9. Ashlesha Nakshatra

9. Ashlesha

Medusa – Caravaggio

(16° 40’ – 30° 00’ Cancer) Epsilon, Delta, Mu, Rho, Sigma & Zeta-Hydrae.

Ruled by Mercury
The Clinging star. Power to Inflict & Remove Poison.

Meaning: Embrace, Entwine, Coiling, Clinging

Main Deity: Snake king, Shesha, The Remainder, 

Symbols: Coiled Serpent, Naga, Kundalini Shakti, Caduceus, The Staff of Aesculapius

Western Myths: The Hydra, Hermes,
Secondary Gods: Garuda, Laxman, Balarama

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Trimurti: Shiva/Dissolution

Gotra/Clan: Sage Vashishta

Gana/Race: Rakshasa/Demon

Varna/Caste: Mleccha

Motivation/Goal: Dharma

Nature: Hard/Sharp/Dreadful

Activity: Active


Body Parts: Joints, Nails, Ears

Guna: Sattvic

Element: Water

Tridosha: Kapha

Sex/Gender: Female

Downward Facing

Direction: South

Colour: Blackish Red

Animal: Male Cat

Tree  Nagkesar (Nag Champa), Alexandrian Laurel

Ashlesha Main PageAscendant in AshleshaSun in AshleshaMoon in AshleshaSaturn in Ashlesha

Qualities of Ashlesha

Dissolution / Destruction: A destructive nakshatra, A day to bring things to an end, tear things down, break things and generally take part in destructive activities. Planets placed here will also bring destruction. This is a very strong Shiva nakshatra. 

Sage Vashistha, his wife Anudhati, and Kamadenu.

Sage Vashishta: He and his wife Arundhati are an example of the closeness, intimacy and blessing that marriage brings into a couples life. Her star, Alcor, is the 8th sister who stays in the handle of the Big Dipper with her husband (a star called Mizar) instead of with her seven sisters. This star is sometimes worshiped by married women in thanks for the blessings of married life. Their seven sons all became great sages themselves. He was the keeper of Kamadhenu.

One of his main teachings was that we must overcome our prejudice, bigotry and stereotypes and seek to work in cooperation and harmony with our rivals. Ashlesha teaches us that this strategy can even be used in pursuit of our own selfish desires. Ashlesha people are often entwined in various kinds of relationships, but they only become successful once they learn this important lesson. He believed there was a common spiritual core between even the worst rivals. 

Sage Parashara was one of his sons, suggesting this lineage has something to do with astrology.  Vashistha Samhita is about electional astrology which is used to select favourable timing for events such as marriage or war.  Vashistha typically highlights the importance of the means we use to achieve our desired outcome.

Some of his hymns in the Rig Veda discuss family life, and much emphasis is put on his hymns extolling Indra & Varuna on equal terms. The power of Indra was needed to destroy enemies and Varuna was there to uphold social & ethical norms of society.

Vashistha also has a famous section in the Ramayana where he answers Rama’s questions about nature of life, human suffering, free will, creativity, & spiritual liberation. He is considered the Adi Guru of Vedanta Philosophy. He taught that the powers of the deities arose from within ourselves and that our fate was not determined by external gods. We must make an effort to live in harmony with nature and with others. He was devoted to righteous action and worked for the welfare of the world. 

He was involved in a famous feud with a king who wanted to steal Kamadenu but he warded off all attacks by the king and his men. In a final attempt to  get the cow, Vishwamitra did severe penance, however, by the end of his tapas he decided to reconcile with the sage. Vashistha teaches us to defend nature and many of those who are descendants of Vashistha find various ways to act as custodians of nature. . 

Mleccha: Mleccha: Outcast, barbarian, uncultured foreigner, not part of society but capable of mixing with all parts of society, adaptable, oftentimes doing piece-work, cash jobs or travelling for their career. They like the subterranean world, underground jobs related to trenching, piping or stringing cables. They relate with themes and places dealing with alcohol, drugs, chemicals, toxins, pollutants and other impure substances. They may be involved with inflicting poison or cleaning it up: sewer work, toxic spills, fertiliser, using chemicals to clean chemicals. They tend to be nomadic in life and work and they may take any kind of job to achieve their goals.  

Dharma: Despite being rather wicked people, Ashlesha is often taking actions that will help them reach their spiritual potential, but they normally have an unorthodox path that may include the 5 M’s or these days we might find them taking drugs in search of a spiritual psychedelic spiritual experience. They are usually seeking out these shocking paths that are meant to arouse the sleeping kundalini. 

Rakshasa / Demon: Mostly seeking selfish ends. Seeking only for the pleasure and comfort of their own bodies. They are more likely to follow their intuition, or seek out the beauty of life rather than following the status quo. They can be violent or aggressive both to defend what they have and to get what they want. 

Sattwic: Tendency towards purity, harmony, truthfulness, sincerity, peacefulness. They tend to have a positive attitude and seek constructive dialogue. The activity of planets in this asterism act as an instrument of the divine. Rajas – Sattva – Sattva 

Tikshna / Daruna – Sharp / Hard: Maiming killing, hypnotising, distracting. dreadful, ferocious, bitter. Skilled at acts of aggression, torture, cruelty, murder, punishment, mesmerising, tearing things apart, getting stabbed in the back, performing illegal activities, acts of war. Really hard training can be started or practiced when the moon is here: training dogs or breaking horses, doing really intense tantric sadhanas or more intense and difficult Hatha yoga practices meant to break our will or or perhaps kill something inside of ourselves. All kinds of incantation can be auspicious on these days: tantra, black magic, hypnotism, casting out demons (literal and metaphorical ones). more intense and difficult Hatha yoga practices. But also surgeries, or treatments like chemotherapy, initiating a difficult divorce or walking away from your kids, all these things that make up a really tough cookie. Ardra, Ashlesha, Jyeshta, Moola are all hard people with potentially sharp tongues. They often find themselves in tight places where they have to make really difficult choices, often life or death. Mars and Saturn combining energy in one of these nakshatras can be very dangerous in transit as well as in someones personality.

Kapha: Water + Earth = Cool, oily, heavy, stable, slow, soft, gross, sticky/cloudy, smooth. Stable, slow, methodical, greedy. Disturbed by sweet (Jupiter), salty (Moon), sour (Venus).  Pacified by pungent (Sun) and astringent (Saturn)

Adho Mukha – Downward Facing: Relates with research, containment, underground activity, digging wells or mines, drilling for oil, digging up the garden or other trenching activities. It may also relate with shame, pessimism or low self worth that causes you to keep your eyes cast downward. Bharani, Krittika, Ashlesha, Magha, Purva Phalguni, Vishakha, Mula, Purva Ashadha, and Purva Bhadra. Planets like Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu share this nature. 

Active: Planets here will actively pursue their interests. and people may be more active in the creation of meaning and knowledge in their lives. With the snake-like movement here wraiths like a snake, due to the teachings of Vashistha they make an effort for everything they have in life. They can be very independent doing much on their own without asking for help. Mars here can make a person very aggressive and angry. The moon here can make an active mind. Ashlesha natives are often either alert and ready to strike or scheming and calculating. Saturn will be like putting an old man jogging; he can still do well, but may follow the “slow and steady wins the race” mantra. 

Female: This can feminize the live karakas of planets placed here. It also relates to the chaos of the universe.  

Water: heavy, cold, movable, fluid, moist, liquid, soft & hard, clear. Earth + Water = Cooperation. Water does not cooperate with Air and impedes Fire. Fire does not cooperate with Earth and impedes Water. Air does not cooperate with Water and impedes Earth

Male Cat / Tom Cat: (pairs with Punarvasu). Male cats are self-going, polygamous, highly fertile most of the time, sexually active throughout the year, and they will fight to defend their territory. They mate loudly. frequently and indiscriminately. They have a unique barbed penis to stimulate ovulation in the females. And of course we cannot forget to mention their urine spray that makes so many cat lovers reconsider their love. Toms like to prowl around at night and will spend hours stalking and fighting as a kind of courtship ritual. The sex itself is over in a few seconds and the male runs away.

South: The events related to this nakshatra often happen in the southern direction. One can also face the south when worshipping this nakshatra.

Planing the Transit: Auspicious Activities
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Auspicious activities should be postponed when the moon transits Ashlesha. Clean up, detoxify, use sharp, hard practices to achieve altered mental state if you must do anything. Do the things you dread doing the most: like filing lawsuits, facing enemies, deceiving others, lying, taking care of insect or rodent infestations, laying out poison, meeting with unfavourable peers, tearing things down, breaking contracts and putting ourselves in all kinds of uncomfortable situations, starting new business, exchanging money, passport, visa or customs duties. This is an active nakshatra so don’t sit around waiting for the discomfort to find you, go out and meet it halfway. This can also be a good day for farming or trenching activities; working with water or poisons. Offer prayers and milk to the snakes. Our vulnerabilities can be exposed when the moon transits Ashlesha, so be careful (but not paranoid). There is always someone willing to exploit our weaknesses.

Special Considerations

  • Ashlesha is a Ganda-Moola nakshatra It sits on a junction point of fire and water. It’s inauspicious. A special ceremony is recommended every month when the moon transits one’s natal Moon in these nakshatra. The 3rd and 4th pada can bring suffering to mother figures or father figures respectively.
  • Mars is debilitated at 28º.
  • The Buddha is said to have had this nakshatra fishing with a benefic full moon. Like Shesha protecting Vishnu through meditation; the buddha was also protected.

Gods & Symbols of Ashlesha

Charmed by the snakes of Varanasi

Coiled snake: Kundalini Shakti, Nagaloka

All the evil and demonic forces are seen in the form of a snake. All our fears and secret desires and the really deep dark manipulative ways that we go about satisfying them are represented by snakes. The secrets that slowly poison the well, the hidden dangers and unexpected attacks striking suddenly as if from nowhere. They are so quiet, sneaky, reclusive and self reliant; they could lurk anywhere. They have divine wisdom of the universe and support its continued functioning the sex, passion and procreation. 

Their connection to the world comes primarily through their forked tongue which is very sensitive to the chemical composition of the air, and through their bodies which are in constant contact with the earth: they are very sensitive to vibrations coming through the ground. They have a strong connection to the earth, and what is underground. Their eyes are said to be able to see into the soul, they can penetrate the depths, and hypnotise their prey. A coiled snake also represents the kundalini energy at the base of the spine. 

They are celebrated on Nag Panchami, in the month of Shravan on the 5th day of shukla paksha (July or August) during the rainy season when they all come out from their burrows. They are worshiped by offerings of milk as well as in the temples and before idols in the home. A fast is typically maintained for the day. Celebration of this annual festival can be a good remedy for kal shapa yoga. 

Kundalini Shakti in Practice

Venus is the only planet that does not have a more obviously dedicated practitioners of Kundalini Tantra in some form. Even Mars makes for a very aggressive form of tantra for destroying ones enemies and the list could include other boxers and elite special forces people, but I tried to keep the list to those focused on some kind of spiritual path in their tantra though i n honesty it’s just as likely that someone at the highest ranks of special forces practices meditation.

Masutatsu Oyama

The focus of Ashlesha is mind control. Mars is most likes to weaponise their mind control powers to crank up the pressure until the other person snaps. They can keep their cool in any situation.  There are many other yoga teachers and spiritualist not on this list, a few other astrologers can also be found with planets here.  This is the Shiva of the most fierce tantric warriors and there are war hawks in politics who have placements here as well. It’s also a popular nakshatra for psychologists like Jordan Peterson, Tolle and Piaget. They understand the tension between their own light and dark side; between heaven and hell. Ashlesha introduces people to the evils of life and they often come to recognise the beast which lies within themselves. A great deal of their life is spent feeding the beast and making it stronger, while at the same time learning to control that beast. They seek the balance a peaceful equinamious poise with the ability to strike and sieze what you want at the right moment.

Pattabhi Jois

A list of Kundalini masters and practicioners: Baba Ramdev, Sri Aurobindo, Masutatsu Oyama, Steven Seagal, Edward Smyth-Osbourn, Muhammed Ali, Pattabhi Jois, Shiv Code, Pranal Baba, Jordan Peterson, Shivananda, Mike Holliday, Robert Boustany, Michael Dordaro, Saint Francis Asssisi, Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamachaya, Osho, Mercury, Jupiter, Morihei Ueshiba, Bepin Behari, Gandhi, Alice Bailey.

