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Let’s look at important things here –
It represents Illusion, Foreign Lands, Foreign Things (foreign as in unknown
things. So, for someone living in Punjab, culture and rituals of Kerala is also
unknown and hence Foreign), Drugs, Medicines, any type of intoxication, Fame,
Wealth, Success, Obsession, Past-life incomplete Desires, Movies, Television,
Online World, Cheating, Imagined Fears, Unusual Things, Unique Things,
Creativity, Rule breaker. Rahu also blows things out of proportions.
Ashlesha - Ashlesha represents our insecurities and weaknesses as a human being. It is a nakshatra of clinging on to someone or something. It also represents psychological issues. For more information on Ashlesha Nakshatra, please check this link - https://www.astrosaxena.com/Ashlnaksh.
Cancer - As Ashlesha is a part of Cancer, Cancer sign and its representations become important. Cancer is 4th sign of Zodiac Belt, hence it represents the things represented by 4th house like Mother, Mother's Care, Emotions, Taking Care of Others and Nourishment etc. Cancer is consisted of 2 and half Nakshatras namely Punarvasu, Pushyami and Ashlesha. Cancer's lord is Moon, which again represents almost same things which Cancer and 4th house represents.
Moon - As Moon rules Cancer, Moon's position and dignity is important to know about the overall functioning of any planet in Ashlesha/Cancer.
Mercury - As Ashlesha is ruled by Mercury, Mercury's position and dignity will also have an important role in functioning and results of any planet in Ashlesha.
Houses Involved – Also, we can’t afford to forget the houses involved as a planet can be ruling different houses and sitting in different house for every person as per ascendant and planet’s position. To know overall affect, we have to consider the houses involved as those areas of life are being impacted.
Interpretation of Rahu in Ashlesha Nakshatra – Rahu is in enemy sign here and it is in nakshatra of Mercury. But besides that, the nature of Ashlesha is not great anyways. As Ashlesha shows our insecurities & clinging attitude and it is one of the most difficult nakshatras, this is a difficult position because Rahu is known to explode results. Hence, here it is going to explode that insecurities of person. So, this person can be highly emotionally insecure person and they exhibit this clingy nature towards everything and everyone in life. But every good has a bad attached with it and every bad has some good attached with it. They can serve people in their emotional or psychological issues which Ashlesha represents. So, they can be healers in this field. As Ashlesha is nakshatra representing kundalini energy, they can serve people through yoga or meditation too which can help others in their spiritual evolution. As Rahu represents alternate/unusual ways, this can make an alternate healer who helps people in these matters.
As Ashlesha is about clinging and represented by entwined snakes, in relationship matters also this insecure nature shows up and person can be clinging to their partner. Again, Rahu would explode it and make them highly insecure. As Ashlesha is also a serpent energy, sometimes they don't even know that they are clinging on to a poisonous snake like person. Hence, in relationship matters, it is very difficult planetary position where they don’t know the Letting-Go of their love interests. They need to learn the lesson that Letting-Go is much easier than clinging or holding-on to someone. Clinging brings pain and suffering whereas Letting-Go relieves the person.
So, the biggest challenge for them is to overpower this feeling of insecurity. They need to realize that nothing and none is going to stay forever with anyone. Once they have this realization then same position can be utilized in spiritual pursuits, meditation, psychological/emotional counselling and kundalini awakening.
Role of Moon – Moon's placement is important to guide Rahu in right direction, being Cancer's lord.
Role of Mercury - Mercury's placement is important to guide Rahu in right direction, being Ashlesha's lord.
Other Factors – And of course, we need to consider conjunction, aspects, house lordship, house position and dashas etc to know the exact results of Rahu in Ashlesha. So, we always need to take a holistic view of chart rather than just 1 planetary position.
Conclusion – So, this is how I see Rahu in Ashlesha can work in a chart.
Hope this helps. Please post any comment or query you may have.
Swami Premanand Bharti
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