Etymology & Symbolism

The Sword

Svātī (स्वाति / Swati) means “the sword” and reflects a strong desire for independence. This sword suggests the ability to cut through obstacles and distractions to reach some objective with least resistance, just as Sarasvātī (whose name contains Svātī) follows the currents and cuts through the clutter of illusion to obtain vidya, true knowledge, satya.

The Priest

Svātī also translates as “the priest.” This suggests a person who travels, like a wandering Sadhu, who can remove oneself from material attachments and is learned in theology.


Svātī is also known as “the self-going,” which indicates independence in thought and deed. Independence exists in every symbolism associated with Svātī, through its freedom of attachment to material things, places, and dependency on others. Svātī is most effective when it is free to go with the flow of Vāyu’s winds. It uses its sword to cut through the clutter to free itself.

The Sprouted Plant

Svātī is commonly symbolized by a shoot of a plant, representative of a blade of grass or a young sprout or shoot being blown by and quivering in the wind. And so, too, do Svātī people also bend with the wind, survive the forces of change by going with the flow and remain flexible and adaptable to survive. The adaptable, but delicate and fragile sprout/shoot/blade of grass that is Svātī strives for growth. Independence is necessary to go with the flow and follow one’s own path as the winds place it before us. And so, too, does Sarasvātī represent independence.


This stage of spiritual evolution, described by coral, has several unique characteristics. Coral is the hard cancerous skeleton secreted by certain marine animals. It produces its own offspring from within itself. It’s asexual. It requires nothing from the outside in order to produce something from within, reaffirming its independent nature.

Coral represents the stage of evolution when the spirit encased in its outer physical sheaths while its further evolution depends upon the unfolding of its inner potential. When the pearl-like spirit begins to move in the realm of matter, it has all the potential contained of its divine creator which expresses, creates, and multiplies. Coral is a living entity though it outwardly looks like stone. The outer physical fringe of the human being also appears like a solid mass, though in our essential nature we are spirits or consciousness. At this stage of manifestation, the two primary impulses, the centrifugal and centripetal forces or attraction and repulsion come into prominence. The subjective spirit has the natural inclination to expand, while the material sheaths restrict it. The equilibrium attained by these opposing tendencies enables the formation of a human individual and sustains him.1

Coral is a sea product, but it is not essentially a marine creature. The marine condition gives it a solid foundation, but coral has a strong psychic impact on those who come in contact with it. Coral is affected by its marine environment, but it has its own unique contribution to make on its environment which appreciates. The same is true of human beings who are affected by the surrounding environment but also change it in a dramatic way.2

Arcturus in the Constellation Boötes

Arcturus in the Constellation Boötes


Svātī resides between 6° 40′ and 20° Tulā (Libra). It’s located primarily near the “golden” star Arcturus in the constellation of Boötes, the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere. It’s considered golden in color, which is fairly accurate, as it emits a color very close to #ffdfb5.


Nature Puruṣārtha Varna Color Gana Guna/Tattva Gender Body Part Animal
Movable (Chara)  Artha  Deva Tamas/Tamas/Sattva  Female  Male Buffalo

Svātī’s nature is very self-controlled and emphasizes the principles of dharma (right action). Svātī people are usually generous and charitable to others who perform religious work.

Its primary motivation is Artha, directed activity.

Its basic attribute is Tamas, with Sattva at the tertiary level.

Devata, Graha & Śakti

Svātī is ruled by Rāhu, resides within the rāśi of Tulā (ruled by Śūkra), and its presiding deva is Vāyu.


Ruled by Śūkra, Tulā represents the stage where materialistic and spiritual tendencies are finely balanced. Svātī resembles this influence the with some differences. These are highlighted by rock who’s rulership of this asterism.3

Śūkra, which rules Tulā, heightens earthly sensitivities and material attachments. Rāhu, Svātī’s ruling graha, activates superphysical forces.4 It can also create a strong desire for financial success and lust for life. To help regulate these two forces, Jupiter and Saturn control Swati’s four padas to help one develop spirituality in this environment.

Svātī is the name of the wife of the Sun, who…

Vāyu, "The God of the Wind"

Vāyu, “The God of the Wind”


Vāyu, the god/demigod of wind and air, of the life-breath, presides over Svātī as the wind that blows the fragile young plant, somewhat representative of that flow. Vāyu reinforces its proclivity to restlessness and roaming. Just as it represents the wind, one of the five elements, Vāyu also represents our breath and prana (the aforementioned life-breath). Vāyu is the purifier and cleanser that represents the movement of pranayama that pervades the universe and sustains life.

Vāyu makes Svātī more focused on the spirit flowing through it than it is on the vessel containing it. The difference between the Sun and the asterism is further clarified by the difference between the symbol of the balance for the sign and that of coral for the asterism.5


Svātī also has a strong association with Sarasvātī, the goddess of learning who follows the currents, goes with the flow, and cuts through the clutter of illusion to obtain vidya. Invoked primarily for progress in literature and learning, she is also invoked to resolve issues with speech and communication. It’s most auspicious to begin worshiping Sarasvātī when Candra occupies Svātī.