Caduceus was originally a symbol of immunity related to commerce and diplomatic ambassadors


Staff of Hermes (also known as Mercury to the Romans) has two snakes coiled around it with a set of wings near the handle. When it was given to him by his elder brother he was told it had the power to “unite in love all being divided by hate.” With this new power he became the messenger or ambassador of the gods capable of travelling freely through all worlds. The caduceus provides the bearer with a kind of diplomatic immunity that allows safe passage anywhere, including the underworld. The three parts of the staff, the rod, the snakes, and the wings symbolise the power, wisdom, and quickness necessary for journeys to far away lands.  Alternately the wings symbolise heaven and the snakes symbols hell. The staff in the middle is the earth.   

Hermes was well known as the god of commerce, travelling salesmen, foreign diplomats, and thieves and those lying on their deathbed. He was famous for his eloquence and rhetoric as he was capable of speaking from both sides of his mouth and convincing people that what is unworthy is worthy. This connects him also with modern law, politics, marketing, police in general and activism. It’s likely that he has some rulership over coinage, especially in the modern day where bills are rarely worth the paper they’re printed on. 

This symbol has also been used by publishers and printers and relates to the immunity we give to media that allows them to print both sides of a story without penalty. Postal carriers, and customs offices also use this symbol. In modern times it has come to be used as a symbol for the medical profession but there is some controversy over this due to the commercial implications of the symbol. However, it would remain a fitting symbol for organisation’s like the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders who commonly seek safe passage in foreign lands. The symbol of healing and medicine is actually the Staff of Aesculapius which only had a single snake wrapped around it. 

Aesculapius’ the healer with a single serpent on his staff and a faithful dog nearby.

The Staff of Aesculapius

single snake coiled around a cypress branch. Aesculapius was Apollo’s son who was born from the mother who Apollo had just killed for being unfaithful. He had Hermes deliver the child while the mother was on the funeral pyre. Chiron was tasked with teaching the boy who eventually grew up to become the god of medicine. Hypocrites was the 20 generation member of the Cult of Aesculapius. It’s said that Aesculapius’ healing temples were filled with non-poisonous snakes. There were special chambers where patients could sleep and report on their dreams in order to direct the kind of treatments they would receive. Many of the healers of this lineage were wandering itinerant healers. 

Bowl of Hygieia (hygiene)

This cup or chalice with a snake wrapped around it was representative of Aeculapius’ wife or associate (or nurse). Hygieia was the goddess of health and hygiene. The image is used by pharmacists and has since merged with the image of the mortar and pestle used for blending ingredients. She was, however, most commonly worshiped for the prevention of illness in relation to hygiene. Her name has also been given to an asteroid belt, Hygiea, considered to be a dwarf planet, which incidentally suffered a major collision in 2019.

Vishnu reclining on Shesha nag

Adi Ananta Shesh Naag is the king of all snakes. He is the snake upon which Vishnu sits floating on the Ocean of MIlk. He is the servant, supporter and protector of Lord Vishnu. He is also called Sankarshana, the tamasic dark energy of Lord Narayana. It is he who creates the 11 Rudras who bring about ultimate destruction. Shesha means “the remainder” and he is all that is left after dissolution. This term is also used in mathematics referring to what is left over. He is said to hold all the planets of the universe in the hoods of his many heads. When he uncoils time moves forward and creation takes place. When he coils back up the universe ceases 

He is the eldest brother of the snakes born in the union between Kashyap and Kadru: Shesha, Vasuki, Airavata and Takshaka. Garuda is his step-brother. Shesha eventually left his family disheartened by their duplicity. After years of penance Brahma offered him a boon: he wanted only to keep his mind under control so that he could continue with his ascetic penances. Brahma then asked him to go beneath the earth and stabilise it.

Incarnated three times: as Laxman, as Balarama & as Ramanujacharya, a proponent of Vishishtadvaita school of vedanta He represents the peaceable sattvic aspect of snakes.  


As an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva he took the place around Shiva’s neck and he allowed himself to be used as the string of the bow used by Shiva to destroy the three cities called: Tripura Dahanam 

He wrapped himself around Mount Mandara so that it could be used as a churning rope to get the Amrita from the ocean of milk. It was he who vomited the poison that threatened to destroy the universe during the churning of the ocean. The churning brought great strain to him and he almost died. It was Shiva who drank the poison to save everyone. He represents the rajasic-active aspect of snakes.

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When Arjuna and the Pandavas conquered Khandavprastha they disturbed the nearby forest where the snakes were dwelling. Takshaka was greatly angered by this and attacked the army of the Pandavas, killing the whole army leav


ing only the Pandava brothers and their wife Draupadi. Arjuna then set fire to the Nagaloca forest. Takshaka vowed to kill one of the descendants of the Pandava lineage. 

The great king Parikshit, a grandson of Yudhisthira from the Mahabharata and thus a descendant of the famous Pandava brother, had resumed ruling Hastinapur under the Pandava name. He was greatly loved by his people. But one day he made the mistake of disrespecting the great Rishi Shamika whose son witnessed the event and cursed the king to die by snake bite within 7 days. Of course this was the fulfilment of a vow that was uttered two generations earlier. Takshaka bribed the only man who could cure snake bites to leave town, and then he stealthily snuck into the safe space king Parikshit had made for himself with hopes of surviving the stipulated period and killed him with a single venomous bite. 

The king’s son, Janamejaya, in turn vowed revenge and began performance of the Sarpamedha yagna which caused the snakes of the whole universe to fall into the havan kund. Takshaka, however, got himself caught up in the wheel of the chariot of Surya and the whole chariot was being dragged into the sacrificial fire along with the snake. The gods intervened to save Surya’s chariot, and in the process saved Takshaka, allowing him to continue the serpent lineage. 

Takshaka represents the tamasic-poisonous aspect of snakes. Some other significant snakes are Padma, Kambala, Karkotaka, Ashvatara, Dhritarashtra, Kaliya, Pingala, Vritra, Vala. But some of these might more rightly be attributed to Jyeshta (serpent eating its own tail) or Uttara Bhadrapada (the serpent of the deep).  


Known also as the devourer (of snakes), the king of birds, the golden bodied one with the most beautiful feathers. 

The snakes had worked out a truce with Garuda where he would get to eat one snake per day, but would have to leave them otherwise alone. The exiled Gandharva prince wanted to help the snakes so he decided to offer himself as Garuda’s food for one day. While he was on his way to the sacrificial site he came across a young woman weeping for the fate of her son, Shankhachur (king Cobra) whose day it was to be eaten. And though he offered himself, she didn’t feel it was right for a Gandharva Prince to take the place of a lowly serpent in the sacrifice. But he insisted, when Garuda came for a snake he picked up the prince and began to carry him off. But the serpent that was supposed to be eaten, calls out to Garuda and tells him of the mistake. Of course Garuda does not want to cause harm to the Gandharva prince so he releases him with little harm. But everyone is so impressed with the sacrificial enthusiasm that the snakes are given a greater boon to not be eaten at all. 


Incarnation of Shesha who was born to protect and support his brother Rama. 



The god of agriculture and strength was an incarnation of Shesha, Krishna’s elder brother, and son of Vasudeva and Rohini. He carried a mace and a plough. The was a straightforward, simple, honourable soul who was stronger than a whole herd of elephants but did not always understand the complex thinking of his younger brother. The two of them are always together in their youth. For every avatar of Vishnu that came to earth and avatar of Shesha also came to continue supporting and protecting his lord. Parallels are commonly made between Ram and his brother Laxman. It’s said they were born as a boon from Vishnu to Lord Indra to defeat the demon king Kamsa, king of Mathura. Vishnu took one white and one black hair from his head and promised they would complete the mission. The two brothers had contrasting complexions: Balarama was pale and white while Krishna was dark, black. Balarama dresses in blue garments which were given to him by Laxmi after he changed the course of the Yamuna river. 

His story mimics the biblical story of Sirius killing the children in order to avoid the curse of being killed by one of them. In this case, his mother’s brother was told he would be killed by her 8th child. He had smashed the first 6 newborns on the stone when Vishnu intervened and moved the foetus to the belly of Vasudeva’s first wife, Rohini. Balarama is sometimes called Sankarshana: the one who was dragged away. In the Bhagavata Purana, the great Lord says, “The whole of Shesha, which is my abode, will become the embryo in Devenki’s womb which will be transplanted in Rohini’s womb.” He grew up with his step mother and her family, including his younger brother, Krishna, caring for the cow. Farmers follow his instructions. Krishna cared for the livestock and Balarama ploughed the land. 

He killed Dhenuka: an asura sent by his fearful uncle intent on provoking his fate. 

He killed Pralamba who joined in a jumping contest with the condition that the loser would have to carry the winner on his back. Pralamba lost and started to carry Balarama around before reverting back to his true form as a much larger Asura and tried to run off with Balarama. Krishna stopped him and challenged him to suspend his powers to give a fair fight. Balaram, still holding onto his back bashed his head in. 

Chanura & Mushtika were two wrestlers sent by King Kamsa to kill the two brothers. Krishna defeated Chanura and Balarama defeated Mushtika. Then Krishna fulfilled the prophecy by killing Kamsa. Kamsa’s brother was upset by this and attacked but Balarama easily finished him. He was with Kishna through many of his adventures: they defeated Panchjana at the bottom of the ocean and Yama in his underworld to get their guru, Sage Sandipani’s son back to the world of the living. 

He once drunkenly insisted that Yamuna come to him so that he could take a holy dip in her waters. When she refused he became angry and used his plough to cut a course for Vrindavan with the goddess following along behind pleading for mercy.  

Defeated demons: He used his plough to lead the Yamuna past Vrindavan to pull the capital Hastinapur into Ganga. 

In the Mahabharata he taught Duryodhana & Bhima the art of using the mace. He remained neutral when war broke out. He instead went on pilgrimage with his nephew Pradtumna and some other farmers. He returned only on the last day to witness the fight between his two students. He threatened to kill Bhima when he won by striking Duryodhana in the thigh which he had exposed to Draupadi.  

He was later involved in the Yadava civil war in which they were all destroyed. He sat near a tree, went into meditation and died. A white snake came out of his mouth and returned to the underworld.

He appears on coins dated from 185 – 170 BCE with Vasudeva-Krishna on the other side. 



was this day that President Nixon announced various measures to combat inflation & unemployment. He announced price and wage freezes as well as a suspension of the ability for investors to convert American dollars into gold. This “temporary” measure has never been reversed.

Ashlesha Association

We find the Mercury rulership heavily referenced here. Ashlesha is associated with rhetoric, and meeting with the enemy to negotiate a common goal, a peace, a truce in which the parties do not necessarily agree or even like each other, but on the face of things there is peace. But there may also be backstabbing and treachery at every opportunity. 

Stars of Ashlesha


Six stars that make up a circle in the constellation of Cancer. A female water snake monster that Hercules was sent to kill. A small fresh water organism with regenerative potential that makes it seem as if it does not die of old age. Impervious to ageing. 

Hercules had to undergo 12 Labours as penance for killing his own family. He went crazy for a while first. The 2nd labour was to kill the Hydra, the two-headed, two-tailed water snake living in a lake at the entrance to the underworld. Her breath and blood and odour were toxic and poisonous.  Hercules covered his mouth and nose to protect himself from the toxic fumes. Hydra had regenerative potential, allowing two heads to grow back every time one was chopped off. Hercules had to use the flaming sword to chop the head and burn the neck in order to kill the Hydra. Hercules may have had help from his cousin Lolaus who cauterised the neck after Hercules chopped off the head. He may have used a golden sword gifted to him by Athena to cut off the last head. Hera, who had created the Hydra to kill Hercules, sent the crab to help Hydra but Hercules killed both beasts. After he killed the Hydra he put the body under a rock that still spews toxic gas till this day. He dipped his arrows in the blood to make them poison and used that poison to kill later foes. One river is said to still be polluted from the poison on Hercules’ arrow. 

