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Mars-Ketu Conjunction in February 2020 – A time to be careful?

On 8 February 2020 Mars is going to enter Sagittarius in Moola Nakshatra. Mars and Ketu are forming an exact conjunction on 24 February. Mars is going through intense Gandanta from 6 February to 9 February. Moon the planet that governs our mind, thoughts and emotions will be placed in Moola on 18 and 19 February.

Generally Mars in Sagittarius is a positive placement. However this time presence of Ketu in Moola Nakshatra in Sagittarius is going to change the results to some extent. Although Jupiter is also posited in Sagittarius, degree wise it is quite far from Mars and Ketu, therefore not able to influence the conjunction much. If we see from the point of overall planetary energy in Sagittarius after 8 February, we get to see that suddenly there is a gathering of a lot of fiery energy in this sign. Ketu, Mars, the sign Sagittarius all are fiery elements. Moola is a Tamasik nakshatra with air element which fuels the fire. Moola is also a nakshatra that represents destruction, disaster and uprooting. On the other side of the axis, there is Rahu in Adra nakshatra aspecting Mars, Ketu and Jupiter. Ardra is another Tamasik nakshatra which represents upheavals and storms, both internal and external. Moola is ruled by Nirriti, the super destructive form of Kaali and Ardra is ruled by Rudra, the destructive form of Shiva. We all know Mars represents aggression, blood, war. Mars therefore will be entering the axis that is being governed by the destructive forms of Shiva and Shakti.

How does this intense energy impact us?

Now what is the impact of this unsettling intense energy? Well, on mundane level, this may mean negative impact on large number of people because of natural calamities, diseases and eruption of violence.

On individual level, this will impact people based on the position of Mars, Ketu and Rahu in their birth charts. It is also important to check if any planet is posited in Moola or Ardra nakshatra in the chart. People with ascendant signs and moon signs ruled by Mars will go through the heat of the Gadanta dates; their anger may flare up.

People who are pursuing spiritual life, this is an excellent period to get rid of all material things and the past that is holding them back to give their fullest. This cutting off may be done intentionally by you or may just manifest on you by God’s grace.

We need to be careful about being heedlessly fanatical about religion during this time. Use your free will to get out of any negativity and be conscious about the true inner spirituality and peace by using the influence of exalted Venus this month.

Dates to take some cautions:

(All the dates are as per Indian Standard Time)

6 to 9 February 2020 – Mars crossing over Gandanta. Gandanta means transition of planets from water sign to the fire sign and vice versa. In this case Mars is transiting from the watery sign Scorpio to the fire sign Sagittarius.

18 and 19 February 2020 – Mars, Ketu, Moon in Moola nakshatra being aspected by Rahu in Ardra.

24 February 2020 – Mars and Ketu forming exact conjunction in Moola and are being aspected by Rahu in Ardra. We need to be cautious three days before and after this date as well.


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