Symbols:

Introduction:

Coming from the black hole, Ashwini is considered the first nakshatra.
Being freshly reborn, the incarnated souls here have childlike innocence, dual personalities, tantrums, rash speech, fresh memories of death and rebirth, need for healing others and being healthy themselves, unlimited amount of creative ideas, a self-taught genius including childhood talents and curious mind that runs fast like a horse.

Connection with Previous life:

Most often it is believed that people born under Ketu ruled Janma Nakshatras are the ones who might have died prematurely in past life due to some accidents, diseases or through self-harm. That is why as the replay button, they are given their birth nakshatras under Ketu’s rulership to help them fast forward their already developed abilities and fulfill their left-over karmas without having to start from point A again, hence Ketu boons them with extra points for intellect that is not understood by the logical mind.

Connection with Death:

All Ketu ruled nakshatras are having lush and benefic planets’ – Mercury and Venus as Nakshatra rulers on both the sides. For Ashwini, it is Revati as previous and Bharani as the forward Nakshatra.

If we notice the themes of Bharani and Revati, we can understand Ashwini better as they both deal with afterlife, death, rebirth and salvation.

Bharani is ruled by Planet Venus and Lord Yama. Often called as Dharamaraj, Yama is considered Pious and Righteous of all Gods as he was the first man to ever die and suffer on behalf of humanity. Yama is the one who carries the souls through Vaitarni River, after the body dies. He is the lord of death and also the ruler of southern part of Vaitarni’s gates which is considered “Hell for the Sinners”.  Where they are reminded of all their sins and where they meet many of their beloveds and foes on their journey and goes through the fires of regrets, guilt and purification through pain.

Revati, the Female elephant, also deals with death but in a different way being compassionate and motherly in comparison to Bharani, the male elephant or the father.

Revati is ruled by planet Mercury and Lord Pushan – the nourisher.
In Revati, we see the themes of playfulness, liveliness, music, unconditional love for all life forms, and beat of a drum used for time-keeping and gathering people to hear one last song, one last poetry before their departure to the afterlife, beautifying and accepting all of humanities’ pains and joys and bringing both good and bad on the same level of purity, as existence loses duality when we are finally free, we realize we have been one with the whole all along. The lotus, the mud and the gardener, all were one.

Childlike and Impulsive Nature:

Interestingly enough, both Revati and Bharani are Gaja (Elephant) Yoni, which represents strong, parental and tolerant nature opposed to Ashwini, a Horse Yoni, fickle minded and eternally childlike. Being taken care by both male and female Elephants on each side, this is what gives Ashwini the ability to remain carefree and innocent forever. They are easy to get angry and also easy to forgive, holding on to no memories of any kind and remaining fully present in the moment, living life like a baby.

One more thing to notice that, the subsequent nakshatra Bharani is given the hardest task to hold the heaviest burdens of human kind. One of the reasons is having to carry the sins of Ashwini’s impulsive actions onto itself because Ashwini is considered a baby and one cannot punish babies for their “sins” as they don’t even know what they are actually “sinning”.
If a person has well-functioning Ashwini or Ketu in their chart, it indicates the good presence of Revati and Bharani energies as well as good placement of Mercury and Venus in their birth chart.

The Depressed Genius:

As the first Ketu ruled nakshatra, Ashwini is very much related to death and rebirth like Shukracharya. It was said that Sehdev, one of the twin sons of Ashwini Kumars, was the incarnation of Guru Shukra himself.

It is no surprise that Ashwini has very strong connection with Venus, as the subsequent nakshatra Bharani is ruled by Venus, and the former Nakshatra Revati is where Venus gets Exalted. Ashwini can make the native seek Tantric knowledge due to Shukra’s connection.

Ashwini is an all abundant nakshatra in many senses, which can drive its intelligence haywire and cause depression and chronic dissatisfaction.
Having it all, yet, unable to feel anything fully or connect to the material world because of Ketu’s detached energies. Knowing it all, but unable to pinpoint or name the bad gut-feeling when something unfortunate is about to happen due to Ketu’s headless nature, having no head or mouth to express or warn about the upcoming danger.

Ashwini makes excellent healers, astrologers, artists, entrepreneurs and a jack of all trades and sometimes, also an impulsive criminal.

Ashwini shares few similar qualities with Revati, the former Nakshatra.
Both having dual personalities and moods that changes within seconds. As they inherently know the ability of self-knowledge and are able to switch from negative to positive in no time.

In Mahabharata, Nakul and Sehdev were the twin sons of Ashwini Kumars – the ruling Deity of this Nakshtra.
Nakul was the healer and Sehdev was the astrologer. It is written in hymns that Sehdev knew all about Draupadi’s suffering the destructive War of Kurukshetra in advance and yet he could not prevent it because he was cursed only to answer what is asked, and nobody asked him anything.
Symbolizing our lower nature that learns by pain and struggles with our higher nature that comes from supreme self-knowledge.

The Universal Optimist:

Above scenario, in practical sense shows that we all have that gut-feeling of “Something isn’t right” and have the power to change our route in alignment with our will without having to suffer many times and learn by mistakes and being driven by pain.
Ashwini is related to healing of our Eye-Sight, or more specifically, our Vision. Nakul cures the physical senses through Ayurveda and Sehdev cures subtle senses through the divine knowledge of Jyotisha.

This way, Sehdev – the wisest of Pandavas, represents “Jyoti” our inner subconscious light that shows us direction by sheer self-knowledge and power of questioning our actions. Because when we truly question our fate and route of action, an answer and solution is bound to be shown, and all wrong Karmas can be prevented from fruition when we are ignited with self-knowledge.

These are one of the many things that makes Ashwini “A star of fast and miraculous healing”. The childlike optimism that remains as a spark even in the most difficult times, this shows Ashwini has the zeal and lust for life more than any other nakshatras as this is the pure life force breathing through a transparent and headless childlike Ketu or Ganesha and protected and nourished by Mercury (Vishnu) in Revati and Venus (Lakshmi) in Bharani. This makes natives of this auspicious nakshatras capable to heal themselves as well as others from physical or more subtle trauma.