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11 Purvaphalguni

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Astronomical, Name, Symbol, Deity, Nature of Functioning, Mode of Functioning,Caste, Gender, Bodyparts,
Direction, Padas, Professions, Places, Guna, Gana, Orientation, Lunar day, Auspicious activities, Inauspicious,
Ruler, Sexual Compatibility,Esoteric, Remedial, Miscellaneous

Purvaphalguni
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(13 20' Leo - 26 40 Leo)

In the Sky:
Purvaphalgunixs represented in the night sky by two bright stars in the back of the constellation of
Leo. These stars can be seen forming a pari: of the lion shape usually associated with the
constellation Leo. However ancient Vedic seers saw these two stars as representing the back legs of a
cot (or the two poles of a swinging hammock). These stars are known in modern astronomy as Delta-
Leonis (Zosma) & Theta-Leonis (Chertan). With a Visual magnitude of 2.56, Zosma is the brighter one
among them. It is very easy to locate these stars in the night sky as Leo is the brightest among the
twelve zodiacal consteilations. These stars are located to the left of the bright star Regulus where the
hindlegs of the lion figure of Leo are supposed to be. Zosma lies on top of Chertan.

Name:
Purvaphalguni translates into the "former reddish one", "the former" or "little fig tree". The colour red
always evokes a Wide variety of meanings and feelings and as we shall see, this nakshatra has a lot
to do with the nature, qualities and temperament generally associated with the colour red. The "fig
tree" translation is a more obscure one and relates to the procreative aspect of this asterism.

Symbol:
Its main symbol is the front legs of a couch or bed. The bed referred to here is not the bed we use for
sieeping on during the night time, but a divan or bed/couch used for a daytime siesta or lounging
around. Some astrologers also use a swinging hammock as one of Purvaphalguni's Symbols. It is
pretty clear from the above symbols that 'comfort' is the keyword for this nakshatra. In the cycle of the
27 nakshatras, the soul looks for comfort and enjoyment after attaining the 'throne' in the previous
nakshatra.

Purvaphalguni relates to a time where we look for rest, relaxation and amusement after fulfilling our
worldly duties and responsibilities (activities ruied by the previous nakshatra). The symbolism of the
front legs of a bed/couch relates to the beginning part of this relaxation process. When we are very
tired and hop onto a couch or a bed we usually go into a mode of complete relaxation in the beginning
(the time period varies from individual to individual). Purvaphalguni relates to this beginning period
where we feel like doing no activity and are completely intent upon renewing our energy.
Purvaphalguni is thus strongly related with the forces of renewal, which ultimately link it to the process
of creation itself.

It is difficult for some of us to understand how something can be creative without being active. All
activity is dependant upon periods of non-activity. Nothing or no one can work all the time. It is the
periods of rest which provide the impulse for the creative/active periods. A lot of scientists and
researchers have found that the Solution to a problem usually comes to them, not when they are
actually working at the problem, but in the period when they have taken their mind off it and are in a
state of complete relaxation. In the fast paced life of modern times, especially in cities, people have
forgotten the importance of having adequate periods of rest between activities. This is probably the
root cause for most of the physical and psychological traumas faced by the fast paced city dweller.
However one must be careful not to amplify the Purvaphalguni energy, which usually results in
excessive laziness and indulgence.

Deity :
Bhaga, one of the twelve Adityas (solar deities), is the main ruling deity of this nakshatra. He is often
referred to as the "morning star", which might be a reference to the planet Venus. As we shall discover
later,Venus is the planetary ruier of this nakshatra and was seen in ancient times as a planet
representing the solar aspect of nature. Bhaga's name translates roughly into "delight". A similar
sanskrit word calied "bhoga" translates into "pleasure" or "indulgence". The term "Bhaga" finds use in
"bhagavan" (f ll of delight), one of the sanskrit names often used for gods, incarnations and evolved
souls. In keeping with his name, Bhaga is known for bestowing rest, relaxation, enjoyment, pleasure,
affection, sexual passion and marital felicity. Thus Purvaphalguni is seen to promote all of the above
indications.

