Mercury the trickster and lover of comedy and games moved into Sagittarius on Christmas Day at 6:11 am EST.  Its association with Jupiter by sign can bring out strong writing and its a good month for games. With the conjunction with Saturn and Ketu and Pluto, it will need more humor to make it through the month and that is always the antidote for problems with Mercury–can you laugh when technology and communications do not work?

Mercury and Jupiter are not friends, so this transit  it is a mixed transit. There can be some trouble with concentration, higher education, misunderstandings with superiors, teachers or your father that may leave one feeling conflicted and doubtful. There could also be legal issues so this is not a good time to sign contracts. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, he acts unreliable and superior. So be mindful your Mercurial manners and soften your blunt speech, don’t be a know-it-all, exaggerate or think too much of your own viewpoint. Instead be respectful and lead by a respectable example. Being imprudent and living a lavish lifestyle at this time could lead to health problems related to the hips, thighs, breathing and nervous disorders.

We get a double whammy with this transit with Mercury in the star constellation, Mula, (Sagittarius 0-13.20) Dec. 25-Jan. 2  ruled by karmic Ketu. Prash Trivedi tells us that Mula consists of nine stars at the end of Scorpio and is the place of the center of the galaxy, which Western Astrologers are fond of calling the Galactic Center as that wonderful part of the sky that looks like a white river in the night sky. Mula means “root” or “the center” and people who have a sun, moon or ascendant lord in this constellation are very direct and do not like to beat around the bush.  Still it offers complex energy as we witnessed when the Sun just went through there on Dec. 16-18th and can be a bit bizarre with too much electrical juice and craziness which will be up Dec. 25-28th.

This is the core of the galaxy and it is ruled by Ketu who wants to get to the core of everything: hidden motives, events, core roots. Ketu is connected to past lives and Mula wants to tie up all the talents from one’s past lives and bring them together. It seeks deeply for the truth of existence.  Mula combines the energy of Jupiter and Ketu and hence it initiates spiritual transformations for the better. With Jupiter’s grace, it can confer magical powers to help those in need with Grace. Mercury’s entrance into Mula can bring deep intellectual insight and wisdom but can lead to a feeling of not being supported. The subconscious patterns from the Dec. 25th-26th eclipse may lead to deep aha experiences but remember to consider them after the eclipse and not during the craziness of the eclipse.

Remember to do your spiritual practices and yoga to stay on top of your game and when communications just do not happen, rest, let it go and be patient. Energy may not be there to push the envelope the next few days as Mercury is at the end Scorpio and in the gandanta area where deep subconscious patterns come up to heal.  . The cobra pose is good for balancing Mercury and the shoulder stand can sort out a confused mind so those may help this week.

Mercury is conjunct Ketu Jan. 2-16th rather tightly and this can create a very fragmented mind and a lot of mental chaos. There is a need to focus with this energy on one thing at a time so avoid multi-tasking and it is much too common for people to drive, listen to the radio, talk on their cell phones and eat so just do one thing at a time 100%. The warrior pose in hatha yoga can help focus the mind.

This is a positive 4th house transit for Virgos but it is afflicted so it will not be easy .  As Mercury moves toward  Saturn with an exact conjunct into Jan. 12th and so Jan. 10-15th will be fraught with miscommunication at times but deep thinking is possible.  In Venus’ nakshatara of Purva Shadha (Sagittarius 13.20-26.40) Jan.3-11th it will bring poetic and creative writing and good business development.    Gemini rising will experience a difficult 7th house transit so karmic relationships that need closure could come up for healing..   Virgos and Sagittarius and Gemini will be impacted most by this transit creating complex situations in relationship, domestic life and possible problems in home with unexpected electrical problems for Virgo rising.  This is of course always contextual to what Dashas and Bhuktis you are running with Mercury/Jupiter and Jupiter/Mercury combinations being most impacted.

Special thanks to Bill Levacy and Komilla Sutton for some of their insights on this combination.

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