- note: descriptions of the 3 primary placements are interchangeable to an extent.
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Moon in Dhanishta
Being of the farmer varna, this nakshatra is related to production and “creativity” in the literal sense, these group is good for crafts of all kinds and for this reason they tend to be very detail oriented and concerned with doing things well. Dhanishta natives tend to be efficient, cautious, perceptive and execute actions with a refined degree of perception. Of course, they are very practical as well and extremely results oriented, acting only when they can clearly see what there is to be gained.
Naturally, they are incredibly sociable, with an easy ability of provoking reactions out of people with the simplest gestures. They can be polite and gentile when appropriate but also teasing and playfully mischievous. There is often quite a bit that is noticeable in them, if not there literal walk then perhaps bright and wide smiles, if not their authoritative voices then their quick wit. Observing how others instantly take note of their presence can make them feel anxious and awkward. For example, others may laugh at how comically they suddenly react to an action or how candidly they speak, and because they aren’t always aware of how they come off, they can be confused and even offended by what is perceived as mockery. But on the positive, they often make good leaders, for nothing more than their ability to “snap their fingers” and get others to do as they say. In fact, some can act like bratty celebrities, almost demanding that everyone around them conform to their every whim.
It’s fun to observe them when they especially wish to get noticed by a particular someone, their charm can also be unusual and one would not even suspect that the hidden agenda is to seduce. They can pretend to be upset or angry, for instance, throwing their heads back, looking away, raising an eyebrow, and execute this performance with such ease that no one would think it were all a show, as a way of drawing attention to themselves and be pampered. But their charm has a lot of range from a seemingly awkward quirkiness (that strangely, for many, is still executed with a degree of poise and decorum) to a playfully antagonistic teasing to a distant and hard to reach coolness to lively banter that jumps back and forth between superficial and philosophical and much more.
Genuine awkwardness is less common with natives of this placement, not only because they are less easily shamed and embarrassed than others, but because often even in shame they give off an air of confidence in stance, naturalness in movement and, clarity and resonance in voice such that those watching may even question whether the Dhanishta individual actually cares about what other people think. Though they are often very secretive concerning material matters (money and the many different ways they make it, for instance) they tend to be much more open about many other subjects — subjects that would fill the average person with a sense of shame. The most natural thing is for them to be asked a question and for them to answer it, regardless of how personal — in fact, it is often more of a struggle for them to keep things to themselves than it is to just let it be known.
The basic symbology of this nakshatra is that the natives naturally express every thought and every raw emotion, for this reason they are often perceived as very honest, courageous and freely expressive, which can often get them into trouble.
They themselves are rather easily provoked, though many can hold themselves back from playing into someone else’s games, many others are easily riled up. They can react quickly, at times, ferociously, but often rather humorously and even with the added drama of a theater actor. Some are so expressive, from their voice to their hips to their eyebrows, that even as an audience they still manage to take the spotlight away from the actual storyteller and towards themselves and their animated, though often rather graceful, reactions.
Even as teachers these natives understand how to present their material and express themselves in a way that allows for ease of absorption, not burdening their students with information that is too abstract and hard to grasp or presenting it in boring and uninteresting fashion, instead they understand how to be effective and make use of varying methods that captivate and entertain as well as instruct, making material easy to digest.
Of course, one must touch on the infamous shallowness of this placement, the natives of which can be easily lost in the rhythm and flow of the mundane world without even questioning what else there is out there. Left alone they can suffer from a sense of total meaninglessness, with nothing to keep them going, nothing towards which aspire. They can feel consumed with a dark feeling of their own futility, their own worthlessness, and from this can spring a range of self-destructive tendencies and alliances with the less than honorable that may seem to promise them something greater but merely make use of them as a tool for their own secret agendas. This is where, for some, a tendency to be taken advantage may spring. The Dhanishta native makes for an excellent instrument, following orders perfectly. As children, this expression can easily be a golden child, they are naturally generous with their energy.
They are actually very intuitive and have a sense of what someone else’s underlining nature is or isn’t, and like Chitra and Mrigashira before it (as well as Shravana and Hasta) do well in intuitive fields where they can “feel into” others. They, like the other mars-ruled nakshatras have an innate understanding of humanity, their own and that of others, and so do well in such industries.
That is the interesting dichotomy, one of rebellion vs control, self-centerdness or self-sacrifice. Those of the farmer caste tend towards materialism and Dhanishta exemplifies this. They can sometimes be obsessed with money and capable of sacrificing much to achieve a life of great wealth and comfort. They can be manipulative in how they make use of everything and everyone around them for the fulfillment of their consumerist aims.
Of course, many also have deeply spiritual interests and are interested particularly in practices that “empty” them so as to form them as some sort of vessel for something divine or practices that help them embody the most refined version of themselves.
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