Mercury, planet of thought and speech, is in Jyeshtha from December 1st to 10th, the last nakshatra in the zodiacal sign of Scorpio.

Jyeshtha is ‘The Elder’, whose ruling devata is Indra, King of the Gods, so you step up and take responsibility as a spokesperson and voice of experience. Either you are dealing with older people or have inside knowledge of a specialist area which gives your input extra weight.

This asterism is associated with Alakshmi, the elder sister of Lakshmi Devi, and signifies scarcity or lack – so you can take positive steps to boost your income, or research a lead to a new job. Your mental powers are in demand and you can use media to extend your reach and influence – this is where you potentially find a profit.

Jyeshtha’s Shakti, or special gift, is for Courage in Battle, so prepare to be the lone voice defending a point of view and to argue hard for your case. Somebody may be looking to you to speak up for them, so sticking to your point benefits others as well.

You can take the diplomatic route, where being too fixed and intransigent in your opinions inflames a situation and sees others speak out against you – be prepared to show a little flexibility. You can always argue another day.

Tap into your mental strength and stamina, and by December 6th, the presence of assertive Mars gives you an extra boost of energy and competitiveness. This may ramp an argument up still further, but clears the air in the long term, and you resolve an issue decisively one way or the other.

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