Jupiter In The 3rd House : “Intellectual Breadth”

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With natal Jupiter, the planet of increase (among other things) located in the 3rd house of mental constructs and one’s immediate environment, we find an existing dynamic that’s ripe for the stretching and enlargement of one’s basic concepts. And, a calling to adopt a “bird’s eye view” via the practice of gathering information and synthesizing it to create a theory or larger conceptual framework.

In life, a common mistake that can be made is allowing ourselves to garner the belief that every person, place or thing operates with the same frame of reference as ONLY the data compiled by our immediate observations indicate.

What this particular placement is suggesting is for you to ask the questions which are necessary to pull yourself out of a strictly concrete mindset and make room for an intellectually expansive worldview which is more inclusive of the larger world.

Whatever information you come into contact with, the modus operandi is to ask yourself how that can be elaborated on, widened, elevated,  or advanced. The potential here is for you to build a larger window of thought for yourself in service of richer and more panoramic living.

Jupiter in the 3rd house is NOT the terrain where we ask “yes or no” questions or we administer multiple choice tests. Rather, it’s the place where we put forward open ended inquiries as to make the smaller conversation LARGER.

For those who choose to inflate or overestimate their mental capabilities, Jupiter in the 3rd house isn’t particularly friendly territory. In no way is this placement designed as a “fit” for those that claim to have all of the answers. If this was truly the case, there would be no need to continue the discourse, which is precisely the aim here.

Openness to a myriad of viewpoints and a true zest for learning is the optimal use of Jupiter in the 3rd house. In it’s best use, there’s a nobility here which exercises the principle of charity often in intellectual exchange. The goal is to suspend judgment in order to filter out dogmatic tendencies or an inclination toward bias. To remain generous in one’s ability to listen without merely waiting for one’s chance to speak is also a fantastic practice for those with this placement.

When navigating this territory successfully,  we begin to notice that HOW we interact with others is just as important as the information that we’re imparting or receiving. Do we view learning as a shared process? Or, are we sitting on a soapbox”high and mighty” , viewing others as mere “empty vessels” that are only here to partake in our so-called wisdom?

These are important questions to think about in regard to how our overall attitude intersects with our ability to navigate the student-teacher-learner dynamic.

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Mercury-Uranus Aspects

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When Mercury and Uranus hook up in a natal chart,  innovative thought which seeks to release itself from the straight jacket of convention is highlighted.

I think Craig Mack said it best:

“here comes the brand new flava in ya ear….. time for new flava in ya ear…. im kickin new flava in ya ear.”

Every planetary placement or aspect in our chart can serve us as an opportunity.

With Mercury-Uranus contacts, we have the continuous chance to infuse our intellectual faculties with new and fresh ideas. To spark innovative thoughts.

Mercury represents our thought process and what we think about. Uranus symbolizes dynamic change, unconventionality and departure from the status quo.

If Mercury touches Uranus within your birth chart, the potential is there not only to shock and shake yourself out of conditioned responses, which ultimately revolutionizes your mind, you can also serve as a catalyst for others by encouraging the same type of examination and questioning concerning the usefulness of the existing thought structures.

Your perceptions have the potential to be lightning quick and accurate to boot. Trusting your intuitive faculties is an important ingredient in this cosmic recipe. We’re talking about flashes of mental insight while in the shower, on the train, driving to work- you name it.

Some astrologers say the highest manifestation of this aspect means genius. I say it can produce someone who not only colors “outside the lines” in life and stretches the boundaries of the mind, but also consistently maintains the courage to stand alone in the face of their ideas initially being branded as  “unpopular”, or highly eccentric.

An individual who knows the price of admission to non-conformity and keeps a stash of currency to cover it.

If you have this connection in your chart, it’s extremely important to develop and nurture your capacity for independent thought.

Your natural inclination is to reject the “herd” mentality. So, go ahead and keep developing your new slang and verbiage and let others take their time in catching up.

On the flip side, it’s not a good look when your authenticity is reactionary. When you attempt to be different just for the sake of it. You then become a pseudo-enigma with your “originality” predicated on looking at what everyone else is doing, and simply doing the opposite.

With a Mercury-Uranus aspect in your natal chart, your theme song is “Flava in Ya Ear” by Craig Mack. You can listen right here:

Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon, Gemini Rising

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If there ever was a need to dig deeply AND penetrate precisely into this thing called life, it’s reflective of this Sun/Moon blend.  Your fuel is efficiency and analysis. You’re energized by being able to size up a situation or person and instantly conclude what can be “tightened up” or made better.  In short, you have the potential to be the ultimate efficiency expert. However, that’s not all.

