Mercury, planet of intelligence and communication, is in Swati within the sign of Libra from September 28th until October 27th, which includes part of its retrograde phase starting October 14th.
Swati is associated with classic Libran qualities: intellect, justice and forgiveness, and you may have been through a struggle or disagreement with someone and now decide where you are going with the relationship. You bring tact and balance to every situation and know whether to remain in an alliance or collaboration, or to go it alone.
This nakshatra brings an underlying leadership quality too and despite listening to everyone first, it comes as some relief to make a final call. You can complain and campaign constructively for a cause you believe in, and this responsible quality makes you popular and easy to work with.
Swati is ruled by Vayu, the Wind God, which has a connection with intelligence, knowledge and the voice, and it rewards studying, teaching and the dissemination of knowledge. There is an obvious connection with Ma Saraswati, devata of wisdom here too, so you express yourself in style whether in a creative work or simply keeping in touch from day to day. This is an excellent time to learn artistic techniques, spiritual knowledge and more advanced mantra-chanting.
Mercury going retrograde on October 14th is a pivotal moment, quite literally, where your plans turn around and you revisit recent issues in the light of new information.
Swati’s Shakti is the ‘power to disperse like the wind’, which can mean seeds being scattered and growing, or else a rather chaotic way of thinking. You are versatile and changeable and take on new information easily, but it’s good to focus on one particular thing and not be drawn into different areas that make you lose your thread.