Krittika Nakshatra Characteristics

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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Krittika Nakshatra Characteristics

This is the birth star of Chandra. Many constellations gather at the tail end of Krithika group. It extends from Mesa 26:40. The residuary 10: degree fall in Vrishabha. The Devata is Agni, Lord (Adhipati) is Mangal and Sukar. Agni is the great purifier, the great consumer of and the giver of light, heat and brightness.

Male Natives
1. Physical features: Normally he is of middle stature. However, native with Saturn’s aspect usually has a tall body. His nose is prominent and his eyes sympathetic, neck thick and stout, strongly built body with big shoulders and well developed muscles, peaceful countenance and a respectful behavior. He has a commanding appearance.

2. Character and general events: While he is very intelligent on one hand, he cannot pursue any goal for long on the other hand. In other words he easily gets bored with a particular thing and switches to another one without weighing the pros and cons. He is capable of rendering good advice and guides others in any problem. As far as his own life is concerned, he does what he thinks at a particular time.

He will discard any friendship if it confronts his ego and freedom. At the same time he would not like to achieve name, fame and wealth through unfair means or at the mercy of others. His needs or wants are neither unreasonable nor his accumulations always spectacular, although his money making abilities are often phenomenal, his motivation, however, is derived from an emphatic wish to remain free from obligations. He cannot find fault in his own actions. Optimism followed with self-pride is one of the characteristics strongly displayed. He is determined to go ahead with great energy and shows a stubborn and tenacious nature.

He is a combination of orthodoxy and monotheism, i.e. while he is orthodox he does not believe in age-old beliefs and customs followed blindly by the people. Persistent effort and hard work are his motto. He is eager to render a positive service to the world but is unable to shine for long. He involves himself in social life sincerely but loss and failure is all he gets. This drawback is attributed to the lack of ability to make the right move as per the situation.

He tries to impose certain restrictions and control through self-assessment and modifies them according to his sweet will. Once a promise is made, it will be fulfilled at any cost.

On a social front he can earn name, fame and respect. An excess of sincerity will lead him to a downfall. Frustrations start haunting him even for trivial matters leading to an outburst. Once he loses his temper the subsequent steps taken by him can prove dangerous. Hence, he should keep and maintain his peace of mind to avoid any sudden outbursts. He shows a remarkable arguments and counter arguments ability supplemented with logical reasoning. It is quite often seen that the ones born in Krittika are bereft of truth and money and go for unnecessary traveling. They are thankless and will utter cruel words.

3. Education, source of earning/profession: Mostly, Krittika born does not stay in his hometown, which means his livelihood will be in a foreign land. When I say foreign, it is not necessary that it should be a foreign country. Foreign land means a little away from the place where he is born. Partnership business is not suitable for him.

He derives benefits from the government sector. He can try his hands on becoming an engineer; a doctor specialized in venereal diseases, in treasury department, or a draftsman. In case the native is interested in business he can derive maximum benefit from the yarn export, medicine and decorative industries. He will be endowed with a large legacy at any point of his life. He is very slow in any kind of work. Hence for achieving success in life, he is advised to increase his working speed as otherwise he may be dragged far behind others.

4. Family life: He is generally lucky in his married life. His spouse will be expert in household administration, dedicated and devoted, and faithful and virtuous. With all these plus points, health of the spouse will be a concern for him and circumstances may so be created that quite often he is forced to live separately or alone. When I say separation, it may be due to work or due to ill health of either of the family members i.e. parents of the spouse etc. and not due to disharmony between the couple.

While he has to confront many obstacles in various walks of life, he will be content and lucky in family matters where he enjoys the utmost satisfaction and peace.

He is more attached and close to his mother. Among his co-borns, the native will enjoy more favor and love from his mother. While his father will be a pious man and well-known person, the native cannot enjoy his father’s comforts and benefits. His life up to 50 years of age will be full of trial and he faces frequent changes in his surroundings. However, period between 25 years-35 years and 50 years-56 years will be very good.

Love marriage is indicated for the native. Sometimes, it has been found that Krittika born marries a girl known to his family.

5. Health: He has a good appetite, but he does not have an appropriate food habit. Diseases to which he is prone to are dental problems, weak eyesight, tuberculosis, wind and piles, brain fever, accidents, wounds, malaria or cerebral meningitis.

Whatever is his health condition, whether good or bad, neither he is afraid of any disease nor is he ready to observe a daily health care routine.
Female Natives
1. Physical Features: She will have a flawless body, medium height and extremely beautiful up to her 27th years of age. Thereafter, due to sudden psychological or circumstantial changes, her beauty slowly starts fading.

