Śrāvaṇa is derived from the Sanskrit verb “sru,” which means “to hear.” Śrāvaṇa also means “the lame” or “one who limps, ” which may be indicative of the improvement of one’s stride, overcoming of inferiority, or ease of achievement with time, maturity, experience, and patience.
Symbolized by an ear, it translates as, “listening,” the necessary quality which leads to alertness and the ability to truly hear in the subtle realms. The importance of oral traditions based on shruti or “hearing” the vibrations and words of wisdom is emphasized here, as well as the Great Silence, upon which subsists the entire scheme of manifestation. Śrāvaṇa is called the Nakṣatra of total silence; this silence allows us to see through life’s illusions.1
Śrāvaṇa natives may have the potential to hear the cosmic sounds of Krishna’s flute, bell, or the cosmic Om, to become attuned to Naada, the cosmic “ideational sound which leads to one-pointedness.” Such an endeavor of one-pointedness is reflected by its other symbolic icon, the arrow, and requires unparalleled persistence and patience (available through Śani’s rulership of the rāśi in which Śrāvaṇa resides) and a highly-evolved intellect, much like the animal symbols of this asterism suggest.
The Vedas and Vedangas are representations of the knowledge produced in this lunar mansion. Only after subjugating personal emotions and thoughts can one listen to the sounds of the underlying current of our world, where true beauty and perception of harmony can be seen (or heard), purifying one’s inner nature.
(Read Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 235.)
Śrāvaṇa resides between 10° and 23° 20′ Makara (Capriorn). It consists of three stars in the head of the eagle, Aquilla. The stars also form the three footprints of Vishnu, Śrāvaṇa’s presiding deva and preserver of the universe. Its main star is Altair (alpha Delphinius).
Śrāvaṇa’s Sattva/Tamas/Rajas attributes implies that it will support any activity which leads to harmony, though difficulties may arise due to “tamasic proclivities creating certain impediments.” ((Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 77))
The primary motivation is Artha, which represents purposeful action and prosperity: building, growing, and resource-collecting. Once a Śrāvaṇa native attains their financial security, they are free to pursue the higher goals of enlightenment and spiritual liberation. They are usually wealthy by mid-life.
Devas, Grahas & Śakti
Śrāvaṇa is ruled by Candra, resides within the rāśi of Makara (ruled by Śani), and its presiding deva is Visnu or Hari.
Śani’s Makara influence on Śrāvaṇa may be partially responsible for a rigid or obstinate nature, but its purpose is to allow the patience and persistence, the calm and focus, to tune into the divine. It also attributes to the native’s active, hard-working, and devoted personality and their desire to seeking truth in all they attempt. The great wanderer, Śani, also makes one fond of travel, suggesting the possibility of living and studying abroad or away from home.
As much as Śani is important to cultivate the patience to listen, Candra is also just as important in feeling and comprehending what is heard. This combination of sensitivity and focus, however, can cause difficulties, but Śrāvaṇa “provides the impuse to help sustain the established order against any opposing force.” ((Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 77)) Its influence must therefore operate in a “very uncongenial milieu.”
Visnu, or Hari, is the preserver of the universe. Visnu helps us to perceive the truth of manifestation concealed by the world of maya (illusion). Śrāvaṇa natives may experience disillusionment early in life as they explore the world of maya.
Śrāvaṇa is also associated with the goddess of learning, Sarasvātī, “the flowing one,” who brings knowledge, music, and eloquence to humanity. Śrāvaṇa represents communication of knowledge that helps us transcend the material world. The importance of oral traditions based on shruti or “hearing” the vibrations, is reflected in Śrāvaṇa. The Vedas and Vedangas are representations of the knowledge produced here.
This asterism’s power is that of providing connection (faamhanana shakti). Its natives can link people together by connecting them to their appropriate paths in life.2
Planetary Placements/Astrological Interpretations
Śrāvaṇa rules positions of worship and service to humanity. A kind and charitable nature is often produced here. Fame and recognition in the world often results. Shravana people are excellent writers and teachers.
The Śrāvaṇa influence, which allows one to attain subtle knowledge, leads one want to learn constantly from birth till death. Thus these natives usually have large libraries or study to spend their precious time. Śrāvaṇa people need much solitude and alone time, as worldly noise and other distractions can interrupt their focus on achieving what they strive for. They live by the motto that “seclusion is the price of greatness.”
They are sensitive and easily hurt by the opinions of others.
((Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 70))
Śrāvaṇa provides the main impulse that attunes the human personality with its spiritual goal.4
Yamas & Niyamas
Śrāvaṇa people may have many enemies due to issues with jealousy. Shravana people have a tendency toward gossip and listening to others gossip as well.
Āsanas, Meditation, Mantras, Mudras & Bhandas
As Śrāvaṇa is naturally oriented toward the silent emptiness (Naada) upon which everything is manifest upon, it just as naturally leads one to meditation, to attune oneself to the sounds generated from the creative bursts that originate from singularities. If someone is on a materialistic path and in need of help preparing for a spiritual path or developing obedience or service to others, such help and guidance will be received while/if Candra is in Śrāvaṇa, whether by a teacher or on one’s own. A person who chooses to engage in a life in which he/she fully utilizes Śrāvaṇa’s capabilities is often isolated from friends and should understand the material losses required to successfully become attuned to Naada.
Tales & Mythologies
Śrāvaṇa is connected with the pipal tree where Buddha attained enlightenment through listening to the voice of the divine within.
Mercury and Venus govern two of its quarters [padas 2 and 3], imparting harmonizing influences. But the Moon and Jupiter do not vibrate harmoniously under this asterism and their impact on it is not good. They are related to intelligence, receptivity, and to the channeling of the solar radiation of universal energy. Clarity of vision and direct perception of cosmic laws depend upon these influences. Perception and alertness are essential for a tuning oneself to the spiritual goal in life. The role of Śrāvaṇa is significant in achieving these qualities.5
Śrāvaṇa is in the start of the 8th level of development, the vibrations are now getting higher and higher, the padas start from Aries again. This is a very high resonance of Aries, where courage to go into the world unknown or hidden from a material aspirant comes alive. There is ashtamamsha and pushkara, there is no vargottama pada.6
|Pada 1||Pada 2||Pada 3||Pada 4|
|Ruler||Mangala (Aries)||Sukra (Taurus)||Budha (Gemini)||Candra (Cancer)|
|Position||10° – 13° 20′||13° 20′ – 16° 40′||16° 40′ – 20°||20° – 23° 20′|
Gemstones & Metals
Interests & Careers
- teaching, scholars, university involvement, savants, students, studying
- speech therapy, language, linguistics
- music, recitals, and the recording industry
- journalism, gossip, news broadcasting, storytelling
- astrology, truth, relgion, religious scholarship and teaching
- preservation of sacred traditions and classical studies
- politics, business
- geology, research, travel
As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Śrāvaṇa…
Ayurveda & Health Issues
Ear and sex organs. Disease include and affect the ears, hearing problems, skin sensitivities, reproductive organs, knees, and rheumatism. It sometimes creates urinary difficulties.
Śrāvaṇa governs one’s gait and limping or lameness, in particular, when the lords of the 9th (hips), 10th (knees), 11th (ankles), or 12th (feet) are afflicted in the Nakshatra.