Etymology & Symbolism
Uttara Aṣāḍha or Uttarāṣāḍha (उत्तराषाढा), means “latter victory” or “latter unconquered.” It has a shape of a stage.
This nakshatra is symbolized by a tusk of an elephant, a small bed or cot, or a “bed rod.”
The rise of the bed or the bed itself as a symbol for the asterism denotes a place of rest or relaxation. The rods are important accessories which finally produce the bed. Even the bed is not rest, though it provides the necessary conditions whereby one may enjoy rest and recuperation. By providing the necessary conditions for the externalization of the universal principles in human individuals, the asterism produces the psychological orientation for discharging our ultimate responsibilities and karmic debts. At this level, the individual acquires the faculties symbolized by the bed or the bed rods which later enable him to attain his final rest, Nirvana or liberation. This seems far-fetched, but in actual observation, one finds that this asterism leads to a kind of universal or cosmic unity under which the individual loses his personal considerations and begins to think in terms of oneness. The asterism does not lead to rest in the physical sense, rather it leads to activity and change. This enables the individual to be earthly in action, but the stimulus for each action comes from some kind of spiritual goals. Each earthly involvement will be explained in terms of the higher objectives in life.1
Uttara Aṣāḍha resides between 26° 40′ Dhanuṣa (Sagittarius) and 10° Makara (Capricorn). It’s situated on the lower part of Lyra – α Lyr (Vega), corresponding to ζ and σ Sagittarii.
Devata, Graha & Śakti
Uttara Aṣāḍha is ruled by Sūrya, resides within the rāśis of Dhanuṣa and Makara (ruled by Bṛhaspati and Śani, respectively), and its presiding devas are The Vishvadevas.
The planetary relationships of this nakshatra indicates that it can lead the individual toward mantras, tantras, and other rituals which propitiate the various celestial powers some individuals under the influence of this asterism may even be found engaged in penance and austerities to obtain supernatural powers. This is because the personal defenses of the individual has broken down and his personality is shaken. His old values and supports are crumbling down. Sacrificing one’s personal life on the cross of universal consciousness is always painful, and that process is intensified at this stage.2
The first quarter of Uttara Aṣāḍha lies in Dhanuṣa. Here, Sūrya’s influence of Bṛhaspati…
Uttara Aṣāḍha’s latter three quarters lie in Makara, resulting in a harsh, uncomfortable Sūrya and Śani mix.
((David Frawley. Shaktis of the Nakshatras))
((Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras))
The Vishvadevas (or Vishwa Devata)…
Vishwa Devata means, “the Universe as God,” making this asterism intensely concerned with humanity at large, as well as being very powerful.3
Uttarashadha, ruled by the Universal Gods (Vishwe Deva), has the power to grant an unchallengeable victory (apradhrisya shakti). It brings one to the summit of power, support and recognition, not so much through our personal efforts (which is more the case in Jyeshta) but with the appropriate alliances and support of all the Gods. Victory depends upon a righteous cause that is beneficial to all. Here one fights more as the leader of an army.
Planetary Positions/Astrological Interpretations
((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 231))
Uttara Ashadha’s symbol is an elephant’s tusk, reflecting Ganesha’s blessing on our activities. Another symbol is the planks of a bed, which symbolize the securing of rest and peace. Called the “universal star, ” this asterism reflects deep humanitarian concern and fairness to all races. Uttara Ashadha is ruled by the Universal Gods or Vishvadevas. These deities are the ten Vishvadevas, the sons of the god Dharma. The deities include Vasu (goodness), Satya (truth), Kratru (will-power), Daksha (ritual skill), Kala (time), •Kama (desire), Dhriti (forbearance), Kuru (ancestors), Pururavas (abundance), and Madrava (joy). Their power is to grant an unchallengeable victory (apradhrisya shako). The asterism’s primary motivation is moksha or spiritual liberation. Its natives enjoy being involved on a quest for the spiritual unknown. Uttara Ashadha produces great insight and a more stable and less aggressive nature than the previous nakshatra, Purva Ashadha. Uttara Ashadha people get totally involved in any task and can penetrate deeply into some aspect of knowledge. They are usually blessed with affluence in life. Leadership qualities and and the ability to relate to people make them good politicians. They can show a dogged persistence to succeed with any task they encounter. Uttara Ashadha represents the completely integrated manifestation of god-like power. Uttara Ashadha brings us to the summit of our power, support and recognition, not so much through our personal efforts (which is more the case in Jyeshtha), but with the appropriate alliances and support of all the gods. Its natives are usually very idealistic people with lofty goals and refined virtues. Victory depends on a righteous cause that is beneficial to all. The shadow side of Uttara Ashadha can be a Type A personality that is constantly active. The opposite effect of laziness can also occur. Uttara Ashadha people need to feel fully engaged in a project or apathy can result. They can start new enterprises and then fail to complete them. A self-centered, stubborn personality can occur when Uttara Ashadha is afflicted. The Capricorn side of this asterism can result in loneliness or a melancholy nature if Saturn is poorly placed. Uttara Ashadha means “the latter unconquered” or “later victory, ” which may reflect losses in early life and more success as life progresses. These people need to leam the quality of patience in confronting early adversity in life. The animal symbol is a male mongoose. This is the only nakshatra that does not have a female animal counterpart. Some difficulties in early marriage or sexual incompatibility may result.4
((Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 70))
The individuals born in this Nakshatraa are believed to be well-mannered and known for their absolute calmness towards greatest aggression. Due to their sense of independence they are loners and sometimes face difficulties in marriage, the loneliness is also depicted by the animal of this star which is mongoose with no female counterpart. They are believed to be refined, soft-spoken, pure hearted, innocent, and in many cases happen to occupy a very high position in the societies. It is believed that the person with this star rising on ascendant has remarkable persona.
Yamas & Niyamas
Ārjava (sincerity, straightness, non-hypocracy)
“They fight for what they believe is right, highly righteous and responsible, with the highest degree of integrity. They practice what they preach. Sincere in every way, they cannot lie.”
Satya (truth beneficial to all beings; truthfulness)
Those born under the influence of Uttara Ashadha fight for what they believe is right, are righteous and responsible, and have great integrity. Sincere in every way, these people cannot tell a lie.
Āsanas, Mudras, Mantras & Bhandas
Tales & Mythologies
Uttara Aṣāḍha is the birth star of Bheeshma, a great hero in the Mahabharata.
In each of these approaches [of the four different padas], the individual comes to an understanding of the nothingness of his own self, and the enduring nature of the supreme. ((Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 234.))
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Gemstones & Metals
Interests & Careers
Pioneering, research, science, military, hunting, boxing or fighting for a cause, government and social work.
As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Uttara Aṣāḍha…
Ayurveda & Health Issues
Stomach problems, waist, thighs, and hips, eczema, skin dryness, arthritis, bone problems.