The 26th of the 27 Nakshatras is Uttara Bhadra, spanning from 3°20′ to 16°40′ in Pisces/Mina in the Sidereal Zodiac. Uttara, उत्तर, means concluding or higher, i.e. the second part of the two Bhadra Nakshatras, and Bhadra, भद्र, means fortunate, auspicious, pleasant, blessed, and kind. The symbol for this Nakshatra is the twins, which reflects the duality and opposite, yet interconnected, influences upon those with natal Moon in Uttara Bhadra.
Uttara Bhadra lies entirely in Pisces, which is ruled by auspicious and expansive Jupiter, however Uttara Bhadra itself is ruled by restrictive and passive Saturn. Like with its counterpart Purva Bhadra, though challenging, these contrary energies, when brought together can bring about great transformation in the individual. This duality of both contrast and harmony is also reinforced by this Nakshatra’s Guna qualities – sattvic on the one hand and tamasic on the other hand. Though the sattvic quality is dominant, the main motivation, or Purusaartha, is towards Kama, which has a tamasic tendency itself.
The ruling deity of Uttara Bhadra is Ahir Budhnya, the serpent god of the dark deep waters. A serpent or snake symbolizes wisdom, concealed knowledge, growth cycles, and rebirth. See post here for full serpent symbolism. The darkness and water symbolize the unconscious realm. The serpent wisdom or Kundalini energy is often activated in Uttara Bhadra. Those under the influence of this Nakshatra will be drawn towards expanding their consciousness and understanding the hidden wisdom of the psyche, the soul, and the Universe.
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