EYE ON THE SKY: SUN INTO PURVABHADRAPADA/PEGASUS: March 5-17th
The Sun transited into a new constellation on March 5th and stays until March 17th 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. Unfortunately in transit, it will be channeling a weak Jupiter on the edge of Scorpio, a rather self-indulgent and sexual constellation.
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. We can feel anxious about the world and welfare of others and need to use the energy of this constellation in service to help those in need.
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 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 the Deep State, The CIA and the FBI and the President, we wonder what fireworks develop as the Sun transits through here this spring until March 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. 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.
The Sun here can reveal deep spiritual truth if you undertake the journey. Still, despite the connection to Jupiter, lack of confidence or false optimism may emerge in transit now with Jupiter weak at the edge of Scorpio. The first three days of this transit March 5-8th, the Sun is exalted here so people will be able to find their spiritual connection and remain true to themselves, their ideals and find confidence to move forward. The Sun moves into Pisces on March 14th. I always enjoy this transit as I like the Sun/Jupiter connection and a break from the Sun/Rahu connection in Shatabisha (Aquarius 6.40-20.00)
It will be interesting to observe if a lot of aggressive and sexual energy emerges with this transit and Neptune is back in the constellation and will be stirring the pot. The Sun also gets a malefic aspect from Saturn (60 degrees) which is exact on March 9th but will be felt March 6-12th so watch conflicts with bosses and supervisors and government officieals.
Special thanks to my teachers Komilla Sutton and Prash Trivedi for their insights on this constellation.
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