Soma, the Divine nectar, represents the highest state of Divine fulfillment. But in our everyday life we often try to seek it in perishable happiness of external world and pleasures, instead of seeking it within.
– Rig Veda, translation of Dr. Tulsi Ram M.A., Ph.D. and Swami Dayananda
“Soma is the mythical nectar of immortality, the very essence of life, which is pure bliss, ananda – the delight of the soul. ‘Soma, the Cheerer, yields whate’er the heart finds sweet’, say the words of the rigvedic hymn. This seeking of soma, “the juice of life” is inherent in every soul. We all seek some kind of happiness and bliss in life, and in our own way, each of us is trying to squeeze the juice out of life to enjoy it to the fullest. Yet, with distracted mind, our happiness never lasts forever. We seek bliss in perishable things of the material world, constantly running from one thing to another, but we fail to recognise the true essence of life hidden within us.

The true essence of life is the Divine Soul, the atma pervading the whole universe. The Supreme Self is “the taste of the water, the fragrance of the earth, the sound in the ether, the heat of the fire and the light of the Sun and the Moon”, as proclaims Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita. It is the unique quality and the true essence of everything, what is the highest and best in all things.”

Journey with the Moon

Having power of finding fulfillment as its shakti, Moon, the mind, is always searching its fulfillment in external things and experiences – forgetting that its own name is Soma, “the nectar”. It is only when mind finally stops searching, pauses for a moment and stays peacefully absorbed in the present moment, where there is no sense of lack or desire, that it find its true inner happiness, true soma – and true fulfillment.

Mrigashira nakshatra, with head of a deer as its symbol (mrigashira literally means “head of a deer”) and Soma, the fickle Moon, as its deity, is always on search. Airy in nature, with two of its padas in earthly Taurus and two other padas in Gemini, it is always somewhere between heaven and earth – which can give birth to indecisiveness, too. Moon in this nakshatra gives birth to a very swift, active mind and whenever Moon is transiting this lunar mansion our mind can become overly active, distracted and ungrounded, doing too many things at the same time and searching for its fulfillment in too many places simultaneously. This energy can help us, though, in travelling, going on adventure or researching, if we channel it wisely.

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Devata: Soma (Moon-god, nectar of immortality)
Shakti: prinana shakti – power of fulfillment
Basis above: diffusions, extending
Basis below: weaving
Desire: to gain lordship over plants
Planetary ruler: Mars


Placement: 23:20 Taurus – 6:40 Gemini
Yogatara: 29:45 Taurus (2 pada)
Mrityu bhaga: 25:00 Taurus (1 pada)
Visha nadi: 26:26:40 – 27:20 Taurus (1 pada)
Amrita nadi: 1:42:40 – 2:36 Gemini (3 pada)

Yogatara of Ardra: 5:00 Gemini (4 pada)


Tattwa: air
Gunas: rajas – tamas – tamas
Nature: mridu (gentle)
Gaze: tiryanga-mukha (level facing)
Gana: deva (god-like)
Varna: shudra (worker)
Gender: male
Motivation: moksha (release)


Animal: female serpent
Symbol: deer’s head, arched bow

Omens: deer, Moon, nectar, liquor, Goddess, temple of Gauri, snake, garden, hunter, chalice, healing herbs, map, newspaper, forgetting something


Tridosha: pitta
Body part: eyes and eyebrows
Chakra: vishuddha (throat chakra)

Healing tree: khadira


Monday: sarvartha siddhi yoga
Tuesday: amrita yoga + nasha yoga
Wednesday: sarvartha siddhi yoga
Thursday: dagdha yoga + mrityu yoga
Friday: sri yoga
Saturday: shubha yoga

One of the names of the Moon, as he is often addressed in the Vedas, is Soma or Pavamana. Soma means “the nectar of life”, while pavamana means “flowing clearly”. It indicates the true, higher nature of our mind, which was created to “flow clearly”, channeling the “milk from heaven”, becoming pregnant only with the Divine inspiration and rejoicing in the “nectar of life”. Whenever this pure flow of Divine energy is interrupted in our mind by our own likes and dislikes, we also lose the ability to rejoice in the essence of life: bliss or ananda.

The word soma is derived from sa-uma: sa meaning “with”, uma meaning “tranquillity, resplendence, light”. Uma is also one of the names of Shakti. She received the name “Uma” after Her long penance to get Shiva as Her husband, when Her body started to glow and reflect Shiva’s light due to Her spiritual power and devotion. Soma is thus the name of the higher nature of our mind: the enlightened mind, which is tranquil and full of light.

Saumya, an adjective derived from soma, beautifully describes the qualities of such an enlightened mind: placid, happy, gentle, auspicious, likeable, cheerful, peaceful, lovely, resembling the moon, mild, cool, balanced, moist and full of nectar.

- "Journey with the Moon"


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