Mars transited into a new constellation on Saturday, Dec. 8th  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 our  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 us 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 in Scorpio in the constellation of Anuradha (Scorpio 3.20-16.40) so there is nadi relationship creating strong energy between Jupiter and Mars and supporting courage and dynamic and righteous action.

The deity 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 dark energy.  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 Trump, we wonder what fireworks develop as planets transit through here this Dec,  with Mars and Jupiter connected here between the US 12th house of secret and the US 3rd house.  (US Chart, July 4, 1776, 6:18 pm, Philadelphia)

For a constellation ruled by Jupiter, this star is can sometimes be 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 ranking up there with problem constellations like Jyestha and Ashlesha. If you were born with the Sun here between March 5-17th or have the ascendant 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 and spiritual activity  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 promoting spiritual questing.  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 can be a  very sexual planet when afflicted  and could be at its worst particularly in the first part of the transit until Dec. 23rd  where more anger and aggression and sexual energy may come out.  The latter part of the transit  Dec. 23-27  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 if you have a strong Jupiter  and purification of our dark side.  Because Jupiter is connected to Saturn now in transit, it should not be that intense.  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 with  Neptune close to Mars   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.  If you are Aries Rising or Scorpio rising, use the  transit here to move through your habits and addictions and become more devoted to the highest.

Jupiter transiting through the auspicious star of Anuradha   should support the higher energies and Jupiter will aspect Mars in when Mars goes into Pisces Dec. 27th and this will create an exchange of signs or Parivartana Yoga between Mars and Jupiter between two water or Moksha signs in January with an exact trinal aspect between the on January 25, 2019 and this should bring out the high energies of service.  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,  Pisces Cancer and Capricorn  benefiting the most.

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

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