Mars, planet of strength and competition, is in Purva Bhadrapada from May 3rd, the nakshatra which spans the zodiacal signs of Aquarius and Pisces.

Purva’s symbol of the front legs of a bed represents clearing and removing old obstacles, while its Shakti of ‘the power of spiritual fire’ represents a kind of cleansing experience. Your energy and activities take on a more intense quality, and Purva Bhadrapada’s association with burning and fire is enhanced by Mars’s hot and headstrong nature.

Expect an ending to come on an emotional and psychic level before you move on in a new direction, and before you gather new security and accessories. Purva is also represented by a two-faced person, which can reveal a hidden agenda or else you yourself are showing an unexpected side to the world.

Rash action for short-term gain may provoke a powerful rebound and you are left to live with the practical and emotional cost. Purva’s deity is Ajaikapada, a form of Rudra, the Storm God, though in this case a fire-storm in the sense of atoning or making a penance – meditation and fasting are priceless tools, but don’t take your ascetic approach too far.

This is a fierce and warrior-caste (kshatriya) asterism, which needs a task or mission to show its best side, and anger, passion and inner fire all come into the mix. Reconciling yourself to the past or forgiving someone then moving on are gentler uses of the time.

Wherever Mars is placed finds you in impulsive mood, but with Mercury the communication planet going retrograde on May 10th and a Solar Eclipse on May 16th, it pays to think your options through first.

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