Mercury, planet of thought and commerce, is in the Gandanta zone between fire and water signs and nakshatras from July 30th to August 2nd.
This double-junction area which translates to a ‘knot-end’ stretches from the final pada of Cancer-Ashlesha through the first of Leo-Magha, and has a quality of instability and karmic intervention. It’s hard to commit and see the future at this point, and contractual or media-related business may be taken out of your hands.
Your communication changes from purely instinct and emotion-based in Ashlesha, to open, loud and proud in fiery, flamboyant Magha. This is a big jump, where the new mental atmosphere takes time to bed in and allow you to think clearly.
Other people may be acting strangely too, or agreement which you thought water-tight is thrown up in the air when a partner or collaborator pulls out. Adapt quickly if a friend is out of touch, or you are not on the same page together – or else you are left with a different deal than originally agreed.
Still, Mercury in the fire element has a positive prophetic quality that sees you backing yourself in times of doubt, and Magha gives you a more affirming style of intuition to wily, hypnotic Ashlesha. Leo is also a fixed sign, so you either double-down and insist on your opinion, or extricate yourself decisively from a situation which has gone sideways.
Entering Leo-Magha by late July 31st, Mercury escapes the glance of taskmaster Saturn and picks up the desire-driven energy of shadowy Rahu.
You think outside usual parameters and an innovative solution arises to a problem that has frustrated you with a narrow outlook. Still, make sure you have enough support on your side before jumping in with a bold proposal.