Mercury, planet of the mind, is in Hasta nakshatra from October 14th to 22nd, in the zodiacal sign of Virgo where it is strongest.

This transit gives you earthy, practical and intelligent moves, where you not only pick up new information but know how to use it. Mercury goes back over an area which it covered in its retrograde arc in mid-September, so you may revisit recent opportunities, questions, or purchases and finally reach an answer.

Hasta is symbolized by the Hand, in the sense of handicraft and fine work, and you grasp information and contacts quickly, and don’t let go, so be mindful of these qualities. There are characters who cling on, or drive a hard bargain before you can strike the right business deal.

You may also encounter greed, anger, and ruthless action, or somebody using sleight of hand to get an advantage – Mercury has a universal association with rogues and tricksters, and Hasta sees people using any means to get ahead.

Yet the Shakti, or special power, of this asterism is ‘To Put Power in Your Hands’, so this is also an empowering time where you give and receive good advice, and study to get new knowledge.

Hasta, naturally, is also linked to Palmistry and by extension to other forms of divination, like Astrology, so it a consultation helps you to plan the future out. Either this, or you study these art-sciences for yourself, or any craft which requires clear seeing and intelligent handling.

Jupiter, planet of philosophy, casts its gaze on Mercury through this whole transit, which gives you an excellent grasp of the big picture and the ability to stay in touch with the details.

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