Svātī gives the power to scatter like the wind (pradhvamsa shakti). It results in transformation and causes things to move and scatter. This can be destructive unless we learn how to use it to remove negativity. All these indications are basically those of the Wind, which has both healing and destructive powers.6

Planetary Placements/Astrological Interpretations

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Svātī symbolizes purification, restlessness, and a tendency to sway back and forth or experience some instability. These tendencies may be keyed to the house that Svātī occupies or to the planets which occupy Svātī.7

Svātī reflects a strong desire for independence. A sweet spoken, virtuous and compassionate nature is cultivated here. A restless and adventurous nature can result. Svātī is ruled by Rāhu, an airy planet, and is located in the air sign of Libra. Śani, a Vata planet, is exalted here. Svātī reflects disciplined energy and the powers of communication to influence others. These people are often business oriented and clever in trade and commerce. Svātī people are very eager to learn and can show intense passion toward life.

This asterism’s symbol is coral, which has strong intuitive and psychic properties. Svātī also translates as “the priest” and its natives are usually learned in theology; They are often modest, compassionate, virtuous and communicate with sweetness.

The shadow side of Svātī is self-centeredness with the primary objective being personal gain. A divine discontent and restless spirit may be experienced. Svātī causes things to move and scatter. This can be destructive energy unless the individual learns how to use his or her power to remove negativity in a constructive way. Thus, Svātī people may exhibit both healing as well as destructive tendencies. They are very sensitive souls and need solitude to balance their vata nature. Ultimately, the lesson is to overcome one’s sensory and material attachments. Svātī’s primary motivation is artha or material prosperity. Rāhu, the ruling planet, can create a strong desire for financial success and lust for life. After these natives have found success in the world, then their spiritual journey can truly begin.8

The Wind, Vayu, has free movement in all the worlds. Those born in Vayu’s Nakshatra of Swati have a similar desire. They don’t like to be held or tied down. They like to travel where they want and when they want.9

Yamas & Niyamas

Āsanas, Mudras, Meditations, Mantra & Bhandas

Tales & Mythologies


This is the ending of the fifth cycle of spiritual development. The ending cycles of the pada usually represents that one way of thinking is becoming more acute so that the soul will transform itself at the end. 20 shows dependence on material life coming to an end.
((Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 148.))

Pada 1 Pada 2 Pada 3 Pada 4
Position 6° 40′ – 10° Tulā (Libra) 10° – 13° 20′ Tulā (Libra) 13° 20′ – 16° 40′ Tulā (Libra) 16° 40′ – 20° Tulā (Libra)
Ruler Jupiter (Sagittarius) Saturn (Capricorn) Saturn (Aquarius) Jupiter (Pisces)
Bija Mantra  रू Ru  रे Re  रो Ro  ता Ta

Gemstones & Metals

Interests & Careers

Svātī rules cages, birds, beasts, horses, traders, grains that cause excess wind, unsteady friends, feeble characters, ascetics, and connoisseurs.

  • People with an independent spirit and mental strength. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 233))
  • Stock broking, trading in drugs and alcohol, business skill, sales,10 merchants and others who are good at buying and selling. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 233))
  • Those who establish independent businesses and professional practices. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 233))
  • Yoga teaching, priests,11 ascetics, and others engaged in strong devotional practices. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 233)) (Svātī as “the priest”)
  • Students of profound subjects. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 233))
  • Legal profession, judgeship ((Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras))
  • Transportation, travel industry ((Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras))

Auspiciousness/Engage In

  • Begin worshiping Sarasvātī
  • Marriage
  • Installing a deity or building a temple
  • Learning astrology or astronomy
  • Planting and sowing
  • Medical treatment
  • Studying the Vedas or the Shastras (Svātī as “the priest”)
  • Buying automobiles and other vehicles (Chara)
  • Going on a procession (Chara)
  • Landscaping and gardening (Chara)
  • Change of residence or career, travel, and other major life changes can more easily under Svātī’s influence and support. (Chara)


As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Svātī…

Ayurveda & Health Issues

Svātī is associated with the intestines and chest.

Health problems due to issues involving Svātī include hernias, eczema, skin problems, urinary, bladder, kidneys, flatulence, and intestinal problems.

Svātī alludes to the possibility that the body’s wind, its vayu and Vata-controlled functions, may be disturbed, especially if Svātī is afflicted. Such Vata disturbances can cause many types of illness, including flatulence and other gastric distress due to gas production. An example of an afflicted, debilitated, or poorly/dangerously-placed Svātī is in the case that Rāhu (a malefic graha) occupies Svātī it in a horoscope’s sixth house (the house of disease and material servitude).

As a movable (Chara) naksatra, Svātī offers quick, positive benefits and grants speed, adaptability, and quick movement in both physical and mental realms. Such movement often promotes good overall health, but this movement can cause psychological instability of afflicted or if a Vata imbalance occurs. It is also possible that any possible health benefits granted by Svātī, however, may be temporary and/or superficial.12

Problems with the intestines (and specifically the lower abdomen) can be addressed via the bija mantra pham. Problems related to the chest and heart can be address using the mantra mam.

  1. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 214. 

  2. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. pp. 214-215. 

  3. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 214. 

  4. Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 70 

  5. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 214. 

  6. David Frawley. Shaktis of the Nakshatras

  7. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 233. 

  8. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. 

  9. David Frawley. Fruits of Worshipping Each Nakshatra

  10. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras 

  11. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras 

  12. David Frawley. Ayurvedic Astrology. p. 77