Mercury, planet of intellect and communication, is in the nakshatra of Mula within Sagittarius on December 17th until 25th, the nakshatra associated with the bare essentials and getting under the surface.

Mula means ‘root’, which is reflected by its placement at our Galactic Centre, and this asterism gives a fascination for paring down and to the heart of a subject, where following a cause or desire for its own sake outweighs material motivation. Mercury here allows you to explore your specialized area and become an expert with original insight and research. Mula’s Shakti is also ‘to ruin and break apart’, so you can tear down obstacles with your perceptions and focus only on a subject that stands up to your test.

The ruler of this asterism is Nirrita/ Alakshmi, who is associated with material shortage; opposite qualities to those of her elder sister Lakshmi Devi who bestows abundance, so keep one eye on the bottom line. Mula is therefore said to be unfortunate for borrowing or gambling – but equally don’t let this blind you to a new opportunity. The ‘root’ theme makes this a good time ‘plant’ a new ambition or study, while Mercury is outstanding for networking and doing business deals.

You can do deep reading and investigation, spending time in seclusion where allowed, while you come up with a startling new article or theory.  The first three degrees of this nakshatra are also a continuation of the Gandanta zone, the boundary of zodiac signs and nakshatras, and your plans until December 19th may have an otherworldly or impractical quality – window shop for purchases and consult with a trusted advisor before committing.

Mercury also has benefics Venus and Jupiter in the signs either side of it through this transit, a supportive influence that sweetens your speech and helps get your message across.
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