Mars transits into a new constellation on Saturday which is know by Western astronomers as Pegasus (sidereal Aquarius 20-Pisces 3.20) and the in the Vedic lore is called Purvabhadrapada. The symbols for this unique nakshatra are a sword, the first two legs of a funeral cot, and a two faced man. The sword represents the ability to cut through negativity to get to the truth. The two faced man indicates the ability to see both sides of an issue but also may be symbolic in Western psychology of our dark side or shadow   This nakshatra is ruled by the benefic Jupiter, which reflects the high idealism of this asterism but for a star ruled by Jupiter, it has an unusual dark quality to it.  On the positive side, this constellation teaches to lead a life of personal sacrifice with no expectation of glory. On the dark side it can bring out sexual obsessions and greedy power struggles. Luckily in transit, it will be channeling a strong Jupiter that is the auspicious star of Spica in Virgo and bring out the higher qualities.

The Diety of this constellation obscure and is called Aja-Ekapada or the one-footed goat that is part of the entourage of Shiva and in Tarot it is connected to the devil card.  It is troubling that secret societies like the Illuminati consider the goat god their main deity and this constellation is connected with black magic.  On a symbolic level this is a constellation where the fires of Shiva can destroy those aspects of a decaying society.  Given the power struggles going on between George Soros, the CIA and our new President, we wonder what fireworks develop as planets transit through here this spring with Mars starting on Saturday and then Venus going into this constellation on Jan. 17-31st and Mercury March 6-12th and the Sun, March 5-17th.

For a constellation ruled by Jupiter, this star is connected with negative human traits including paranoia, pessimism, debauchery, violence, cruelty and erratic sexual behavior.  It is by far the most intense constellation in the zodiac. If you were born with the Sun here between March 5-17th or have the ascendent or moon here, the major lessons are learning humility and not getting caught in the ego.  If you are born under this star, it is important to get devoted to the light right away.   Still people in this constellation are sincere, hard-working and will do anything to achieve their goals. If course if Jupiter, the lord of this star, is well placed and strong in your natal chart like in Pisces or Sagittarius or Cancer or in strong houses like the 1st, 5th or 9th, the higher qualities of the star will emerge.  Often great artists are born under this star and  will use this dark energy to create great arts.  Still people born with this star will have extremes in sexual behavior that may be viewed by society as abnormal or out of the box.

Mars, a very sexual planet, could be at its worse particularly in the first part of the transit until Jan 16th where more anger and aggression and sexual energy may come out.  The latter part of the transit Jan. 17- Jan. 24th should be more benign.  We wonder if more violence or sexual assault activity and problems in Europe will emerge with this transit.

So the energies of this star are intense.  They can lead us to penance, detachment and generosity and purification of our dark side.  It is the most Jekyll and Hyde constellation in the zodiac.  People born under this constellation may look well-mannered and acceptable on the outside but are they using their wealth and resources to benefit society?  Do they have secret sexual agendas in their closet?

It will be interesting to observe if a lot of aggressive and sexual energy emerges with this transit and Venus and Neptune are still in Aquarius stirring the pot.  I suspect that it churn up a lot of great energy for writing those pop-boilers that we see on TV like Empire and which are so captivating to watch.

The highest aspect of this constellation is learning to purify our dark side and surrender our ego and find our highest calling for more service and philanthropic action.  Use the winter months with the planets going through here to move through your habits and addictions and become more devoted to the highest.

Jupiter transiting through the auspicious star of Spica (Chitra) should support the higher energies and we in fact have a rare exchange of nakshatras with Mars in Jupiter’s star and Jupiter in Mars’s star and this should bring out Mars’s higher energies of service.  We will have to think more on this exchange and it will affect different people in different ways with Scorpio, Taurus, Leo rising signs probably benefiting the most.

Special thanks to my teachers Komilla Sutton and Prash Trivedi for their insights on this constellation.

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