The moral of this story relates with our unquenchable desires, when one is satisfied two grow up in its place. We need to put limits on our desires. There is also the hopelessness of falling back two steps for every one gained. 

Much of the Hercules story is driven by his step mother Hera who was angry over the many infidelities of her husband. She was especially jealous of Hercules, whose name means: the great gift of Hera. She had sent two snakes to kill him when he was a baby but he caught them and crushed them in his hands. She sent many beasts to kill him but was always unable. There’s a sense that the hero has become a hero because a lifetime of heroics was offered up to him from early in his life. He later got married and settled down, but Hera was still jealous of his happy life. She made him go crazy and he killed his wife and family while he was in an inebriated state. When he came to his senses he went to the Oracle of Delphi to ask what penance he might complete to earn redemption. He was told to see the king to get the ten labours. His victory over Hydra was considered null and void because he did not do it alone but was helped by his cousin. 

When he later used the Hydra poisoned arrows to kill the Centaur, a robe was dipped in the centaurs blood believing it to be love potions. But after some time the poison started to burn and fused the robe to his skin so that when he tore off the robe, he tore off his own skin. He eventually threw himself in a funeral fire to escape the pain and torment of the poison. 

Trees of Ashlesha

Nagkesar Tree – Iron Wood – Nag Champa (Mesua ferrea):

This likely includes a few different species of Champa. Magnolia champaca is most commonly used in Nag Champa incense. A slow growing tree known for the heaviness and hardness of the timber. It was once the wood of choice for railway ties, now they use concrete, but it’s still used as structural timber for building. To get a sense of the density of this wood they say it weighs about 72Lbs per cubic foot. It’s also appreciated for the deep red colour of the wood. It’s grown as an ornamental tree due to its graceful shape, lush foliage, and beautiful, fragrant flowers. Naturally it prefers wet marshy land or river banks in tropical areas, but it still grows in some of the dry, hot, dusty monastery areas where it was planted hundreds of years ago.  Older trees grow “suckers” or “shoots” from the base of the trunk, which become new trees when the old trunk falls down. This means that the root systems for some of these trees could be very old.

The beautiful, fragrant flowers that bloom in May – October are bisexual and the fruit usually contains one or two seeds. Nagkesar . Ayurveda classifies it as astringent, bitter; light, dry. It promotes coldness and its post digestive effect is pungent. They are easy to grow and maintain. A shallow root system allows them to be grown in pots, though in ideal situations they can grow to 30 metres. They love light and water. They will bloom only once in two or three years unless the flower is removed before going to fruit as they use excessive energy to grow seeds.

Nagkesar in Ayurveda: This is a famous herb for the treatment of fever, vomiting, urinary tract disorders, migraine headache etc. Many herbal jams constitute this herb. It’s anti-toxic properties are good for urinary tract disorders, gout, excessive itching. Anti-inflammatory properties relieve swelling, oedema and inflammation. It also gets used to treat recurrent fever, vomiting, nausea, various digestive disorders and excessive thirst. It can bring vigour to one’s digestion and appetite. Due to the floral fragrance, it’s used to relieve bad breath and excessive sweating. It even acts as an effective medicine to treat skin disease such as herpes. The seed oil of Nagkesar relieves the pain and inflammation of cuts when applied externally; the oil is used for haemorrhoids and piles; it’s said to have anticonvulsant properties. And it even gets used for respiratory disorders, liver and spleen issues. Individuals with Vaishakha placement may want to speak with their local herb specialist about using the jam with Nagkeshar on a regular basis. In Assam they used to get oil from the seeds that they used for lamps to light their homes in the evening. And the wood is very long burning.

Nag Champa Incense: A very popular incense for yoga, meditation, and religious rituals. It seems to have a harmonising effect and instills an attitude of serenity and devotion.


Joints, nails, ears

  • Stomach problems, food poisoning, worms, obesity, poor diet, 
  • Liver problems related to addiction or poisoning from chemical or natural  pollution from air, land, and water. 
  • STD due to promiscuity
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis 
  • Platelets and blood clotting
  • Nervous disordersNo peace of mind, active mind
  • Organic mercury (ruled by Ashlesha) can trigger autoimmune disease 
  • Blockage, clots, bi-polar.
  • Antibodies & antibiotics
  • Bacteria (See Sahtabhisha for the 1000 star blossoms and viruses. See also the shape of white blood cells).
  • Bacteria, worms, maggots. Infection
  • Hearing problems
Close up of bacteria

Bacteria & Water Born disease

Bacteria causes many diseases in humans: cholera, pneumonia, influenza. Tuberculosis, measles, typhoid, malaria, legionnaire’s disease, anthrax, meningitis, dysentery. Some other water born diseases are likely to be related to Ashlesha as well: giardia, e coli, Hep A, samonella,

Snake Venom

Snake venom is a complex mix of proteins, enzymes, peptides, carbohydrates, lipids, metal ions, and organic compounds.

    • Cytotoxins, which cause necrosis, a complete breakdown of organic tissue, cells, and organs. Different types of cytotoxin target different cells in the body, meaning that while some target the heart, others target muscular tissue.
    • Neurotoxins, which disrupt and block neurotransmitters, lead to organs shutting down, paralysis, and respiratory distress. Different neurotoxins block different neurotransmitters.
    • Hemotoxins, which target the red blood cells and cause organ damage and tissue death via either causing blood to clot and prevent blood circulation in the body or by causing internal bleeding and haemorrhaging.

Immunity is usually developed after a long time of repeated exposure to small but increasing quantities of poison.  We can use a similar method for overcoming traumas a fears by allowing ourselves to be subjected to our triggers while in a safe space where we can practice non-reactivity.

Hearing loss

Caused by damage to the Cochlea in the ear. Often described like a snail, it also appears like a coiled snake. The hairs on the cochlea are what pick up the sound through their special sensitivity to vibration. Those sounds are then turned into nerve impulses which are processes in the brain. 

The cochlea is filled with two different kinds of fluids, one is a unique composition of endolymph. It’s very rich in potassium (150mM), very poor in sodium (1mM) and almost completely lacking in calcium (20-30 µM). This is not found anywhere else inside the body. The other fluid is common. There seems also to be a connection between dehydration and hearing loss which may be related to the potassium levels suggesting that ashlesha has something to do with potassium.

Auditory information first goes to the brain stem where a decoding of basic signals such as duration, intensity and frequency takes place. Other parts of the brain help us to understand where the sound came from. The thalamus, at the base of the cerebrum, then gets involved in preparing us to respond vocally. The last neuron of the primary auditory pathway connects the thalamus with the auditory cortex. At this stage the message has already been largely decoded. However, in the auditory cortex the signal is moreover recognised, memorised and may eventually result in a response.

Hearing aids or cochlear implants may be used to correct hearing problems related to the cochlea. I suspect the ear drum has some relationship with Dhanishta, but we will look into that side of hearing when we discuss that nakshatra. 

Good and Evil in the Brain

The para-limbic system is a “behaviour circuit” responsible for processing emotions of the brain, including the amygdala and pre-frontal cortex.

R – Complex: the most ancient part of our brain relating to reptiles: insight, intuition, perception, wisdom, cunning, concentration and sexuality. 

Cancer represents the Breast

Ashlehsa: The dual use of the breast. To nurture and provide temptation. Ashlesha is all about covering things up. It’s the trap that women set with their breasts and their cleavage. It’s the atmosphere of sexuality that creeps into relationships between men and women. Ashesha is the sexuality of the breast which is like playing with snakes. This is the dangerous game of sexuality that starts with the puffing of the chest by both sexes. It’s primordial, from our reptilian brain, and it’s a huge problem that we have to contend with. We have to learn how to tame this snake and keep and eye on it knowing that it can come out of its hole at any time. Again, self control in the midst of some of our strongest longing.    

Fluids related to movement and fluids which keep relay messages (Cancer/Mercury). To register vibration in the cochlea, to allow free movement of the joints, messenger hormones, the fluids which conduct electricity in the body (though these might relate to Indra in Jyeshta).

Pushya: Practical use of the breast to nurture and provide protection, in the way we hug to touch chests or hold a child to our chest. Of course there is also the milk and nipple; the little flower on top. 

Punarvasu: The fat of the breast. Fluids that provide protection. The emotional memories involved with bonding


Due to the high stress nature of these people’s lives it will do them well to practice somewhat more intense and stressful yogic or self improvement techniques. The trick is to use breathing or other relatively safe methods to induce a stress response throughout which we try to remain at peace. Polar bear swims do this when the ice cold water shocks the body but we remain calm and controlled. Many of the Wim Hof practices work with the stress response in this way.  

This works in much the same way as the immune system. As we are introduced to our enemies more and more and in relatively benign circumstances we are more capable of defending ourselves in the case of an attack. 


Like a snake they can be sensual and seductive using their underground knowledge in deceptive, cold-blooded ways to lure people in in order to feel safe and comfortable.  They will use people to carry out an agenda, emotionally entwining them until their goals are achieved, at which point they will coldly walk away; until their next victim comes along completely unaware of what is lurking in the grass..

They do well in any field related to drugs and medicines and they can often blur the line between the two using poison and medicine and medicine as poison. Doctors, pharmacists, drug dealers, chemists all relate to the poisonous qualities of Ashlesha, but so do petrochemicals, cigarettes, and many of the other poisons we use on a daily basis. 

Their connection to the underground can just as easily relate them with criminal organisations, prostitution, sexuality, and gambling as it can to astrology, tantra, occult and black magic. They will like to move in the dark or undercover or in deceptive ways which makes them suited for spying, or other kinds of undercover work. 

They can be suspicious bordering on paranoia. Heavy afflicting in Ashlesha can bring on Schizophrenic episodes. Lots of emotional manipulation is usually present in a person’s life and they can be very selfish and sexually promiscuous.

They may have a connection with snakes or reptiles themselves: owning them, selling them, catching them, caring for them.  They may be snake charmers both figuratively and literally. A forked tongue, hypnotic eyes and emotional manipulation can be very effective in many fields where fakes and cheaters are common: law and politics, occultists, channellers, fake psychics and even yoga teachers may all be happy to gain from the suffering and misfortune of others. They can be vicious opportunists.  

Key Themes

  • Cold-blooded, forked-tongue, hypnotic, manipulative, sneaky, deceptive, suspicious, promiscuous, chameleon, penetrating gaze, strong will, mind control,
  • Entwine, embrace, entangle, drunkenness, squeeze, asphyxiate, suffocate, 
  • Poison, serum, medicine, petrochemicals, underground, trenching, agriculture, blue-collar
  • Kundalini energy, vibration from the ground, the remainder, trenching, the devourer, 
  • Rhetoric, eloquence, artifice and cunning and living by your wits, deceit, disguise, promotes intercourse between people & nations, the art of the argument, striking, wrestling, graceful dexterity, 
  • Ambassadors, business men, politicians, elder siblings, step-siblings, side-kick, travellers, thieves, chaperones, lost and wary wayfarer.
  • Commerce, coinage/currency, streets, roads, unexpected strokes of good fortune, playing innocent, good humour, feigning innocence, bribery, avarice, stone pillars (lumps of black stone)
  • String of shiva’s bow, rope for churning, string instruments
  • Ketu was born under this star.

Sign & Planetary rulers of Ashlesha

Mercury: Communicative, analytical, logical, quick, youthful, students, teammates, adolescents,  learning ability, speaking, writing, gesturing, messaging, media, counting, accounting, measuring, narrative, calculating.

Cancer + Mercury Intelligent, teaching, writing, measuring out the land and the home. Emotional narratives, emotionally calculating, rhythmic speech, analytical caretaking, logical boundaries, well reasoned emotions, duplexes, defensive gestures, versatile habits. Will do well in any kind of educational or training atmosphere.



Planets In Ashlesha

Ashlesha Ascendant:
Energy Body by Alice Bailey

For the most part this Ascendant gives thin lithe bodies like a snake, quick movements and coordination thru most of their lives.  There seems to be a pattern of weight gain later in life (often related with stomach or intestinal problems. They are good fighters, dancers and athletes. They are deadly diplomates and very good politicians. They excel and deception, baiting the enemy and deception. Some of them are directly associated with magic, black magic, kundalini and at least a few that are not directly connected with this kind of thing tend to at least keep some kind of lucky charm or believe in superstition and astrology. 

