Uttara Bhādrapadā

Etymology/Symbolism

Uttara Bhādrapadā (उत्तरभाद्रपदा / उत्तरप्रोष्ठपदा), also known as Uttṛṭṭāti, and sometimes known by the name Uttara Proshtapada, is called “the second of the blessed feet,” “the latter one with lucky feet,” or “the beautiful left foot.” The feet, which are connected with the rāśi Meena, represent the love of travel to faraway places.

Uttara Bhādrapadā is also called “the warrior star,” and its natives are powerful and able to care for and protect those close to them.

Uttara Bhādrapadā is represented by dualistic imagery, often a two-headed man, twins, a twin, the number two, two legs of a bed, the back legs of a funeral cot (the other two belonging to Purva Bhādrapadā), and also a snake in the water.

There is much interchange between the symbols of Uttara Bhādrapadā and Purva Bhādrapadā.

Astronomy

Uttara Bhādrapadā resides between 3° 20′ and 16° 40′ Meena (Pisces) and corresponds to γ Pegasi and α Andromedae. These two stars are in a group of four, the other two belonging to Purva Bhādrapadā. These four stars are what form the four legs of the cot.

Classifications

Nature Puruṣārtha Varna Color Gana Guna/Tattva Gender Body Part Animal
Fixed (Dhruva/Sthira) Kama Manushya Sattva/Sattva/Tamas Male Female Cow (sacred)

Because Uttara Bhādrapadā is a fixed constellation, suggesting that it’s is a good time to engage in other activities related to permanence, stability, and structure.

Their primary motivation is kama (desire), which can cause some addiction problems with sex or drugs.

Devata, Graha & Sakti

Uttara Bhādrapadā is ruled by Śani, resides within the rāśi of Meena (ruled by Bṛhaspati), and its presiding deva is Ahir Budhyana, the “Serpent of the Deep.”

Graha

Śani provides discipline, restraint, and self-control over their emotions, behavior, and any anger, making the native much less aggressive than Purva Bhādrapadā. Śani also enables Uttara Bhādrapadā native to endure pain.

Śani’s influence, however, can also cause delays in success, so patience should and thoroughness should be cultivated in one’s life projects.

Bṛhaspati’s influence makes a person cheerful and sometimes wealthy, generous and charitable.

Śani and Bṛhaspati’s combined influence offers a Brahminic nature. Because both grahas are so spiritual, a native may exhibit a priest-like quality that reflects an emphasis on spiritual growth.

Although there is a great propensity for spirituality here, there are many contradictory forces in action due to the opposition between Bṛhaspati and Śani, between its Sattva and Tamas influences, between the warrior and the cow. These contradictory influences emphasize Uttara Bhādrapadā’s dualistic character.

Ahir Budhnya

Ahir Budhnya, the benefic serpent of the depths of the Atmosphere, symbolizes fertility, kundalini energy, and need for seclusion that is experienced in this nakshatra. It brings the power of rain and stability and connects us with the creative powers at the foundations of the world. There can be tremendous psychic ability and a snake-like quality that allows Uttara Bhādrapadā people to explore all the nooks and crannies of life. This serpent of the primeval depths, which can also refer to the depths of the sky, suggets both movement and seclusion (or maybe even movement in seclusion or secrecy), as well as an implication of solitude and retirement. Like Ajaikapada, Ahirbudhnya can reference the power that the Tantrikas call the Kundalini Shakti, an energy which once activated initiates a process of spiritual evolution which climaxes in supreme wisdom, knowledge, enlightenment, and sometimes extraordinary abilities or awareness.

Women born under this star may exhibit the wonderful qualities of the Lakshmi, and with this association, the influence of Uttara Bhādrapadā brings marital happiness, children, wealth, and good health. Uttara Bhadrapada women are said to be the “gem in any family.”

((David Frawley. Shaktis of the Nakshatras.))

((Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras.))

