EYE ON THE SKY: RAHU IN ASHLESHA/PADA 1
Rahu transits backwards and spends about 6-8 months in a constellation and will complete its final 6 weeks in the constellation of Ashlesha (Cancer 16.40-30.00) which astronomers call Hydrae. It is one of the more difficult constellations of the zodiac and Rahu is considered debilitated in the Sagittarius pada of Cancer (Cancer 16.40-20.00) where it will stay until April 29th. Because Mercury is in Pisces the until early May and debilitated Mercury is controlling Rahu, the energy is not favorable.
Unfavorable energy with Rahu in the Sagittarius pada creates separation form father, ups and downs with finance, reversals of luck, difficulties with Gurus and different philosophies, ethics can be questionable. In general, Rahu has been impacting Ashlesha in a negative way creating a dismissive attitude, tactlessness, impoliteness, lack of gratitude, recklessness and depression and isolation. So the last 6 weeks of this transit with a weak Mercury and a moon that changes everyday are going to continue to bring out the darker qualities of this energy. We look forward to May when Rahu moves into the most auspicious constellation of the zodiac, Pushya.
Ashlesha is a constellation which grounds us to the earthy suffering of life and death and unhappiness and while Rahu loves to full embrace life and live every moment fully in sensual gratification, it will stay frustrated and psychologically imbalanced.
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 and Rahu has no control. This combination of Rahu in Ashlesha, owned by Mercury, and the media on hyper-drive so make sure to turn off your television or be subjected to angry tirades. Rahu here could 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.
The key through getting through this long transit is to remember that all mental blocks that come up are created from your own mind and you need to transform the frustration into spiritual energy as Rahu ultimately seeks liberation from the ups and downs of the material world.
Transits of Mercury will greatly impact Rahu in this constellation and this is a problem with Mercury retrograde in Pisces from March 22-April 15th and still debilitated in Pisces fully until May 8th.
Stay away from unethical behavior, sharp tongues and addictive patterns and find ways to deal with psychological imbalance. If you are Cancer, Leo rising or Pisces or Scorpio and have key planets at 13-18 degrees of those signs or if you are running a Rahu period, you may feel the impact of this transit most.
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