Ashlesha (106°40′ to120°00′ Cancer)

Ashlesha nakshatra

Ashlesha Nakshatra

General Characteristics: Motivated by dharma represents the kundalini or serpent fire located at the base of the spine.  

Translation: The entwiner – to embrace 

Symbol: coiled snake, circle, or wheel  

Animal Symbol: Male Cat  

Ruling Planet: Mercury  

Nature: Rakshasa (demon)  

Presiding deity: Ahi – the naga or serpent of wisdom 


Favorable: Philosophical; intelligent; versatile; clever; independent; has a number of different jobs; entertainer; learned; leadership qualities; can accomplish much when motivated; good income; mystical; puts great energy into things that interest them; seductive nature; benefit from spiritual work.  


Unfavorable: Mental instability; worrisome; depressed nature; deceitful; non caring attitude; impolite; tactless; unpopular; lacks social skills; rule breakers; hoarding mentality; possessive; secretive; talkative; lacks appreciation; scattered and unproductive; reckless; disconnected; temperamental; lie to serve their needs; vindictive; introspective; reclusive; ungrateful; blunt.


The symbol for this star is a coiled serpent and is ruled by the Nagas, serpent deities of wisdom. The snake signifies the kundalini energy, which is the true essence of Ashlesha. Poison and deception, as well as the power of intuition, insight and sexuality are all characteristics exemplified by Ashlesha. This star represents primordial nature and is connected to past lives and genetic heritage. Ashlesha is a challenging energy to grasp as it is mysterious and suspicious, yet people born under this star are often astute observers. They sense danger quickly and are protective towards family and friends. Those born under Ashlesha have affinity for food and will not tolerate hunger of any kind. This is a star of transformation and healing energy with an esoteric nature.