Abhijit Nakshatra and his use in Jyotish

There was a question on this so answering it to the best of my ability and personal experience.

Nakshatra are the perception filters of the Moon, the Mind, the Manas. The mind as it exists in the created Universe needs these filters to keep itself unaware of Reality, so that it can play the game of creation. The nakshatra have a constant set of attributes. As the graha occupy the nakshatra, it filters the graha energies, modulates them in a typical manner. The nakshatra occupied by the birth Moon is very important in your analysis, it is the Janma nakshatra. But you must also analyse the nakshtra-s occupied by the other planets. 

अभिजित Abhijit is a Sanskrit word which means ‘the conquest’ or ‘the victorious one’. It is a very cryptic Nakshatra and this is obvious from nakshatra devata assigned to him, Brahma ब्रह्म, as in the Parabrahma. This is not the Brahma-dev, who is the potential energy of the Raja-gun and one of the Tri-dev. This Brahma-dev rules over Rohini nakshatra (post here) and is also called as Prajapati. Abhijit is the only male nakshatra, all the other 27 lunar mansions are female in nature. In Jyotish, ‘male’ energies are stable, potential, catalytic in nature. ‘Female’ energies are kinetic, active and can respond to the catalytic energy acting on them. 

Abhijit’s western name is Vega, he is located in the constellation named Lyra. Abhijit is a part of the zodiac located in the Capricorn sign from 6deg 40min to 10deg 53min 20sec Capricorn. This arc of 4deg 13min 20sec lies within the arc of the zodiac allocated to Uttarashadha and Shravan nakshatra-s. ie the arc zone allocated to Abhijit overlaps the arcs of these two regular nakshatra-s. So Abhijit is an invisible nakshatra, in the sense that he is hidden behind these two regular nakshatra-s. 

On the Navamsha level,

  • the 6deg 40min to 10deg of Capricorn fall in Pisces navamsha
  • and 10deg of Capricorn to 10deg 53min 20sec Capricorn fall in Aries navamsha

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In predictions, Bruhat Parashar Hora Shastra does not have any interpretations for the Abhijit nakshatra as such. So if you have your birth Moon in this stretch of the zodiac your birth Nakshatra will be either Uttarashadha or Shravan not Abhijit. (He is mentioned in BPHS only for two Dasha systems ie the Ashtottari and the Shastihayani) 

This hidden portion of the zodiac, Abhijit is mentioned in other texts, eg Atharvaved, Garud Puran, etc. The chakra-s from Atharvaved like the Kota chakra (post here), Sarvatobhadra chakra etc make use of Abhijit. He is also mentioned in the Ramayan and the Mahabharat by his other name, ब्रह्मराशि. 

In Muhurt Jyotish, ie electional astrology, a time period of 24 minutes before and after the exact midday is called the Abhijit Muhurt. This is the 8th Muhurt of the daytime where the Sun is at the exact zenith, hence has the maximum intensity. This Muhurt is generally good for performing all sorts of auspicious activities. If you wish to start a new enterprise or buy a new car or enter your new house or start learning a new subject etc, start this activity at the Abhijit muhurta, it will be successful. The 8th Muhurta of the night-time is also highly important. This is 24mins before and after the exact midnight, the Sun at the exact nadir. It is the Nishita muhurta and people who know things will do pujas during this time on auspicious days. (Shri Ram was born in the Abhijit muhurt and Shri Krishna was born in the Nishita muhurt as per the Itihas, Ramayan and Mahabharat.)

We do not know at the present time why the ancient Rishi-s thought this portion of the zodiac to be so important that they gave it a specific name, nakshstra devata etc. We do not have the full body of Jyotish texts available with us now. So many books are are lost and so many are mistranslated from the original Sanskrit. There is incomplete information on several topics. So we need to re-discover, re-learn these lost things and research is necessary. If you intend to learn astrology, observe your family and friends. Keep them all as your sample horoscopes, as life time study. Tally what is happening with them in life and in their charts (post here).

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On a personal note, I am quite interested in Abhijit. In my horoscope, my Dharmesh, Labhesh and Vyayesh are exactly on the same degree at the exact center of the Abhijit arc. One chart in my family has the birth Sun and Mercury within the span of Abhijit, his is a birth at the exact midnight. One of my friends has her Sun and Mercury ascendant lord in Abhijit in her 5th house. And there are several examples around me whom I observe for more clues on the enigmatic Abhijit.

