Mercury, planet of the mind, is in Hasta nakshatra from September 2nd to 13th 2021, in the zodiacal sign of Virgo where it is most at home.

Earthy, practical and intelligent, you pick up new information quickly and know how to use it, with Hasta in particular symbolized by the Hand, in the sense of handicraft and fine work. This asterism also shows a potentially grasping nature which does not easily let go, so be mindful of characters who may cling on, leaving you to bargain hard or need to release yourself from a deal.

You may also encounter greed, anger, and ruthless action, with a symbolic connection to a closed fist. People use sleight of hand to get an advantage – Mercury has an association with rogues and tricksters, and this nakshatra shows someone using any means to get ahead.

Yet Hasta’s Shakti, or special power, is ‘To Put Power in Your Hands’, so this is also an empowering time where you can make real progress and steps towards mental understanding. This is a favourable transit for a new venture, especially anything media or communication-related, and you may also find others coming to you for expert advice.

Hasta, naturally, is also linked to palmistry and so to other forms of divination, like astrology, so you may get a good consultation to plan the future out. Either this, or you study these esoteric sciences for yourself, or any craft which requires clear seeing and good handling.

From September 6th, Mercury is joined by dynamic Mars, which gives you good mental energy, but be careful of making an impulse decision or purchase.

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