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Uttara Ashadha (உத்திராடம்): The Higher Self

Placement: 26° 40’ of Sagittarius to 10° 00’ of Capricorn

Element: Air (Vayu)

Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: 1st and 4th pada/NA

The name Uttara Ashadha translates to "later victorious/invincible," implying that one can emerge as the ultimate winner even in the face of significant obstacles. It also suggests that success may come at a later stage of life when one has acquired the necessary wisdom and experience. The focus of Uttara Ashadha is on the ultimate goal rather than getting distracted by trivial matters along the way. Achieving permanent victory requires qualities such as knowledge, discipline, hard work, focus, and truthfulness, which can elevate a person to a superhuman level of understanding the purpose of life and existence.

According to Puranic scriptures, the devas attained their ultimate victory over the asuras in this nakshatra.

Ruler: The nakshatra Uttara Ashadha is governed by the Sun (Surya) and represents immense responsibilities. Its rulers are Jupiter (Guru) and Saturn (Shani) from the zodiac signs, in addition to the planetary ruler Sun. This nakshatra is associated with the highest solar energy, as it is the final nakshatra governed by the Sun and located in Capricorn, where the Sun receives its directional strength naturally.

Deity: The presiding deity of Uttara Ashadha is Vishwa Devas or Vishwaroopa, which is a combination of all the Gods including Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Devas, and Asuras. The Vishwaroopa form of Lord Krishna in Mahabharata emphasizes that both Devas and Asuras are necessary to maintain balance in the world. Krishna's form highlights that creation, preservation, and destruction all arise from the same source. Lord Ganesha is another deity closely associated with this nakshatra and is regarded as the primary God.

Symbol: The symbol of Uttara Ashadha is an Elephant's tusk. It's important to note that the tusk is also a secondary symbol of its preceding pair of nakshatras, Purva Ashadha. Another symbol associated with Uttara Ashadha is "planks of bed," which represents the comfort and rest one gets after achieving victory.

Animal: The animal associated with this nakshatra is the Mongoose, which is unique in the sense that it is the only animal in the nakshatra belt without a pair. This symbolism represents victory and individuality. The Mongoose is also known as the enemy of Snakes, which signifies the ongoing enmity between Uttara Ashadha and the nakshatras Rohini and Mrigashira.

Guna: Uttara Ashadha is considered a sattvic nakshatra with a strong emphasis on stability and permanence through sattvic ways. As the ruling planet of this nakshatra, Sun is a natural sattvic graha, and its placement in Uttara Ashadha brings out the highest of its abilities.

Power: The power associated with Uttara Ashadha nakshatra is "Apradhrishya Shakti", which refers to the ability to achieve permanent victory.

General attributes: Individuals born under the influence of Uttara Ashadha nakshatra tend to be competitive, strategic, learned, and spiritually inclined. They possess a natural talent for taking on significant responsibilities and often have a life-long passion for teaching and learning. These individuals are also drawn to creative pursuits such as storytelling, writing, and publishing. Morality and ethics hold a significant place in their lives, especially if benefic planetary influences are present. They are known for making well-informed decisions and have a strong sense of justice and order. Uttara Ashadha natives are not content with easy gains and will always strive towards higher goals and achievements. It may be challenging for them to settle for less unless there is a compelling reason. These are general characteristics, and it is important to exercise discretion while interpreting individual birth charts.

Number significance: Uttara Ashadha is the 21st nakshatra in the sequence and this number holds great significance in Puranas. It is associated with Lord Ganesha who is revered as the remover of obstacles. However, this does not imply that success comes easily to those under the influence of Uttara Ashadha. Victory only comes after facing and overcoming numerous hurdles and hardships, which help one to learn the true nature of the world and its subtle intricacies. Such success is permanent and enduring because it comes after developing mental, physical, and spiritual consciousness.

Its Pushkara Navamsha padas further amplify the qualities associated with Uttara Ashadha nakshatra, particularly in its 4th pada which contains Abhijit nakshatra. Abhijit is renowned for being the most victorious among all the nakshatras, and its influence on the already powerful Uttara Ashadha makes it even more potent. The combination of the two nakshatras in the 4th pada indicates a native who is destined for great achievements and success, both in worldly and spiritual pursuits.

Remedy: A recommended remedy for those influenced by Uttara Ashadha is to chant Lord Ganesha's mantra 108 times daily for 21 consecutive days. It is also advised to take good care of one's teeth.

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