“Searching” is the word which explains the nature and functioning of Mrigashira very well.This searching can have any level or can relate to searching for perfect spouse;searching for true knowledge; or a soul searching for new mental, emotional or physical experiences.
Mrigashira is the most curious amongst all nakshatras that makes one seek new areas of experience. Perhaps the reason is hidden behind the name of this nakshatra.
Word ‘Mrigashira’ means Deer head and this nakshatra literally apparent from its name. The association with a deer makes this nakshatra possess all deer like qualities such as timidity, lightness, fragility, fickleness, wandering
etc.Deers have a constant searching and seeking quality about them, which forms the essence of this nakshatra.This aspect of Mrigashira is very similar to that of the planet Rahu.Thus this nakshatra is related to all types of defined travel by road, air etc. Deers more often than not like to be in scenic habitats. Similarly this nakshatra feels comfortable only in scenic surroundings.
Mrigashira falls in both Taurus and Gemini signs,Mrigashira forms a bridge between Taurus and Gemini, and consequently relates to the fusion of Mercurial and Venusian energies. It is interesting to note that besides Chitra and Dhanishtha, Mrigashira is the only nakshatra, which lies equally divided among two signs. Mrigashira has thus a strong sense of duality about it as it tries to resolve the conflict between earth and air, two naturally incompatible elements. Venus relates to the more earthy, Taurus part of this nakshatra, while Mercury relates to the airy Gemini part of this nakshatra.
All the desirable qualities of Mrigashira like its artistic abilities and zest for life, ability to find the true life path or purpose, all come about only when the energies of Mercury and Venus are properly merged.The gentle aspects of Mrigashira often play major roles in romantic lores which is Venesian quality; as well Gemini’s characteristics like their mind is always roaming about, which in many cases takes the form of daydreaming.
They are charming, spontaneous, enthusiastic types who enjoy meeting and relating with people. They are good conversationalists, advisors and enjoy all vocal activities like talking and singing.Inconstancy, fickleness, changeability, tenderness, persuasiveness, gentleness, sensuality, perceptibility – apply to this Mrigashira nakshatra.
Planetary conjunctions like Mars+Mercury, Mercury+Venus, Mars+Venus and Mars+Mercury+Venus carry energies similar to Mrigashira. The presence of Mars or Saturn in this nakshatra is usually not auspicious for marital felicity. Both of them however can give good material results in the Taurus part of Mrigashira. In fact barring Jupiter, all other planets can usually give good material results in the Taurus part.
1st Pada: pada 23° 20′ – 26° 40′ Taurus, falls in Leo navamsa and is ruled by Sun. This pada relates to the fixed and unyielding side of Mrigashira, which however has the ability to express its experiences through creative and artistic activities.
2nd pada:26° 40′ – 30° 00″ Taurus, falls in Virgo Navamsa ruled by Mercury. This pada represents the discriminatory, calculative, satirical and humorous side of Mrigashira. The conversational skill and the strong mental ability of Mrigashira is more evident here. The fusion of the planetary energies of Mercury and Venus takes place here in such a way that the more grounded practical side of Mrigashira is expressed.
3rd pada: 00° 00′ – 3° 20′ Gemini, falls in Libra Navamsa ruled by Venus. This is the first pada of Mrigashira which falls in the sign Gemini. The emphasis here is on sociability and a penchant for exploring the mental side of all types of relationships. Just like the
previous pada, a fusing of Mercurial and Venusian energies takes place here, but on a whole, this pada is more airy in comparison to the previous pada; and thus cannot give strong material results.
4th pada: 3° 20″ – 6° 40′ Gemini, falls in Scorpio Navamsa ruled by Mars. This pada relates to the intellectual, argumentative, suspicious, flaky and whimsical part of this nakshatra. This pada is not as superficial as the previous Libra pada, but tends to over-intellectualize matters, rather than getting to the root of anything. Most of the negative qualities of Mrigashira find expression through this pada. It can function wisely only in evolved souls.
This seeking quality, however, makes Mrigashira natives good at artistic pursuits of all types. On a higher level, Mrigashira may allow one to find one’s life path or destiny and on a lower level, it
can wandering here and thee like a deer. This is akin to a person in a desert chasing one mirage after the other. This negative quality gives rise to many other negative traits like fickleness, inconstancy and superficiality. Mrigashira natives often have to learn to stick at a thing until goal is achieved.
Mrigashira natives are often quite whimsical in their approach, Mrigashira craves excitement in all its mild forms and is not prone to go to self-destructive extremes like cruel nakshatras.
Mrigashira natives often display a highly suspicious nature. This comes about due to their high alertness levels and their ability to sense danger, just like deer.This suspicious nature is especially troublesome in regards to marital felicity. Like all the nakshatras ruled by Mars, Mrigashira promotes domestic bickering due to suspicion and an inability to be attentive to their partner’s needs. Their partners usually get more attached to them than they do.
Body Parts : Eyebrows.
Direction : Its range is the arc between south west and north west.
Professions : Artists of all types – Poets, Linguists, Romantic Novelists, Writers,Thinkers and Seekers, Gemstone dealers, research facilities, Dealers in Earth related products, Fashion Designers & Trendsetters, AII professions dealing with animals as pets, Salespersons of all kinds,Advertising agencies, Administrators, Landscapers,Map makers & Navigators, Travelers & Explorers, Psychics.
Example: Famous Writer, Director Alfred Hitchcock had his Venus in Mrigashira that made him such a great innovater of many film making techniques.As its his Venus which is in Mrigashira so the bled of Marsian and Venesian power pushed him to be in a creative filed, a researcher in his line and ofcourse an unconventional thriller writer & Director.