Sunday, August 26, 2012


Vega – Lyra – Uttarashada

Uttarashada is the nakshatra that precedes Sravana.  It is the place where the star Vega can be found, but it is not as important as it was 5000 years ago!  It is superseded by the stars at the part of Sagittarius that lies near Capricorn.   “Uttarashada, the pinnacle of solar energy, is represented in the celestial firmament by four bright stars which the ancients saw as resembling an elephant's tusk.  In modern astronomy, they are known as Sigma-Sagittarii (Ascell�), Tau-Sagittarii, Phi-Sagittari/& Zeta-Sagittarii (Nunki). These four stars lie in the end portion of the astronomical constellation of Sagittarius. However, it must be noted that this asterism's influence extends into the first ten degrees of the zodiacal sign of Capricorn as well. Nunki, having a Visual magnitude of 2.07, is the brightest among them. According to the legend, these stars correspond to the celestial area where the godly forces got their final victory over the demonic forces.“

It is considered to be ‘feminine’ though its’ planetary and astrological rulers are ‘masculine’.  While this seems to ‘bother’ some astrologers, remember that there were goddesses associated with this area of the sky through Vega. Vega is not the primary star for a predictive nakshatra in modern Jyotish since the advent of the 27 lunar mansion system, replaced the older 28 nakshatra system.  Vega and the other stars of Uttarashada belong to the Kshatriya (warrior) caste.  It is the caste of royalty and leadership.  The star Vega is a Heavenly Princess in China.
The symbol is an elephant’s tusk, the planetary ruler is the Sun and the animal is a mongoose.

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