- note: descriptions of the 3 primary placements are interchangeable to an extent.
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Moon in Ashlesha
Many individuals with a placement this prominent in this asterism may be quite fearful and anxious and for this reason feel the need to cling to others for comfort, adopting a more meek and submissive attitude to encourage protection and care.
Some of them can feel rather suffocating with how much they seem to ask of others. Usually this is done rather innocently, where the individual feels dependent on others and incompetent on their own.
There is yet the opposite expression of this, where instead the individual adopts an arguably excessive cunning, being too aggressive and perhaps even tyrannical. Often this is more covert but there are still those that much more outwardly and pridefully put on a show of how capable, clever and even powerful they are.
“The most important thing in life is to see to it that you are never beaten.” — André Malraux
This could express itself in the classmate who endeavours to always have the right answers and can be a little smug about their high grades or the athlete who cares less about team work then they do showcasing their own prowess. They take a lot of care to hone their skills in whatever area of their choice to eventually become the biggest ‘crocodile in the pond’. Many of these natives enjoy positions of power that they have carved with their own wit.
“ I have nothing to declare except my genius.” — Oscar Wilde
Some of them can even be needlessly mean and demeaning, and many can sense that this is done to prop themselves up.
Either one of these expressions can arise from a sense of insecurity, a need to feel safe or dominant. Many in this placement can develop personas to better orient themselves in the social sphere and even when they don’t, others sense that there is somewhat of an ‘act’ they put on.
On the other hand, there is also the more empathetic and demonstrably compassionate expression. Here I reference the introduction, Ashelsha is the wilds of the jungle, the pitch black pit, so the natives of this placement can (instead of developing either a damsel in distress or a macho mentality, as I have written earlier) be heroic — these types develop a deep understanding of the fragilities, limitations and weaknesses of those around them, the types to develop an all round emotional intelligence, and use this to care for others.
Aslesha is also connected to shape shifting. One way many natives attempt to fit in and keep hidden any aspect that may be cause for public rejection is to attempt to seem more competent or compassionate or generally greater than they actually are. They desire appreciation and even love. At times they are successful, but when others come to notice this artifice, this only serves as more cause for suspicion.
This placement relates to the nervous system. There are some expressions that are, indeed, the cold-hearted, self-interested beasts of the valley — a cynical attitude, again, developed from the perception of a dog-eat-dog world. But there are others who, opening themselves up, allow themselves to be so moved, so struck with other people’s difficulties in life, their drawbacks and their overall emotional states that they feel compelled to coil around them, to protect them and to provide for them. These are the cousins that act like the heart centre for their families, overly preoccupied with how everyone is doing, how to reconcile relations with different parties and always draining themselves to ensure everyone else’s well being. These are community leaders and those with aspirations to their local political offices.
Of course, in real life, it is more complex that how I have presented, since many of these natives switch back and forth between many of these attitudes — as we all do. It is very common to find natives with a horribly cut throat attitude in their work place and a rather feared public perception overall, yet managing to express a very soft and vulnerable side to their chosen few.
This position relates to the subconscious mind, the deepest part of the reptilian brain and so they are vigilant and treat the world around them with caution, but as a result, the rest of the world observes them with the same reservations.
It is quite common for these natives to inspire strong feelings from others, both positive or negative. They may, for instance, express themselves and believe to be speaking genuinely or vulnerably or even just innocuously but strangely others seem to take offense at what they say, reading insults where none were intended and thus provoking needless enmity. They may even, from an outside perspective, inadvertently communicate interest or contempt or any range of feelings to others. One way or the other they seem to rile others up.
it is definitely true that many of these natives do intend to deceive or provoke and this is sensed by others but, given the innately subtle and shadowy mode of this asterism, other people do, in fact, end up reading much more into them than is warranted. Many Ashlesha natives are not very animated and their mannerisms do very often come off, even very subtly, contrived and this only inspires more suspicion as to what could be happening ‘behind the bushes’.
Really, it is because many of these individuals, given their own self-consciousness, nervousness and general awareness of themselves and their environment (how others react), ‘naturally’ act slightly ‘unnaturally’, not often because they want to deceive but, as touched upon earlier, because they themselves feel unsure of those around them, their intentions and, from an awareness of how easy it is to scare, intimidate and excite a whole range of reactions, go the extra mile in making others feel safe.
The individual can be so aware of public perception that it can actually work against them — acting in ways that are perceived as slightly artificial and, consequently, ruin their own social perception.
They can be so cautious and calculated that this inadvertently communicates a secret motives to others. They could carefully place their hands on their chest as they speak and talk slowly and breathily, placing their other hand on your lap as they try to tell you how you can lean on them, and they will swiftly be suspected of some sort of emotional manipulation — and even many that do want to give the Ashlesha native the benefit of the doubt may, secretly, also suspect that there is something off.
These natives can also be easily used and abused. Many have the understanding that there are those that need time to feel safe and be vulnerable for reasons ranging from distrust of others to experiences with rejection, and so can end up in difficult situations, hoping that their love and care and attention will one day warm up their loved one.
Placements in Ashlesha can, of course, be very difficult. Placements like mercury here can, for example, suggests skin issues like acne (a mercury in Shatabisha can suggest the same). Mars in Ashlesha can suggest a struggle with self control and one who is easily provoked, and so these natives can be quite anxious and even have issues with mental disorders. Any planet in this asterism is susceptible to predation, but as suggested by the preceding asterism, discipline is key for the best expression of any placement.
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