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The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Nakshatras – The Journey of Soul Part-2’.
Uttarashada nakshatra is 21st among 27 nakshatras. The first quarter of Uttarashada falls in Sagittarius and the last three quarters of this nakshatra fall in Capricorn.
The literal translation of the word Uttarashada is ‘the latter invincible one’ or ‘the latter undefeated one’. Vedic astrology associates Uttarashada with being invincible like its previous nakshatra Poorvashada. Poorvashada and Uttarashada nakshatra make a pair like Poorvaphalguni and Uttaraphalguni. They share some characteristics which are similar whereas other characteristics exhibited by them are different.
The main symbol of Uttarashada nakshatra is taken as the ‘the tusk of an elephant’. This symbol sheds light on many characteristics of Uttarashada nakshatra. The tusk of an elephant is very dear to the elephant. It is considered as the most precious part of an elephant’s body. Elephants have been killed since old times to sell their tusks at high prices.
Since the tusk represents great value, this symbol associates great value with Uttarashada nakshatra. It means natives under strong influence of Uttarashada nakshatra may gain respect by virtue of being valuable. The symbol of tusk also associates Uttarashada nakshatra with wars and fights since elephants use their tusks a lot when they fight with one another. The tusks of an elephant have significant value in deciding its control or leadership over other elephants. Hence it adds characteristics like leadership and authority to Uttarashada nakshatra.
Elephants have been used as symbols of royalty, as only kings or powerful people were able to possess elephants. Mighty kings and powerful people used to show off their power and status by the number of elephants they possessed. Many kings used to ride on elephants whenever they went to battlefields. Elephants also used to make the front rows of the battling crews in order to scare the opposing armies and to inflict maximum damage upon them.
Greater was the number of elephants in an army, stronger the army was considered. Hence Uttarashada nakshatra is related to characteristics like royalty, status, strength, war and victory through its symbol. Looking at another attribute, elephants are the largest and mightiest animals on land. Elephants are generally calm and friendly in nature. However when provoked or when under threat, they may prove very aggressive, offensive and destructive. It means an elephant can fight and win in most cases, but it generally prefers peace over fight or war.
Elephants are attentive to their surroundings and they keep themselves updated about what is happening around them. Elephants socialize with other animals, they have very good memories and they possess very good amount of aggression. Elephants are social animals and they may go to any lengths to protect their loved ones, especially their young ones. Hence Uttarashada nakshatra is associated with characteristics like being peaceful, aggressive, destructive, attentive, friendly, social and protective.
Vedic astrology assigns ten Vishvadevas or Universal gods as ruling deities of Uttarashada nakshatra. Each of these ten Vishvadevas imparts different characteristics to Uttarashada nakshatra. Vishvadevas are considered as benevolent deities and they possess good characteristics like genuineness, goodness, truthfulness, skillfulness, forgiveness and brightness. Therefore, Uttarashada nakshatra exhibits all these characteristics due to influences of its ruling deities.
Lord Ganesha is assigned as the final ruling deity of Uttarashada nakshatra. It is said that Lord Ganesha was once beheaded and he was then revived by fixing an elephant’s head on him. Hence he has a lot to do with elephants as well as Uttarashada nakshatra. Characteristics of Lord Ganesha like being invincible in war, removing all obstacles and working for the wellbeing of the universe are relayed through Uttarashada which make it a much more balanced nakshatra.
Vedic astrology assigns Sun as the planetary ruler of Uttarashada nakshatra. Characteristics of Sun which are in tune with characteristics of ten Vishvadevas and Lord Ganesha are relayed through Uttarashada nakshatra. Sun adds characteristics like authority, intelligence, aggression, protection and intelligence to Uttarashada nakshatra. Influence of Sun provides significant amount of energy to Uttarashada nakshatra, to conduct its operations. Sun’s aggression as well as its ability to wage wars and punish the wrong doers is also relayed through Uttarashada nakshatra.
These characteristics make Uttarashada an aggressive nakshatra. However, Uttarashada generally shows aggression only when it is required in order to serve higher purposes and not for selfish motives. Contrary to this, Poorvashada may show aggression for selfish motives like when it finds that its goals are slipping away.
Therefore, Uttarashada is considered more controlled compared to Poorvashada. Uttarashada is likely to indulge in the acts of aggression or wars for the benefit of bigger groups of people instead of doing so for selfish motives.