I often use the Kota or Ashtapadmadala chakra for transit predictions (post here). Obviously Abhijit is present in this chakra, so there have to be some results attributable to his position. So in practice, if I get a planet or the Lagna (ascendant degree) in the degrees assigned to Abhijit at birth or transit, I merge the attributes of the planet with the predictions linked to Uttarashadha + Shravan and add a mysterious divine blessing from its nakshatra devata Brahma ब्रह्म. These are a few broad results with respect to the Kota chakra and Abhijit.

The basic Kota chakra interpretations have to be followed and then these observations applied. 

  • Planets in the Abhijit arc at birth.

This grants physical and mental strength for the keywords related to this planet in Abhijit as it has a direct connection to the highest consciousness. There is abundance of energy and the ability to use this strength for dominance over others. There is initiative, ambition, courage, boldness and the necessary risk taking ability. But to be able to use this planet’s energy, you first have to go through some typical issue which deeply tests you. A critical struggle, an existential conflict is expected in the matters connected to this planet in Abhijit. This stress might continue till the maturity period of that planet (post here). After this age, the struggles generally do not stop but you will have a greater understanding of your own abilities thus be better able to navigate through. You can convert these issues into opportunities which give you benefit. You are expected to stick to your correct path, your Dharma at all times. If you do so, things will eventually turn out in your favour. There will always be a very high level of protection available so you can take calculated risks in these aspects of life connected to this planet.

This planet in Abhijit, some of his keywords, will always be hidden, even from you. They will keep operating in the background until you will become aware of them. But this happens only during/ after a period of significant stress. The planet and the houses he controls will also be connected to the energy of Abhijit. So you might feel that life in these houses is not moving much, ie their gains will not be visible much to you. If you have several planets in the Abhijit, you are rather enigmatic. A cypher, even to yourself. These secret and hidden talents can come out and consciously utilized only if the appropriate Dasha/ transit comes up. 

Life will be on the move, there will be little rest. eg short and frequent travels, meeting with others, networking, expanding your circle and increasing your social presence are some of the things which will take up your energy. You will be required to take some critical decisions in life in the domain of this planet, which might have serious implications.

Finally there will be a conflict between the outer material and the inner esoteric/ spiritual, this will be an integral struggle. This is  the esoteric war on the inner levels, where you are required to defeat the baser qualities of the planet in Abhijit. You will be required to resolve this within you during this life. If you do this, you will gain a profound esoteric or spiritual or intellectual appreciation of what this planet in Abhijit is doing to you. The dasha period of the planet will give you significant progress in some way, but if it comes before the age of that planet’s maturity it can give more hurts and conflicts. But what hurts on the material, gives gains on the spiritual. 

Since his motif is war and conquest, there will be some unpleasant things too. Interim losses, defections or traitors in your life. In these distressing times remember that the ultimate victory will be yours as Abhijit guarantees this.

  • Planets in the Abhijit arc in transit.

This will grant similar results as above but limited to the time while this planet is actually transiting the Abhijit arc. For this you will have to know more about the planet who is transiting Abhijit, his role in your life at that point etc. It requires some advanced study.

For the faster moving graha like Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars this transit may not register much in life, they will be here for a few hours or a few days at max. But when the slower graha ie Jupiter Saturn or Rahu Ketu transit this arc, their effects can be quite discernible. Jupiter transits over this arc once in 12yrs, Rahu and Ketu once in 18yrs, Saturn once in 30yrs.

In fact, see if you can remember what happened to you in January 2021. Try to analyse if you can make out the subtle energies of Abhijit acting in your life especially through Saturn and Jupiter. The first week of January had both Jupiter and Saturn together in Abhijit, this happens once in 30yrs so was a rare burst of energy. In the second week of Jan, there was Mercury briefly with Saturn here. And the third week saw Sun and Saturn together in Abhijit for a few days. 

Abhijit has a motif of critical righteous conflicts which escalate till they trigger a decisive exhibition of power which culminates in a final win. He signifies Victory, the exhilaration of the Conquest. This is perhaps the hardest thing linked to this part of the zodiac. Being Victorious and to Conquer in a War, will happen only if there is a War at first to begin with. 

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