21. Nakshatra Uttara Ashadha

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Symbol: elephant tusk
26°40' Sagittarius
— 10°00' Capricorn

Uttara Ashadha (sanskrit: उत्तराषाढा) — the Universal Star.

It is the pinnacle of solar energy, is represented in the celestial firmament by four bright stars, which the ancients saw as resembling an elephant's tusk. These four stars lie in the end portion of the astronomical constellation of Sagittarius.

"Uttara Ashadha" translates into the "Latter Invincible One" or the "Latter Unconquered". This meaning reveals the crux of this asterism, which has more to do with the term "final victory" than any other asterism. It also reveals that it forms a pair with its predecessor Purva Ashadha, in the same way as Purva Phalguni and Uttara Phalguni form a pair.


  • Mode of Functioning: Balanced
  • Caste: Kshatriya (warrior)
  • Gender: Female
  • Body parts: Thighs and Waist
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Kapha (watery)
  • Direction: south, west, north-east and east
  • Guna (Essence): Sattva
  • Tattwa (Element): Air
  • Gana (Type): Manusha (human)
  • Orientation: Upward
  • Disposition: Dhruva (fixed or permanent)
  • Ruling Planet: Sun
  • Sounds: Be, Bo, Ja, Ji
  • Animal symbol: Mongoose


Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (26°40' — 30°00' Sagittarius) falls in Sagittarius Navamsa and is ruled by Jupiter. Righteousness, confidence and expansiveness are the hailmarks of this pada. Nothing seems impossible when one is working through the energies of this pada. It has supreme faith in its abiiity, knowledge and understanding. Being both a pushkara navamsa pada and a vargottama pada, planets placed here give strong material/spiritual results. Sun, Jupiter, Mars and Ketu are especially potent here. Jupiter gives the best results.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (00°00' — 3°20' Capricorn) falls in Capricorn Navamsa ruled by Saturn. The emphasis here is on concretization and material expression of one's thoughts, plans and desires. Planets placed here give nerves of steel. Most of the issues of this pada circle around one's own seifand personality and how it is expressed in the outer worid. It is the goal rather than the means which becomes important here. An exaggerated attention or attachment to worldliness and power structures can be noticed. Mars and Saturn have the ability to best utilize the energies of this pada.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (3°20' — 6°40' Capricorn) falls in Aquarius Navamsa ruled by Saturn. The emphasis here is on accumulation, whether it be knowledge or material possessions. A strong attachment to the concept of family can be noticed in this pada. Planets here give good results if one works towards one's goals through involving other people. Group and team work are essential for the proper functioning of this pada. Rahu, Mercury and Saturn feel comfortable in this pada. Saturn gives the strengest results.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (6°40' — 10°00' Capricorn) falls in Pisces Navamsa ruled by Jupiter. This pada promotes physical prowess, short travels, courage and philanthropy. There's a constant conflict between material and Spiritual values as the native strives to achieve a balance. In the present times, more often than not, materiality prevails. Planets placed here give abundant energy for pursuing one's goals. Moon , Mars and Saturn seem best equipped to handle the energies of this pada.

Lunar Month and Day

It relates to the second half of the lunar month of Ashadha, a period which usually falls in late July in the solar calendar.

Uttara Ashadha is also related to Purnima (15th tithi or Full Moon day) of the waxing phase of the Moon's monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

Sun is the main planetary ruler of this nakshatra. The solar principle, which was born in Krittika, reaches its zenith in this nakshatra. Theoretically it is suffice to say that the Sun does not exist after this nakshatra. It means that the soul's ability to effect its surroundings reaches a peak in this nakshatra. In its highest aspect, the individual will is completely tuned with the universal will and thus all the actions on a worldly plane are taken without the involvement of ego and selfishness. The sense of right and wrong which is required here is not related to personal human laws but to the divine laws of the universal mind. This is the nakshatra where the ego and individuality is sacrificed for the sake of the greater good.

Since this nakshatra lies in the signs Sagittarius and Capricorn, Jupiter and Saturn have a strong relationship with it. We can note that Jupiter and Saturn also rule the four padas of this nakshatra. The combination of expansive Jupiter and contractive Saturn signifies moderation and practicality, Since Jupiter reaches maximum debilitation in the Capricorn part of this nakshatra, it is implied that this part of the nakshatra is not suited for too much hope, idealism, expansiveness or outer religious displays and rituals. In simple language, this is the place for action, not words. The concrete practical action, which takes place here, shapes the material world according to universal laws.

Jupiter/Saturn, Sun/Jupiter, Sun/Saturn & Sun/Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions carry energies similar to Uttara Ashadha. Planets Mercury, Venus and Jupiter; unless operating from their higher aspect, can make one too materialistic if placed in the Capricorn part of this nakshatra. All planets when placed in this nakshatra, are prone to excessive and misplaced idealism, unless the individual will is working in harmony with the universal will. Every error one makes under the influence of this nakshatra is magnified, due to the enormous capacity of this nakshatra to influence the material world.

Professions

Preachers, Priests; Counsellors; Astrologers; Lawyers (of an ethical nature); Judges; Government officials; Psychologists; Military Professions; Equine professions; Pioneers; Explorers; Wrestlers, Sword fighters and other combat Sports; Athletes; Elephant trainers; Business Executives; Organizers; Defence Industry; Authority figures of all types; Teachers; Guards, High class Servants; Bird watchers & enthusiasts; Body Guards, Security Personnel; Rangers; Hunters; Construction Industry; Cricketers; Holistic Physicians; Politicians (as good as they get in the present day and age); All professions requiring a sense of responsibility and ethics.

Places

Prairies; Fiat Savannahs; Mountainous Forests; National Parks; Wildlife Sanctuaries; Bird Sanctuaries; Reservations; Government Buildings & Grounds; Courts; Temples, Churches and other religious buildings; Universities; College Campuses; Military Bases; Traditionalistic Towns & Cities; Elite Gentlemen Clubs & Societies; Sports Stadiums; Cricket Grounds; All professions connected with the above places.

Auspicious activities

Planning new beginnings; Laying out plans for anything; Initial plans for any activity; Beginning things anew; Laying foundations; All spiritual/religious activities & rituals; Putting one's affairs in order; Activities requiring great discernment and correct judgement; All types of Business affairs; Signing Contracts; Promotions; Acting authoritatively; Artistic Ventures; Marriage; Sexual Activity; Entering a new residence; dealing with authority; Public, Political or Legal matters; One of the best nakshatras for initiating any kind of activity.

Inauspicious activities

Unfavourable for travel; Not good for concluding matters/endings. Uttara Ashadha is generally good for everything except committing unlawful activities. Unethical, rude, impetuous and primitive behaviour is not allowed here.

Health Issues

Stomach problems, waist, thighs and hips, eczema, skin dryness, arthritis, bone problems.

Remedial

For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, the best remedial measure is worship of Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and bestower of wisdom.

Repetition of the root mantras of this nakshatra - "Om Bha" & "Om Bham" - 108 times when Moon transits this nakshatra and in its corresponding lunar month is sure to reduce suffering and bring enlightenment into a person's life.

Persons who are benefiting from the positive energy of this nakshatra can also increase the good effects through the above mentioned ways. It is helpful for them to wear all orange, yellow and light blue colours and whites. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Uttara Ashadha to undertake all important actions.


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