Mercury, planet of intelligence is in Cancer-Ashlesha from August 2nd to 9th 2021, the ‘serpent nakshatra’ associated with hypnotism and emotional insight.

Ashlesha’s ruling devatas are The Naghas, the deadly shape-shifting mythological snakes who acted as guardians of celestial treasure. This transit brings out your private and protective streak, where you have empathic instincts but also know how the real world works.

Serpents are a symbol of wisdom and shrewdness, and you encounter manoeuvring and manipulation from people – and may employ 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 same signature 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, though 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.

Ashlesha has a positive 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 is close to the all-powerful Sun and influenced strongly by karmic Saturn through this transit, which gives you extra curiosity and a hardworking mentality that sees you deliver on your promises.

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