EYE ON THE SKY: MARS/MERCURY EXCHANGE OF SIGNS
Once in a while we get what Western Astrologers call a mutual reception or exchange of signs and in Vedic astrology it is know as a Parivatana Yoga (abbreviated PVY). It can be very powerful and it allows a connection and association between the houses involved and is often stronger than a planetary aspect. With Mars going into Gemini on May 7th and Mercury going into Mars’s sign of Aries May 3-17th, , we have 10 days of this phenomenon. The last time we saw this was for a week May 26th, 2017 and then not before that until 2004.
What does it mean? Mars and Mercury are the most bitter enemies because Mars needs to act and Mercury needs to think and the two together get into verbal fighting matches. At best it may create quick-witted speaking, strength in technical and mechanical and medical work and being quick to solve problems. I often find in finance it may lead to deals and corporate take-overs. Mars is a bit exaggerated with its energy now because it is out of bounds until June 20th (see previous article) and in Gemini it can have more sexual energy. It will create energy that is extremely argumentative, a bit deceitful and conjunct with Rahu in Gemini, it may be a bit roguishly enchanting, flattering and flirtatious and not being aware of boundaries. On the positive side it may show signs of being outrageously funny and sarcastic and not concerned entirely about hurting someone’s feelings. All of this energy will get exaggerated with the exchange of signs.
The dark side of Mars/Mercury associations is that it creates angry moods, slow deliberate thinking, strong achievement and ambition, aggressive confrontations and arguments, self-centeredness and ruthlessness around achieving ones goals. Also you have to be very careful to not get into heated arguments while driving as this can lead to reckless behavior and potential accidents. I often find that accidents are a pinnacle of rage that bubbles up in arguments. So, if this happens, pullover, and fight it out– but not while driving. Virgo rising, Capricorn rising and Cancer rising may need to be most careful here particularly if you have a Mars/Mercury association in your natal chart.
The rules for Parivatana Yogsas involves the houses, which are impacted and that depends on your rising sign and the houses connected to Aries and Gemini. One wants a positive exchange between good houses like 1,2, 4,5,7,9, 11 and not getting 3,6,8 or 12 involved.
That means the following rising signs benefit most: Geminis with gains of income and good energy from groups and friends because of the exchange between 11 and 1 but can create health concerns and issues around work as the 11th house is the 6th from the 6th.
Leo rising because of the exchange between 9 and 11 bringing gains from father, Guru, foreign country and travels.
Libra rising because of the exchange between 7 and 9 bring luck with relationship or partnership or partners in foreign lands.
Sagittarius rising because the exchange between 5 and 7th bringing luck with partners, children and investment.
Pisces Rising because of the exchange between 2nd 4th house bringing gains from real estate and property.
The other rising signs are more challenging because they involve the 3, 6, 8 and 12th houses and not going into detail but read Alan Annand’s book on Parivartana Yogas. The good news is that the impact is only 2weeks in transit.
If you are running a Mars/Mercury or Mercury/Mars period you will notice the impact greatly of if you were born with this yoga, it will kick in during transit now.
Still because Mars and Mercury are bitter enemies and it creates quarreling, even those receiving gains may have to fight for them and be left with a lot of anger.
So continue to be aware whether a fight over some point is worth getting into a heated argument. Mars when weak wants to be right for his ego and that just leads to alienation so just drop it. How important is it to be right and make your point at the cost of losing friends and getting all emotionally upset? Go for the peace of our cover photo of the monkey and the pigeon. Opposite values and opinions can coexist in harmony.
The warrior pose for Mars will help balance it and the Cobra pose for Mercury in yoga will help balance the situations.
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