The Sun, planet of light and self, comes together with Rahu, symbol of desire and rebellion, from April 15th to May 15th 2023.
This transit plays up your unorthodox side, where you identify with a left-field cause or belief, and put energy into chasing your most deeply-held ambitions. Your pursuit may come with some tension or anxiety, and is accompanied by a driven mentality that gets you results but perhaps no inner peace.
An irresistible urge to break out of a traditional framework creates friction with authority, but you also understand business, politics, and the way the real-world works. The Sun is at its most powerful in Aries, where you have great potential to work, create and influence, and any behaviour change is likely to be public and visible.
This sign gives you impulsivity and courage, and you also have a leadership ability that inspires others to go against the flow. There is an increase in intensity up to April 24th, and this date may see you or somebody close to you, acting markedly out of character.
A ‘moment of madness’ comes from the collision of ego and opportunity, as a desire reaches a point of obsession. Expect also to receive tempting offers during this transit, a promotion, pay-raise or the chance for exposure, but check any possible deals for long-term impact.
There is often a hidden cost with Rahu’s influence especially, and you do not want to compromise your reputation. Think long-term. This is also an ‘eclipse season’ with the Solar Eclipse on April 20th and the Lunar Eclipse on May 5th, which are both potentially pivotal moments that require careful handling.
Here are some Sun Rahu Conjunction Rituals you can do during this time:
- Offer water to the Sun every morning – Fill a copper vessel with clean water and add some red flowers (optional) and a pinch of turmeric powder. Offer this water to the Sun every morning while facing east.
- Wear a Rudraksha bead – Wearing a Rudraksha bead can help reduce the negative effects of Sun Rahu conjunction.
- Recite Aditya Hridaya Stotram – The Aditya Hridaya Stotram is a powerful hymn dedicated to the Sun. Recite this stotram daily during sunrise to receive the blessings of the Sun.
- Offer prayers to Lord Shiva, the all pervading divine consciousness – Offer water and milk on a Shivling (abstracted form of Lord Shiva) every Monday and recite the mantra, ‘Om Pasupataye Namah,’ 108 times. This can help reduce the malefic effects of the conjunction.
- Honor Lord Shiva as Dakshinamurti – It is recommended to chant the Dakshinamurti mantra, ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Dakshinamurtaye,’ 3 times during Rahu Kalam every day to attain its potential benefits. This practice can help to mitigate the negative effects of Rahu and bring about a sense of inner peace, clarity of thought, and spiritual growth. Rahu Kalam, which is a duration of around 90 minutes every day, is widely regarded as an inauspicious time in Vedic astrology. The negative influence of Rahu is at its peak during this period. However, reciting the Dakshinamurti mantra during Rahu Kalam is believed to alleviate these unfavorable effects.
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