the Mythology of Ardra Nakshatra


3 grahas in Ardra:

MOON pada 4 – 2nd lord

MARS pada 4 – 6 & 11 lord

RAHU pada 2 – 9th lord

Ardra Mythology: Birth of Rudra and Abandonment

Aitareya Brahmana Upanishad explains the lustful desire of Prajapati (Brahma) for his own daughter Usha (Dawn). Prajapati being the progenitor of the universe, all his creations metaphorically become his procreation/ children.

The universal Gods (Visvedevas) were horrified looking at the Universal Father’s (Prajapati’s) lust towards his daughter and from the unified fury and collective rage of the Gods, Rudra is birthed. Born from the wrath of the Gods, Rudra’s anger runs through his blood. Rudra is ordered by the Visvedevas to prevent the heinous act of Prajapati. The purpose for Rudra’s birth was to disrupt the creative forces of the Universe by blocking Prajapati to succeed with his intentions of incest.

deer chase

Saraswati turns into a deer to escape the lust of Brahma Prajapati who chases her as a stag.

J., the owner of this chart, was born in a refugee camp at the end of WW2, literally on the destroyed battleground of Nazi Germany (6 Lord of battles, Mars with Rahu- the 2 karakas of sura and asura armies in the lagna of native.

No sooner did Rudra sever the lustful  head of Prajapati with his arrow, that the Gods became deeply remorseful, even embarrassed about their rash deed. They instantly realized that Prajapati’s seduction was a grand yagna, performed for the purpose of universal well being and expansion of his creation.

The Gods, immediately wash their collective hands of the act of Rudra and abandoned him.

The natives mother (moon) and father (9th lord Rahu) fled for their lives in spring of 1945 abandoning the homeland, Lithuania, and their extended family that still lived there ( moon is 2nd lord of family) .

Ardra symbol is a tear drop. Deity Rudra makes one weep.


They also refuse rudra a seat at the sacrifice they perform to grieve and repent for their rash act. They abandon Rudra as an one-man show and refuse to accept him as their child. Rudra is terrified at this unfair treatment from his own fathers and howls, roars and cries (Rud). The subsequent tears drop from Rudra showers as the thunderous storms.

There was unfair treatment from the authorities in several governments. First the invasion of Lithuania by the Soviet Union, then by the Nazi Germany; then again the Soviets, finally pushing the native’s family to desert their home and family. J, his parents and sister ended up in a refugee camp in Germany, living there for 11 years (there are 11 Rudras). At the end of the war the effort to survive on the scant resources was a hardship on the newly born J. As a child the native did not have enough nourishing food and lived among a rabble of 18 or so different nationalities competing for scraps so often camp life was a battle ground. (2nd lord with 6th lord – MOON and MARS in Lagna)

 Rudraksha therefore means ‘The Tear of Lord Shiva/Rudra’. Rudraksha is currently used to alleviate suffering and sorrows of the world and can be an effective remedial aid for Ardra natives.

Shiva Rudra

The native has spent much of his life alleviating the suffering of others. He is an excellent alternative healer; using acupuncture needles (6th lord Mars) with diet and foods (2nd lord, Moon) as well as homeopathic remedies (Moon- plant and Mars- mineral substances)

The mythology of Rudra and Prajapati from Shatapatha Brahmana:

The red fierce form of Shiva is known as Rudra. As per another mythology from Shatapatha Brahmana, Rudra was born from the Eyebrows of Brahma. It was a wish granted by Shiva to Brahma that he would take birth as his son. On his birth the child is howling and crying. Prajapati (Brahma) asks the child why he cries, he retorts by weeping louder saying that he weeps because he doesn’t have a name.

Name is the Lagna- 3 grahas in Ardra- native disliked his birth name…it was a foreign name (Lithuanian) where as a refugee in Germany there was bias against him so he changed his name to a more Germanic sounding one.

Rudra desired, “May I become the lord of the animals”. One who makes the appropriate offering to Rudra, and to Ardra, becomes the lord of the animals. Rudra is the lord of the wild animals and all things wild, strange or disturbing. These come through Ardra, which therefore needs to seek control over them. So, they wished to leave their wildness for the welfare and betterment of people.

Mars, the 6th lord of pets/animals: J adores all animals; has a great affinity towards them. he is an excellent trainer and caregiver of pets. He spends a fair amount of time/money to buy food for the wild animals around his home – especially the birds.

Rudra is Lord of the animals.

Rudra is Lord of the animals.

Health Issues of Ardra
Nervous System Disorders, Skin Sensitivity, Allergies, Mental Disorders and
Lung Problems

MOON – with MARS 6th lord and Rahu: J’s mother had Tuberculosis while J. was a baby and young child. It confused and upset him when his mother went away to the sanatorium or refused to touch him for fear of spreading TB (tuberculosis) (tears, rejection, abandonment)

Native had a mild form of TB in the lungs as well – MOON in Lagna with MARS RAHU – suffered a strong kapha imbalance with low digestive agni his whole life.

Mother, due to the lung disease, could not immigrate to the US where they wanted to go and make a new life. (abandonment theme).


About sueannmckean

My search for meaning in life turned serious in my late teens and included a sustained practice with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation in 1973 that I practice still today. In 1973 I also became a student of Aikido with Shihan Robert Nadeau Sensei in the Bay area of California, received a black belt (currently 6th dan) and have been teaching Aikido for the next 37 years, mostly at Bay Area dojos in Los Gatos, San Francisco, San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto and colleges : Hayward and San Jose State Universities, Sofia University, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) and De Anza College. I had a 6 year career as an international bodybuilder, was a finalist in the pro- world championships 3 times and in the IFBB Ms Olympia in 1986 & 87. I was introduced to the Enneagram in 1978 and became a certified teacher in the narrative tradition with Helen Palmer and David Daniels in 1993. I integrated the Enneagram with principles of Aikido in my teaching. In 1990 after a pilgrimage to India I reconnected to Vedic wisdom with a focus on Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), a study that really took off when I met my guru, Pundit Sanjay Rath in 2005. Since 2007 I went to the Himalayas yearly to study Jaimini Sutra Upadesa and Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra graduating in 2011 as a Jaimini Scholar from the 5 year Master's Course. For nearly 3 years, from Jan. 2010, I mentored in the Parasara Jyotish program created by Pundit Rath. I am a level 1 & 2 teacher in the AIAC (Ancient Indian Astrology Classes) founded by Chicago based Guru Souvik Dutta. (see the Ayurjyotish course in 2012, the Visesa Lagna course in Jan. 2014 and Panchanga course in Jan. 2015) Teaching what I am learning deepens understanding and joy. Currently I have a Level 1 foundation course going on skype (Sept. 2015 I live in the hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay with my husband Jack Labanauskas, publisher of the Enneagram Monthly, also a practitioner and student of Vedic wisdom.
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