Mars transited into the constellation of Ardra which is located at Gemini 6.20-20.00 on  April 24th and stays there until May 15th.  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. The real problem is that Mars is out of bounds in extreme latitudes giving it hyper-drive energy and it is going to throw a sneaky 8th house aspect (210 degrees) onto Saturn into May 15th and it does receive a 30-degree aspect from Rahu which is not exact until around May 13th.    Hence there is a double Rahu connection with a movement toward the direct aspect but now has mental association as it channels Rahu’s wild energy through May 15th.

The key to this transit, if you are ruled by Scorpio or Aries, is to tone down being feverish and acting too rashly. Rahu aspecting Saturn (trinal) through the end of June within 2-3 degrees 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 spring 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 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 cathartic 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 reading so consult us at Applied Vedic Astrology

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