Mercury, planet of communication and commerce, retrogrades into the nakshatra of Krittika across the signs of Aries and Taurus from May 14th, all the way to June 18th 2022.
This is an extended period for Mercury in this asterism, bringing greater focus on all its affairs and giving you the opportunity to concentrate your thinking. Krittika’s symbol of a Flame or a Razor is ruled by Agni, the Sacred Fire, and its energy gives you mental zest, passion and spontaneity. You put your plans and ambitions through a period of fiery scrutiny where only the best and most profitable avenues remain.
Scalpel-like discrimination is excellent for research and development, where you cut away external information and get to the heart of the matter. Insight comes from clearing away old obstacles, and trusting your intuition gives you a real advantage in business – as well as in psychology and divination.
Krittika’s Shakti, or special power, ‘To Burn’ may show sharp, stinging words, but also describes a kind of mental purification where you get important matters off your chest. A fiery statement or debate sees provocative words exchanged, and brings an issue out into the open where you see what needs to be done before moving on.
Mercury in this assertive, rajasic nakshatra is ideal for writing a strong letter and campaigning, or speaking up publicly for a cause you believe in. From a physical standpoint, Krittika rules digestive fire which consumes nutrients in the body, but now you are more concerned with ‘mind food’, and absorbing information.
Mercury goes direct by June 4th, so prepare for a change of mind or opinion after this point and for new facts to come to light.