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Uttarashada is taken as the twenty first nakshatra among the 27 nakshatras which are considered important in Indian astrology for making calculations from horoscopes based on Vedic astrology. The literal translation of the word Uttarashada is The Latter Invincible one or the Later Undefeated one and Vedic astrology associates this nakshatra with being invincible like its previous nakshatra Poorvashada. These two nakshatras named Poorvashada and Uttarashada make a pair like Poorvaphalgui and Uttaraphalguni with many characteristics and qualities common between them whereas there are some differences in the characteristics as we will see later in this article. Most of the Vedic astrologers take the main symbol of Uttarashada as the Tusk of an Elephant and this symbol sheds light on many characteristics of Uttarashada. The tusk of an elephant is very dear to the elephant and it is undoubtedly the most precious part of an elephants body as elephants have been killed for long times only in order to get their tusks and sell them at high prices. Since the tusk itself is something of a great value, this symbol associates great value with Uttarashada which means that natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are respected and valued very highly like the tusk of an elephant. Some Vedic astrologers believe that the symbol of tusk relates this nakshatra with all kinds of wars and fighting since elephants use their tusks a great deal when they fight with one another. Some Vedic astrologers associate Uttarashada with characteristics like leadership and royalty through this symbol of tusk as according to these Vedic astrologers the tusks of the elephants are a major factor in deciding their control or leadership over the other elephants.
Elephants have also been used as the symbols of royalty as the kings or very powerful people only were able to possess elephants and ride them. In many of the ancient civilizations, great kings and powerful people used to show off their power and status by the number of elephants they possessed and by the quality of the elephants they possessed. It should also be noted here that in ancient times, most of the kings used to ride on an elephant whenever they went to battlefield for the purpose of war and the elephants also used to make the front row of the battling crew in order to scare the other army and in order to inflict maximum damage to the other army. The greater the number of elephants in an army, the stronger the army was considered. So it can be said that Uttarashada relates to royalty, strength, war and victory through its symbol. Vedic astrology assigns ten Vishvadevas or Universal Gods as the ruling deities of this nakshatra and each of these ten Vishvadevas impart different and good qualities to this nakshatra and as a result this nakshatra becomes much better and more balanced than its previous nakshatra Poorvashada. All of these ten Vishvadevas are considered as benevolent deities in Vedic astrology and they possess many good qualities like genuineness, goodness, truthfulness, skillfulness, forgiveness, brightness and many other good qualities. Therefore Uttarashada is considered as a nakshatra which exhibits all of these good qualities under the influence of its ten ruling deities and some Vedic astrologers suggest that every kind of Goodness is exhibited by this nakshatra and that this nakshatra can be taken as another name for goodness. Some Vedic astrologers assign Lord Ganesha as the final ruling deity of this nakshatra and these astrologers believe that the qualities of Lord Ganesha like being invincible in war, removing all obstacles and working for the well being of the universe are relayed through this nakshatra which make Uttarashada a more positive nakshatra.
Vedic Jyotish assigns Sun as the planetary ruler of this nakshatra and many good qualities of Sun which are in tune with the qualities of ten Vishvadevas, are relayed through this nakshatra. Sun is known as a planet which signifies duty, responsibility, being true to its word, Justice and Kingly nature among many other characteristics, according to Vedic astrology and all of these qualities of Sun are exhibited through Uttarashada which makes it a nakshatra that supports, promotes and protects goodness on all levels. The influence of the Sun also provides this nakshatra with sufficient energy to carry out its operations as Sun is known as a planet full of energy in Vedic Jyotish. Sun’s aggression and the ability to wage war and punish the wrong doers is also relayed through this nakshatra which makes it an aggressive nakshatra but it usually shows aggression only when it is required in order to serve a higher or universal purpose and not for its own selfish benefits or motives like its previous nakshatra Poorvashada which can show aggression when it finds that its goals are slipping away from it. Uttarashada is therefore considered as a much more controlled nakshatra in comparison to its previous nakshatra Poorvashada and Uttarashada is only likely to indulge in the acts of aggression, fighting or war for the benefit of the society or a bigger group of people instead of its own selfish interests. The first part of this nakshatra falls in the sign of Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter whereas the last three parts of this nakshatra fall in the sign of Capricorn ruled by Saturn and hence Uttarashada comes under the influence of Jupiter and Saturn also. Since most of the parts of this nakshatra lie in Capricorn, the influence of Saturn on this nakshatra is much stronger than the influence of Jupiter and as Capricorn is a sign known for practicality and discipline among other qualities so these qualities of Saturn are also exhibited through this nakshatra which makes it a much more balanced nakshatra in comparison to its previous nakshatra Poorvashada and there is not much room for ideal or unrealistic hopes in this nakshatra as was the case with Poorvashada.
