Uttara Phalguṇī

Etymology & Symbolism

Uttara Phalguṇī (उत्तर फाल्गुनी) is symbolized by a hammock, bed, couch, or two of four legs of a bed – the two other legs residing in neighboring Pūrva Phalguṇī. These two Phalguṇīs represent the creative energy bestowed upon the individual soul.

The Four Legs

The four legs over the couch or bed represent the lower quadrant of the human being consisting of his physical sheath, the etheric double which provides the channel for the flow of vital energy, the astral sheath which radiates and responds to emotional vibrations, and the mental sheath which enables the individual to think. These four legs are also much like Brahma’s four heads, the four dimensions of space, the four states of consciousness [confirm], and the four Vedas. These aspects of cosmic evolution provide the arena in which the individual acts and the vehicle through which the soul can express itself. The Phalguṇīs represent the unity that is present between the various capabilities of the human individual, which during the course of his evolution are brought into function. As with Purva Phalguni, the four legs of the bed exercises that number before and they need for rest. The four directions of space are indicated here and within this parameter the entire universe is enclosed and the four natural forces operate.1

Magnetism

Uttara Phalguṇī is also much like a passive magnetic field, wherein the individual soul has the scope in which to operate.2

Leo

Leo

Astronomy

Uttara Phalguṇī resides between 26° 40′ Simha (Leo) and 10° Kanyā (Virgo) and consists (primarily) of the star β Leonis (Denebola), Simha’s third-brightest star.

Denebola is an A-type main sequence star. Based on parallax measurements, the star is at a distance of about 36 light-years from Earth. Its apparent visual magnitude is 2.14, making it readily visible to the naked eye. Denebola is a suspected Delta Scuti type variable star, meaning its luminosity varies very slightly over a period of a few hours.

Classifications

Nature Puruṣārtha (motivation) Varna Color Dosha Gana Guna/Tattva Gender Body Part Animal
Manushya Moksa Vata Manushya Tamas/Rajas/Sattva Male cow/bull

Uttara Phalguṇī’s primary motivation is Moksa (liberation), while its basic attribute is Tamas (inertia), with Rajas and Sattva taking the secondary and tertiary attributes.

Devas, Grahas & Śaktis

Uttara Phalguṇī is ruled by Sūrya and resides within the rāśis of Simha (Leo) and Kanyā (Virgo), which are ruled by Sūrya and Budha. Its presiding deva is Aryaman((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryaman)), one of the Ādityas (Aditi’s third son), the God of Patronage.

The first quarter of the asterism is in Simha, ruled by Sūrya, while its remaining three quarters fall within Kanyā, ruled by Budha.

The first quarter (Sūrya/Sūrya) is supercharged with Sun energy, as its rāśi’s ruler and its own ruler are Sūrya. Sūrya’s rāśi itself is a sign of immense activity and pride, and Sūrya, in ts happy place, can successfully exercise its desire for leadership, control, and ambition. This strong Sūrya presence often offers a strong physique, good eyesight, and high ambition. A strong ego should be well-managed, but this will help an individual overcome feelings of constraint or creative restriction.

Budha’s rāśi of Kanyā, however, has the ability to develop the latent potentialities in man – including revealing of various yogic powers and encouragement of the exploration of life’s deep mysteries.3 Surya/Budha puts more focus on the intellect and mind and don’t give natives the automatic leg-up that Surya/Surya provides. A Surya-infused intellect creates straight-forwardness and the ability to be mentally strong and empowering, sure-minded, and tenacious in achieving what originates from their minds.

At the deeper, quartered pada level, Uttara Phalguṇī undergoes a shift of rulership from Brihaspati to Śani, then from Śani back to Brihaspati. This could indicate the possibility of the individual developing deep into nature’s mysteries. The hidden powers of nature, which are directly related to Kanyā, find under this asterism the best conditions for unfoldment. The possibilities of spiritual growth and mental expansion under this is immense. The central impulse covered by the second and third quarters under Śani concentrates on the consolidation of faculties acquired, while those unfolded under Brihaspati get impetus for expansion.4

Surya-Aryama

Surya-Aryama

Aryaman

In the divine scheme of things, Aryaman (अर्यमन्‌) rules patronage, favors, and kindness. He signifies a close friend, play-fellow, or companion. In the Ṛgveda, Aryaman is described as the protector of mares, and the Milky Way (aryamṇáḥ pánthāḥ) is said to be his path.

Aryaman is renowned for his fighting and leadership and shows courage and endurance that descends upon season fighters who are confident of their strength, the righteousness of their mission, and the final victorious outcome of their efforts. This is an asterism which enables the individual soul to appear with all its capabilities developed as a result of fighting his way through the realm of matter. It is an asterism of ambition, difficulties, and righteous struggle.5

Savitṛ

Uttara Phalguni’s power is the giving of accumulation or prosperity (chayani shakti) through marriage or union. It indicates both the need for union and for organizing the resources gained through it. Its ruler, Bhaga, the god of happiness, is also a god of wealth who brings about the right apportionment of resources.6

Summary/Astrological Interpretations

Upside

Uttara Phalguṇī is connected to friendship, helpfulness, and a loving nature. Family unity is emphasized in this lunar mansion. Kindness and compassion is experienced here. The first pada of Uttara Phalguṇī helps an individual overcome feelings of constraint or creative restriction. The last three padas may reveal yogic powers and encourage the exploration of life’s deep mysteries.