As the ascendant lord we see the snake like characteristics most clearly in their body and personality. They do well in high pressure situations and often live high stress lifestyles. Several NHL goaltenders appear on this list. I’m sure this speaks for their coordination as well as reminding us of the function of the immune system defending against attack.

Many of these people have a knack for using peoples words or actions against them in the way the Stephen Seagal uses an opponents momentum against him in Aikido.

Otto von Bismark’s Walking Stick

Edward Smyth-Osbourn is a highly trained NATO commander who will receive the Golden Stick (Hermes staff) from the queen upon retirement marking him as one of the most trusted and capable royal guards. It’s interesting that the goaltenders also hold a kind of stick that makes them immune from much the violent side of hockey as well. Hitler had a walking stick that he used to climb 13 mountains in Europe. Marylin Monroe was famous for her lip stick. Thomas Jefferson used an ivory walking stick and Otto von Bismark also carried a lovely walking stick with him. IO’m siure there are more examples

“Dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” ~ Mohammad Ali

General Indications: “You will possess the quality of a penetrating glare. You will have difficulty showing gratitude. You may be of a duplicitous nature. You will possess the gift of intriguing speech. You have the qualifications of a leader, possibly as a politician. You will be very intelligent. There is also an indication of being soft spoken and meek. But your external shyness may be misunderstood by others as arrogance. You are not easily swayed by others. Be cautious of this trait when dealing with those of questionable character. You do not keep any distinction between rich or poor, good or bad. You work well independently and would be suited towards managerial positions. You are not of a cheating nature, but are often mistaken by others. You have difficulty distinguishing between those who are truly in need and those who are not. You enjoy being recognised for your good deeds. You will be lucky and popular, but have difficulty controlling your temper. You may lose it at inappropriate times and remain silent when it may be necessary. You will have difficulty enjoying your fortune, mainly due to poor association. You will be the recipient of anonymous donations. You may have your education in arts or commerce. In the professional field, you will get speedy promotions and sudden reversals. A heavy loss of money at the age of 35-36; unexpected and unearned income when you are 40 years of old. You will have to shoulder much of the family responsibilities, due mainly to your being the eldest. You may experience some miscommunication with your spouse in the realm of finances. You may suffer from intestinal disorders. Be aware of addictive tendencies with intoxication.” — Behari

Female Ashlesha: “Careless and unclean in the way she dresses. She is usually not good looking and may be rather homely and have some distinguishing mark or disfigurement on her face. She is mostly miserable and unhappy. She is secretive and bitter, harsh and unkind with others. If she cultivated kindness and tact her shortcomings might be forgotten by those with whom she comes in contact. Neither her attitude or or appearance are conductive to popularity. Story tellers capable of manipulating peoples emotion. They are usually very patriotic and bound by their home culture; their roots. They might evoke ancestral guilt, ancient resentments, narratives of the home culture, the place of settlement, and the local people. They often represent a way of life which they seek to protect, they can be eco-warriors or environmentalist defending the land.”  — Shil-Ponde

Male Ashlesha: “Unpleasant and unsociable; they are awkward and gauche in their manners and are not quick to profit from their mistakes. They do no easily adapt to to their surroundings or situation and they are reluctant to be gracious or kind to others. Their cantankerous personality is itself a barrier to success and progress in life. They need to cultivate a habit of doing things for others, learn to appreciate the good of others, and live less introspectively. Intensely patriotic and often xenophobic, they are tied to their roots culture, local ethnic narratives, and possibly ancient resentments. They seek to defend the land, or local culture. They can easily draw others in with their stories and messaging style which can emotionally manipulate or mesmerise the audience. They often come to prominence when the tribe is weak and vulnerable.” — Shil Ponde

Cancer Rising: “Extremely sensitive, inquisitive, nervous, restless, interested in music and dexterous. They have a middle sized body, full face, slightly snub nose, fair complexion, long arms, long face and wide chest. They are very intelligent, bright and extremely frugal and equally industrious. Their frugality often takes the form of miserliness. The mind in intuitional, perceptive. They like pleasure. They are deeply attached to their family and children. They often meet with disappointment in love affairs. They are very talkative, self-reliant, honest and unbending. They have a reputation for justice and fair play. Their emotions are strong. They have psychic tendencies, are receptive to new ideas and adapt themselves to the environment. They are desirous of possessions and cautious. They can best take up occupations of a fluctuating nature.” — B.V. Raman

Prince Andrew Duke of York (1), Johnny Depp (1), Baba Ramdev (business, politics, famous yoga baba (1)), Sachin Tendulkar (1), Evander Holyfield (1), Ralph Klein (1), Denton Cooley (Surgeon, 1st heart implant (1)), Carrie Underwood (1), Christine Chubbuck (news reporter (1)), Alice Bailey (1), 

Otto Von Bismarck (2), Stephane Abrial (2), Sivananda (2), Sri Aurobindo (2), Andy Warhol (2), Frederick Engels (2), Alexandre Dumas (2), Jon Jones (MMA (2)), Marilyn Monroe (2), Mary-Kate Olsen (2), Mary Anne Adan-Harter (market analyst (2)), 

Thomas Jefferson (3), Hitler (3), Saddam Hussein (3), Ted Kennedy (3), Muhammed Ali (3), Michael Moore (3), Buster Keaton (3), Carl Rogers (person centred psychotherapy (3?)), Elizabeth Hurley? (3), Jorge Paulo Lehmann? (3), Christopher Reeve (paralysis (3)), Ella Fitzgerald (3), Gillian Anderson (3), Sarah Bernhardt (3), Tina Turner (3), Susan Strasberg (3), Fifth Business SnowBall (fiction (3)), 

Indira Gandhi (4), Jawaharlal Nehru (4), Edward Smyth-Osbourn (4), Stephen Wolfram (mathematics (4)), Terry Fox (4), Hulk Hogan (4), Leon Trotsky (4), Picasso (4), Robert Hand (4), Hugh Armstrong Robinson (pilot, inventor, daredevil (4)), Jian Ghomeshi (drummer, radio host, podcast (4)), Marilyn Manson (4), Tanya Tucker (4), Zenobia Camprubi (4), Joe Bungsund (4), 

[Many charts have not been confirmed so ascendant and even moon nakshatras may not be correct. There may be inconsistencies regarding the house placement of the planets as well. Use your own judgement. A healthy dose of scepticism should be applied to astrological data generally.]

Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development

Sun in Ashlesha

They spotlight puts them in a tight position and they tend to express themselves in a do or die fashion. Many of these folks have either been in trouble from the law or have had to undergo detox and/or rehab. Martin Sheen, Martha Stewart, Doc Holliday, Larry Nassar. The way they express themselves makes them hard to trust; as if there is some manipulation going on all the time, like they’re holding something back; they almost seem to lack sincerity. The express themselves like a snake. Maxine Waters is famous for race-baiting. India has the threat of riot and war hanging over its head since independence agreements poisoned the well of unity. Power can be a poison with this Sun, but many of these people become cultural icons. Many of them are very powerful people, and once they get power they will not let go of it without a struggle. The trick it so follow Jean Piaget’s advice and learn to restrain your own power, hold it in, allow it to build and express itself freely without with trying to force it or hold onto it.

Several of these natives are wrestlers or grapplers. The defend themselves by enticing the opponent in powerful holds. In many ways, this is what we call politics, these are the traits of a leader, someone who can play these political games, force the opponents move, give them a “boondoggle” to deal with. Many of them will have some kind of foundation for laundering money. Insider trading and other occupations that allow them to bet on a sure thing.

Bepin Behari Sun In Cancer “will send a message to understand the worldly obligations but not get emerged in it. Destroy your personal affiliations without the world realising that you are neglecting your social obligations.”


Sun in Ashlesha Pada 1, Sagittarius Navamsha: The Audacity of hope sums up this position nicely. They express themselves like a teacher, a mentor, a guide to show others the way. Many of them have been through addiction and were carried though by hope. They might even be kind of born again in a certain way. Even when times are tough they cling to their ideology and faith in some higher purpose. That purpose often becomes to show others the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sun in Ashlesha Pada 2, Capricorn Navamsha: This position makes them very independent and career and possibly in life, but they are likely to be celebrated for their lives work and an example for others to follow.

Sun in Ashlesha Pada 3, Aquarius Navamsha: These last two nakshatras are much more physical in nature. Here he get a number of wrestlers or grapplers. They need a sense of certainty to feel comfortable, they need to be a winner, and this will put them in the centre of large network of adoring fans. We find two of the most flour astrologer’s responsible for opening astrology to the world: Sanjay Rath & B.V. Raman. They trapped with truth, with finding certainty through the astrology charts and have done very well in this field.

Sun in Ashlesha Pada 4, Pisces Navamsha: We find the grappling here seeks a deeper form of certainty and winning might mean the death of the opponent, or at least something dying inside of them, submission. We find a few more astrologers with Sun in the 4th pada, but they are clairvoyants as much as they are astrologers. They do not have the same ability to find certainty through the interconnection of all things in the same way that the 3rd pada does.

Celebrities with Sun in Ashlesha

Barack Obama (1), Sheldon Adelson (casino resorts and political philanthropy (1)), Neil Armstrong (1), Curt Siodmak (science fiction (1)), Knut Hamsun (1), Martin Sheen (1), Lance Alworth (1), Kent Cochrane (epileptic seizures & rare memory disorder (1)), Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex (1), Jennifer Lawrence (1), Martha Stewart (1), Loni Anderson (1), 

Sanjay Rath (Vedic Astrology (2)), BV Raman (Vedic Astrology (2)), Dustin Hoffman (2), Andy Warhol (2), David Duchovny (X files (2)), Bailey Sherwood (child actor, civil engineer (2)), Tom Thomson (2), Ken Dryden (2), Whitney Houston (2), Hiroshima (2), 

Julius Caesar (3), George Soros (3), Herbert Hoover (Mining, President during great depression (3)), Jacques Parizeau (economist, Quebec separatist (3)), Reverend Jerry Farwell (3), Bill Ash (writer, broadcaster, fighter pilot, escapee (3)), Robert William Johnstone (3), Jean Piaget (3), Joe Rogan (3), Hulk Hogan (3), Brett Hull (3), Bobby Hatfield (3), Ben English (3), Gillian Anderson (3),

Fidel Castro (4), Jean Paul Palomeros (4), Jozef Haller (4), John MacKey (Whole Foods (4)), Oscar Romeo (4), Erwin Schrodinger (Quantum Mechanics (4)), Larry Nassar (child abuser physiotherapist (4)), Steve Martin (4), Doc Holliday (4), Ibram X Kendi (4), Maxine Waters (4), Madonna (4), Halle Berry (4), Madame Helena Blavatsky (4), Komilla Sutton (4), Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo (4), India (4), Baghdad (4), Nixon Address 1971 (dollar decoupled from gold (4)), 

“As far as the game of marbles is concerned, there is therefore no contradiction between the egocentric practice of games and the mystical respect entertained for rules. This respect is the mark of a mentality fashioned, not by free cooperation between equals, but by adult constraint.” ~Jean Piaget ~

King Louis XIV of France – “The Sun King”

Moon in Ashlesha

The classic say that the native born with Moon in Ashlesha will be straight in form but deceptive, deceitful, depraved, cunning, crafty, cruel, ungrateful, mischievous, insincere, sinful, false, fickle-minded, and quick to anger. This will be covered up by eloquence, wisdom, silliness and a leadership ability. They will have income from various sources and accumulate wealth. They will have strong desires and promiscuous hunger that causes them to chase the wives and wealth of others and devour everything without thought or discriminations. They do not see the work of others. They will have sons. (The Classics: Hora Sara, Jataka Parijata, Sage Narada, Brihat Samhita, Varahamihira.)

They are often strong nationalists bound the rhythms of the seasons, of the place and of the people. They are often protectors the ethnocultural environment, comforted by steady predictable rhythms, local narratives, folk wisdom. They like to be held, bound, embraced, restrained; they “Won’t let go.” They might go underground to feel safe. When they feel treated they will lash out or strike suddenly, quickly, deadly. They tend to have less trust, they are reflective of a culture of back-bitters, snakes, thieves where things are done on the lowdown. They often speak in hushed tones, with a kind of intimacy. The position of Mercury will have a lot of power over how this Moon position plays out.

