Mercury, planet of speech and intelligence, is in Purva Bhadrapada from March 25th to April 4th, the nakshatra that spans the signs of Aquarius and Pisces.

Your thought and communication take on a different quality now, and Purva Bhadrapada has an association with burning or a kind of purge. Its Shakti, or unique gift, is for Inner Fire, where you find courage and energy for ambitions or spiritual pursuits, even in the face of adversity.

Purva’s symbol is the front side of a funeral cot, and also a two-faced person, which may mean dealing with two things at once or knowing someone who says one thing and does another – be on the lookout for hidden agendas or an individual’s unexpected side.

Purva is a fierce and warrior-caste (kshatriya) asterism, which needs a task or mission to show its best qualities, and you may be a speaking or writing on behalf of a cause or belief.

Mercury inclines you towards deep and complex subjects, or times when you have to address sorrow and difficulties, but it’s important to keep some sense of proportion and not to become too fanatical in your beliefs. 

The deity of this nakshatra is Ajaikapada, who is a form of Rudra, the Storm God, or perhaps a ‘fire-storm’ in the sense of making atonement – meditation and fasting are ways of expressing its energy, but take care to follow these approaches in the right measure.

You can also burn past karmic seeds by forgiving someone and making a gesture of reconciliation, especially since Mercury is flanked on either side by benevolent Venus and Jupiter through this transit.

This is a good signature for seeing the best in any situation and for arousing enthusiasm in your friends and co-workers – you have the power of persuasion.

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