Mercury, planet of speech and communication, is in Purva Ashada, the nakshatra within the sign of Sagittarius from December 9th until 16th 2023, which includes its retrograde period starting from December 13th.

Allow yourself wriggle-room in negotiations at this time and look around when window-shopping for the best prices. Purva Ashada translates to The Unconquered and is associated with invincibility, while its Shakti, or unique power, for ‘Invigoration’ sees this transit bringing a new approach into your thought, speech and writing.

Make a statement of your beliefs and gather new information that broadens your understanding of the world. You also have a practical streak where you can win in work and business, do deals and become an effective salesperson.

Purva Ashada brings out Mercury’s debating skills too, so you may get into an argument or discussion, and share big ideas among your close circle. You can campaign effectively, and write letters or speak up in support of a cause.

The influence of protective Jupiter on Mercury through this whole transit broadens your thinking, as well as letting you master the fine details. Think big, and painting a positive picture with words inspires other people to follow you – if you resist the urge to exaggerate.

The presiding devata of this asterism, Lord Jal, is the embodiment of water, and this element may also play a role in your affairs, as you travel by water, swim or simply enjoy a seaside atmosphere.

You can ‘water’ your plans, while Purva Ashada’s power for renewal sees new shoots coming up when you focus on the right areas.

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