The twelfth of the 27 Nakshatras is Uttara Phalguni, which spans from 26°40′ in Leo/Simha to 10°00′ in Virgo/Kanya in the Sidereal Zodiac. Uttara, उत्तर, means concluding, and Phalguni, फाल्गुनी, is that which gives fruit or fulfills our wishes and desires. This is the second half of a constellation in the shape of a bed. Purva Phalguni, which is the eleventh Nakshatra, is the other half.
The symbol for Uttara Phalguni is the four legs of a bed or cot, which represent the flow of power, courage, ambition, and righteousness down from the Divine or Higher Self into the physical and earthly plane. Each of the four legs symbolize the four koshas, or sheaths, that our souls (Anandamaya Kosha) experience here on Earth: the physical Annamaya Kosha, the subtle Pranamaya Kosha, the emotional or astral Manomaya Kosha, and the intellectual Vijanamaya Kosha.
The ruling planet for this Nakshatra is the Sun, that which represents our Higher Selves, our souls, the Divine, and our source of power, life, and creation here on Earth. The ruling deities, like Uttara’s first half, are Aryaman and Bhaga, showing that this too can be a very auspicious Nakshatra. The main motivation, or Purushaartha, is Moksha, and the Guna influence is equally sattvic, raja sic, and tamasic. One under the influence of or whose natal Moon is in Uttara Phalguni can unify the inner and the outer with the awareness of being a soul experiencing human existence, and can achieve success both materially and spiritually.
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