Mercury, planet of thought and speech, is in Leo-Purva Phalguni from August 16th, the nakshatra which translates to ‘the previous red one’.

Purva’s symbol of a swinging hammock reveals its relaxed nature, more concerned with pure pleasure and affection than lordly and egocentric Magha which came before. You have definite opinions about big issues and like to remain independent, but you also give yourself  freedom to indulge and have fun.

Purva has fine quality and integrity, but now you take things in a relaxed style and are more open to relationship and collaboration on a personal and business level. Mercury is planet of communication and commerce, so you can strike deals with ease and use Purva’s cooperative side to bring friends and advisers onside.

This asterism’s ruling deity is Aryaman, one of the divine Adityas, which is invoked at the time of marriage, so you also like to flirt and play mental games and need the stimulus of a kindred spirit to bounce ideas off.

The Shakti, or unique gift, here is for ‘procreation’, though Mercury represents a more detached and idealised friendship, which may mean sharing your media and communication skills and giving birth to a new idea.

You are on the lookout for fun and stimulation, though this can lead you to a restless, ever-moving and easily distracted approach, to the point where you end up not completing a task.

Set yourself a goal and try to reach it: Mercury is placed with fiery and assertive Mars during this transit, which gives you an deceptive, underlying energy, along with an impulsive and up-front style, perfect for political campaigning and getting your point across.

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