Mercury, planet of intelligence and communication, is in Shravana within the sign of Capricorn from January 11th to 20th.

This is an auspicious nakshatra associated with wisdom and learning, and its symbol, an Ear, relates particularly to an oral tradition and spoken spiritual knowledge. Mercury is in Capricorn alongside philosophical Jupiter and ambtious Saturn during this transit, so you are able to express their longer-range influences and bring them into your own life. Give voice to your big ideas, and a plan that starts off small may take on wider importance and show another side to your thinking.

Choose your words carefully for their power to affirm and create. You become well-versed in your subject, and also pay attention to overheard knowledge and
scraps of information. A course of education or a self-taught program expands your mental horizons, and a teaching role for yourself is a perfect way to share knowledge and impart your skills and learning to others. Periods of silence can be important too, where you listen to your inner voice and tune out small-talk and tittle-tattle.

Shravana’s Shakti, or special power, is for Connection, so you can use the social
and business side of Mercury to expand your circles. Ruled by Vishnu, the Preserver, this period may give you an interest in a spiritual or historic tradition which needs to be maintained, and you are in it for the long term. Shravana also has a natural association with Saraswati, devata of wisdom, and chanting her mantra enlivens your intelligence and natural connection to new ideas.

Mercury returns to this nakshatra next month as part of its retrograde cycle, so you may be revisiting the ideas and themes that arise during this current transit.

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