So the transits of the planets through the constellations or nakshatras have an impact on our mental noise.  This past week was difficult with Mercury in Ashwini ruled by Ketu and Ketu is being clobbered by Saturn creating deep emotional grunge to deal with.  Mercury moves into Bharani (Aries 13.20-26.40)  today on May 10th and will channel Venus’s energy but Venus is moving into Ashwini this morning until May 21st  and will be channeling Ketu’s energy now so only a slight let up for Geminis and Virgos but Libra and Taurus will now feel it.  So through October, whenever planets transit through Ketu owned nakshatras  like Ashwini (Aries 0-13.20) or Magha (Leo 0-13.20) or Saturn owned nakshatras like Pushya (Cancer 3.20-16.4) , we will get more mental noise from the Saturn/Ketu conflict which can be depressing, frustrating and being detached about life.  Being aware of it can help deal with the mental noise and is half the battle. Staying on top of meditation and yoga and breath work can help transform the energy as well as more physical exercise.

Sun transits into a new constellation of Krittika known by the West as the Pleiades on  Saturday , May 11th. Mars and Sun are friends with Sun in Aries and it promotes courage and leadership and is good transit.  The Taurus section May 14-24th, loses some strength and brings out the more material side of leadership and politics, but it is still strong.

Still the Sun is strong in its own constellation of Krittika (Aries 26.40-Taurus 10.00)  although some think that it can be out of balance in this position. Sun has immense courage and confidence during this transit and can create great power to handle difficult situations. People born May 11 – 24th have a warm, fierce and supportive energy and know how to use their power wisely.

The first pada (Aries 27.00 – 30.00) May 11 – 14th is connected to Sagittarius and is a healing zone and is a place of immense strength for the warrior energy to come out and protect society and do battle for great good.  Sun loses energy May 14 – 15th as it changes signs and is weak in degrees but then moves into the 2nd Pada, May 15 – 17th where the mind feels secure and nurtured.  The third Pada (May 18 – 21st) is always the most challenging section as loss, suffering and churning of deep fires of purification can happen here.  Finally, the 4th pada, (May 22 – 24) is owned by Pisces is particularly strong and has hidden positive qualities.

Prash Trivedi notes that Western astronomers connect this constellation with the Pleiades or the seven sisters. The ruling planet of the constellation is the Sun with Agni, the God of Fire, as the residing deity. The Shakti of this lunar mansion is ‘the power to burn away the negativity to get to the truth.’ Given all the smoke and mirrors with politics and the media, this energy will be welcome. It has a stronger nature for fulfilling material desires and its symbol is a razor, which cuts through the “bull” to get through to the truth.

The constellation allows one to go through extreme purification and get through blocks on the path.
Of course, Leos do best with the transit, as it is a 10th house transit where status and career can flourish. Cancer rising also enjoys fulfillment of desires and great friendships during this transit. Aries and Scorpios may get a bit of a relationship burn if they cannot tone down their drive for success at all costs. Geminis do well with the  11th house transits of the Sun through May 14th but may turn more inward or not been seen or have low drive for power and at work and status during the full transit of Sun in Taurus May 14-June 14th.

Special thanks to my Jyotish teachers and colleagues, Sanjay Rath, Komilla Sutton and Sam Geppi for any of their insights and to Bill Levacy my mentor.


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