Mercury, planet of mental energy and communication, is in Dhanishtha from January 20th to February 11th 2020, which lies across the zodiacal signs of Capricorn and Aquarius.

This transit takes in Mercury’s retrograde arc, beginning on January 30th, so it is longer than usual and carries more weight. Expect the familiar retrograde experiences at this time and be careful of committing to easily. Dhanishtha is famous for its association with music, as represented by Shiva’s flute, and its symbol The Drum shows percussion and rhythm. You can use this signature for music and any activity which needs a strong pulsing energy.

Mercury favours speaking, singing and using your voice, or perhaps studying and understanding music in greater depth. Music also gives a meditative experience that brings great mental peace and harmony. Public performance now has the promise of satisfaction and you can easily hold the attention of a room. Dhanishtha’s Shakti, or special power, is ‘To Create Abundance and Fame’, and given Mercury’s ability to make deals, this is an auspicious time for business.

You analyze details of your operation and create prosperity and reward – keep the inspiration from this time even after it is over. This asterism is ruled by the Ashta (eight) Vasus, which are the wealth-givers in Vedic mythology, and while charitable gestures are always beneficial, targeted donations especially are favourable for giver and receiver. Focusing on your ideas, career and ambitions is more favourable now than relationship plans and you lay the foundations for your future success.

Chanting mantras also requires concentration and mental energy and you can work your mala rounds with a steady rhythm. The portion of this transit, from February 6th to 11th sees Mercury coming together with the light-giving Sun in Dhanishtha and creating a powerful combination for study, intelligence and communication – use this mini-window for brain-storming and making skillful plans.

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