Mercury, planet of intelligence is in Cancer-Ashlesha from July 24th to 31st 2022, the ‘serpent nakshatra’ associated with hypnotism and emotional insight.

This transit brings out your private and protective streak, which reflects this asterism’s rulers, The Naghas, the shape-shifting mythological snakes who acted as guardians of celestial treasure.

Serpents are a symbol of wisdom and shrewdness, and though you have excellent empathic instincts, you know how the real world works, and detect manoeuvring and manipulation from people – perhaps even employing some of your own.

You can use psychology to size up situations and may unnerve and hypnotize your rivals to keep your competitive edge. Combining thought with feeling allows you to express yourself, but at other times you may be overwhelmed and quite at a loss for words.

Hidden agendas are the order of the day and this transit may also bring a toxic atmosphere, where people say one thing and do another. Pay attention to your suspicions, even for reasons you can’t put your finger on, and you may find an unspoken rapport with someone without need for words.

Ashlesha’s Shakti is ‘to inflict venom’, but you can also use Mercury’s inquiring side to study medicine or poison from a healing point of view. Rise above it all: Ashlesha has a powerful yogic side, where you research information about the coiled serpent kundalini energy at the base of the spine, and arrive at a deeper esoteric knowledge.

Mercury receives the influence of fiery Mars and demanding Saturn through this transit, which gives you mental energy, but also the need to stay within limits. Be careful of getting drawn into an argument, and wait before speaking up in a group situation until you know you are right.

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