EYE ON THE SKY: MARS IN HASTA
Mars into Constellation of Corvi (Virgo10-23.20): Strategic Planning
Mars moved into a new constellation of Hasta on Sept. 3rd and stays there until Sept. 23rd. In Hasta, it can create some lack of clarity about direction and being overly critical. It promotes strategic planning but not great combative skills and is better for a war of words than a war of action. Mars stays there for about 22 days.
With all Mercury/Mars combinations (Virgo is owned by Mercury) we have to curb our sharp tongue, avoid battles not worth fighting, and be careful not to get caught in our head while being active and lose our focus as accidents can result. Hence if you get into an angry fight or debate, find a way to leave it at home or in the workplace and not take it into your head while you are driving. Have to think because Mars is debilitated in Cancer, that it is not happy in a Moon-owned constellation.
Hasta constellation is located between 10-23.20 Virgo and in modern astronomy is connected with the constellation known as Corvi or the 5 stars representing a hand. It is connected more to the Vata or air element as its strong connection to the Mercurial side of quick and light humor. It is of course connected with fields and gardens arts and crafts, stock exchanges, and even amusement parks. Hasta in Sanskrit means “the hand” but has an alternative translation which means to laugh. Hasta is connected to palmistry and to professions where one uses one’s hands like masseurs and handymen do. The hands also are symbolic of the outstretched hands reaching for the Sun’s rays, which embody the god who gives life and starts the day’s activity.
This constellation is connected to Savitar, a playful deity of tricks and amusements and games and sports, and hence the combination in Virgo with the Mars strategic planning in sports.
On the dark side of this constellation, people with their Sun or moon or ascendant in Hasta may be fond of gambling fraud and manipulation depending on afflictions here. The Mars transit in Hasta may promote more gambling and risk-taking. It also promotes serious and sarcastic writing, makes one a jack of all trades and master of none, and supports those who want to work for public welfare and the betterment of the community against authority.
Hasta is ruled by the Moon and Mercury because of the connection to Virgo. This is one of my favorite constellations as it promotes sensitive caring and nurturing and home and family life. Mercury brings out the jovial and light-hearted energy of the moon and Mars’s transit through it will have some problems here as Mars gets debilitated in Cancer and is not fond of the homey energy of the moon as it wants adventure and to compete.