These natives are often somewhat nomadic, moving with the seasons. They could be farmers, or educationist, or atheletes, or even construction workers anyone who has a steady rhythm of being in season and out of season. Some time to work, and some time to rest. They like to have steady habits and steady rhythm. They might like astrology for it’s predictive capabilities, they will at least have knowledge of the seasons of the sun and moon. Most of these natives are nationalists, they are are comfortable in their own culture, following their own season and predictable patterns.

We cannot forget that ashlesha relates with the mystery cults, prophecy, herbalism can be here. I mentioned astrology, prophecy, intuition: they are good at reading the ground, or reading a room, reading the natural signs that are all around us. They might not even understand this themselves but barring harsh aspects this can act as a powerful advanced radar in whatever house it’s in. They can seem a little sensitive emotionally and they will need some time to withdraw and get away from any public attention. This is perhaps why I have relatively fewer ashlesha natives in my records.

If this sensitivity is working well, it’s like mothers intuition. The receptive mother knows what her children need without asking. A teacher or coach with this also gives their students what they need. They are themselves merely a reflection of the local culture.

Too many details will draw energy away from their intuition and they are not usually great fans of ideology or blind faith, they like to know what’s in front of them and their comfort zone tends to remain fairly local. Theories and ideal tend to annoy them, and if they get caught up in this kind of thing it will only bring nothing but problems.

These natives can also be masters of subterfuge and can cause many problems to their enemies by underground, undisclosed means. It takes a little sting for us to learn, so says the Ashlesha. They know how to use both the carrot and the stick.

Moon in Cancer: Bepin Behari says that when the Moon is In Cancer “the psychic bridge of the individual is orientated towards the impulses coming from the higher sources. Many a time the individual may not understand what messages are flowing through his mind but he will be receptive to those messages and will like to express them at physical levels of existence.”

Moon in Ashlesha Pada 1, Sagittarius Navamsha: Usually belonging to the educated classes of diplomats, doctors, pharmacists, healers or lawyers generously working through the imbalances of the world. They may be involved in local policy initiatives or international political initiatives with diplomatic immunity. Work life and private life are likely to be quite different and there will be much secrecy. They can be cruel, daring, famous, devoted to work and endowed with children. They go to other countries and become wealthy. They are respected by their relatives. Mars here can weaponise and manipulate ideology for their own gain.

“Rich, kind & intelligent. You will earn a living through automobiles, will be respected in the community, amiable and of no trouble to others.” Usually labourers, service types. Bold, daring, thoughtless, cruel, ungrateful, easily angered and quite stupid. They area cause of anxiety and misery to mother; they might sell and use drugs, and contract a venereal disease. Often peddling some kind of drugs.” —Shil-Ponde

Moon in Ashlesha Pada 2, Capricorn Navamsha: The most manipulative pada, they can be very cunning, cruel and fighting dirty in their quest for power and status. They will not hesitate to deceive others to get what they want. They can be very possessive in their relationship and their things. “What’s mine is mine,” and sometimes what’s yours is mine too if they can find a loop-hole. They are said to be sad and interested in grabbing others property, stingy, knowledgeable, afraid of hell, astrologers and warriors. Can bring about the destruction of ones mother in law.

“You will have difficulty saving large amounts of money. Must be mindful of serious but preventable and curable disease. Thieves, or people who borrow money with no intention of returning it.” — Shil-Ponde

Moon in Ashlesha Pada 3, Aquarius Navamsha: Ghandanta pada. They are excellent at connecting the dots and make very good diagnosticians working in health care fields. Negative influences to this pada can be deadly for the mother; possibly filling her with poison in some way; possibly coming from a strong drinking culture. There might be rehab, getting on and off the bandwagon. Can bring about the destruction of ones mother in law. Shil-Ponde seems to be correct when he writes that: “May experience discord with relatives, sufferer from venereal disease, and has a troubled relationship with ones mother. Ones father will suffer much financially from ones acts.” I might add that despite the troubles there will be a closeness between them, perhaps even sone co-dependence (we might not like each other, but we both have to survive this.

Moon in Ashlesha Pada 4, Pisces Navamsha: Mars is debilitated at 28 degrees here. Ghandanta pada. Watery Moon does well in Jupiter’s pada. They may be involved with private schools or private tutors. They are less likely to be the manipulative one in relationships and they may end up as therapists or advisors in some capacity. They often do well in providing safe private space for others, possibly in the hotel or resort business, in drug rehabilitation, or perhaps even rental apartment studio, office or lab space. They grab after the wealth of others wealth. They are stubborn and hated by all people. They are fighters, distorted-faced, instructors in the science of domination. They are candid in their speech and bereft of money. Can bring about the destruction of ones mother in law.

“Mother and father will both face difficulties within a short span of time. May have secret means of earring money or go far from home to make some special gains. Same as 3rd pada, the father is likely to suffer financially from the natives actions.” Shil-Ponde

Celebrities with Moon in Ashlesha

Pope Alexander VI (nepotism in 1492 (1)), King Louis XIV of France (1), Jawaharlal Nehru (1), Herbert Hoover (Mining, President during great depression (1)), Johnny Michael Spann (CIA; Killed in prisoner revolt (1)), Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer (1)), Louis Braille (1), Bepin Behari (Vedic Astrology (1)), Michael Bolton (1), Queen Elizabeth II (1), Kathleen O’Toole Police Commissioner (1)),

Frederick II the Great of Prussia (2), Mao (2), Desmond Tutu (2), Frank Costello (2), Jacques Cousteau (2), John Dewey (2), Jean Piaget (2), Martin Sheen (2), Eddie Rickenbacker (2), Zsa Zsa Gabor (socialite, actress, 9 marriages (2)), Ghislaine Maxwell (2), Margaux Hemingway (2), Sydney Biddle Barrow (professional madam, escorts (2)), Jamie Brewer (Actress with Downs Syndrome (2)), Sexual Abuse #7 (2), 

William the Conqueror (3), Mikhail Gorbachev (3), Robert Koch (3), Larry Flynt (3), Hugh Laurie (House MD (3)), Oscar Wilde (3), Kris Kristofferson (3), Lance Alworth (3), Katie Holms (3), Simone de Beauvoir (avant guard (3)), 

Pierre Trudeau (4), Marilyn Manson (4), Miguel de Cervantes (4), Mohandas Gandhi (4), Pompey (3), Thomas Spence (4), Towns Van Zandt (4), George Michael (4), Chyna (4), Joe Frazier (4), Adam Segwick (Geologist, Anglican Priest (4)), Hariprasad Chaurasia (4), Ted Kaczynski (4), Jane Fonda (4), ////24feb2023/////

Mars in Ashlesha

Mars is debilitated in Ashlesha. Culture war. Mars typically weaponises the emotional manipulation in Ashlesha. It can be good for activism, environmental protection and occasionally for police officers and military who do a lot of dirty work, but this Mars usually causes many problems in a person’s personal life. It’s like having a passport to do violence, challenge or kill people who seem to be a threat or trigger ones insecurities.. They are usually suspicious of everyone, as if everyone is out to get them. This is the insecure man that nobody likes: always trying to prove himself without ever facing a enemy of the same caliber. They can easily devolve into being bullies who kick the dog after to tough day at work. Their actions get them nowhere and probably make things worse.

This position reminds me of the stories of baby Hermes when he went out to steal his brother’s cattle. You used every kind of deceit and trickery along the way in order to avoid being caught, he even bribed an old shepherd to keep quiet and then, knowing that deceit lies everywhere, returned in disguise to test the power of his original bribe with a new one. He killed the greedy old man knowing that the same greed was in his own heart. When he was caught by the divine vision of his family he continued to plead his innocence appealing to his state as an infant he is said to have naively inquired: “What are cows?” It’s very difficult to trust these people because they will time and again weaponise emotions, and resort to the worst kinds of deceit and trickery to cover up their original sin.

The role of Mars is to weaponise whatever he touches and in this case we find them weaponising whatever differences already exist. Language and rhetoric can be quite vicious with this placement as they seek to manipulate whatever they can for their own advantage. They never want to let go of anything that they believe is theirs. This can lead to codependent relationships.

Caravaggio (Mars & Rahu in Ashlesha)

The Grace of Madonna – Madonna-dei-Palafrenieri – Caravaggio 1605-1606

Many of Caravaggio’s painting were controversial for brutality and gore. Heads being chopped off with realistic emotional impact. And of course these kinds of things will get highlighted with vicious planets like Mars and Rahu here.  But he offers us a glimpse of another side of Ashlesha thru his paintings of Saint Matthew, the patron saint of accountants, moneychangers, tax collectors and customs officers. He was also invoked to help alcoholics with their habits.  It’s interesting how the wings of the angel are evocative of the Caduceus as well as the other symbols of Hermes.

Emotionally he was a violent, quarrelsome man. He was forced to flee his home and go underground in 1606 after killing a man an a duel over a romantic interest. Despite little being known about him it’s said that he was always fighting. There is much mystery over his death but it’s believed that he may have died from an infection from a wound received in one of these fights.  One of the dangers of being an artist during the renaissance is toxic exposure to the lead in the paint. The effect of this was a kind of madness or raving lunacy in sever cases.

Saint Matthew and the Angel – Caravaggio

His underground sex life has been the subject of much speculation. He never settled down or got married or had any children that are known of. He was known to have frequent prostitutes and and there is much speculation about homosexuality in a culture and time when sodomy was considered a capital offence. He never painted a single nude of a woman but did paint various voluptuous and sensual young men.

In1606 he was sentenced to beheading and had a bounty put on his head for the castration and killing of a mafia pimp.  He travelled around for several years sequin protection under powerful patrons, but by July 1610, at the age of 38, he was dead.

Hillary Clinton (Mars & Saturn in Ashlesha)

Saturn is yoga karaka planet in a powerful mutual exchange with the Moon and forming a Raja yoga in the 10th house of career with Mars. All of this is very good for her career and likely gave her diplomatic immunity, but her career house is also 6th from the moon  highlighting wars, criminal conspiracies and coverups.

Most of her career has been based on fear campaigns: weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons, biological weapons. But as she instills fear from these things she is also involved in the greatest proliferations of weapons of mass destruction anywhere. the most toxic aspect of this is perhaps the weaponisation of culture itself. Some might even say that she has led in the destruction of the nuclear family while claiming to be a nuclear family themselves. Her appeal was mostly for the middle class and blue collar workers and she’s well known for these kinds of roots. She lives in a $2.5 million house that’s almost 200 years old; oddly enough the address is #15 Old House Lane which is so Ashlesha. 

Early in her career she was involved in a cattle trading scandal (which again relates directly with the infant Hermes’ cattle thefts). Not much later she was involved in the Whitewater Controversy involving dodgy investments in land development. And then campaign donations being funneled thru the law firm she was working with. and the people close to the Clintons started dying in mysterious ways (and this hasn’t stopped, I think there are 16 names on the list now).  She has always been involved in the empowerment of young women and mothers working for gender equality and advocating education reform. Much of what America is facing today in their schools and universities; the free pass reforms to the criminal justice system all stem from Hillary Clinton’s early initiatives in these ares. Now that women’s rights or equality has basically been accomplished, she has moved to the next level of gender equality in the 21st century. All of this has been weaponised for power and control.  This is the aim of Ashlesha. Those on the spiritual path gain great inner power while those on the material plane can quickly become toxic as long term stability is sacrificed for short term goals.

June 1980 – June 1981 (Mercury / Mars): Whitewater controversy over banking and land fraud had just happened and during this period some of her enemies died in mysterious circumstances.

April 86 – Dec 88 (Mercury / Saturn): She was listed among 100  of the most influential lawyers. She sat on the board of the bar association to advocate for more women in law.  She was bring in wealthy corporate clients to the law firm. Her husband was governor and there was some controversy about some of the clients using the Law firm to give illegal political donation.