2. Character and general events: While she is not completely loveless, she will not subdue to the pressure from others. Therefore, she suffers mentally. She is fond of quarrels. She expresses arrogance not only in her appearance but also in the domestic environment.
3. Education, sources of earning/profession: Normally only a very few percentage of Krittika females are highly educated. She earns by working in the paddy field, agricultural field, fisheries and other small-scale industries. When the birth is in the 1st degree of Krittika or 12 to 13.20 degree of Krittika, the native becomes highly learned and she may be an Administrative Officer, Doctor or Chemical Engineer or a Teacher. She can also earn as a musician or an artist, a tailor or from leather products.
4. Family life: She cannot enjoy full comforts of her husband. In some cases childlessness or separation from husband is also indicated and in few cases no marriage takes place. In case marriage early marriage does not take place then it has been noticed in several cases that 37th year is good for marriage. She will not keep cordial relation with relatives as a sense of suppression and subordination is rampant in her mind. Truth is that these females live in an illusionary world and they show discourtesy to people who are actually their well wishers. Ultimately, a secluded life is in store for them.

5. Health: Health will be severely afflicted either due to excess work or lack of mental peace. Glandular tuberculosis has also been noticed.
Nakshatras- Krittika
26°40 Aries - 10°00 Taurus
Deity: Agni, the god of fire
Symbol: A razor or sharp blade
Shakti: To burn
Basis Above: Heat
Basis Below: Light
Result: Burning and purification

  • 26.40 Aries - 10 Taurus
  • Symbol: a knife.
  • Deities: Agni, the god of fire and Karttikeya, general of the heavenly army.
  • Keywords: heroic, sharp, protecting, full of initiatives.
  • Translation: the one who cuts.
·         Krittika Nakshatra; This is the birth star of Chandra. Many constellations gather at the tail end of Krittika group. It extends from Mesa 26°40'.The residual 10° fall in Vrshabha. The devata is Agni. Lord (Adhipati) is Mangal and Sukra. Agni is the great purifier, the great consumer and the giver of light, heat and brightness. Agni causes the fire of life and the drive. It is also the spark of life. Without fire creation would not exist. Agni is at the base of creation and the continuation of existence. It consumes everything. The fire of digestion in the human system and the external fire of cooking are only different manifestations of the same principle which is Agni.
·         Agni is the symbol of brightness and brilliance and all weapons with fire-power. And other things of this same category come within the range of Krittika group. The fire is considered as purifier for it burns away all that is sordid, dark and dull, also all that is low and sinful and inauspicious in the world. The dross thus blazed away, only effulgence and light remain. Fire gives the earth its activity and dynamic and revives it after spells of cold that periodically inflict comatose condition on the earth.
·         It is easy enough to deduce from fire the causal effect of the Krittika group. Mangal is the lord of that part of Krittika which is in Mesa Rasi and Mangal is like a mass of lightning in shining splendor. So the Krittika in Mesha is devastatingly brilliant, the effulgence being closely associated with an incendiary character.
·         The Krittika of Vrshabha Rasi is brilliant but unlike the Krittika of Mesa, is not incendiary. The lord of Vrshabha Rasi is Sukra and Sukra stands for worship of beauty and for poetry and imagination. He is radiantly white like Snow, the ‘Kunda’ flower and the 'Utpal’. He is also the encyclopedic expounder of all branches of learning. It follows that the Krittika of Vrshabha Rasi is brilliant but the brilliance does not burn. It is soft and sweet and benign. The Krittika of Mesha Rasi is doubtless brilliant, it has plenty of heat which burns. The Krittika of Vrshabha Rasi has on the contrary a softened radiance, a wave of brightness that does not hurt. In Western Astrology Krittika has been described as an incendiary star.
·         Devata Agni is the oldest of all gods and used to be worshipped all over the world. Old Romans addressed Him Vesta and worshipped Him without image.
·         “No image Vesta’s semblance can express
Fire is too subtle to admit of dress”
·         'Agni remains hidden in wood, plants and water [terrestrial or aerial] Born in the sky it descends in form of lightning and the Sun and is the source of energy. It is at the root of all creation and expression of speech. In mythology it is ‘Master of the House, Domestic god and head of the clan’. There are many names of Agni, each is used in inviting and worshipping Agni for particular function and occasion.
Krittika, therefore, denotes capability to give a desired change in a form by burning out all the impurities of life or the wrongs and give birth to purity, morality and virtues.
·         Mythology describes Krittika as the foster mother of Kartik devata who is beautiful in appearance and an able commander in a battle. He is still worshipped in South India. The ideas of Krittika are related to the ideas of a commander, fighter, a foster mother, nurse or an adopted child;. Since the root power of every action is Agni, either action of the senses, or digestion, or the existence of life, it is first worshipped in all Pujas (divine service). For different actions (Karmas) the same Agni is worshipped by different names. Agni is conceived in three planes physical, mental and spiritual. Krittika in Mesa (Tamo Guna) represents physical creative force. Krittika in Vrshabha (Raja Guna) represents the function of Agni (creative faculty) in mental plane.
·         Krittika by name connotes Kirti — a great achievement, monumental deeds that are famous; Kartan — to cut, divide, to trim; also its instrument, viz., sword, knife, razor, etc.
·         In Krittika the portion that is in Mesa has ideas of burning sensations or feelings. It may be the fire of the stomach, body or mind. This is due to the characteristic of Mesa and Mangala. But Krittika in Vrshabha speaks for luster and glow of power, full of warmth and feelings. This is due to ideas of Vrshabha and Sukra.
A commander, protector.War, battle.Fame, famous, monumental deeds.
Fire, flame, inflammable, glow, appetite, digesting, cooking, bile, food.
Skin, hide, leather, parchment, paper, document, white spots on the skin, bright.Bestower of wealth, gold, cart, vehicle.Ample, numerous, large, many, much.Dark half of the month.Brought up by a foster mother, nurse, adopted son.
South region.
Portion of the human body — Hip, loins.

