Purva Phalguni Nakshatra – 13° 20′ to 26° 30′ Leo ’

The eleventh lunar mansion resides entirely within the body of Leo the Lion. Called “the former reddish one,” it consists of two stars, Leonis and Zosma, found at the rear flank of the Lion. Purva Phalguni means the “fruit of the tree.” It is also known as Pubba. It is represented by a swinging hammock representing rest and recuperation. Its deity is Bhaga, the God of good fortune and prosperity. Bhaga protects marital happiness and bestows family inheritance. Lord Shiva started on his marriage procession under this star.

The Shiva Lingam is also a symbol of this powerful and creative nakshatra. Purva Phalguni gives the power of creative procreation {prajanana shakti).1 Great wealth and gifts in the fine arts are acquired here. A youthful, carefree, exuberant nature with an incredible zest for life can be experienced through Purva Phalguni, Sensual pleasure, passion, and love and affection are often found in this asterism. Its primary motivation is kama or healthy enjoyments. It is a lunar mansion of fulfillment, good luck, well-being and pleasure that is healing and revitalizing. The animal symbol is a female rat, the vehicle of transport for Lord Ganesha.

Purva Phalguni usually reveals an attractive, virile person with the ability to influence others and deal sweetly with people. It is less competitive than the preceding nakshatra, Magha. Pubba promises success and is victorious over any adversaries it may encounter. It expresses dynamic energy with a divine impulse to manifest its many desires, a strong thirst for direct experience and a readiness to plunge into activities. Pubba serves as a launching pad where the descending soul receives its dharmic marching orders. There is also a great love of music, dance and drama and a sociable nature in this asterism. Its ruling planet is Sukra or Venus, the graha of pleasure.

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The shadow side of Purva Phalguni is vanity, narcissism and indulgence. An interest in black magic or left-handed tantra may occur. This nakshatra can be fierce or severe in nature if afflicted. The rock star and actress Madonna has both her rising sign and natal Moon in this lunar mansion. The Pubba person may crave change and exhibit an impulsive and disturbed mind. They may crave stimulation and sensual excitement; Mick Jagger’s Venus reside here. A promiscuous nature with an addictive personality may result. A showy image that reflects arrogance and pride can be seen here. These people must learn to control their sensory attachments and cultivate generosity, humility, kindness and loyalty to those close to them.

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