Śakti

Under the rule of Ahir Budhnya, Uttara Bhādrapadā has the power to bring cosmic rain (varshodyamana shakti) and stability. It grants growth and prosperity in a broad way, benefiting the entire world. This makes it very auspicious.

Planetary Placements/Astrological Interpretations

It’s easier to control the anger of Uttara Bhādrapadā than it isto control that of its predecessor, and there is less emphassis on cruelty, deformity, and depravity. Uttara Bhādrapadā displays restraint and planned evil actions are usually controlled or sublimated. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 244.))

As they evolve spiritually, natives of this asterism can become completely detached from all forms of earthly existence and show complete indifference to worldly matters. The shadow side of Uttara Bhādrapadā is similar to its twin, Purva Bhādrapadā. Issues with anger, passion, and aggression can be seen, but to a lesser extent due to Śani’s influence. Uttara Bhādrapadā people can be very secretive, cunning, with a tendency toward gossip.

If afflicted, a lazy, careless, and irresponsible nature may develop. They are warriors, and if angered, they can defeat and vanquish their enemies.  ((Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras.))

((Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 70.))

All planets struggle with letting go of the deeper negative qualities in Uttara Bhadra. These are not immediately visible to the person as they have to work through them in this lifetime. Often certain weaknesses can erupt suddenly or come to light and they need to deal with these aspects before they are ready to move on spiritually.1

Yamas & Niyamas

Dāna (giving of earned wealth, food, or possessions to those in need; generosity, charity, sharing with others): Uttara Bhādrapadā natives have a natural tendency for the niyama of dāna, as they are cheerful, generous, and self-sacrificing.

Āsanas, Meditation, Mantras, Mudras & Bhandas

Ultimately, Uttara Bhādrapadā natives can experience the death of maya through spiritual renunciation. Much solitude and alone time is needed to accomplish both their spiritual and worldly goals. This is a fantastic placement for practitioners of Tantra.

Mythologies & Tales

Padas

Pada 1 Pada 2 Pada 3 Pada 4
Ruler
Position 3° 20′ – 6° 40′ Pisces 6° 40′ – 10° Pisces 10° – 13° 20′ Pisces 13° 20′ – 16° 40′ Pisces
Bija Mantra  दू Du  थ Tha  झ Jha  ञ Da/Tra
Effects  Good  Good  Good  Good
Native’s Nature lustrous, handsome appearance; rich, truthful and popular thin and of good, gentle qualities; follows
the right path and is of vast knowledge
red-haired, foolish, angry, in debt and a liar envious and passionate but broad-minded; a story-teller; collects money daily

Gemstones & Metals

Interests & Careers

  • charity, charitable or non-profit work
  • importing and exporting, travel industry
  • Great devotion, renunciation of the world, indifference to life, religious work (priests, saints), mystical work
  • Enjoyment of extraordinary insight, erudition, intellect, or awareness
  • astrology
  • writing, philosophy, teaching
  • Graveyards and cremation grounds
  • Practicing Tantra
  • Auspiciousness

Engage In

  • building of houses, founding of communities (fixed)
  • activities related to permance, stabiltiy and structure (fixed)
  • religious works (fixed)
  • rites for getting peace (fixed)
  • propitiation of portents (fixed)
  • Vinayaka Shanti (fixed)
  • coronation (fixed)
  • sowing of seeds, planting of small garden (fixed)
  • starting of vocal music (fixed)
  • friendship (fixed)
  • sexual works (fixed)
  • making and wearing of ornaments and clothes (fixed)
  • works allocated to delicate and friendly (Mridu) asterisms (fixed)

Ayurveda & Health Issues

The sides of the body, including the ribs, the sides of the legs, the shins, and the soles of the feet.

foot problems, cold feet, indigestion, constipation, problems with sides of the body and legs, hypertension, stress disorders, allergies, liver problems.


  1. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 244.