The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”
Uttara-ashadha is the 21st of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 26:40 degrees Sagittarius-10:00 degrees Capricorn, 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 Uttara-ashadha are below:
Sanskrit Name: उत्तराषाढ़ा (Uttara-ashadha) comes from the Sanskrit words उत्तर (latter) and अषाढ (invincible). One meaning of Uttara-ashadha is “the latter invincible one,” indicating resilience, power, and good fortune.
Planetary Ruler: The Sun. In astrology the sun is considered the king of the planets. According to the Vedic understanding, the sun is an expansion of God. This planet is associated with the soul or self, leadership, happiness, success, self-realization, and spiritual enlightenment.
Nakshatra Group: Human. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Uttara-ashadha is a human 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: Sagittarius (first quarter) and Capricorn (second through fourth quarters). Sagittarians are fortunate and righteous. They are wise, warm-hearted, and spiritually-inclined. Capricorns are peculiar and powerful. They are intelligent, thoughtful, and careful in making decisions.
Deity: Vishvadevas. In Vedic theology, the Vishvadevas are a group of ten gods who represent the entire assembly of celestial beings.
Symbol: The tusk of an elephant. This represents awesome power, fearsomeness, and intimidation.
Power: To be undefeated. Persons born under the star of Uttara-ashadha are formidable foes. They have an indomitable spirit and make excellent leaders, fighters, and visionaries.
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 Uttara-ashadha are Bhey (भे), Bho (भो), Jaw (जा), and Jee (जी). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Persons born under the star of Uttara-ashadha are devout and moral beings. They have an innate sense of right and wrong, and they strive to uphold the principles of dharma, or righteous conduct. With their sharp intellect and capacity for discrimination, they are able to understand subtle nuances that other people miss. They cannot be found blindly taking one side of any issue. Rather, they carefully consider all available information and weigh the various arguments before coming to any conclusion. In this way, they are quite balanced in their approach to life.
Uttara-ashadha natives are bright, popular, and multi-talented. They generally excel in whatever they put their mind to. They appreciate the good qualities in others, and for this reason they can easily gain the admiration of their peers.
You are a down-to-earth and practical person. You don’t like to dwell in the realm of ideas alone — your plans are always accompanied by quick and impressive action. You are a noble and graceful soul with a natural inclination toward God consciousness.
Persons born in Uttara-ashadha can do well in careers that involve some kind of leadership role, or in athletic performance.
Some ideal professions include:
- Athlete, dancer, or sports coach
- Politician, lawyer, or judge
- Researcher or scientist
- Philosopher, priest, or religious leader
Uttara-ashadha natives can be somewhat dictatorial. They expect others to conform to their vision and follow their lead and commands. Although they are broad-minded, they can also be inflexible and even obstinate once settled on a certain conclusion. Their strong presence can be intimidating for others, and this might make it difficult to form deeply meaningful relationships.
Those born under Uttara-ashada excel in taking action and moving projects forward, but they may overestimate their capacity and lose interest before a project sees completion. This may leave them with many half-finished tasks, and as a result they may become apathetic or mildly depressed.
You have a tendency to take on the problems of those around you. Your desire to help and inspire others can lead you to carry a burden greater than what you can realistically handle in the long-term. This may make you anxious, restless, and dissatisfied. Make sure you carefully consider whatever commitments you make, and follow through on each one before taking on any additional responsibilities. This will help you protect yourself from getting overworked and burned out. Set aside sufficient time for self-care, meditation, introspection, and prayer. In this way you can have a fulfilled and happy existence.
Recommended: Learn more about your moon sign. If you were born in the 1st quarter of Uttara-ashadha, your moon sign is Sagittarius. If you were born in the 2nd-4th quarters of Uttara-ashadha, your moon sign is Capricorn.
Other Personality Traits
You can be a powerful leader. You are a charismatic person and can easily attract followers who believe in and support your grand vision. You can easily excel in any leadership role.
You are a peaceful, happy person. Even though you work hard and can be hot-tempered at times, you are generally a calm and cheerful person.
You may have trouble in romantic relationships. Uttara-ashadha natives are unique individuals. Their personalities can be hard to read and hard to adjust to. For this reason, you may have difficulty finding a partner whose goals and lifestyle perfectly complement yours.
You are blessed in your family life. In spite of any marital difficulties that may arise, you are fortunate when it comes to family matters. You come from a good family, and you are able to create a stable, happy home life for your children.
Uttara-ashadhas’ sexuality is symbolized by a male mongoose. In Vedic astrology, Uttara-ashadhas are the only nakshatra that do not have a matching pair when it comes to physical compatibility. This reflects their highly individualism and somewhat enigmatic spirit. However, with the right amount of care and effort, they can still make a happy partnership.
Based on holistic matching, Uttara-ashadhas are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
For Uttara-ashadha natives in Sagittarius (1st Quarter):
- Magha (for female natives)
- Uttara-phalguni in Leo
- Mula (for female natives)
- Dhanishta in Capricorn
- Revati (for male natives)
For Uttara-ashadha natives in Capricorn (2nd-4th Quarters):
- Mrigashira in Taurus (for male natives)
- Chitra in Virgo (for male natives)
- Swati (for female natives)
- Dhanishta in Capricorn (for male natives)
- Revati (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.
Uttara-ashadha’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 (26:40-30:00 degrees Sagittarius): Sagittarius. You are high-minded and dignified. You respect others and are admired by your peers. You enjoy helping others, and you lead a stable, happy life.
Second Quarter (0:00-3:20 degrees Capricorn): Capricorn. You are strong-willed and can be strict with yourself and others. You’re excellent at planning and executing vast projects. However, you can be something of a workaholic.
Third Quarter (3:20-6:40 degrees Capricorn): Aquarius. You are intelligent and philanthropic. You have a natural flair for directing others.
Fourth Quarter (6:40-10:00 degrees Capricorn): Pisces. You are spiritually-inclined and have a gentle disposition. You are cautious when entering into new relationships or major commitments. This is a good quality. You will accomplish great things in your life.
Uttara-ashadha 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 Uttara-ashadha is Sthira, “fixed or steady.” Uttara-ashadha is an excellent nakshatra for:
- Marriage ceremonies
- Building a home
- Buying land
- Planting trees
- Undergoing a medical treatment
- Learning art, music, or dance
A List of the 27 Nakshatras