June 91 – Nov 91 (Ketu / Mars): She had just stepped down from practicing law and sat on the board of several companies learning about supply lines and unsuccessfully advocating for more environmentally friendly practices and more women at the corporate management level.  She had been considering running for Governor but the poles were not in her favour.

Nov 93 – Dec 94 (Ketu / Sat):  She became first lady.

Dec 2001 – Feb 2003 (Ven / Mars): She had just been elected tot he New York Senate after moving there the year before. She joined five senate committees all with some relations to Mars in Ashlesha:  budget; armed services; environment and public works; education, labour and pensions; ageing; and, security and cooperation with Europe. September 11  had just happened and in October she voted for the patriot act and the War against terrorism began with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (and about half a dozen other countries that got no notice).  By December she was already busy with war and weapons sales and by Oct 2001 she voted to go to war against Iraq after carrying on about fake WMD for the past year.  These campaigns have, of course, faced heavy criticism and the whole of 9/11 has become one of the grand conspiracy theories perhaps even greater than the assassination of JFK. Her husband also took 26 trips on Lolita express in this period.

Oct 2008 – Dec 2011 (Ven / Sat): The financial crisis of 2008. She supported the bailouts of the banks. In 2009 She became Secretary of State under Obama. She warned about possibly biological weapons coming out of the Wuhan Lab that year. It was also in this period when the personal email account was set up that caused her so much trouble latter.  But most of this period was spent on international diplomacy trying to “fix” relations with many countries which had been isolated by the Bush administration. She even offer a “great reset” in relationship with Russia (that quickly hit a snag when Putin returned to power). During this time she was also looking to allies to isolate Iraq with sanctions. while from one side of her mouth she was championing the case of women around the world, her policies were killing these same women. An interesting point with some relation to Saturn and Mars in Ashlesha was the biomass cook stoves she was seeking to install in the kitchen of the developed world as she was concerned about both the lack of affordable cooking fuel and the smoke inhalation that the poor underdeveloped women had to face.  She often tries to appear as an environmentalist and steward of the land while being heavily involved with the oil business as well as chemical and low yield nuclear weapons. By the end of this Saturn antardasha she went to Haiti after the earthquake there to ensure her man won the election. The Clinton Foundation has received heavy criticism for treating Haiti like a slave colony as well as for accepting donations from foreign countries while she was Secretary of State. Speaking of slaves, the Clintons are also involved in a program of hiring convicts as personal helpers and they are known to be very strict their servants; any small mistake will have them sent back tp prison.  Some have liked their treatment to these people as a form of indentured slavery.  Oh, and the Arab Spring protest also began in this period are are widely believed to be masterminded in a conspiracy between Clinton, Gates and Obama. And who can forget the Libyan civil war of 2011 which ended with Clinton saying: “We came, we saw, he died,” followed by her infamous cackling laugh.  The war in Syria was also just getting going in this year. By this point she seems to have become a James Bond Villain. At he very end of this period she began to campaign for gay rights saying: “Gay rights are human rights.” Western astrologers might note that she also has Pluto in Ashlesha assuring us that she is a force of revolution for the home culture.  Some others might consider that the Saturn Mars conjunction marks her as a toxic influence on the home culture and on government leadership.

Oct 2016 – Feb 2017 (Sun / Mars): Clinton’s aids who had been in charge of cleaning and deleting the files related to sending top secret e-mail from a private server all received immunity from prosecution.  This was a big controversy in the run up to the 2016 election which she lost. This would have also been the period when the fake Steele dossier against trump was being put together. A very cloak and dagger kind of time for her.  And just as it seemed this was all going to be behind her, the announcement came just before the election that there was a new investigation opening up over another set of emails that had been found.  This investigation continued until the Sun Saturn period when they announced that would not be pressing charges.

Oct 2018 – Oct 2019 (Sun / Saturn): Her immunity from prosecution over the e-mail scandal was confirmed. She was mostly campaigning against Trump calling him a threat to national security, a racist, misogynist, a white supremacist and an illegitimate president. Of course this was all going on while she had the FBI surveilling Donald Trumps election team and her democratic allies in the state department were investigating everything they could find or make up about Trump and his associates.

Oct 2022 – May 2023 (Moon / Mars): this could turn in to a war and the attack against Republicans could begin at this time. Mars typically bring her difficulties and powerful enemies. She may have to face a lawsuit and more accusations. Mars is also not very good for her health and surgical procedure might also be necessary (though this might be for her husband Bill). Jan 2023 looks like the date to remember for the fructification of these 10th house yoga’s and exchanges. It will likely be good for her, but not for anyone else.

These Mars periods never just happen on their own. The moon period that occurs before Mars typically opens the door to some shocking revelation in her career, Mars then is when she seeks to destroy her enemies by any means necessary. Which this kind of chart I do not doubt the Clinton kill list. In any case, after Mars comes Rahu who she has in her 8th house. This actually gives some similar results as Mars in Ashlesha: shady undercover work. This Rahu is also in the very elite 1st pada of Kritika anding up with an exalted Mars in her Navamsha giving her an incredibly powerful result for underground work and foreign wars.

March 2026 – Oct 2027 (Moon Saturn): I have heard speculation that Clinton might become leader in this period, but she will be 80 years old. Of course it’s not impossible, but considering that this yoga involves her 5th house, it might be more likely that her daughter enters politics or takes on a leadership position. But one thing is clear: the Saturn is deeply entrenched in politics.

Hillary Clinton health (keep in mind these are the official versions, she is very secretive about this).

Blood clots (she has been on blood thiners most of her life): 1998 (behind her right knee) & 2009 (leg) & dec 31, 2012 (behind her right ear).

1 feb 2005 she fainted due to the weakness caused by stomach issues.

June 17 2009: broken elbow. successful surgery.

Jan 2013: after the concussion she had to wear special glasses to keep her from having double vision

15 dec 2015: disclosure of more stomach problems, but this time she sustained a concussion when she fainted. Also disclosed that she had hypothyroidism and allergies. She was taking Armour Thyroid, a hormone replacement therapy.

July 21 2016: it’s speculated that she had a seizure on stage. She was diagnosed with pneumonia shortly after which it’s speculated she had been suffering with for almost a year.


Mars in Ashlesha Pada 2, Capricorn Navamsha: Mars is exalted in the Navamsha. Any self respecting man would just kill himself if he found himself among the women with this placement: Helen Keller, Serena Williams, Hillary Clinton and Maxine Waters. This Mars makes for powerful women, but their idiots, they might come from abusive homes and then carry this with them their whole lives and then becomes the abuser themselves. Since ashlesha is the most psychological part of Cancer, we know where that abuse will be felt the most. Home life would a power struggle as they seek to balance two opposing activities. The right hand doesn’t always know that the left hand is doing and they can work against themselves in the end. They weaponise the home, the education system, the universities and they challenge every form of orthodoxy.

Mars in Ashlesha Pada 4, Pisces Navamsha: Mars is debilitated at 28 degrees here. Ghandanta pada.

Celebrities with Mars in Ashlesha

Emmanuel Macron (1), Jacque Fresco (1), Ray Kroc (1), John MacKey (Whole Food (1)), William Butler Yeats (1), Alexei Navalny (1), Andre the Giant (actor, wrestler (1)), Samuel Colt (1), Komilla Sutton (Vedic Astrology Guru (1)), Tegan/Sara Quin (1), Melissa Ethridge (1), Calamity Jane (1),

Sri Rammya (2), Sir Christopher Wren (Architect, mathematics, physics (2)), John Krasinski (2), Michael Green (quantum Physics (2)), Niels Bohr (2), Bailey Sherwood (child actor, civil engineer (2_), Robert Duvall (actor (2)), Leonard Cohen (2), Jet Li (martial arts actor (2)), Willie Mays (base ball (2)), Karl Theodor Komer (poet, philosopher, nationalist, soldier (2)), Frank Abbandando (mob killer (2)), Hillary Clinton (2), Maxine Waters (2), Helen Keller (2), Serena Williams (tennis (2)), Sophia Loren (2), Demi Moore (2), 

Al Gore (3), Maxmillian Robespierre (3), Andrew Loyd Webber (musical theatre (3)), John Smeaton (Father of cilvil engineering (3)), Kenny Rogers (country music (3)), Buddy Holly (musician (3)), Michael J. Fox (actor (3)), Glenn Ford (actor (3)), Harrison Ford (actor (3)), Lawren Haris (3), Franklin Pierce (3), Cher (glam rock (3)), Anne Frank (3), Bridgitte Bardot (3), Sigourney Weaver (3), Gigi Hadid (3), Jane West (novelist (3)), Diane Hegarty (satanist (3)), 

Thomas Jefferson (4), Kamala Harris (Lawyer, Vice President (4)), Arthur Schlesinger Jr (Liberal intellectual (4)), Max Stirner (post-Hegel: individualism, nihilism, existentialism (4)), Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido (4)), Joseph Pilates (body building, fitness (4)), Robert Boustany (physics & yoga therapy (4)), Rene Margotton (cubist painter (4)), Caravaggio (painter (4)), Matt Cameron (4), James Taylor (4), Boy George O’Dowd (glam rock (4)), Martin Sheen (4), Lance Alworth (4), Amy Winehouse (4),

Mercury in Ashlesha

Mercury does really well in this position. The native becomes the master of disguise, but they remain somewhat adolescent and emotional in their decision making process. Part of their ability to disguise themselves may stem from insecurities that they seek to hide from others. They can be great liars, engaging speakers who we want to trust. They can be good sales men; quite literally snake charmers.

WW II was marked by the use of the gas chamber on the one hand but also by the fact that nobody used deadly gases on the battlefield like they did in WW I.

Celebrities with Mercury in Ashlesha

King Henry VIII of England (1), George Bush Jr (1), John Calvin (pastor, reformer, humanist lawyer (1)), Sylvester Stallone (1), Mick Jagger (1), Bon Scott (1), Philip Johnson (architect (1)), Ben Affleck (1), Wolfgang Stresemann (conductor, composer (1)), Cheryl Crane (1), 

King Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia (2), Willis Eugene Lamb (physics professor, atomic measurements (2)), Denton Cooley (heat surgeon (2)), Usain Bolt (sprinter (2)), Dalip Singh (Wrestler Actor (2)), Mike Bloomfield (guitar, vocals (2)), Cheech Marin (2), Ray Bradbury (2), Patrick Swayze (2), Curt Siodmak (science fiction (2)), Baghdad (2), 

Herbert Reeves (astrophysics (3)), Stephen Wolfram (Mathematics (3)), Jorge Paulo Lehmann (3), Gerald Ford (3), Nelson Mandela (Lawyer; 1st post-apartheid president (3)), Yves Saint Laurent (fashion designer (3)), Robertson Davies (novelist, professor (3)), William T. Vollman (3), Kevin Spacey (3), Woody Guthrie (3), Selena Gomez (3), Gillian Anderson (3), Shania Twain (3), 

Jozef Haller (4), Vitali Klitschko (Mayor of Kiev, Boxer (4)), Oskar Ludwig Kummer (Engineer, Entrepreneur (4)), Robin Williams (4), Dave Chappelle (4), Virgin Mary (4), Natalie Wood (4), Electress Maria Anna of Bavaria (4), WW II (4), Calgary City (4), 

Jupiter in Ashlesha 

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Celebrities with Jupiter in Ashlesha

Jupiter in Ashlesha Pada 2, Capricorn Navamsha: Jupiter is debilitated in Navamsha. Career becomes associated with cultural indoctrinations, proselytisation, They might seem to have an abundance of faith of the surface while being immoral inside. Protector of land and culture. Special knowledge of the local culture, living off the land, broad foundational knowledge of the underground.