The first quarter of Uttarashada nakshatra falls in Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter whereas the last three quarters of Uttarashada fall in Capricorn ruled by Saturn. Hence Uttarashada nakshatra comes under the influence of Jupiter and Saturn also. Since most quarters of Uttarashada lie in Capricorn, the influence of Saturn on Uttarashada is much stronger than influence of Jupiter. Sagittarius exhibits characteristics like intelligence, initiative, faith and optimism. Capricorn exhibits characteristics like patience, practicality, rationality and discipline among other characteristics. All these characteristics are also exhibited through Uttarashada nakshatra.
The influence of Saturn in particular adds a couple of very important characteristics to Uttarashada nakshatra, which are the abilities to be rational and practical. If Poorvashada misses something the most, it is these two characteristics. This is because the biggest drawback of Poorvashada is to get fixed on its goals and keep chasing them, even when they may not be rational or realistic any longer. This tendency may lead Poorvashada natives to obsessive behavior patterns. Hence they may get stuck or they may engage in unhealthy measures to achieve their goals.
Characteristics like rationality and practicality may help Uttarashada natives decide when to pursue goals and when to leave them. Hence Uttarashada may not keep following its goals unrealistically like Poorvashada. Uttarashada may be rational enough to know when a goal has lost its relevance, and it moves on in such case. Characteristic of practicality may help Uttarashada natives when something is not practical. Hence they may not pursue it or fantasize about it; like Poorvashada natives.
Due to these characteristics, the obsessive streak seen in case of Poorvashada natives reduces significantly in case of Uttarashada natives. As a result, Uttarashada natives may be in better control of themselves. Accordingly, they may have the ability to leave things when they feel that attending to them any longer is waste of time and effort.
Uttarashada natives may be disciplined in their actions due to influence of Saturn and Capricorn on this nakshatra. At times, Uttarashada natives may be rigid and harsh by virtue of being over disciplined due to influence of Saturn on Uttarashada nakshatra.
Uttarashada natives generally have good respect for traditions. Hence they may follow traditions set by their ancestors and society; in most cases. Ancestors are also considered to be among ten Vishvadevas who are considered as the ruling deities of Uttarashada nakshatra. Due to influence of ancestors, Uttarashada natives may respect their traditional values. Hence they may not like people who go against such traditions or traditional values and some of these natives may take harsh actions against the people breaking these traditions.
Though Uttarashada natives may also have tendency to engage in fights or wars like Poorvashada natives, Uttarashada natives may be much wiser in making such decisions. They may engage in such actions when they are required for benefits of bigger groups of people, or they may do so for self-defense. It means a head of state under strong influence of Uttarashada nakshatra may not initiate war against another country for selfish motives.
However, he may be capable enough to engage in war and protect his country, if any country attacks. This is a war fought for self-defense. Looking at another probability, if a country attacks another country which is an ally of this native’s country, such Uttarashada native may engage in war. He may do so to protect the ally as well as to restore balance in the region.
Uttarashada natives may be skilled at engaging in wars as well as in winning wars. It means such natives may go to wars, duly prepared for long term implications of wars; as well as after assessing strengths and weaknesses of their enemies. Uttarashada has the highest rate of winning wars among all 27 nakshatras, which tells how gifted Uttarashada natives may be at winning wars. The beauty of Uttarashada nakshatra is that despite being able to win in most cases, it may not like wars and it rather likes peace and balance.
Looking at professions, natives under strong influence of Uttarashada nakshatra may practice as wrestlers, athletes, sword fighters, boxers, karate fighters and other types of combat sportsmen, sportsmen in general, police officers, army officers, naval officers, air force officers, defense ministers, home ministers, prime ministers, presidents, government officers, defense contractors, lawyers, judges, doctors, engineers, software developers, consultants, astrologers, advisors, psychologists, teachers, preachers, religious heads, spiritual heads, religious gurus, spiritual gurus, professionals dealing in industries related to defense, real estate industry, sports equipment, legal services, event management industry, media industry, transport industry, movie industry and many other types of professionals, depending on their overall horoscopes.
Let’s look at some other facts associated with this nakshatra. Uttarashada is considered as a balanced and fixed nakshatra. It is considered as a female nakshatra. Vedic astrology assigns Kshatriya Varna and air element to Uttarashada nakshatra. The Gana assigned to Uttarashada is Manava and the Guna assigned to it is Sattwic. It is an upward nakshatra and its Yoni or animal symbol is Mongoose.