Bhaga's strong relationship with enjoyment and merriment makes this one of the most carefree
nakshatras. Purvaphalguni natives don't like to worry as long as they are comfortable, especially from
a physical point of view. Bhaga's Obsession with physicality often makes Purvaphalguni natives
overtly concerned with their bodies. Bhaga's amorous nature gives Purvaphalguni natives a strong
desire to appear beautiful and be appreciated. Bhaga Stands for an easy life f ll of comfort and luxury
and this is what all Purvaphalguni natives aspire for. Bhaga relates to that solar aspect of nature,
which makes life worth living. If one removes the pleasure aspect from the universe, not many souls
will be willing to take part in the game of life.
Bhaga is always usualfy invoked along with Aryaman, the ruling deity of Uttaraphalguni, the following
nakshatra. As we shall discover later, these nakshatras form a pair in the same vein as Mrigashira and
Ardna.
Purvaphalguni is directly connected to the Shiva Ungarn, the most commonly worshipped form of
Shiva. The fact that Shiva's penis is worshipped more than Shiva as a whole, relates to the penis
being a regenerative symbol, representing creation and continuation of life; while Shiva as a whole is
the god of destruction. Purvaphalguni thus relates to the creative and delightful aspect of Shiva, which
can be easily understood through the stories and legends associated with him. It is interesting to note
that the penis is the most delicate part of male anatomy. This fact brings out the essential tender
quality of Purvaphalguni.

Nature & functioning :


After the victory crown and throne achieved through intense battles in Magha, it is natural that rest,
relaxation and enjoyment follow. This is what Purvaphalguni is all about. A period of rest follows every
period of activity, just like a sunny calm follows a storm. Amongst all the nakshatras, Purvaphalguni is
the most related to the recreational aspect of nature's functionings. It offers shelter from the
vicissitudes of the drama of life.

The sense of seif having been firmly established in Magha, seif -absorption reaches a peak in this
nakshatra. Just like a tired person looking for some place and time to rest, the concerns here are me,
myself and I. The intensive absorption of this nakshatra makes it dramatic. The fact that it falls in the
middle of the sign of dramatics, Leo, further encourages this tendency, making it the most theatrical
amongst the nakshatras. Purvaphalguni natives have a strong desire to be noticed for what they are
and what they do. This is the reason why a lot of Purvaphalguni natives fall prey to pretentious
behaviour and attitudes. Learning anything, especially new things, becomes very hard for such natives
as they don't want to look beyond their own little world, no matter how superficial it might be. If it
wasn't for Purvaphalguni, terms like "vanity" and "pompousness" wouldn't exist.
Despite its self-indulgent eccentricity, Purvaphalguni is a social nakshatra. It likes to function within
prevailing social Standards. Despite its natural fixed character, it shows amazing flexibility when it
comes to fitting the prevailing social norms. It likes the comfort and safety of blending in, ratherthan
Standing out. In its positive aspect, Purvaphalguni can be a warm, sustaining and nourishing influence
on those around then. It is one of the cornerstone nakshatras which keep up the pillars of human
society.

Having said this, it must be remembered that Purvaphalguni is a naturally cruel nakshatra and
therefore natives under its strong influence can be expected to be capable of carrying out ruthless
acts. Purvaphalguni's cruelty usually comes out when its rest, relaxation or amusement is disturbed by
an outside agency. Natives under its influence get easily hurt and get extremely vindictive over small
issues. This is especially the case if they don't get the requisite amount of attention from others which
they think they deserve in their own minds.

Despite their limitations of pride, jealousy and vindictiveness, these natives are quite delightful
creatures to be around when appreciating the finer enjoyments in life. They can be the most fun to
hang around socially, as they radiate their Leonine warmth and beneficence from their position on the
bed or couch. It is very easy to spot a Purvaphalguni native in a crowd as they will be the one in the
most comfortable spot. They are usually in no hurry to begin the day's activities and like to lead lives of
luxury, even if they can't afford to. They are not overachievers except in areas where little physical
discomfort is demanded of them. They are happy idling about in the office, in the arts studio, making
love or entertaining others with their personality. Most of their efforts go in trying to make themselves
comfortable or exploring their own personal feelings, thoughts and emotions. They usually end up
having a family but are often not very suited for the parental role. Their seif obsessive aspect usually
makes them cruel or unnerving for their children.

