Mars, planet of energy and assertiveness, is in Kritikka, the nakshatra that spans the zodiacal signs of Aries and Taurus, between February 16th and March 5th 2021.
Kritikka is represented by a flame or razor and its ruling deity is Agni, the personification of sacred fire. There are two distinct portions to this nakshatra; first in fiery, assertive Aries where Mars is at home, and then after February 22nd in earthy Taurus where your actions are slower and more deliberate.
This date also coincides with Mercury going direct, so you may return to your Plan A after a detour with a better idea of your direction. In general, however, Kritikka’s nature is warlike and rajasic, where Mars has a natural affinity and you go into battle for your beliefs or for a cause or campaign.
The nakshatra Shakti, or special power here is ‘To Burn’, in the sense of burning away waste and negativity in order to purify. So you subject your plans and ambitions to fiery scrutiny, have scalpel-like discrimination and do well in research where you cut through unnecessary information and get to the heart of the matter.
Even if you must have a purge or eliminate certain elements or relationships in your life, you come out ahead in the end, with a positive and decisive attitude. Mars is the planet of action and a strong physical workout here also burns energy and weight, as you whip yourself into shape.
It’s a good idea to plan a program of activity to prevent your energy backing up and coming out in a difficult or unexpected way. Kritikka also has an association with food and cooking, and with digestive fire, where you absorb nutrients, but also knowledge and experience.