Mercury, planet of intelligence and communication, is in Cancer-Ashlesha from August 10th to 17th 2020, the ‘serpent nakshatra’ associated with hypnotism and emotional insight.

Ashlesha gives you good emotional understanding but also knowledge of how the real-world works – serpents are symbols of wisdom and shrewdness, and you may encounter manoeuvring and manipulation from people and even employ some of your own. You can use psychology for positive and negative ends, and know how to unnerve and hypnotize your rivals to keep a competitive edge.

Mercury is also planet of commerce and Ashlesha’s rulers, the Naghas are the deadly mythological snakes who act as guardians of celestial treasure. This suggests a sharp business brain where you can size up a deal swiftly and negotiate hard, but listen to your instincts if you are suspicious of somebody for a reason you can’t quite put your finger on. Hidden agendas are also the order of the day and it doesn’t pay to advertise your knowledge – this is a private asterism that doesn’t easily give up its secrets. 

Ashlesha’s Shakti is ‘to inflict poison’, so you may use Mercury’s inquiring side to do research into medicine or toxicity from a healing point of view. You may also find a toxic atmosphere where people say one thing and do another, and you need to rise above it. Ashlesha is linked to the coiled serpent kundalini energy at the base of the spine, which can be raised either in close relationship or through intense yogic practice. 

Mercury is transiting alongside the Sun in Ashlesha at this time, which gives a special love of learning and the ability to use your intelligence for promotion and financial success.

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