Bankers Panic Stock Crash 1907 (1), Pope John Paul II (“The Warrior Pope” (1)), Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (1), Friedrich Bayer (1), Robert De Nero (1), Bhagat Singh (freedom fighter, cop killer, bomb (1)), Bunny Andrews (1), Jean Beliveau (1), Vin Diesel (1), 

Sri Aurobindo (2), Pierre Trudeau (2), Roger Waters (2), John Updike (2), Elizabeth Taylor (2), Greta Thunberg (2), Kyle Rittenhouse (2), Wild Bill Hickok (2), 

Desmond Tutu (3), Robert Hook (3), Coenraad Jacob Temminck (Zoologist, museum director (3)), K.N. Rao (3), Towns Van Zandt (3), Rabindranath Tagore (3), Stephanie Charbonnier (3), Mikhail Kalashnikov (3), Layne Staley (3), Kerri Barton (3), 

Rudy Giuliani (4), Ted Kennedy (2), Osho (4), Rudolf Steiner (4), Jean Piaget (4), Robert Curry (4), Bob Saget (4), Paul Villard (physics, chemistry, discovered Gamma rays (4)), Alfredo Ferrari (4), Johnny Cash (2), Joe Rogan (2), Chevy Chase (4), Sugar Ray Leonard (4), Homer Simpson (4), Penny Marshall (4),  Dian Fossey (primatologist, conservationist (4)), Albuquerque (),

Venus in Ashlesha

King Francis I France gifted this pillar to the Ottoman Turks as a symbol of good faith diplomacy. The salamander was his personal emblem along with the motto Nutrisco et extinguo (“Nourish and extinguish.”)

Difficult love life, unable to maintain boundaries. Will often get entangled in affairs. They may like an element of the mystery of the unknown to their relationships and it’s likely that there will be some dark secret between partners. You could say this for relationships with women generally so women may experience this kind of energy with women. It can be very “catty” and big crowds of women will feel like being in a snake pit. Women are likely to use their sexuality in a dangerous provocative way. But love, beauty, art, harmonious agreements, and marriage will be used as a diplomatic measure to get inside the enemy camp. But the danger is that one might just fall in love with the enemy. Enemy can be a strong word, it can relate with getting involved with people who are of a different caste or culture as they seek to bring opposites together. Their love life will be very intense. Men with this will get involved with the “femme fetale.”  But this can also promote durable, though troubled, relationships. They can see the beauty of the entanglement, they become possessed by the intensity and the danger lurking everywhere. There are likely to be secrets, whispers and perhaps unproven allegations about your relationships as well. 

We find this position connected to people and events with some of the most intriguing “conspiracy theories” & “cover up theories” swirling around them. Alan Pinkerton, the first private detective in the USA literally has the Pinkerton Liability Doctrine named after him. This doctrine literally defines the scope of liability in crimes of criminal conspiracy. Edward Snowden  gained mass appeal by uncovering mass undercover surveillance programs, but now anyone who talks about him or his contribution as a whistleblower is relegated as a conspiracy theorist. However in this case we can also see how he has received mass appreciation for his bravery. And what about Michael Jackson who is the king of pop, but also the king of the gossip column when it comes to his sex life? We can also see how he projects this snake like image. I’m not sure if we could find out how many of these people incorporate snake skin into their fashion and style; it seems like a reasonable proposition. (Perhaps those who have this position can let me know?). 

George Orwell is perhaps the king when it comes to warning the world about the creeping threat of the conspiracy upon which all others are founded. He reminds us that the government is not our friend, of course we have to work with it, but it’s a toxic relationship. Whenever the government tells us that it’s for our own good, we can know for certain that it is for their own good, not ours. One interesting thing about Venus in Ashlesha is that relatively few people (in my data bank) seem to have this placement. 

George Bush has the distinction of being at the centre of the 9/11 conspiracy and sloppy cover up. Venus is really good at diplomacy, but she is also really good at wearing a mask. She is the guru of the illusive forces so she can do very well in Ashlesha, it just might be a really intense ride. This placement essentially charges the whole atmosphere with Ashlesha in some way. Even Sylvester Stallone clearly had a love of the image of being behind enemy lines. Or an enemy from within like Larry Nassar, a poison in women’s gymnastics in the USA. And of course we all know that Peter Smith’s Artificial Intelligence is a double edged sword. As I was about to discuss Indian politics which is rife with backbiting and corruption, it also occurred to me that their National Emblem (or Coat of Arms) is the Ashoka Pillar; a pillar of peace and diplomacy (attained by first viciously conquering other lands.) It is also printed on the Rupee and has appeared on stamps to remind us of some other Ashlesha areas we can consider for this placement. The 9/11 twin-towers also stool like pillars. And of course there are the rumours of those pillars in the basement. I have no doubt they have stamps and currency with them on it as well. 

“Study after study has shown that human behaviour changes when we know we’re being watched. Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively *are* less free.” ~Edward Snowden

Celebrities with Venus in Ashlesha

George Soros (1), Peter Smith (AI, Comp. Science, Mathematics (1)), Doc Holliday (1), Jose Feliciano (blind guitare vocals (1)), Whitney Houston (1), Selena Gomez (1), 

William Howard Taft (2), Edward Snowden (Intelligence contractor, whistleblower (2)), Thomas Sowell (2), John Dalton (Chemistry, physics (2)), Hariprasad Chaurasia (2), Michael Jackson (2), Nicole Kidman (2), Malala Yousafzai (2), India (2), 

Emperor Wu of Han (3), Yves Saint Laurent (fashion designer (3)), George Orwell (3), Larry Nassar (child abuser physiotherapist (3)), Renzo Piano (architect (3)), Lupe Valez (3), Coco Chanel (3), Olivia-Newton John (3), 9/11 (3), Nixon Address 1971 (dollar decoupled from gold (3)), Calgary City (3),

King Francis I France (4), George Bush Jr (4), John McAfee (anti-virus computer programer (4)), Philip Johnson (architect (4)), Allan Pinkerton (Detective (4)), Nathaniel Hawthorne (4), Paul Villard? (discovered Gamma rays; studied uranium (4)), Sylvester Stallone (4), Gwyneth Paltrow (4)

Saturn in Ashlesha

Their work space is often toxic, polluted, and dangerous. Stone snakes: cold, hard, disciplined, controlled emotions. Tough love. Working in early in life. Works hard to get an education, often putting themselves though college or university with is typically delayed. They are disciplined and disciplinarians. Saturn in Ashlesha typically gives them a duty to teach the topics of the house. They are often involved with land development, underground work, water, sewer, irrigation, trenching, canals. They may also work in other underground fields like  astrology, tantra or the occult; working with kundalini energy. This is a very calculating position for Saturn. He always likes to know what will happen in the future. Habits, routines, roads become fixed.

There is often a step parent involved, mothering nourishment and care may have been lacking or restricted. Mother may have been busy with work. They typically grow up in the working class and have a working class home; cold house, chores, labour work early in life, child labour. They can be tough surly,  tactless, self medicated people who do not take criticism well.

Venus aspects to Saturn in Ashlesha in the 9th house is good for astrology, underground guru (not a popular one). Saturn with Venus or Jupiter can make a medicine man. Malefic influence can cause misuse of the knowledge. Saturn and Moon conjunct with with malefic influence can make the mother poison somehow.

Saturn in Ashlesha reflects the simple blue collar working class culture and rhythms. They may work with civil infrastructure. These people get a lot of experience being in a tight spot.

Emotions, thoughts, communication, are disciplined, organised, and structured.

Duty to teach, nurture, heal by removing the poison or using poison as a means of healing. They are often self medicated in some way, tactless and may not take criticism well. They may work underground, possibly in the sewers and also have underground knowledge of astrology, tantra or the occult. Saturn in Ashlesha in the 9th house with aspects from Venus is good for astrology, underground guru (not a popular one). Malefic influence can cause misuse of the knowledge. Saturn and Moon conjunct with with malefic influence can make the mother poison somehow. Saturn with Venus or Jupiter can make a medicine man.

This is a very calculating position for Saturn. He always likes to know what will happen in the future. Habits get fixed in stone,

Saturn in Ashlesha reflects the simple blue collar working class culture and rhythms. people get a lot of experience being in a tight spot.

House is usually old and there may be water problems, leaks, humidity , black mould, sewer blockage. They have to spend considerable time and effort for upkeep and maintenance. They are caretakers of the home and the land in so many ways.

Frederick II the Great of Prussia inspects the potato harvest[/caption]

Frederick II the Great of Prussia, who has Saturn in Ashlesha with the Moon conjunct and Mars aspecting, sets out to tame or conquer nature. He set upon a massive project of land reclamation, draining swamps and building canals. He once told Voltaire that, “Whoever improves the soil, cultivates land lying waste and drains swamps, is making conquests from barbarism.” Although this had a huge toll on the natural landscape (which puts me in mind of the story of Rama’s war against Taksha the serpent mother) he also had a great love for nature, plants and animals. He didn’t like hunting and set up the first veterinary hospital; he didn’t even wear it because he saw it the same as having someone stick a fork in your belly. He was very much a man of two natures who could care for his home while destroying his enemies. It should be noted that he was also known as the “Potato King” for introducing them to the region. The other things we find with Ashlesha placements is architecture. Louis XIV with Venus in Ashlesha built grand and beautiful palaces while Frederick II the Great of Prussia with Saturn here saw the home and the land in a much more pragmatic way. Culture was important to him and he also revived the Opera, the libraries, sculpture, and the fine arts, as well as the sciences and mathematics.

He became increasingly solitary later in life, preferring to spend time with animals rather than people. By his late 60’s he was suffering from asthma, gout and other ailments but he continued to rise before dawn, drank six to eight cups of coffee a day, “laced with mustard and peppercorns”, and attended to the affairs of the nation.

They can be immune to fear and hard living and be very self controlled.  They have simple habits, but they can become very set in those habits; this can of course include addictive habits.  This Saturn in Ashlesha also contributes to kidney problems  and hearing deficiency.

Charlie Chaplin played the working man and Schwarzenegger appeals to the working class masses. Connection with the 4th house will give a spartan home. Hearing trouble is common with this placement though it may not come until later in life. “Thick skin.” It may also be related to kidney trouble, as it hardens and dries some of the watery cavities; which is a dictum that we can extend to the other body parts depending on the placement of this. This Saturn in 12th house: might make them dream of a simple life and possibly take long trips to watery places. In the 9th house he might create a work to live scenario offering some kind of service for a place to live. I’ve seen this even in the charts of wealthy people. They are very likely to take a long pilgrimage to watery places or places associated with snakes.


Saturn in Ashlesha Pada 2, Capricorn Navamsha: This part of Ashlesha provides them with a very solid foundation to build their career on, slowly but surely they will make it to the top. They typically remain fairly callous, but this is often a prerequisite in their job. They might be surrounded by emotional manipulation but be unfazed by it. They should gain a leadership position or leadership responsibilities later in life. They are capable of the most difficult and unsavoury leadership tasks. They will have the difficult job of draining the swamp in some way; using harsh methods to remove poisons and toxins.

Saturn in Ashlesha Pada 4, Pisces Navamsha: They might use their work to escape from reality. Very hard workers who don’t get much rest. They have a tough skin, they can take anything, name calling, hard living, pain, whatever it is they are immune to it. They might, at some point in thei lives be confined

Celebrities with Saturn in Ashlesha

Steve Forbes (1), Frederich Hegel (1), James Boswell (1), Robert Owne (textiles, utopian socialism, co-op (1)), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1), Ken Dryden (1), Chris Martin (1), Robert Wadlow (1), Danielle Steel (1), Shakira (1), 

Frederick II the Great of Prussia (2), Hitler (2), Al Gore (2), Indira Gandhi (2), Nelson Mandela (Lawyer; 1st post-apartheid president (2)), Arthur Schlesinger Jr (Liberal intellectual (2)), Jean Jacques Rousseau (2), Ludwig Wittgenstein (2), Andrew Loyd Webber (musical theatre (2)), Jack Dorsey (2), Charlie Chaplin (2), Robert Boustany (2), Dominic Monaghan (2), Mark Duplass (2), Liv Tyler (2), Camillo Wiethe (dermatologist (2)), Alicia Machado (actress, singer, model (2)), Martina Klein (model, television, comedian (2)), Teenage Runaway (2), India (2), Israel Independence (2), 

Chester Arthur (3), Clarence Thomas (Supreme Court Judge (3)), Knut Hamsun (3), Eckhart Tolle (3), Stephen King (3), Galileo Galilei (astronomy, physics, engineering (3)), Ludwig von Beethoven (3), James Taylor (3), Jerome Deschamps (3), Mary Anne Adan-Harter (market analyst (3)), Japan Meiji Constitution (3),

Hillary Clinton (4), Edoardo Mangiarotti (Fencing (4)), John Graham Burge (4), Leon Festinger (Psychologist (4)), James Ensorr (4), Krishnamacharya (4), Ionannis Pallikaris (founder of LASIK (4)), Richard E. Byrd (4), Cat Stevens (4), 

Rahu in Ashlesha

Clever, scientific, and mind is filled with lots of ideas. Fascination with snakes, evil, currency. They seem to be in some way trying to regain that lost paradise.

