Mercury, planet of intelligence and communication, is in Shravana within the sign of Capricorn from January 5th to 22nd, which includes Mercury’s retrograde arc starting January 14th.
Shravana is an auspicious nakshatra associated with wisdom and learning, and its symbol, an Ear, relates to an oral tradition and spoken, spiritual knowledge. Choose your words carefully for their power to affirm and create.
You become well-versed in your subject, and also pay attention to overheard intelligence and scraps of information picked up in your daily business. A course of education or a self-taught program broadens your horizons, and a teaching role is a perfect way to share knowledge and share your skills and learning to others.
A period of quiet can be important too, where you listen to your inner voice and tune out small-talk and tittle-tattle. Shravana is in the moveable class of nakshatras, so you can travel in pursuit of knowledge and you also have the ability to study language and culture while you are away.
Ruled by Vishnu, the Preserver, this nakshatra may give you an interest in a spiritual or historic tradition which needs to be maintained, and you are in it for the long term. Shravana also has a natural association with Saraswati, devata of wisdom, and her mantra enlivens your intelligence and natural connection to new ideas.
Pay particular attention to new items of information arriving after Mercury goes retrograde on January 14th, and a second opportunity may come from somebody who reappears in your life.
The usual cautions apply to buying, deciding and signing contracts at this time, and this retro spell also overlaps with Venus, planet of relationship, going backwards, which puts extra focus on your personal and business affairs.