In the universal scheme of things, Purvaphalguni relates to "prajanana shakti" - the power to
procreate. Its symbolism has female above and male below. It is immediately apparent that
Purvaphalguni is all about creation through union of the polar natural opposites. Its objective is
creation of a family on the macrocosmic as well as microcosmic level.
Mode of Functioning :
Purvaphalguni is considered to be a Balanced nakshatra. Purvaphalguni balances creativity with
relaxation, work with pleasure, aggression with gentleness. The aesthetically refined aspect of this
nakshatra arises out of its ability to find a delicate balance with objects, colours and the like. As far as
being active is concerned, it is a lazy nakshatra.

Caste :
It belongs to the Brahmin caste. Purvaphalguni relays the brahminical side of the brahmin planet
Venus. Shukra Charya, the. presiding deity of Venus, is the perceptor of the demons and has the
unique distinction of knowing Sanjivinividya (knowledge of bringing the dead back to life), which even
Brihaspati, the perceptor of the gods, does not possess. A brahmin is someone who is supposed to
understand the secret functionings of Maya and Venus's association with Purvaphalguni relates it to all
kinds of occult knowledge.

Gender :
It is a Female nakshatra. Even though both of its ruling deities are male, the primary impulses of this
nakshatra, like beauty, vanity, love of ease, comfort and luxury are all primarily feminine concerns.
They come about due to this nakshatra's strong connection with Venus,which is seen in Jyotish as a
feminine planet.

Bodyparts & Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution) :


The Sex Organs, the Lips and the Right Hand are the body parts related to this nakshatra.
It is a primarily "Pitta" (fiery) nakshatra. Its pitta quality arises out of its connection with Leo, a pitta
sign and Sun, a pitta planet. Fire is the essence of desire.

Direction :
It is related primarily to the directional are between south east and east.

Padas (Quarters) :
The first pada or quarter of this asterism 13 20' - 16 40' Leo falls in Leo Navamsa ruled by Sun.
The emphasis here is on just I, I & more I. The evolved souls can use the warmth of their soul power
to illuminate the minds ofthose around them, whereas for younger souls planets in this pada just
heighten the ego. "Dignity" and "Regality" are the keywords here. Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Ketu can
function strongly here and give some sort of executive ability.

The second pada or quarter of this asterism 16 40' - 20 00' Leo falls in Virgo Navamsa ruled by
Mercury. This is the most sober and hardworking amongst all of these naturally pompous and lazy
padas. The emphasis here is on trade and enterprise. A well placed Mercury here can give good
common sense and heavy gains through trade.

The third pada or quarter of this asterism 20 00' - 23 20' Leo falls in Libra Navamsa ruled by
Venus. This pada brings out the indulgent as well as creative Venusian aspect of Purvaphalguni. The
emphasis here is on travel, harmony, relaxation, refinement, counselling, creation and appreciation of
beauty. Since this is the Pushkara Navamsha pada most planets except Sun give good results here.
Venus is especially strong in this pada.
The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism 23 20' - 26 40' Leo falls in Scorpio Navamsa ruled by
Mars. The emphasis here is on intensified emotions, home and family life, seif reflection and personal
valour. Passions are very strong here and all things in life are approached with a martian spirit.
Planets here usuaily give rise to a lot of unnecessary strife and complexity. Only a well placed Sun
and Jupiter are capable of utilizing this pada's inner positive fashion.

Professions :
Animal trainers; Government Officials; Executives; Diplomats; Dealers in products related to women;
Gemstone Industry; Entertainers; Beauticians; Make up Artists; Models; Photographers; Event
Managers; Art Gallery Managers; Singers, mostly romantic types; Musicians (more into harmonies
than other aspects of music); Creative Artists; Teaching profession in general; Dyemakers;
Physical Fitness Trainers; Interior Decorators and Designers; All professions connected with
Marriages, Marriage Ceremonies & Childbirths; Nannies; Doctors (both Naturopaths and Allopaths);
Sex-Therapists; SIeep Therapists; Masseurs; Those involved in Dating Agencies; Biologists; Leisure
and Tourism Industry; People connected with Production & Distribution of Incenses, Toiletries and
related Venusian Products; Goldsmiths & Jewellers; Wool, Cotton and Silk industry; Secretarial Jobs.

