Mars is in Jyestha from December 9th to 27th 2023, the last nakshatra in the zodiacal sign of Scorpio.

This is a natural domain for the planet of drive and energy, where it operates with passion and also carries an underlying emotional and sympathetic force. You can stand up for yourself and others with quiet intensity, more like a secret agent than soldier, and are aware of hidden dynamics going on behind the scenes.

Jyeshta’s Shakti, or unique attribute, is also for ‘Courage in Battle’, so you have fight and passion as you take on a difficult situation, and succeed in spite of tough odds. People look to you for a lead and draw you into a wider competitive struggle with more than just your own interests at stake.

This asterism is sometimes associated with scarcity and insecurity, and while Mars is strong during this transit, it is as well to be careful in business and not over-stretch yourself.

Mars sits between the sweet influences of Mercury and Venus up to December 25th, however, and this is a good window to combine action with harmony, and also to be aware of the effect you are creating. You can be direct without arousing people’s defences, and may find someone who is on-side with what you are proposing.

Jyeshta’s symbol of an Umbrella or Talisman shows its protective nature, and its name translates to The Elder’, where you take responsibility for friends, family and co-workers. You find yourself taking on the grown-up role in a group, especially with the cooling influence of Saturn on this transit, and may have to compromise with authority.

Work to a strategy if possible, and be patient but persistent.

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