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Pushya/Tishya Nakshatra

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Pushya/Tishya Nakshatra

Pushya Nakshatra (or sometimes referred to as Tishya Nakshatra) is the eighth Nakshatra in Vedic astrology. Its span spreads from 3°20′ to 16°40′ Cancer, and it is situated in the constellation of Cancer. The stars Theta-, Gamma- and Eta-Cancri form the PushyaNakshatra in the Cancer constellation. Pushya means ‘the one who nourishes’. The alternated name Tishya, is used by some texts to refer to the same star, and the name translates to ‘to look’.

The symbol of Pushya Nakshatra is the udder or the mammary organ of a cow. This is symbolic of the nourishing demeanor of the natives of this star. In Hindu mythology as well as ancient traditions, cow has been revered as the epitome of natural fertility and flourishing abundance. Thus, the people born under this Nakshatra possess a sense of nurturing and hospitality. The ruling deity of Pushya Nakshatra is Brihaspati, an aspect of Jupiter. Brihaspati grants the natives of this star the qualities of kindness and compassion. The ruling planet is Saturn and bestows a sense of dutifulness and viability. In the epic Ramayana, the younger brother of Hindu god Rama, King Bharat was born under this Nakshatra.

People born under Pushya Nakshatra are family loving persons. Their caring demeanor stretches beyond family and personal ties, and they are often servers of the community. Good food and social enjoyment are a necessary part of their lifestyle. This makes Pushya one of the most benign and compassionate stars. Its natives are humble and extremely helpful towards others. However, they face the possibilities of swinging towards either of the two poles in life if they do not maintain a balance. If discipline is not exercised, they may either become too lethargic and comfortable, or too rigid in their views.

The natives of Pushya Nakshatra have names with seed sounds: Hoo, He, Ho, Dah