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-phalguni is the twelfth of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 26:40 degrees Leo and 10:00 degrees Virgo, 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-phalguni are below:
Sanskrit Name: उत्तर फाल्गुनी (Uttara-phalguni) comes from the Sanskrit words उत्तर (latter) and फल्गु (spring season). One meaning of Uttara-phalguni is “the latter reddish one,” indicating heat of late spring, energy, and a wisdom beyond your years.
Planetary Ruler: 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: Humanlike. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Uttara-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 (1st quarter) and Virgo (2nd-4th quarter). Leos are powerful, brave, big-hearted individuals who may struggle with pride. Virgos are intelligent, practical, capable problem solvers who like to utilize their abilities to help others. They can be critical.
Deity: Surya (Bhaga). 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: Bed. This represents pleasure, rest, and rejuvenation — not only for oneself but for others.
Power: To gain prosperity. This especially relates to prosperity achieved through union. This union could be marital or otherwise.
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-phalguni are Te (टे), Toe (टो), Pa (पा), and Pee (पी). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.
Uttara-phalgunis are loved by many. You are friendly, kind, generous, and have a genuine concern for humanity. You are inclined to fight for a righteous cause, and when you put yourself behind something you do it with courage and energy. Your ambition and endurance will probably lead you to the top of your field. Fame and success come naturally to many Uttara-phalgunis.
Your charisma draws many people to you, including romantic partners. There is nothing you find more satisfying than a fulfilling relationship, and you are a dutiful, loving partner. People find you to be trustworthy — you are truthful and have a polite, considerate nature.
In almost any situation, you can figure out the right course of action. You possess intelligence and wisdom and use these qualities to make prudent decisions. Your plans are well-thought-out and you execute them systematically. On your path to success, you use the knowledge that you gained in formal education as well as what you’ve learned through personal experience.
Uttara-phalgunis in Leo will have exceptional creative ability, able to create by overcoming constraints and restrictions. Those in Virgo will be drawn to think deeply about life, and possess a rather philosophical nature.
Uttara-phalgunis will feel most fulfilled when interacting with and helping people in some way. Their critical thinking abilities make them suited for careers that utilize and stimulate their intellect.
Some ideal professions include:
- Teacher or professor
- Business advisor, financial advisor, or diplomat
- Philanthropist, social worker, or counselor
- Writer, actor, or media personality
- Member of the clergy or other religious leader
In the kind of successful, admired lives Uttara-phalgunis lead, it’s hard to escape the pitfall of vanity. Your conviction in your own correctness can make you think you’re better than others. This can make you inconsiderate or aloof with people when you’re not trying to get something from them. You may become fixated on your own status, and could be a bit of a megalomaniac.
You can be restless and may have difficulty sticking with something if it ceases to catch your interest. When your intellect isn’t stimulated, you get bored. This can lead you to desert projects prematurely.
“My way or the highway” is a mentality that describes Uttara-phalgunis well. When someone disagrees with your way of doing things, you don’t listen and will do your best to make sure that no one else does either. A bit of a know-it-all, you may stubbornly refuse to admit when you are wrong. People might let you have your way just to avoid dealing with the aggression and anger you demonstrate when you don’t get what you want.
Conscious development of humility will help you overcome your tendency to try to control everyone and everything, and lead you to more fulfilling relationships and greater happiness.
Recommended: Learn more about your moon sign. If you were born in the first quarter of Uttara-phalguni, your moon sign is Leo. If you were born in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th quarter of Uttara-phalguni, your moon sign is Virgo.
Other Personality Traits
You might struggle with a sense of loneliness. You tend to rely on others to make you feel complete. Your urgent need to be in a relationship is, to some extent, a desire to distract yourself from your inner loneliness. If you learn to love your own company, you can transform your loneliness into an appreciation for solitude and all that it offers.
You can be codependent. Because of your insecurities, you may give too much in your relationships and expect too much in return. This can lead to resentment and ingratitude towards your significant others, who will never be able to give you what you need — because the fulfillment you need can only truly come from yourself.
You have luxury. It’s likely that you’ll live an opulent lifestyle. Comfort, pleasure, and fine things will come your way.
Uttara-phalguni sexuality is symbolized by a male cow. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Uttara-bhadrapada nakshatra.
Based on holistic matching, Uttara-phalgunis are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:
For Uttara-phalgunis in Leo (1st Quarter):
- Krittikas in Aries
- Jyestha (for female natives)
- Uttara-ashadhas in Sagittarius
For Uttara-phalgunis in Virgo (2nd-4th Quarter):
- Chitras in Virgo (for female natives)
- Dhanisthas in Capricorn (for female 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-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 (26:40-30:00 degrees Leo): Sagittarius. You are guided through life by your strong sense of right and wrong. You always attempt to act in a way you believe to be ethical. People come to you for advice because your wisdom can often see the way through a tough situation. You are philosophical by nature and highly capable.
Second Quarter (0:00-3:20 degrees Virgo): Capricorn. You have a natural ability to see what needs to be done — you don’t get caught up in thoughts and ideas, but prefer to be practical. You’re a hard worker and apply yourself in order to achieve your goals, which are often material in nature. You can be too indulgent with yourself and have a tendency to look for someone to blame whenever problems arise.
Third Quarter (3:20-6:40 degrees Virgo): Aquarius. A true altruist, you find great pleasure in helping others. You are very intelligent and are an entertaining person to be around — you would do well on the stage. You speak and act with animation. However, you can tend to be arrogant.
Fourth Quarter (6:40-10:00 degrees Virgo): Pisces. Tradition means a lot to you, and you strive to follow the established systems. You recognize the value of something that has been practiced for many years. You are respectful to others and love to be of assistance — you can often be found helping people. You are generally in good spirits and probably have a good sense of humor.
Uttara-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 Uttara-phalguni is Sthira, “fixed or steady.” Uttara-phalguni 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