Mercury, planet of speech and intelligence, is in Purva Bhadrapada from March 10th to 17th, the nakshatra spanning the signs of Aquarius and Pisces.
Your thought and communication take on a greater intensity through Purva Bhadrapada’s association with burning and a kind of purification experience. This nakshatra’s Shakti, or unique gift, for Inner Fire, sees you purging the old and finding courage and energy for new ideas and pursuits, even in moments of adversity.
Its symbols, for the front side of a funeral cot and also a two-faced person, may see you managing two things at once, or dealing with someone who thinks one thing and says another – be alert to hidden agendas. Purva is a fierce and warrior-caste (kshatriya) asterism, which needs a task or mission to show its best qualities, and you may speak or write on behalf of a passionate cause or belief.
Mercury pushes you towards deep subject matter, or gives a fascination for the darker and more complex side of every issue – but even in times of stress, it is to your advantage to keep relations diplomatic.
The deity of this nakshatra is Ajaikapada, a form of Rudra, the Storm God, and you can clear the air with a hot debate or argument, even when an uncomfortable truth gets aired. Mercury’s current swift motion may also give you an extra-decisive streak, and up to March 16th, its proximity to the all-powerful Sun sees you being identified closely with your opinions.
You can contribute cleverly to an argument or public debate, though make sure you are not seeing the issues so subjectively that you lose all outside perspective.