Venus entered the constellation of Purvashadha nakshatra (13.20 Sagittarius-26.40) on Friday, Nov. 18th  and stays there until Nov. 30th.  Astronomers know this constellation as  Epsilon, Delta and Sagittarii which are three stars close to the Milky Way .  The Sanskrit name translates into meaning “the former Invincible One” or the “undefeated.” It symbol is a fan which is a mask to hide oneself, or something to cool the fire or to fan the flames.   This Nakshatra is ruled by Venus and as a decorative fan, it shows the glitzy and glamorous side of Venus. It has inspiring energy to keep the fires of enthusiasm burning. It also is good at concealing facts, information, feelings and has a shy and sensitive nature.

The deity of this constellation is Apah, a little known water goddess sometimes associated with the ocean goddess like Aphrodite.  She is the mythical mermaid who is sensitive, alluring, mysterious and exciting.  She is the feminine counterpart of the Ocean god, Varuna.  Her positive side is a procreative fecundity and on the negative side is the poison that she can generate which reminds us of the dangers of gossip.  Still she embodies the higher qualities of Venus and real love and compassion.

One personality quality that this constellation has is that it feels it cannot lose or that she is invincible. She embodies the traditional qualities of Sagittarius of wild, ambitious spirit, wanderlust and it can most easily deal with setbacks.  Hence if Venus is out of balance in the chart, it can lead to unrealistic ideals and ambitions.  Hitler had a moon in this nakshatra and he started a war he thought he could not lose.   Hence the dark side of this constellation is that it may be cruel and ignore others feelings or concerns.  It ends up going overboard, once it has jumped into the fray.  With the strong Jupiter association, people with moon, sun or ascendent in this constellation are able to hold onto the key to joy and happiness and the joy of living.   They are often born show-offs but that is their nature.  They strive to maintain a position at the top of society and maintain a luxurious existence and are a sucker for the the good things in life. They are challenged with educational pursuits  are humble and have many friends and are drawn to law and politics. People born with this constellation will enjoy good health and be good in business  and be very acquisitive.

The Sagittarius quality that comes out most strongly is loyalty and giving great support to those they admire and fighting injustice with heroic valor. Given the tense situation with riots happening we wonder if this transit will give protesters a bit of a tail-wind and sense of invincibility that they cannot lose.

Venus is strong in its own constellation but this can lead to an Achilles heal.   This transit may be a time take up a very creative and artistic project but one has to delve into artistic practice without being too critical.   It can bring out strong passion and sexuality which may hamper spiritual aspirations or get caught up too much in sensual or material pursuits.

Venus is also channeling Jupiter’s energy being in Sagittarius and this can lead too much expansion or over-optimism and over-spending. Be careful with holiday shopping and be realistic about your budget. With Venus moving out of Mula naksthatra where relationships were more complex and painful, there should be some upliftment in this area.

Overall this transit is a good combination of Venus and Jupiter and is a welcome change to the transit through Mula which we just went through.    Hopefully it will lighten the tense energy that many women felt after the election after feeling that they were being punched in the stomach.   Be kind to each other. Do not let politics destroy your personal happiness.  Good and bad politicians have come and gone  but you should remain happy. Use this transit in its highest form to volunteer for a good charity and help others.

All gratitude to Prash Trivedi and Komilla Sutton for their insights into this constellation.

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