Most of the Vedic astrologers believe that the influence of Saturn and Capricorn makes Uttarashada a very practical and realistic nakshatra and it does not fall victim to unrealistic hopes, convictions and obsessions like its previous nakshatra Poorvashada. The natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are very much motivated towards reaching their goals and they also have a good amount of patience to wait for the fruits of their efforts, but at the same time, they are able to move on to the next thing when they feel that something that they were trying to achieve has very little or no chances of being established now and it is wiser to move on to something else. The obsessive streak seen in the case of Poorvashada natives reduces significantly in case of Uttarashada natives and as a result they are in better control of themselves and accordingly they have the capability to leave the things when they feel that attending to them any longer is a waste of time and effort. Uttarashada natives are usually very practical and wise in their approach and they are disciplined in their actions due to the influence of Saturn and Capricorn on this nakshatra. Some Vedic astrologers believe that Uttarashada natives can at times be rigid and harsh by virtue of being over disciplined due to the influence of Capricorn on this nakshatra as Capricorn is considered as a very practical, disciplined and strict sign in Vedic astrology. Uttarashada natives have good respect for traditions and they follow the traditions set by their ancestors and society, most of the times. Ancestors are also considered to be among the ten Vishvadevas which are considered to be the ruling deity of this nakshtara and due to the influence of Ancestors on this nakhsatra, Uttarashada natives respect their traditional values and they do not like people who go against these traditions or traditional values and some of these natives can take harsh actions against the people breaking these traditions.
But some Vedic astrologers believe that Uttarashada natives have a very good sense of separating good from the bad and they are only offended when some good traditions are violated by other people whereas they have the capability to change or break a tradition when they feel that it is no longer useful for the society or it is likely to do harm in the present circumstances and this positive discrimination of Uttarashada natives helps them gain respect and status among the society. Though Uttarashada natives also have a tendency to engage in a fight or war like the Poorvashada natives but Uttarashada natives are much wiser in making such decisions and they only engage in such actions when it is required for the benefit of a bigger section of the society unlike Poorvashada natives who can engage in acts of fight or war just to fulfill one of their obsessions or to achieve one of their unrealistic goals. Some Vedic astrologers believe that Uttarashada natives engage in acts like war only to reach a final peace in the end and not to gain some territory or some other profits and they are also known to be the ones who are good at forgiving even their enemies when the final objective is achieved and they feel that hurting or harming anyone now is not necessary. These characteristics make Uttarashada a much more balanced nakshatra than many other nakshatras and the natives under the influence of this nakshatra have a bigger vision for universal benefit.
Vedic astrology assigns many kinds of professional fields to this nakshatra and accordingly the natives under the influence of this nakshatra can be seen practicing as policemen, army personnel and people serving in other such organizations which work for the security of the people, organizations and nations, bodyguards and other people dealing in similar kinds of professional fields, wrestlers, athletes, sword fighters, boxers, karate fighters and other people practicing in other kinds of combat sports, people related to the field of defense like authorized arms manufacturers and suppliers, defense ministers and secretaries and other people dealing in the similar fields, Lawyers, Judges, magistrates and other such kinds of authority figures who use their power of judgment and discrimination to decide between the right and the wrong and many other kinds of people dealing in many other kinds of professional fields. Natives under the influence of this nakshatra are also seen practicing as astrologers, preachers, teachers, counselors, advisors, physicians, psychologists and other similar kind of professionals who have something to do with healing or guiding the other people. Many Vedic astrologers believe that natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are rarely seen engaging in illegal or immoral acts as they do not like such kind of acts and it is hard for them to even be in the company of the people engaging in such kind of acts.
Discussing about some other facts associated with this nakshatra which are considered important for making certain calculations like gun Milan for the purpose of horoscope matching for marriage, Jyotish considers Uttarashada as a female nakshatra and though different Vedic astrologers provide different facts in support of this classification, no convincing explanation is available so for, for this gender classification of Uttarashada. Vedic astrology considers Uttarashada as fixed in nature and balanced in functioning and both of these classifications can be easily understood by looking at the nature and functioning of this nakshatra. Uttarashada is considered as Kshatriya in Varna or Caste and most of the astrologers explain this classification on the basis of warlike qualities of Uttarashada. Vedic astrology assigns the Gan of Manav to this nakshatra and this classification is explained on the basis that this nakshatra works in a very humane way and it works for the welfare of all human beings. Jyotish considers this nakshatra as Sattawic in nature and this classification is explained on the basis that all the ruling deities as well as the ruling planet of this nakshatra are considered as Sattawic in nature. Vedic astrology assigns the element of Air to this nakshatra.