EYE ON ASTROLOGY: Mercury in Ashlesha (Cancer 16.40-29.59)/Hydrae July 12-July 20th
Mercury moved into its own constellation in Cancer yesterday and it is a darker one, Ashlesha. The symbol for this intense nakshatra is the coiled serpent at the base of the spine, reflecting the potent kundalini energy that resides here. Ashlesha means the tangled one and denotes the challenges of our addictions. The main deities are the Nagas, the Serpent Kings. The shakti revealed here is the “power to inflict poisonous venom”. Great mystical talents and enlightenment can be experienced if the primordial energy of this lunar asterism is harnessed.
Serpents have two connotation being connected to poison and spirituality When the constellation is operating strongly, it can bring deep mystical experience and spiritual inquiry and on the dark side it can lead to poisonous gossiping so watch you tongue as the planets transit through here as the Sun will follow (August 2-15) and Mars (August 6-25). It can tend toward gluttony and debauchery and drug use and addictive patterns. The constellation may increase the desire for unquenchable sensual gratification so remember moderation in all things.
Currently Mercury is afflicted in transit by Mars so the darker side of the constellation may come out so watch your tongue when those bombs want to come out of your mouth. Stay away from toxins and poisons and possible that strong reactions to drugs or pharmaceutics or antibiotics could develop. Focus on spiritual knowledge when conflict and argument want to well-up as the energy to talk badly of others or curse them could be strongly if you get angry. Practice kindness and compassion as someone is having a hard day you have no idea what they have been through.
The darker energy of Mercury can come out in the transit which can bring out deception, evasiveness and deviousness. Find ways to give and be charitable during this transit rather than to be selfish. Stay balanced with meditation and yoga as mental imbalanced can happen with the mental/emotional battle happening here.
If you are suffering, good time to reach out for your spiritual practices as that is the one thing that will calm Ashlesha which is one of the darker constellations.
Special thanks to my Jyotish teachers and colleagues and especially Komilla Sutton, Dennis Harness and Prash Trivedi for their insights on this constellation.
NEW CLASS STARTS SUNDAY:
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NEW JULY CLASS STARING JULY 16TH:
MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS of EXISTENCE : PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL, REPUTATION: INTEGRATING ALL DIMENSIONS OF OUR LIFE.
Read my article on this course published in the Astrological e-magazine in March 2017 edited by B. Niranjan Babu.
Here is a copy of the article on my blog: https://www.appliedvedicastrology.com/multiple-levels-existence-birth-chart/
You Tube intro at: https://youtu.be/akMaXavu2Js
Complete course description at: https://www.appliedvedicastrology.com/webinar-register/module-3-multidimensionality-body-mind-soul/