In the sky, Krittika is positioned in the form of a group of stars called "The Pleiades", or the "weeping sisters" as they are sometimes called. The warrior may bring destruction and sadness. However, he may also be the protector of the good and the destroyer of evil. The warrior knows what he wants and he is prepared to give his life in order to protect what is good.
Karttikeya, the general of the heavenly army, is the bearer of the golden sword. He fights demons and shines like the sun in his golden armour. That is why Karttikeya is associated with the golden light of the sun and the wealth connected with it. Agni, the other god that reigns over Krittika, brings destruction but also purification.
The word agni stands for the fire of digestion. If a person has little agni he cannot digest food very well. If agni functions well, all the good nutrients can be benefited from. The transforming energy of agni allows the body to be able to take in food. Without the fire of agni, there is no absorption of nutrients and thus no life.
This lunar constellation symbolises the way of the warrior. If Krittika plays an important role in a person's horoscope, Eastern martial arts may suit him. It is not a path of safety and comfort, but of knowing what you want and drawing the consequences of that. If your motives are pure, Krittika leads you to heroic acts and to the life the soul wishes for.
In the Bhagavad Gita, the heroic epic of Hinduism, the way of the warrior is described in detail (see reading list).

Krittika is also a transformative Nakshatra. Fire is the most purifying substance known. Krittika people are fiery, courageous and able to cut away the unnecessary to achieve their goals. Frida Kahlo had her Moon in Krittika and her art is filled with images of cut flesh and even a self-portrait of cutting her own hair. There are myths associated with Agni, the god of fire that tell of high sexual passion and illicit affairs with other married individuals, note that Katherine Hepburn’s Moon is also under the sway of Krittika and her 25 year affair with the married Spencer Tracy was hardly a secret.
Krittika is ruled by Agni, the God of Fire.This is the third nakshatra of the zodiac, spanning 26°-40' in Mesha to 10°-00' in Vrishabha. Kritikka is considered the nakshatra where power is born. This is the birth star of Chandra. The passivity of this nakshatra represents their ability to nurture power. Mythology describes Krittika as the foster mother of Kartik devata who is beautiful in appearance and an able commander in a battle.
Krittika is also known as the "Star of Fire" and is related to a commander, fighter, foster mother, lustre, glow of power, physical and creative force. Krittika being a female nakshatra suggests passivity, indicating that Krittika needs outer energy or life circumstance to activate their power.
Krittika Nakshatra burns up negativity, purifies what is mixed, and cooks or prepares that which is not yet ripe.This nakshatra rules war, battles, and disputes. Planets in Krittika activate its passive energy. Krittika denotes capability to give a desired change in a form by burning out all the impurities of life or the wrongs and give birth to purity, morality and virtues.
People with this nakshatra have a cutting wit and can be sarcastic and critical. They are stubborn, aggressive and can be very angry. Those born under Krittika nakshatra have strained relations with relatives and friends. However, these persons are gluttons, fond of spicy foods, well-versed academically, fond of opposite sex, bright in appearance , misers, worried nature and of widespread fame.
Those born on a Krittika day are fiery and full of creative energy. They like to take on big projects and are highly ambitious and self-motivated.Vast learning, logical, doubting mind, creative ability, unsteady fortune, hot bod, enthusiastic, engineering brain and brave are their typical characteristics.