Your emotional needs call for deep involvement and depth exploration. After all, you want to be regarded as significant and in control of your environment. What sustains you is knowing that there’s an opportunity to go beyond the superficial gloss and get right down to the nitty-gritty of something, even if it has repugnant undertones. The gifts of tremendous focus and intensity are your birthright.

Your perception of life is multi-faceted and curious. The lens through which you process experience can be adjusted to fit the specific circumstance of the situation. Intellectual inquiry is the vehicle which allow you to better serve humanity, which is what you’re here to do. it’s important that you make the distinction between service and servitude, for you are no one’s slave and not to be taken advantage of, and woe to the person who makes attempts to do so.

If you’re self-aware, your level of psychological sophistication tends to be well-developed. But, there’s a deep fear of losing control and becoming vulnerable which can lead to an obsessive need to control the elements around you through the same manipulative means that you despise in other people.

At your best, you have an incredible versatility and others feel deeply understood by you because of your blend of razor-sharp logic and emotional intelligence. At your worst, you have a slick tongue that plays mind games and there’s a private enjoyment in withholding your true thoughts and feelings as a control mechanism.

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Scorpio Sun, Pisces Moon, Sagittarius Rising

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You are moved in your heart by the vision of an ideal world and often process your experience by the way you think it “should be”.  The thought of potential and possibilities keeps you looking around every corner for opportunities.

When you DO discover them, you’ll find that they ask you to present a full version of yourself that you’re not always comfortable with everyone seeing- that’s the conundrum. Will you miss out on what life has to offer because you’re concerned about people seeing through your core?

Your astrological signature suggests solar power of wanting to penetrate yourself to the maximum degree while respecting the natural rhythms of life. Your fear must not be allowed restrict your flow or dull your instincts.

What you’re seeking is to present your most authentic self to the world and shake anything that would resemble paranoia off of your self-projection. Understand that you have the choice to view the world as a threatening OR an inviting place.

Think about how a micro issue can restrict you from living MACRO. It’s a big world out there and faith in your gut can take you far. When you understand how to harness and direct what may initially appear toxic or painful, in the appropriate direction, it can help you to realize that your wounds can be both instructive and empowering.

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Taurus Sun, Taurus Moon, Cancer Rising

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Life’s Mission: To create and sustain a solid sense of self through the utilization of a sacred space designed to process one’s feelings. Becoming a “rock” for oneself and serving as a “container” of physical and emotional well-being for others.

In order to use this astrological signature for constructive personal development, one must strongly consider exploring themes tied to emotional, physical and material security. Two of the ever-present questions that serve as a litmus test will be: “Can I trust it?” And “Does it feel safe?”

The fundamental lens through which you process experiences is founded on a goal of the constant deepening of your connection to life and others through relationships, while simultaneously creating and maintaining  a private inner space to ground and process the full gamut of emotions ranging from ecstatic elation to damning disappointment.

Not only does witnessing the unfolding of beauty, in the myriad of its forms and meanings feed your soul, it also serves as the type of fuel that you need to sustain your life’s work and vitality.  It’s important to consistently ask yourself: “Am I OK?”  As, being rooted in the NOW with your thoughts and feelings spurs optimal functioning.

Typically, you exude the type of presence which indicates an acute awareness of the feelings of other people as well as an innate receptiveness.  This is often misconstrued as an unabashed openness and you may be approached as such.  In cases like these, creating the proper boundaries and “owning” of energies between two people can’t be stressed enough.

Considering your elemental mix of earth and water and your temperamental synthesis of melancholic and phlegmatic, one of your reigning strengths lies in being both a “rock” and a vessel for others. Included in this box of resources is a generous offering of empathy, an unconditional listening response and the gift of vivid articulation of the language of the heart.  Because you’re able to excavate things from the often times crusty layers of the unconscious, it’s wise to staunchly protect your energy field. While others may be encouraged to lean on you, how heavily is a decision which has clear ramifications for you when it comes to your emotional health.

It also needs to be mentioned that when disordered, your private world carries the capability of being one not only of sheer serenity and pleasure, but also self-pity. One of the lessons you’re here to learn is that of identifying the differences between acknowledging, experiencing and DWELLING in your feelings. Even as a container, you require periodic release.

While it’s imperative for you to understand the “ebbs and flows of the tides”, how to  actively and consciously steer your ship from nostalgia to the now will prove to be a crucial part of navigating your psyche.

It can be easy for you to become stuck in the rut that says you must “keep it all together” for the sake of everyone else, but this is erroneous thinking.  Another growth catalyst is the recognition that living with the peace to which you aspire doesn’t equate with a disturbance free life. In fact, the very same forces that you deem as disruptive hold clues to something that needs to be corrected or adjusted in your life.

