The Sun, planet of self and spirit, is in Cancer-Ashlesha from August 3rd to 17th, the nakshatra associated with insight and personal transformation.

Ashlesha’s ruling devatas are The Naghas, the shape-shifting serpents who acted as the guardians of heavenly wealth, which now reflects your secretive style and worldly wisdom. Your protective streak extends to friends and family, and you seek to build up security, both financial and emotional.

Though the Sun represents the personal ego, your sense of your own individuality may shed a layer, in a serpent-like way, and you become a subtly different person according to your willpower. Ashlesha also symbolizes the coiled serpent chakra at the base of the spine, which you can channelled by intense yogic practice, under the direction of a teacher.

You may wish to explore this esoteric area more fully as the Sun shines a light on dark and hidden areas of your life. Taking the lead in any situation may require the use of psychology, perhaps even some manipulation on your part, as you bait your hook and get people onside.

Serpents’ eyes have the power to hypnotize, so you also encounter compelling and charismatic types who have a strong fascination, or someone who keeps their real motivations hidden. Others may suspect you of tricky behaviour too, so expect to do some bargaining before anyone gives up their secrets.

The Shakti of this asterism is ‘to inflict venom’, so strike first out of protectiveness, or else find ways to deal with a toxic atmosphere at home and at work. This transit builds up to the New Moon in Ashlesha on August 16th, where a plan or ambition goes through a rebirth and you start again in a new direction.

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