Places:
Hot tropical landscapes; Flowery landscapes; Beaches; Entertainment halls; Exhibition places;
Bedroom; Tourist resorts; Spas; Living rooms; Art galleries; Beauty parlours; Markets, especially the
kind related to Venusian products; Pretty cottages, buildings and homes; All places connected with the
above mentioned professions.

Guna (Essence) and Tattwa (Element) :


It is supposed to be a Rajasic nakshatra. Purvaphalguni is very engrossed on the material plane. Its
planetary ruier Venus is supposed to be the most rajasic among planets. It represents the "desire"
aspect of nature, which breeds life and makes the whole process of living exciting and delightful.

It belongs to the Water element. Purvaphalguni's connection with Venus, a watery planet, would
account for this Classification. Water breeds life (it is clear that all sentient life began in the oceans),
and Purvaphalguni is representative of the creative potential in nature. Even sperm are carried by a
watery fluid known as semen and the mating of sperm with the ova takes place in a watery medium.

Gana (Type):
It is considered a Manusha or human nakshatra. Purvaphalguni's Strang involvement with society,
human relationships and procreation make it very concerned with what can be termed as human
affairs. It is one of the nakshatras dedicated to sustaining the drama of life.

Orientation & Disposition :


It is an Upward nakshatra. Purvaphalguni fosters any kind of growth. The seed may lie beneath the
ground, but the plant grows upwards. Purvaphalguni is intimately connected with the biological
process of cell division, which is responsible for making a tree out of a seed, or a baby out of a sperm.
Purvaphalguni natives always look upwards towards the sky, the gods and the creator for its
inspiration and answers.

It is an Ugraor fierce nakshatra. It comes as a surprise that a soft, pleasure loving and comfort seeking
nakshatra should have a fierce temperament. This relates to Purvaphalguni's tendency to get overtly
disgusted when it does not get what it wants. As we have discussed earlier, Purvaphalguni natives are
prepared to go to any lengths in Order to secure the luxury and comfort which they think is their right.
Disturbing Purvaphalguni's comfort zone is akin to disturbing a sleeping lion.

Lunor Month & Day :


It relates to the first half of the lunar month of Phalguna, which usually falls in late February in the solar
calendar.
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Purva Phalguni is also related to the Trayodashi (13 tithi or day) of the waxing and waning phases of
the Moon's monthly cycle.

Auspicious Activities :
Marriage, sex, romance; Good for dealing with authorities and all kinds of persuasion; A good
nakshatra for Clearing out the air in relation to long Standing disputes; Good for confronting enemies
in a gentle appeasing way; Rest, reiaxation and enjoyment; Artistic activities like painting, singing etc.;
Good for using Charisma or personal power for gaining wanted ends; Good for buying property;
Matters relating to property and construction in general.
Inauspitious Activities :
Unfavourable for all activities which require lessening down of ego; Not good for starting new things;
Not good for intellectual activities; Not good for healing or curing diseases; Illnesses which start at this
time are hard to overcome.

Planetary Ruler :
Sun and Venus are the two planets related to this nakshatra, Venus being its main planetary ruler.
Venus's involvement with this nakshatra is obvious from the fact that the main functioning of
Purvaphalguni is procreation. Venus relates to the force which produces attraction between the
opposite sexes and the main focus of Purvaphalguni centres around this attraction. Sun, however, is
connected with one's sense of seif and is not very comfortable with the idea of losing one's seif to
another, something which Venus naturally Stands for.

Purvaphalguni is a battleground for the conflict between ego, love and harmony. It helps to know that
the Venusian energy is stronger in comparision to Solar energy here (in Krittika it was the opposite
way round).

The fact that Sun and Venus are natural enemies makes Purvaphalguni a volatile and turbulent
nakshatra. The decision to be made here is how much of the seif should be sacrificed in order for love
and harmony to find their rightful place. Creativity is the only common meeting point between Sun and
Venus. This is the reason why Purvaphalguni is able to be creative and constructive despite a plethora
of inner rages and tumults.

Sun/Venus conjunction or exchange in a horoscope carries energies similar to Purvaphalguni. Sun,


Mars and Venus usually give strong results here but as always a lot depends on the pada they
occupy.