Benefics like Jupiter or Venus with Rahu in Ashlesha are excellent for healers, capable of helping people to let go of differences and work together for a common cause; though the cause may be illusory. Rahu alone or with malefic influence can make an intense, greedy, manipulative, black magician who will use poison like a snake. May strike suddenly.

Jordan Peterson‘s fascination with snakes led him to study the tribal mindset, totalitarian governments and then through the study and practice of clinical psychology to try to understand evil; pointing out along the way that we all have some of it inside of ourselves and highlighting how we have to meet with it and get to know it and try to control it. But his Ashlesha keeps rising up in the form of addiction. Much of what he talks about concerns this tug of war between good and evil and the churning of the ocean. The title of his book “An Antidote for Chaos” describes Rahu & Venus in 3rd house: of Cancer opposite Saturn Ketu in 9th house: Capricorn giving him higher knowledge of chaos and evil. Venus is of course the guru of the demons, especially Rahu and Ketu. He gets appreciation for his communications and media messaging. He has a strong focus on the free will side of things and seems to feel defeated over the things in life he cannot change. We should note that his common message that a person should “clean their own room” before trying to change the world is often criticised as being hypocritical since his own life is not all that clean.

Cheryl Crow (Rahu Ashlesha): sleep  paralysis.

John Milton has God tell the angel Raphael to go and speak with Adam (and Eve). half this day as friend with friend

“Converse with Adam, […]

and such discourse bring on,

As may advise him of his happie state,

Happiness in his power left free to will,

Left to his own free Will, his Will though free,

Yet mutable; whence warne him to beware

He swerve not too secure: tell him withall

His danger, and from whom, what enemie

Late falln himself from Heav’n, is plotting now

The fall of others from like state of bliss;

By violence, no, for that shall be withstood,

But by deceit and lies; this let him know,

Lest wilfully transgressing he pretend

Surprisal, unadmonisht, unforewarnd.”

~Paradise Lost~

Queen Bloody Mary (1), John Walker Lindh (American Jihadist (1)), John Milton (1), Jordan Peterson (1), Philip Johnson (architect (1)), Edsel Ford (1), Justin Timberlake (1), Robbie Knievel (1), Francois-Henri Pinault (1), Paris Hilton (1), Rocio Perez (1), 

Bernard Montgomery (WW II Commander (2)), Bepin Behari (2), Mike Bloomfield (guitar, vocals (2)), Paul Newman (2), Robert De Nero (2), Roger Waters (2), Mick Jagger (2), Nick Cannon (3), Chevy Chase (2), Caravaggio (2), Jann Arden (2), Georgia O’Keeffe (2), Cheryl Crane (2), Lee Bowers (2), Penny Marshall (2), 

Oxford (3), James Garfield (3), Leon Battista Alberti (3), Grigori Rasputin (3), Sivananda (3), Steve Irwin (Land & Wildlife Conservation (3)), Steven Franklin Beard (Fox News Executive (3)), Le Corbusier (3), Alexandra Mueller (3), Samuel Beckett (3), Jim Carrey (3), Jon Bon Jovi (3), Clint Black (3), Jane Austen (3), Garth Brooks (3), Hanne Kristin Rohde (police: sex crimes. Writer (3)), Cheryl Crow (3), Ghislaine Maxwell (3), Kim Kardashian (3), 

Erwin Schrodinger (Quantum Mechanics (4)), Bugsy Siegel (mob boss (4)), Jimmy Carter (4), Hans Asperger (Physician, neurology (4)), Howard Hughes (industrialist (4)), Nicole van Kulmiz (4), Ruth Benedict (4), Jesseca Simpson (4), Meg Ryan (4), Zenobia Camprubi (4), Hunter Schafer (model, actress, LGBTQ activist (4)), Eva Green (4), 

Ketu in Ashlesha

They have little privacy and few boundaries. Ashlesha suggests being covered, not buried very deep, everyone knows what’s going on, but it remains covered. Ketu here suggests that on one hand their whole lives might be a lie with one cover up after another; while on the other hand they aren’t really covering anything up at all. Ketu is without boundaries, suggesting Ketu in Ashlesha leaks like a sieve.

Julian Assange, King Louis XVII of France, Ingrid Bergman, Pattabhi Jois, Vitali Klitschko (Mayor of Kyiv), Elon Musk, Princess Maxima of Netherlands, Ma Huateng, Winona Ryder, Adam Segwick, all have the benefic Jupiter aspecting Ketu suggesting that Jupiter can help smooth things over in regard to this placement. It no doubt relates to some kind of hidden wealth related to this position. They will likely have wisdom about the dark arts, surveillance and counter surveillance, plots and schemes but tend to use this in a more benevolent manner. I should point out that King Louis XVII was the small son of Louis the XVI who infamously met his fate at the guillotine. Louis the XVII only lived until about the age of ten and spent the last half of his life imprisoned raped and tortured.

There can be no shame with this Ketu placement as he removes the boundaries of decency, good taste and culture. He can be ambivalent about culture or negate it altogether. Ashlesha is already in the darker corners of the home where the snakes and the rats live, it’s easy to see how Ketu can bring hauntings into the house. Something my teacher called unconscious samskaras and suggested I ignore them when they came up. Many of these people have left ghost stories in their wake or even became ghosts themselves. Walls were no longer a boundary. This can be a very ungrounded position. There may be figurative or literal snakes or rats in the home or within your personal boundaries. This will be the same whether you’re a geologist doing field work, or Emma Watson getting lasciviously glared at; or Jefferey Epstein doing anything, Clive Barker writing a story, Nixon announcing the end of the gold standard. Anyways, that’s just the way things are with Ketu. He’s not really paying attention until all is lost, and then there could come great grief.

Night of the Long Knives had this Ketu ascending when it started suggesting that the identity of those involved was well known, but kept slightly concealed.

Edward Snowden: “When we’ve got these people who have practically limitless powers within a society, if they get a pass without so much as a slap on the wrist, what example does that set for the next group of officials that come into power? To push the lines a little bit further, a little bit further, a little bit further, and we’ll realise that we’re no longer citizens – we’re subjects.”

Elon Musk has this in his 2nd house causing him to say the most random things. It’s truly like his mouth has no filter. I suspect more negative aspects could cause Tourette’s. The other interesting thing about Elon Musk’s 2nd house is that he once invested the last dime of the$36 Million dollars to keep Tesla in business. He actually had to take some small private cash loans from his friends just to get by. Of course he’s known today as one of the richest men in the world.

Elon Musk – Ketu in Ashlehsa

Elon Musk’s Vedic Astrology chart

Elon Musk has this Ketu in his 2nd house highlighting the volatility of his liquid assets. During his Mars-Ketu period in 2010 he put up all the cash he had ($36 million) to keep Tesla afloat. Although he’s one of the richest people in the world he had to take personal loans from friends so that he would have some liquid cash for day to day living.  Ashlesha ensured that although he’s rich all his money is tied up in stocks and investments. Actually, his second house is completely destroyed from aspects by Saturn and Mars as well. This is not what one would expect from one of the richest people in the world, but I get the sense that if him I and I went for coffee that I would have to buy it for him. This is the strange manipulation of reality caused by Ketu in Ashlesha.  He is also a well known proponent of crypto-currenty and block-chain technology both of which are strongly tied with both Ketu and Ashlesha. He was also co founder of PayPal. Ketu really broke all the boundaries of currency and accounting for the movement of money around the world. Part of the reason for this extra-ordinary influence in this regard is that the lord of Ashlesha is powerfully situated in Punarvasu/Gemini in the first house.  In many ways he is Hermes/Mercury/Buddha Incarnate. 

His speech is also very unique. He speaks very quickly stringing his words together without proper intonation. Some have called it cluttered speech. It’s just like his brain is moving too fast. He has also been accused of saying inappropriate things, and his words have a strong effect on the stock prices of crypto and tesla. He has also been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome

Asperger’s in a genetic disorder 2nd house. The Man it’s named after, Hans Asperger, had Rahu in Ashlesha and possibly in his ascendant but rectification work needs to be done.  One of the interesting things we find with Asperger’s is that they love animals including the creepy-crawly one. They just don’t have the same fear mechanisms the rest of us do.

Much of his focus in life and the technology that he pursues is to protect the environment with a focus on reducing the carbon foot print. He has invested and supported solar power, Tesla is focused on electric cars, other projects focus on high speed rail tubes. And then there are his projects in Artificial Intelligence, Space travel and rockets. Mercury is in Punarvasu and Ketu has taken away his limits in regard to reaching other worlds with rockets.

And the connection is not clear to me, but it seems reasonable that Ketu in Ashlesha may have had something to do with the death of his first child at 10 weeks old by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and this seems so much like a snake getting into the crib (which of course a western reference to parts of the Hydra asterism).

Emma Watson: This quote comes from Emma Watson but it shows a lack of concern over the clothing that covers her. This could translate into revealing see through clothing or nudity, but here we merely find an ambivalence about the look of what covers us. “Wearing unbranded cheap clothes does not mean you’re poor, remember you have a family to feed, not a community to impress.”

Princess Maxima of Netherlands: And then we find Princess Maxima of the Netherlands discussing culture in negative terms; not necessarily in a bad way, she just negates the idea of a solid culture and suggests that culture is more like a ghost which is there, but not there. “… ‘the’ Dutch identity? No, I have not found it. The Netherlands is: large windows without curtains so everyone can look in; but also adherence to privacy and coziness. The Netherlands is: one biscuit at tea; but also great hospitality and warmth. The Netherlands is: sobriety, control and pragmatism; but also the experience of intense emotions together. The Netherlands is far too diverse to summarise in one cliché. ‘The’ Dutchman does not exist. As a consolation I can tell you that ‘the’ Argentinian also does not exist. I therefore find it very interesting that the title of the report of the Scientific Council for Government Policy is not ‘the Dutch identity’. But: Identification with the Netherlands. That leaves room for development and diversity.”

Celebrities with Ketu in Ashlesha

Night of the Long Knives (1), Augusto Pinochet (1), Jefferey Epstein (1), Andrew Jackson (1), Ma Huateng Pony (mobiles, messaging, payment(1)), Woo-Suk Hwang (stem cell researcher (1)), Michael Bolton (1), Rene Margotton (cubist painter (1)), John A. Alonzo (cinematographer, director (1)), Robert B. Neller (Marine corps commander (1)), Winona Ryder (1), Emma Watson (1), 

Glasgow (2), Baghdad (2), Nixon Address 1971 (dollar decoupled from gold (2), Subhas Chandra Bose (2), Ranjan Bose (electrical engineer, Vedic astrologer (2)), Vitali Klitschko (Mayor of Kyiv (2)), Elon Musk (2), Julian Assange (2), Rutherford Hayes (Lawyer, military, President (2)), Emil Lenz (physicist (2)), Shirley MacLaine (2), Janet Banzet (2), 

Banks Fail (3), Oliver Cromwell (3), Yuri Gagarin (first human in space (3)), Pattabhi K. Jois (3), John Dewey (3), Pranaal Papa (3), Hank Aron (3), Princess Maxima of Netherlands (3), Ingrid Bergman (3), Rue McClanahan (3), Rosanna Barr (3), Gloria Steinem (3),

Louis XVII of France (4), Catherine the Great (4), Putin (4), Jean Chretien (4), John Dalton (chemist, physics (4)), Adam Segwick (Geologist, Anglican Priest (4)), Lev Simkhovich Vygodsky (Childhood development Psychologist, often contradicts Piaget (4)), Christopher Reeve (paralysis (4)), John Goodman (4), Clive Barker (4), Patrick Swayze (4), Dan Ackroyd (4), Shiv Code (4),Knut Hamsun (4), Shannen Doherty (4),/

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