The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Purva-phalguni is the eleventh of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 13:20-26:40 degrees Leo, then this guide is for you.
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Every nakshatra has its own set of fixed attributes. This includes planetary ruler, nakshatra group, zodiac sign, deity, symbol, and power. The features of Purva-phalguni are below:
Sanskrit Name: पूर्व फाल्गुनी (Purva-phalguni) comes from the Sanskrit words पूर्व (early) and फल्गु (spring season). One meaning of Purva-phalguni is “the early reddish one,” indicating the color and fresh life of new spring, sensuality, and a youthful nature.
Planetary Ruler: Venus. The Ancient Romans worshipped Venus as the goddess of desire, sex, and sensuality. Venus is associated with material pleasures and prosperity, an enjoying spirit, and the arts.
Nakshatra Group: Humanlike. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Purva-phalguni is a humanlike nakshatra. People in this group are generally hardworking and motivated to achieve material success. Although they are generally kind, they can also be vindictive and self-serving.
Zodiac Sign: Leo. Leo is famously associated with the king of the jungle, the lion. Leos are powerful, brave, big-hearted individuals who may struggle with pride.
Deity: Surya (Aryaman). In Vedic theology, Surya is the lord of the sun and is revered as an expansion of God. The sun god is worshiped prominently in many cultures and is known to bestow favors and fortune on his worshippers.
Symbol: Hammock. This represents rest, rejuvenation, sex, and pleasure.
Power: To create. This creative ability is associated with begetting children, giving birth, and literally and figuratively bringing things into existence.
Resonant Syllables: In India, the birth nakshatra is traditionally used as one means of choosing the name of a child. The corresponding syllables for the four quarters (padas) of Purva-phalguni are Mo (मो), Ta (टा), Tee (टी), and Tu (टू). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Natives of Purva-phalguni are characterized by their zest for life. You have a youthful energy, always eager for new experiences and ready to act. It’s almost impossible not to have fun in your company. Happiness seems to go hand in hand with your exuberant, carefree nature.
You seem to be good at everything you do. You are artistic, musical, and have a great love for all the fine arts. You are a true romantic. You have a refined sense of pleasure — you love to enjoy and you do it well. You may become wealthy, and are charitable with that wealth.
Anyone you meet will be struck by your air of elegance. You keep yourself clean and dress well, speak eloquently, and have a good sense of humor. You won’t be caught speaking raucously or acting unrefined in any way. Invariably soft-spoken, you create a sense of gentleness and sophistication.
Sociable by nature, you love to spend time with friends and make new acquaintances, and you’ll have a good deal of influence over those around you.
Your confidence and your creativity make you well-suited for leadership roles where your ideas can be utilized. Positions where you can use your skill with people will also be satisfying for you.
Some ideal professions include:
- Actor/actress, musician, artist, or model
- Entrepreneur, C-level executive, or manager
- Teacher, professor, or personal trainer
- Therapist or counselor
- Fashion, cosmetics, photography, or the wedding industry
Your need for excitement and your constant craving for sensual stimulation can get out of hand — it can make you impulsive, reckless, and excessively passionate. In your endless search for new experiences, you may be forced to explore increasingly questionable territory.
Right and wrong don’t hold a lot of sway over you, and you may be drawn to behavior that could be harmful to yourself or to others just for the novelty of it. You may behave promiscuously, overly eager for sexual pleasure. You have a tendency towards addiction and indulgence. Money can pass too quickly and too extravagantly through your hands.
Since pleasure is your primary motivation, you can be lazy and unmotivated when it comes to activities that aren’t particularly enjoyable. If you give in to this inclination, practical tasks will be left undone and your life could become unstable.
Vanity is one of your greatest weaknesses, and you can come across as entitled or pretentious. You generally experience good fortune in your life — talented, attractive, and charismatic, you often feel like you’re on top of the world. Be conscious of the privilege you experience or you may use it as an excuse to look down on others.
Purva-phalgunis will ultimately experience greater satisfaction in life by cultivating humility and gratitude, and grounding themselves by setting boundaries for their sensual pleasures.
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Other Personality Traits
You feel lucky. Your life is generally one of good fortune, and your natural optimism helps you find the silver lining in even the darkest of clouds.
You might be selfish. Your love for enjoying can make you somewhat self-centered. You might seem almost ruthless in the pursuance of your own pleasure, at the expense of others.
You take responsibility for your actions. You might do some pretty crazy things in the heat of the moment, but you are always ready to deal maturely with the consequences.
You may go into debt. Because of your love for living life to the fullest, you might live above your means. Be mindful to keep track of your expenses, and be ready to limit yourself sometimes. A budget might be helpful.
Purva-phalguni sexuality is symbolized by a female rat. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Magha nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Purva-phalgunis are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
- Krittikas in Aries
- Mrigashiras in Gemini (for male natives)
- Uttara-phalgunis in Leo
- Uttara-ashadhas in Sagittarius
- Purva-bhadrapadas in Aquarius (for male natives)
Note: Compatibility in relationships is a complex science that looks at many different factors. You should always consult with an experienced astrologer who can carefully analyze the charts of both you and your partner.
Purva-phalguni’s Four Quarters (Padas)
Each nakshatra is divided into four quarters, also known as padas, of 3:20 degrees each. These quarters are based on a 1/9th divisional chart, known in Sanskrit as navamsha.
The moon’s position at your time of birth determines the quarter in which you are born.
First Quarter (13:20-16:40 degrees Leo): Leo. You have a regal presence and an impressive strength of will. You are opinionated and can be egoistic, and demonstrate a fiery intensity when you feel challenged. Your ambitions could take you far in life.
Second Quarter (16:40-20:00 degrees Leo): Virgo. You have a calming, grounding effect on the world around you. Because of your practical and balanced outlook, you deal well with stressful situations. Hard work doesn’t faze you. You have a natural talent for writing.
Third Quarter (20:00-23:20 degrees Leo): Libra. Your soft heart makes you more compassionate than other Purva-phalgunis might be. You like to help people, and would do well as a counselor — a role which you fall into almost automatically. You are generally relaxed and are highly creative.
Fourth Quarter (23:20-26:40 degrees Leo): Scorpio. You are happy to make sacrifices for the sake of the common good. Like a hero of old, you are virtuous and courageous in the face of danger. You can be intense, and may experience more hardships than other Purva-phalgunis.
Purva-phalguni in Electional Astrology
In electional astrology, also known as muhurtha, nakshatras are used to determine favorable days and times for important ceremonies and events, such as weddings, buying a new house or vehicle, commencing a project, or conceiving a child.
The electional nature of Purva-phalguni is Krura or Ugra, “fierce” and “harsh.” Purva-phalguni is an excellent nakshatra for:
- Giving up bad habits
- Cutting off toxic relationships
- Quitting a job
- Any destructive act, such as weeding or demolition
- Performing vows or retreats, such as a day of silence
- Doing any kind of detox or cleanse
A List of the 27 Nakshatras