From November 28th, 2016 until February 3rd, 2017 transit Mercury will spend time in the sign of Sagittarius. It will be retrograde* from December 19th, 2016 until January 8th, 2017.
During this time transit Jupiter will be in the sign of Virgo. This Parivartana of mootrikona sign exchanges should be very good for those with the Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces ascendant as it will involve two Kendra Lords in mutual mooltrikona sign exchanges.**
For the purpose of remaining true to Systems’ Approach to Vedic Astrology the following interpretation is based on the transit of Mercury in Sagittarius for each rising sign where Mercury is a benefic planet, leaving aside the intrepretation of exchange of stellar lordship. Each planet must be read for its own placement, strength, weakness, and impact/affliction in a chart.
For the Gemini rising signs they can have happiness at home, fixed assets, property, and vehicles through their partnerships, relationships, joint ventures, and marriage during this time.
For the Leo rising signs they can have wealth and status connected with higher education, children, investments, and creative projects. They can focus on higher education, investments, and creative projects connected with business, writing, communications, buying, selling, trading, brokering, import, and export.
For the Virgo rising signs they can focus on fixed assets, property, and vehicles and can have happiness at home. They should spend some time beautifying their home during this time.
For the Scorpio rising signs they can have income, gains, wealth, and status connected with writing, business, communications, buying, selling, trading, brokering, import, and export.
For the Sagittarius rising signs they can focus on their career and professional life and work on writing, business, communications, buying, selling, trading, brokering, import, and export.
For the Pisces rising signs they can connect their career and professional life with partnerships, relationships, joint ventures, and marriage. They can focus their career and professional life on writing, business, communications, buying, selling, trading, brokering, import and export during this time.
Retrograde planets are only a visionary phenomenon as this occurs due to different speeds of the planets in relation to the earth. The effects on a natal chart are due to fixed angular position of planets with reference to a particular place on the earth for a particular time, natal or transit.
Though the classical as well as some of the modern commentators have ascribed different views for the results of retrograde planets, Systems’ Approach to Vedic Astrology holds the view that retrograde planets are to be treated in a normal way as per their longitudes, so far as the natal influences are concerned.
However, the transit influences of a planet appearing to be in retrograde motion and then direct motion are prolonged on a specified degree(s).
To better understand the impact of transit and retrograde Mercury in your chart, a natal reading is beneficial.
**Exchange of Stellar Lordship:
The term is quoted if a planet has exchanged nakshatra with another planet. Studies show that the exchange or placement of a planet in nakshatra of another planet does not make any difference. This will be quite evident if the results are derived with the Integrated System’s Approach. For example, if being a functional benefic planet, Jupiter has exchanged nakshatra with Ketu and is in the signs Aries or Leo, it will be in friendly signs whereas in Sagittarius it will be in its own mooltrikona sign, and such a Jupiter, when strong, will not give malefic results of Ketu and the results of Ketu will depend on the house, sign and its sign dispositor. In other words if Jupiter is strong in any of the three signs, and is in the nakshatra of Ketu and Jupiter is a functional benefic planet and if at the same time its dispositor is with strength, mere placement of Jupiter in the nakshatra of Ketu does not produce bad results.
Source: V.K. Choudhry http://yournetastrologer.com/learn_astrology10.htm