Krittika – The Razor
Krittika (26.40 Aries-10.00 Taurus) is the root source of solar energy, represented by a group of 7 stars, the Pleiades. This constellation was seen by Vedic astrologers to represent a necklace and hence its galactic importance was significant. Ruled by the god of fire, Agni, Krittika is the storehouse of the passive agent that nurtures power.
Krittika denotes the ‘Cutters’, which has more to do with femininity than male power. Just like a cutting instrument, Krittika symbolizes construction as well as destruction of mental and emotional impulses.
Behavioral Characteristics
Krittika is said to be the Sanskrit root for the word ‘critical’. Hence, the basic nature and function of this constellation can be easily surmised. The critical and fault finding aspect of Krittika can be accounted for as this nakshatra aims to penetrate the underlying cause of all kinds of imperfections between appearance and reality. Krittika cannot withstand imperfections which impedes achievement. 

If your planet is on Krittika, you have a fiery energetic aspect that is also straightforward. Your penetrating and blunt manners are intimidating, although this is not the case every time. Krittika natives are socially graceful as well. Their extreme temper, although short-lived, is demonstrated only when roused.
The rage of Krittika is that of the Sun, rather than that of Mars, which is enduring and vengeful. The King/Sun does not need to have sustaining anger, while the Soldiers/Mars need it to sustain them for fighting battles.
The feminine, caring and nurturing facet of Krittika is often concealed beneath their stern exteriors. Despite the destructive element, we require fire for warmth and cooking, which is essential for life. This prospect makes Krittika sustain the social sphere. They channel their warmth, determination and independence to support others. Krittika can even eliminate others by their sharp tongue unintended.
In its cosmic configuration, Krittika relates to ‘dahana shakti’ which refers to its power to sever ties with the corporal. The heat and light symbolism relates this nakshatra to all functions related to fire like cooking, purification, molding and melting. The creative urge of Krittika also relates to that of the Moon, which unfolds the presence of the sun. It acts when it has a direction in mind and hence those with a prominent Krittika in their charts have a sudden way of demonstrating their energy.
The nakshatra is spiritually aware which makes it undergo extreme purification. Krittika is determined to chart its way towards developing its innate nature and hence it will not hesitate it eliminating any impediment along the way. There are sudden ups and downs as well.
Quarters or Padas
Sagittarius Navamsa (26.40–30.00 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by altruism, generosity, willpower, stamina, military pursuits
Capricorn Navamsa (00.00–3.20 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by morality, ethics, material vision, maternal aspect
Aquarius Navamsa (3.20–6.40 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by humanitarianism, futuristic and ancient wisdom, duty, knowledge
Pisces Navamsa (6.40-10.00 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by sensitivity, benevolence, creativity
Gana: Krittika is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra that is cold blooded and merciless, as well as unforgiving 

Favorable Activities
Fire worship/purification, leaders, executives, cooking, embroidery, sewing, shaving, cutting, honesty, frankness, drumming, and debates, extracurricular activities
Unfavorable Activities
Social interactions, diplomacy, relaxation, rest, activities involving water
Measures for Remedy
The natives of Krittika should indulge in the worship of Kartikeya, the Sun and must chant the Gayatri mantra. They must also be respectful towards the 7 wives of the Pleiades. The root mantra “Om Im” and “Om Oo” should be chanted 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing bright colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the lunar course of this constellation for best results.
In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Krittika pleasant appearance, fondness for others’ spouses, appetite and fame.
You have a feline grace and a magnetic personality. You are popular, especially with the opposite sex. You are powerfully built and have a commanding presence. You are hearty and vigorous with a voracious appetite. You are an overachiever and you may acquire many material possessions. You are determined and resolute and once your mind is made up, there is no stopping you. You are admired for your single mindedness, and your sense of purpose. You have the ability to cut through to the heart of the matter and tackle problems head on. Your leadership skills are highly developed though your aggressiveness often intimidates those around you. You are often misunderstood.

Normally those born under this nakshatra are placid characters, but can become very dangerous if provoked.

As the translation implies, you are good at cutting through things. Therefore you will be good at carpentry, sculpture, metal work etc.

Careers that will suit you are: Engineering, law, Military, medicine, business, interior decoration etc.

You are ideally suited to fight for the rights of the less privileged, as you are adept at getting things done.