EYE ON THE SKY: TWO TRANSITS INTO DIFFICULT CONSTELLATIONS FOR SUN AND VENUS
The Sun moves into the constellation of Ashlesha (Hydra, Cancer 16.40-29.59) on August 3rd -August 16th and journeys through there until it goes into Leo on August 16th. Venus goes into the constellation of Ardra, August 8-22. Of the 27 constellations in the zodiac, Ashlesha and Ardra can stir up more emotional turmoil than many others so with two planets going into them the first few weeks of August. , we have a bit of an emotional storm brewing and double trouble. Ardra can also lead to e physical storms and tornadoes and hurricanes so stay on top of your local forecasts as we are in that season.
The Sun in the constellation of Ashlesha can force a deep introspection and looking into one own imperfections and vulnerabilities. This may be a time where you want to beat yourself up too much so go easy as that never ends well unless you have a good therapist or healer to help you transform.
The symbol for this intense nakshatra of Ashlesha is the coiled serpent at the base of the spine, reflecting the potent kundalini energy that resides here. Ashlesha means the tangled one and denotes the challenges of our addictions. The main deities are the Nagas, the Serpent Kings. The shakti revealed here is the “power to inflict poisonous venom”. Great mystical talents and enlightenment can be experienced if the primordial energy of this lunar asterism is harnessed.
Serpents have two connotation being connected to poison and spirituality When the constellation is operating strongly, it can bring deep mystical experience and spiritual inquiry and on the dark side it can lead to poisonous gossiping so watch you tongue as the planets transit through here. It can tend toward gluttony and debauchery and drug use and addictive patterns. The constellation may increase the desire for unquenchable sensual gratification so remember moderation in all things.
VENUS IN ARDRA: AUGUST 8-22DN
Venus transits into Ardra on August 8th which is located at Gemini (6.20-20.00) on August8th and stays there until August 22th 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. Venus in Ardra creates unsettledness around relationships and creating a desire to destroy or break them up so maybe a time to revaluate what you want to do with with them or how to transform them. Ardra usually brings storms and tears but those tears can lead to wonderful transformations if it is time to shed the old. Make sure to get help from a professionals and remember that storms pass quickly and make sure not to overreact during volatile emotional times.
The primary symbols for Ardra are a human head, representing thinking, and a teardrop, which represents over-coming suffering. It is an excellent rising nakshatra because it reflects brilliant mental abilities such as people like Einstein. Rudra, the lord of the storms, will probably kick off hurricane season with a bang also so listen to the radio more if you live in a hurricane area.
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 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.
Libra and Taurus rising and will be most impacted by Venus in Ardra but they are still undergoing good 2nd and 9th house transits which means eventual gains after trials. It is a quick transit and is complete by August 22nd.
So have use this time for deep spiritual transformation and building stronger relationships and you will have the strength to weather the storms.
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Special thanks to Komilla Sutton and Prash Trivedi for their insights on this constellations.