According to many Vedic scholars, Puṣya is considered the most auspicious Naksatra for spiritual maturity. It’s a great time to perform anything auspicious (except marriage).

Although it’s not a good idea to get married with Candra in Puṣya, this is very much a good day for shopping for upcoming marriages, events, and festivals simply because this period is favorable for purchasing new items in general. So – if you want to purchase something for which has an important purpose, Pushya is your day to do so. Go shopping!

Because of its lightness and swiftness (it is of quick/kshipra quality), this is also a good time to engage in sports, enjoying luxurious items, starting a business, skilled labor, medical treatments, starting an education, starting a journey, visiting friends, buying and selling, performing spiritual activities, decorations, fine arts, exercise, and for either giving or receiving loans.

  • Making a will (spiritual maturity and nearing the end of the cycle, which begins again in the Phalgunis)
  • Learning astronomy or astrology
  • Doing things to improve health (nourishing)
  • Performing festivals or remedies (due to Kshipra/Laghu)
  • Sports (due to Kshipra/Laghu)
  • Enjoying luxuries (nourishing)
  • Starting a business (due to Kshipra/Laghu)
  • Opening an office (due to Kshipra/Laghu)
  • Skilled labor
  • Medical treatment (due to Kshipra/Laghu)
  • Beginning education (nourishing)
  • Travel or beginning a journey (due to Kshipra/Laghu)
  • Visiting friends (nourishing)
  • Buying, selling, and trading (due to Kshipra/Laghu)
  • Performing spiritual activities
  • Studying the Vedas or Shastras
  • Decorating (nourishing)
  • Art-related activities (nourishing)
  • Learning music or dance (nourishing)
  • Exercising
  • Giving or receiving loans (due to Kshipra/Laghu)

Inauspiciousness/Avoid

As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Puṣya is inauspicious for marriages. This is the day when Rama and Sita were married (things must not have gone well).

Marriage on this day is bad… because?

Ayurveda & Health Issues

Puṣya rules the mouth, face, and facial expression.

Puṣya can be responsible for skin problems, eczema, stomach problems, ulcers, nausea, breast cancer, tuberculosis, and chest problems. Although selfless, Puṣya does not prevent the accumulation of fat.

Candra in Puṣya is considered an auspicious day for administrating drugs and seem very effective in terms of action as its related to gold and herbs. Recently, Swarna Prashana, an Ayurvedic way to build immunity for kids, is promoting Puṣya as main day for its administration.

The Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa) is sacred to Puṣya.


  1. Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 64 

  2. David Frawley. Shaktis of the Nakshatras 

  3. LOL 226 

  4. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 31 

  5. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras