Swati Nakshatra: Spread from 6°40' to 20° Tula. Lord is Sukra, the deity is the Wind and because of this latter factor this causes the attributes of the Wind. Restlessness of disposition or physical restlessness, inability to stay still at any place comes from it; also fidgetiness and noise. It is self-assured and asserting. The winds (Murut) are the Lords of North-West. The 49 of them under the ‘Paban’, of all Gods he is the strongest and most obstinate. From these are derived the knowledge, the physical internal adjustments of the 5 Winds—Paan, Apan, Vyan, Udan and Saman. Also from this comes the storms and the whirl-wind, the concrete disturbance of the atmosphere. A person born under this star is good at buying and selling, his wealth and property come and go quite easily. He is an independent sort of man, always striving for more independence. Asceticism is yet another attribute of this star. Diseases of the wind are to be treated in reference to this. The Wind is the great scavenger, it sweats the dross and purifies. The winowing of rice bears comparison to this.

Symbol — Young shoot or sprout agitated by the wind. Devata—Pawana (wind). The name implies Svatata gachhati iti Swaati — it goes constantly by Self. It is self-moving, self-acquisition, self-establishing, self-supporting or things connected with the idea of self. The idea is constant movement according to its own will. It is, therefore, freedom loving or independent. This is a character of the Air which is attributed to be its Devataa.

This Nakshatra is. therefore, concerned with air, wind, breeze or knowledge of Akaasa (space) since Akaasa is the abode of air. Literally, Pawana (pu + anena) means that which purifies or Vaaiyu (air). Vaaiyu comes from the root word vaa which means 'to move'. It is itself one but in each body it manifests itself in ten different ways under ten different names of which the five chiefs are — Praana, Apaana, Samaana, Vyaana. Udaana.

Praana is taken as the ‘life principle’ and the breathing is the manifestation of life. Praana Vaaiyu, is commonly the inhaling breath, and the Apaana is the exhaling breath. The function of Samana Vaaiyu is to select, break up and assimilate food or reject it. Vyaana functions distribution of what has been assimilated by Samaana. Udaana Vaaiyu concerns in voice function, singing, talking, etc. utilising the air inhaled by the Praana.

Pawan and Teja or Vaaiyu and Agni are inseparable twins and are responsible for all creations. They function together. So, it has a great affinity for the Sun. It has in it the powers and tenacity of wind and attribute of purifying. The idea of the symbol of winnowing the paddy denotes purifying the paddy is same. It is related to a physician, it speaks for specialisation in the treatment of wind or in case of diseases in a human body, it is ‘gas’.

Ideas: Air, wind, breeze, storm, sensibility, consciousness. According to one’s own, one’s own self, to go constantly by self, self-moving, self-obtaining, self-reaching, self-acquisition, self-explanation, self-supporting, self-appearance, self-conducted, going everywhere at his own will.
To agree together, to acknowledge, claim as one's own, make signs to, make anything known by signs, signal, gesture, gesture with the hand, perception, technical name.
Wealth and riches coming and going out by themselves, possession or dispossession of wealth and riches in an uncontrollable way.
To move constantly and blow as the wind, to procure or bestow anything by blowing as the wind (in an effortless, uncontrollable manner), to emit an odour, to be diffused as perfumes.

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