January 18, 2023
On January 18, Mercury goes direct in Sagittarius. Mercury is at 13 degrees and is aspected by a powerful Mars at 14 degrees. Mars is passionate energy and Mercury speaks the truth, so get ready for some intense conversations and blow ups!
Sagittarius is the natural ninth house of the zodiac and is the sign of righteousness. It is ruled by Jupiter, an enemy to Mercury. Mercury is the messenger of the zodiac, a lover of all facts and information, ever ready to speak and be heard. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and he uses his majestic powers to inflate Mercury’s messages (sometimes not in a good way). Taurus is the natural second house of the zodiac and is the sign of speech. It is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and relationships and is neutral to Mars. Mars in Taurus creates passionate, fiery energy with other people.
Mercury is in the nakshatra Uttarashada, ruled by the Sun, a friend to Mercury. Uttarashada in Sagittarius provides the drive for completion. The Sun symbolizes leaders and authority, so Uttarashada relates to searching for power and dominance. Mars is in the nakshatra of Rohini, ruled by the Moon, a friend to Mars and represents freedom and desire for independence. The aspect of Mars in Taurus to Mercury in Sagittarius combined with the energies of the nakshatras, provides a powerful formula for speaking the truth and being blunt and harsh.
Mars is providing its eighth aspect to Mercury, which is volatile and explosive. Make sure that you use a lot of deliberation and think before you talk. Expect some verbal discourse to take place as things can be said in the heat of the moment. Don’t be surprised that you may speak from the heart and say what’s on your mind. This transit can be like a truth serum and lead you to say things you may regret so think twice before you say it!
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