Mercury, the planet of communication and intelligence,  entered the constellation of Purvashadha nakshatra (13.20 Sagittarius-26.40) on Saturday and stays there until Jan. 31st.   This consetellation is connected to Venus, a friend, and finally gives some relief from the intensity of Mula nakshatra which has been going on since Dec. 28th.  Mercury now channels the sweet energy of Venus supporting creative writing and artistic expression and adventure and more wisdom from the energy of Sagittarius.  Venus will be increasing in strength as it moves into Pisces on Friday.   Like most Mercury transits, they are short-lived and quick but this transit will support Mercury’s intelligence and creativity so if you are a writer, time to pull out your pen and get moving!  Virgo and Gemini rising will feel this transit most.

Astronomers know this constellation as  Epsilon, Delta and Sagittarii which are three stars close to the Milky Way .  The Sanskrit name translates into meaning “the former Invincible One” or the “undefeated.” It symbol is a fan which is a mask to hide oneself, or something to cool the fire or to fan the flames.   This Nakshatra is ruled by Venus and as a decorative fan, it shows the glitzy and glamorous side of Venus. It has inspiring energy to keep the fires of enthusiasm burning. It also is good at concealing facts, information, feelings and has a shy and sensitive nature.

The deity of this constellation is Apah, a little known water goddess sometimes associated with the ocean goddess like Aphrodite.  She is the mythical mermaid who is sensitive, alluring, mysterious and exciting.  She is the feminine counterpart of the Ocean god, Varuna.  Her positive side is a procreative fecundity and on the negative side is the poison that she can generate which reminds us of the dangers of gossip.  Still she embodies the higher qualities of Venus and real love and compassion.

One personality quality that this constellation has is that it feels it cannot lose and is  invincible. She embodies the traditional qualities of Sagittarius of wild, ambitious spirit, wanderlust and it can most easily deal with setbacks.   With the strong Jupiter association, people with moon, sun or ascendent in this constellation are able to hold onto the key to joy and happiness and the joy of living.

The Sagittarius quality that comes out most strongly is loyalty and giving great support to those they admire and fighting injustice with heroic valour and this certainly will continue to support the Woman’s march.

Overall this transit is a good combination of Merucry /Venus/and Jupiter, three benefics,  and is a welcome change to the transit through Mula which went through since Dec. 28th. .  I suspect its important to channel the higher qualities of Mercury  and Venus which might involve writing poetry or poetic fiction  and passion for artistic creation or generating enthusiasm for charitable work.  The energy of this transit, felt most on a Wednesday, will bring out more joy and help balance the weak energies of the moon this week.

We have reorganized our teaching schedule and now have 4 weeks on transits and aspects through Feb. 4th and you can still join and catch up on the last tape by video. See:    

Anyone with a basic knowledge of Vedic astrology can benefit. Tapes will be available for purchase afterwards also.

We have a new class starting Feb 12 which is Module 2 on Secrets of Timing Your Life on Dahas and have expanded that class to 5 lessons and you do not have to take the first course to register.  See information at :   That course has an early registration fee of 99.00 through Jan. 30th.


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