Mercury, planet of thought and speech, is in Jyestha from November 17th to 27th 2023, the last nakshatra in zodiacal Scorpio.
Jyeshta translates as ‘The Elder’, and its ruling devata Indra, King of the Gods, sees you stepping up and taking responsibility as a spokesperson and voice of experience. Either you are dealing with older people or your expertise in a specialist area gives you extra influence.
This asterism is associated with Alakshmi, the elder sister of Lakshmi Devi, and may signify scarcity or lack – so you can make positive moves to boost your income, or investigate a new revenue stream. Mercury is the planet of business and commerce, so step up and test your powers of ingenuity to create new tie-ins and a potential source of profit.
Your mental gifts are in demand and you can use media to extend your reach. Jyeshta’s Shakti, or special gift, is for Courage in Battle, so prepare to be the lone voice defending a point of view and to argue hard for your case.
Mercury receives the harsh influences of Mars, Saturn and Rahu through this whole transit, which sees you calling on strength of will and the stomach for a fight. You have to work around a difficult subject and find words which somebody doesn’t wish to hear.
This may be a better time to struggle with a mental puzzle or solve a complex problem than to enjoy a book or relaxing conversation. A friend or colleague may also look to you to speak up for them around November 26th, when you can come at a subject from both the original and the tried-and-tested points of view.