Vowels and Alphabets :


The first pada or quarter of this asterism 13 20' -16 40' Leo corresponds to "Mo" as in Mohicans.
The second pada or quarter of this asterism 16 40' - 20 00' Leo corresponds to "Ta" as in Tai na.
The third pada or quarter of this asterism 20 00' - 23 20' Leo corresponds to "Tee" as in Tina.
The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism 23 20' - 26 40' Leo corresponds to "Too" as in Tooth.
In the Sanskrit aiphabet Purvaphalguni corresponds to "Cha", consequently its mantra is "Om Cham".

Sexual Type and Compatibility :


Its sexual animal is a Rat, thus its sexual nature is similar to that of Magna, the previous nakshatra. As
discussed earlier, rats are highly reproductive animals and produce scores of progeny. They are
always busy scurrying around, which makes Purvaphalguni quite indefatigable when it comes to
sexual or creative activity. Purvaphalguni is most compatible with the other rat nakshatra, Magha.
For sexual & marital compatibility with other nakshatras please refer to the tables on pages 457 &458.

Esoteric :
Purvaphalguni relates to the masculine creative spark which touches upon the passive feminine
principle and puts it into creative motion. The feminine principle in nature is by itself passive (the
quality which makes Purvaphalguni lazy), and needs an external force to set it alight. The Moon, which
represents the feminine principle among planets, also needs a male source in form of the Sun in order
to function.

All the Puranic stories relating to Shiva's phallus and the reasons why Shiva is worshipped in the
phallic form relate to Purvaphalguni's functioning.

In a famous story, the seven sages living in a Himalayan pine forest in Krita Yuga (the golden age) are
tormented by Shiva who Visits their hermitage in a wild, naked form and all the womenfolk get
seduced by his erect hanging phallus. The sages in their puritanical narrowmindedness curse that
Shiva's phallus should fall off. Shiva respects their wishes and lets his phallus get castrated. As soon
as this happens the whole balance of the universe gets unsett)ed. Brahma intervenes and asks the
sages to worship the Linga (phallus) they had castrated in their moment of foolishness. Shiva pleased
by their devotion and worship takes on his Linga again and thus universal balance is restored.

Even in the present age, Shiva is still primarily worshipped in a Linga form to make sure that
puritanicalism never steps over the male primeval regenerative principle represented by the Linga,
Amongstthe nakshatras, Purvaphalguni and Uttarapfia/gunirelate to this importantaspectof universal
functioning.

Purvaphalguni relates to the bhakti path where the devotee likes to see the supreme governing entity
as "the Beloved". The lives of bhakti saint figures like Surdas and Meera, who saw Krishna as a
playmate and beloved respectively, illustrate Purvaphalguni's way of encountering the eternal divinity.

Gotra (Celestial Lineage):


This nakshatra is related to the Sage Atri, one of the seven celestial sages looking after the affairs of
our galaxy. The name of this sage translates into "one who consumes". As we have discussed in
Rohim) the sage Atri seems to have two opposing tendencies, creative and dissoluting. Along with
Rohini, Purvaphalguni relates to the creative aspect of this sage.

Remedial:
Worship of Laxmi and other goddesses related to creativity and prosperity; worship of all fertility
goddesses; worship of Shiva through his Shiva Ungarn - are all good ways to harness the creative
Potential of this nakshatra.
Repetition of the root mantra of this nakshatra - "Om Cham" 108 times when Moon transits this
nakshatra and in its corresponding lunar month is sure to reduce suffering and bring enlightenment
into a person's life.

Persons who are benefiting from the positive energy of this nakshatra can also increase the good
effects through the above mentioned ways. It is helpful for them to wear all light, variegated colours
and pastel shades, especially yellows, pinks and whites. Predominantly feminine designs and
accessories are good. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits
Purvaphalguni to undertake all important actions.

Example :
Madonna, the famous popstar, has her Moon and Ascendant in this nakshatra, Even though the
gaudier side of this nakshatra is expressed through her music and showmanship, she has profited
from utilizing the sexual aspect of this nakshatra.

Miscellaneous :
According to Varahamihira, those with Moon in Purvaphalguni are "generous in bestowing liberal gifts,
have sweet speech, pleasing manners, a habit of wandering and often serve the government in one
way or the other". Even though our example doesn't seem to be directly related to government
functionings, the truth is that she is one of the many pawns who are used by the ruling elite for
directing mass trends and tastes.

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