Mars transits into the constellation of Ardra which is located at Gemini 6.20-20.00 on May 17th and stays there until June 7th.  Western astronomers connect it with the constellation of Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion, and Sirius, the Dog star.

Ardra is one of the more difficult constellations in the zodiac that creates clarity and emotional cleansing that occurs after the storms of the soul recede. Mars here can be rather destructive but then can reach into the turmoil with courage and wisdom to weather the storms of change if it does not get caught up in ambition, manipulation and fear. If it fails, self-destruction can reign and create turmoil. Mars is starting to move toward Rahu into June 13th and this will be felt as early as June 4th and will be very strong until June 21st when they are within 5 degrees of each other.  Hence there is a double Rahu connection with a movement toward the direct conjunction but also the mental association as it channels Rahu’s energy starting on May 17th.

Mars hence will be bringing in  Rahu in the  constellation channels the energy of Gemini and Purnavasu. The key to this transit if you are ruled by Scorpio or Aries is to tone down being feverishness and acting too rashly. Saturn aspecting Rahu will bring out the darker side. Continue to slow down and do not let the reckless energy of Mars/Rahu create accidents, fights or intense anger that leads to an explosive situation. Cool things down with cold showers and trips to the pool. Coconut water, milk and rose petal jam can all calm the fire element. Cut down on intense exercise and competition that might increase the fire energy and lead to confrontation and fighting.  Go for a swim in the pool instead and with summer here, that is a natural thing to do.

The primary symbols for Ardra are a human head representing thinking and a teardrop, which represents overcoming suffering. It is an excellent rising nakshatra because it reflects brilliant mental abilities.  Albert Einstein had this constellation as his rising ascendant at 19 degrees of Gemini.

The deity of the constellation is Rudra, the lord of the storms, will probably kick off tornado season with a bang also so listen to the radio more if you live in tornado or hurricane areas.

Ardra creates emotional storms of a short-duration if we get stuck in the past and its purpose is to shake us out of our rigidity and to change our life to create a better future. It has the Uranus quality. The storms wash away the dirt and leave us clearer and brighter and shiner and so they have a positive purpose. It ultimately seeks to dismantle whatever level of Maya or illusion we are stuck in. Ardra can scatter mental energies and create confusion to the key will be to find the courage to tackle the challenges and come out the other end of the car wash – squeaky clean.  Good time for catharic emotional work and a good cry if that is what you enjoy and it is always helpful and cleansing.

If you are running a Rahu/Mars or Mars/Rahu period or are Gemini or Sagittarius rising or have a lot of key planets at 6.40-20.00 Gemini,   this transit may impact you most and Scorpio rising with the eighth house transit through Gemini needs to find the tools of transformation to get through the storms. The transit is easier for Aries rising but it can bring deep sexual and aggressive tensions  it still must dig deep and find its courage to move forward.

Always, transits are very specific to charts and larger cycles that are going on so if you are in a storm, it might be time for a reading so consult us at Applied Vedic Astrology

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