While selecting a suitable day and time for any undertaking, the prevalent Tithi (Lunar day), Nakshatra (Star constellation in which the moon is placed at that time) and the Yoga (auspiciousness) are taken into consideration. If you don’t have an astrologer to guide you, the following basic information will help you. Please note that in Vedic Astrology everything has its functional use. Some days may be auspicious for some things, but inauspicious for other things.
The 27 Nakshatras:
Rohini, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarasadha, and Uttarabhadrapada are FIXED constellations and are favourable for digging wells, laying foundations or cities, expiatory rituals, planting trees, coronations, buying lands, meritorious deeds, sowing of seeds, installation of Deities, the building of a temple, or any other activity desirous of a lasting or permanent effect.
Mrgasira, Citra, Anuradha, and Revati are SOFT or GENTLE constellations good for fine arts, learning, making friendships, sensual pleasures, decorations, sexual union, wearing new apparel, marriage, singing and dancing, processions, auspicious ceremonies, festivities, dealings of agriculture, and journeys.
Ashvini, Pusya, and Hasta are LIGHT or SWIFT constellations and are good for sports, enjoying items of luxury, starting industries, skilled labour, medical treatments, starting education, starting journeys, seeing friends, buying and selling, the performance of spiritual activities, decorations, fine arts, exercise, and for giving or receiving loans.
Arudra, Aslesa, Jyestha, and Mula are DREADFUL stars and are suitable for success in warfare, invocation of elementals and other spirits, imprisonment, separations, acts of destruction, and the breaking of alliances with superiors.
Purnavasu, Swati, Shravana, Dhanistha and Satabhisa are TEMPORARY, MOVABLE, or QUICK stars favourable for undertaking travel, acquiring conveyances, gardening, going on processions, visiting friends, and anything of a temporary nature.
Bharani, Magha, Purvaphalguni, Purvasadha, and Purvabhadrapada are FIERCE or CRUEL, constellations and are suitable for acts of evil, deceit, and conflict, destruction of enemies, incarceration, poisoning, arson, battle, setting fire, acts of destruction, ill-repute, and cruelty.
Krtttika and Visakha are MIXED constellations and good for routine duties, one’s professional responsibilities, and any activities of day-to-day importance.
How to apply this:
FIXED (steady) stars, this is a favourable nakshatra to perform such things as laying foundations, for building, careers, relationships, things that you want to be permanent.
SOFT (gentle) stars, favourable for art, dance, music, marital union, ceremonies.
LIGHT (excellent) stars, which give pleasure, sports, giving medicine, starting industries or travel.
SHARP (harsh) stars, tantric incantations, imprisonment, causing separation of friends, assasinations.
MOVABLE stars, acquiring vehicles, going on procession, gardening.
DREADFUL (cruel) stars, evil schemes, evil deeds, planting ghosts in people, deceit, imprisonment, setting fires – arson.
MIXED stars, works of every day, day to day importance.
The 15 Tithis
1st Tithi – Pratipat
The presiding deity of the first Tithi in Brahma and is good for all types of auspicious and religious ceremonies.
2nd Tithi – Dwitiya
Vidhatr rules this Tithi and is good for the laying of foundations for buildings and other things of a permanent nature.
3rd Tithi – Tritiya
Visnu is the lord of this day and is good for the cuttings of one’s hair and nails and shaving.
4th Tithi – Chaturthi
Yama is lord of the 4th Tithi, which is good for the destruction of one’s enemies, the removal of obstacles, and acts of combat.
5th Tithi – Panchami
The Moon rules this day, which is favourable for administering medicine, the purging of poisons, and surgery.
6th Tithi – Shasthi
Karttikeya presides over this day and is favourable for coronations, meeting new friends, festivities, and enjoyment.
7th Tithi – Saptami
The 7th Tithi is ruled by Indra; one may begin a journey, buy conveyances, and deal with other such things as a movable nature.
8th Tithi – Asthami
The Vasus rule this day, which is good for taking up arms, building of one’s defenses, and fortification.
9th Tithi – Navami
The Serpent rules this day, with is suitable for killing enemies, acts of destruction, and violence.
10th Tithi – Dasami
The day is ruled by Dharma and is auspicious for acts of virtue, religious functions, spiritual practices, and other pious activities.
11th Tithi – Ekadasi
Rudra rules this day; fasting, devotional activities, and remembrance of the Supreme Lord are very favourable.
12th Tithi – Dvadasi
The Sun rules this day, which is auspicious for religious ceremonies the lighting of the sacred fire, and the performance of one’s duties.
13th Tithi – Trayodasi
The day is ruled by Cupid and is good for forming friendships, sensual pleasures, and festivities.
14th Tithi – Chaturdasi
Kali rules this day suitable for administering poison and calling of elementals and spirits.
15th Tithi – Amavasya or Purnima
The Vasve-devas rule the New Moon suitable for the propitiation of the Manes and performance of austerities.
The 27 Yogas
The Yoga is Vaidhriti (Poor Support) — critical, scheming nature; powerful and overwhelming mentally or physically.
The Yoga is Vishkambha (Supported) — prevails over others, victorious over enemies, obtains property, wealthy.
The Yoga is Priti (Fondness) — well-liked, attracted to the opposite sex, enjoys life with contentment.
The Yoga is Ayushman (Long-lived) — good health and longevity, energetic.
The Yoga is Saubhagya (Good Fortune) — enjoys a comfortable life full of opportunities, happy.
The Yoga is Shobhana (Splendor) — lustrous body and demeanor sensualist, obsessed with sex.
The Yoga is Atiganda (Danger or obstacles) — difficult life due to numerous obstacles and accidents; revengeful and angry.
The Yoga is Sukarma (Virtuous) — performs noble deeds, magnanimous and charitable, wealthy.
The Yoga is Dhriti (Determination) — enjoys the wealth, goods and spouses of others; indulges in the hospitality of others.
The Yoga is Shula (Spear, Pain) — confrontational and contrary, quarrelsome, angry.
The Yoga is Ganda (Danger or obstacles) — flawed morals or ethics, troublesome personality.
The Yoga is Vriddhi (Growth) — intelligent, opportunistic and discerning; life constantly improves with age.
The Yoga is Dhruva (Constant) — steady character, able to concentrate and persist, wealthy.
The Yoga is Vyaghata (Beating) — cruel, intent on harming others.
The Yoga is Harshana (Thrilling) — intelligent, delights in merriment and humor.
The Yoga is Vajra (Diamond, Thunderbolt) — well-off, lecherous, unpredictable, forceful.
The Yoga is Siddhi (Success) — skillful and accomplished in several areas; protector and supporter of others.
The Yoga is Vyatipata (Calamity) — prone to sudden mishaps and reversals, fickle and unreliable.
The Yoga is Variyana (Comfort) — loves ease and luxury, lazy, lascivious.
The Yoga is Parigha (Obstruction) — encounters many obstacles to progress in life; irritable and meddlesome.
The Yoga is Shiva (Auspicious) — honored by superiors and government, placid, learned and religious, wealthy.
The Yoga is Siddha (Accomplished) — accommodating personality, pleasant nature, interest in ritual and spirituality.
The Yoga is Sadhya (Amenable) — well behaved, accomplished manners and etiquette.
The Yoga is Shubha (Auspicious) — lustrous body and personality, but problems with health; wealthy, irritable.
The Yoga is Shukla (Bright White) — garrulous and flighty, impatient and impulsive; unsteady and changeable mind.
The Yoga is Brahma (Priest, God) — trustworthy and confidential, ambitious, good discernment and judgment.
The Yoga is Indra (Chief) — interest in education and knowledge; helpful, well-off.