Natives are generally happy people, loved by all due to their generous dispositions. They earn money and success through formal education as well as experiential learning. This asterism creates leaders in their fields who are stable and successful with many fine qualities. Courage, endurance, ambition, and fighting for righteous causes may be observed. Spiritual growth and mental expansion can take an individual to great heights with well-directed efforts.

Folks in Uttara Phalguṇī are known for their philanthropic work. They are always seen in helping other and leading a life with Dharma. They are respectful, obedient and kind. These people make good householders , be it wife or husband. They usher prosperity in a marriage life. Brings luck in marriages.7

Downside

Uttara Phalguṇī can also give people a deep sense of loneliness if they are not involved in a meaningful relationship. Issues of codependency and over-giving may be present. Resentment and ingratitude toward significant others may result. The individual must learn to befriend loneliness instead of feeling lonely. A danger in meddling in black magic or left-handed tantra can occur because of the desire to control others. A critical streak may be observed.8

Disturbances, though, are necessary to obtain the state in which Uttara Phalguṇī’s basic power, inner urges, and restless energy can favorably solidify.

Planetary Placements

Budha is exalted in Uttara Phalgunī.

When Uttara Phalguṇī is in some way prominent in a birth chart, there may be gain or scandal or both through amorous adventures.9

While benefits well placed in this Nakshatra may enhance intimate relationships, malefics that are poorly placed there will disturb them.

Yamas & Niyamas

The Yamas of Dayā and Ārjava are displayed in Uttara Phalgunī.

The Niyama of Vrata, which is following a path of ethical conduct and making and keeping one’s vows or resolutions is also displayed here, as represented in its role in marriage vows and… In addition, the presiding deva himself, Aryaman, rules the rules of society.

Āsanas, Mudras, Meditations, Mantra & Bhandas

Tales & Mythologies

Padas

Pada 1 Pada 2 Pada 3 Pada 4
Ruler Brihaspati (Sagittarius) Śani (Capricorn) Śani (Aquarius) Brihaspati (Virgo)
Position 26° 40′ – 30° Siṃha 0° –  3° 20′ Kanya 3° 20′ –  6° 40′ Kanya 6° 40′ –  10° Kanya
Bija Mantra टे Te/Tay टो To पा Pa/Paa पी Pi/Pee

Gemstones & Metals

Interests & Careers

  • Involvement in high position of wealth and positions which hold a person in high esteem by others, like media or sports personalities, actors, or sex symbols. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 230))10
  • Writers, actors, may arise from the first pada, which resides in Simha. Overcoming constraint or creative restriction is offered in this pada.11 (due to opportunities for growth and creative expansion)
  • Yogic powers and exploration of life’s deep mysteries (last three padas)
  • Interest in helping their fellow beings, like social and health workers and philanthropists, healers. ((deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 230.))((Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 49.))
  • Astrology, astronomy, mathematics.12
  • Business sales-related interests.13

Shares many of the indications of Pūrva Phalgunī.

Auspiciousness/Engage In

Inauspiciousness/Avoid

As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Uttara Phalgunī…

Potential Problems

Uttara Phalguni can also give people a deep sense of loneliness if they are not involved in a meaningful relationship. Issues of codependency and over-giving may be present. Resentment and ingratitude toward significant others may result. The individual must learn to befriend loneliness instead of feeling lonely. A danger in meddling in black magic or left-handed tantra can occur because of the desire to control others. A critical streak may be observed.14

Ayurveda & Health Issues

Uttara Phalgunī is indicative of the lips, reproductive organs, and the left hand.15 Also considered indicative of the hands and arms in general. Can be responsible for skin sensitivities and digestive trouble.16

Those born under this asterism are believed to have good health, generally. However, men may be prone to body aches, dental problems, gastric troubles, and liver and intestinal problems. Women may suffer from mild asthma, menstrual troubles, and severe headaches.17


  1. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. pp. 205-206. 

  2. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 206. 

  3. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 205. 

  4. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 206. 

  5. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 205.)

    He is often invoked jointly with Bhaga, the Aditya who is the presiding deity of neighboring Purva Phalguṇī and who is responsible for marital love, sensuality, and wealth acquired through personal merit. Hindu marriage oaths are administered with an invocation to Aryaman being the witness to the event. Purva and Uttara Phalguṇī’s deities are often worshipped together due to their special, complimentary, and sometimes interchangeable relationship.

    Aryaman is also commonly invoked together with Varuna-Mitra, Bṛhaspati, and other Adityas and Asuras.

    Uttara Phalguṇī, through its association with Aryaman, has an additional connotation of eagerness to help others and alleviate suffering through kindness and generosity. It also indicates the people one approaches for favors in boons, the patronage one is likely to receive in life, and one’s intimates and very close friends. ((LOL 230 

  6. David Frawley. Shaktis of the Nakshatras

  7. https://jyotisa.wordpress.com/tag/nakshaktra/ 

  8. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras 

  9. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 230. 

  10. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 49. 

  11. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 49. 

  12. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 49. 

  13. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. p. 49. 

  14. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. 

  15. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 230. 

  16. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. 

  17. https://vedictime.com/en/library/nakshatra/uphalguni