Mars moved into the constellation of Sharvana on May 28th and stays there a long time until Oct. 25th because of the retrograde action starting in late June until late August.   It will be dancing with the South Node of the Moon,  Ketu.   The constellation is located  at 10.00 Capricorn to 23.20 Capricorn.   Modern astronomers say this constellation consists of 3 stars,  Altair, Alshain and Tarazed and mythologically correspond to the three steps taken by Vishnu.  The translation of Shravana  is “hearing”  or ” the one who limps.” It is sometimes connected to the Pipal tree and the sacred tree where Buddha received enlightenment. This constellation is often connected to a trident or an ear and its symbol is to listen and if planets are strong in this constellation it means that one has to learn to be a good listener or to listen to one’s inner voice.

Mars is too active a planet and to heed the call of Shravana, who wants us to listen to our inner voice.  Ketu in Shravana promotes intuition for listening but its fiery nature activates Mars too much leading to impulsive action rather reflection and following one’s intuition.   With this long transit until October, we have to take more time to reflect rather than be impulsive. Stop and listen and stay on top of meditation and yoga to stay grounded.   Ketu represents the past and it becomes a time to reflect on regrets and not make the same mistakes again.  Mars may want to run into action and do something but resist the impulse and find time to listen to your inner wisdom and guidance.

Vishnu is the deity of this constellation and if you have the Sun, Moon or ascendant in Shravana it gives one strong organizational skills which are often associated with Capricorn.  It makes one clever with a strong ability to work through problems.  Saraswati the goddess of learning is also connected to this star due to the connection to put speech into distinct words for learning.   People born with this constellation tend to be peaceful and persevering even if sometimes stubborn but they like to complete their tasks.  They are gentle, kind, amicable and liberal-minded and reasonable.

Its darker side can lead to naivete in falling prey to deception and bad advice.  People with this star may be too generous but it can lead to bigotry and extreme narrow-mindedness and given the Mars/Ketu connection most of the summer, more protests are likely to errupt all over the world at the sign of major political scandals.  This is  already happening in London and elsewhere after the arrest and imprisonment of the  journalist, Tommy Robinson.  The first pada of Shravana (Capricorn 10-13.20) is ruled by Aries and it tends to activate more and Mars will be there until June 9th and wanting to fight and compete more and do more dharmic activity to uphold justice.

Still this  group of stars is a wonderful combination of business skills and at the same time a softness that puts people at ease.   Mars transit through the star is mixed. It can create chatterboxes who are not skilled in listening but it can bring a lot of energy to achieve one’s goals so this is a good time to tackle those big projects like clearing or organizing a big space that you have put off.  It is also a constellation connected to the media and news broadcasters and columnist due to its “chatty” nature so we wonder if we are in for a deeper mess from the media than we are already and the quick imprisonment of Tommy Robinson in Great Britain that resemble something that would have happened in the Former Soviet Union rather than the country that brought us the Magna Carta. (See:  

Special thanks to Prash Trivedi and Komilla Sutton for their insights into this constellation.  I love this picture of the man with this triplets embodying the strength of Mars but the softness and nurturing quality of the moon that this constellation has.

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