Mars, planet of drive and energy, is in Jyeshtha from December 28th to January 16th, the last nakshatra in the zodiacal sign of Scorpio.
This is a natural domain for Mars, where it operates with great intensity but also an underlying emotional and sympathetic force. You can stand up for yourself and others in an understated way, more secret agent than soldier, and are aware of hidden dynamics going on behind the scenes.
Jyeshtha‘s Shakti, or unique attribute, is also for ‘Courage in Battle’, so you have fight and passion on your side as you take on a difficult situation and succeed in spite of the odds. People look to you for a lead and draw you into wider competitive situations with more than just your own cause at stake.
Jyeshtha‘s symbol is an Umbrella or Talisman which shows its protective nature, and its name translates to The Elder’, where you take responsibility for friends, family and co-workers. You may find yourself having to be the grown-up in the room.
The ruling devata here is Indra, King of the Gods, which shows you getting respect for bravery and decisiveness, as you prove your leadership credentials the hard way. This asterism is associated with Alakshmi, the elder sister of Lakshmi Devi, who signifies scarcity and struggle – so although Mars is strong in this transit, it is as well to be careful in business and not over-leverage yourself.
Mars, along with Saturn, planet of karma, also forms a ‘scissor’ pattern, Papa-Katari Yoga, which surrounds the life-giving Sun up to January 15th, so you may have to work extra hard and have your confidence and ability tested.
Still, you have strong energy and the gift of forward-planning, so choose your battles carefully and your wisdom secures a healthy peace after the event.