Metaphorically, if the “thud” of the burglar in our house in the middle of the night wasn’t heard or detected, there would be no sounding of the alarm, or the sense that someone wasn’t welcome. Thus, there would be no impetus to taking further action which could possibly save our lives.

You’re at your best when you confront your own disturbances and serve as a conduit to show others how to do the same. Projecting warmth and humanity, yet making the distinction as to where you end and where other people begin.

References: “The Well Tempered Astrologer: Using an Ancient System in Modern Astrology” (Article) by Dorian Gieseler  Greenbaum

Psychological Astrology by Glenn Perry

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Mercury Through The Signs : Aries – Gemini

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“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms they’re interested in.” -Bill GatesCommunication.

Yes, it sounds simple enough. We talk, we listen and we understand. According to Merriam-Webster, communication is “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs or behavior.”  

Enter the Astrological Mercury. The planet, which represents communication on all levels: speech, writing, thought, opinions, connections. Mercury is how we learn. It’s what we talk about and what we think about. Getting the word out is one of this planets primary drives, as it excels in the distribution of information.

We even assign the word mercurial to those who exhibit the qualities of shrewdness, verbal dexterity and ingenuity. True to it’s speed as a planet in the cosmos, Mercury ‘s energy allows us to make perceptions with lightning speed. In fact, so fast that “right” , “wrong” , “good” and “bad” don’t necessarily have time to be calculated, as the planer is highly impersonal.  Remember the one about “don’t shoot the messenger?”

The sign where Mercury falls in your birth chart gives you clues to the manner in which you’re best suited to express your intellectual and communicative faculties. Also, what you prefer to discuss or what subject matter occupies a significant bit of brain space.
Since we’re all here, let’s chop it up about how you do your Mercury…..

Mercury in Aries

“On Fire” by Redman; “Pronto” by Cru “War Zone” by Black Moon

Mercury in Aries wants what they want and they want it now! There is a communication style filled with immediacy in this placement. No time to beat around the bush. They say what they mean and they mean what they say. You might even find yourself being a little steamrolled if you’re more of a sensitive type. You can best believe that whenever Aries shows up to the party, a keyword is going to be action. Fire is evident in the speech of those with Mercury in Aries. If you’re ready to get the ball rolling with no holds barred, call on these folks.

Mercury in Taurus

“Play It Safe” by Oddisee; “Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New” by The Roots

At first listen, you may want to start to label those with Mercury in Taurus as dull, unimaginative and rigid. However, upon further examination, you will find someone who has simply found comfort in the lines of established thinking. Furthermore, they have probably experienced some degree of success with it. Truth be told, yes… there are more creative placements that exude more style and flash, but Mercury in Taurus has mental stamina. The ability to take an idea and see it through to the end, whether bitter or sweet. The downfall of this placement is when they think their ONE idea is the ONLY idea and they sacrifice a chance at productive change for the comfort of cushy mental pillows. Sometimes life really is”no pain, no gain.”

Mercury in Gemini

“Extra, Extra” by Paula Perry, “Think Twice” by Erykah Badu

Mercury in Gemini is insatiably curious. There is not enough intellectual Gatorade present in the universe to quench this thirst.  Unlimited phone plans were tailored for these people. If you were able to hear brain wave activity with any type of clarity, it would probably sound like Twista and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapping. This is the quintessential Jeopardy, Scrabble, crossword puzzle and word search placement. Here’s the deal, though: one of the chief tasks of Mercury in Gemini is to be able to turn mere information into knowledge; theory into practice. These folks can’t be so busy gathering that they never stop and question the meaning.

 

 

Mercury Through The Signs: Cancer- Virgo

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Mercury In Cancer: Needs to speak “from the heart”. Potential adeptness at interpreting the unspoken language of feeling. Using the mental antennae to perceive emotional subtleties and cues, a.k.a the employment of “emotional i.q.” or “e.q.”. The ability to externalize inner emotional states with poetic refinement and sensitivity is a potential strength.

Mercury in Leo: The confident Orator. The boasting MC. Needs unique self to shine through when communicating. Thinking in a bold and self-assured fashion with a regal stature. Using colorful language with dramatic flair to attract attention and construct individual creative prowess.

Mercury in Virgo: Needs to communicate precisely, a.k.a. “right and exact”.  Taking the whole, disassembling the parts, and putting them back together “new and improved” to run more efficiently and utilitarian. The critic. The “red pen” editor. Crossed t’s and dotted i’s. Eliminating the superfluous in the written and spoken word.

 

 

Mercury Through The Signs : Libra-Sagittarius

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Mercury in Libra: This placement suggests potential for objectivity of thought. The desire and willingness to examine both sides of an issue. One of the most constructive routes toward fulfilling communication needs is the emphasis of harmony. Looking for “bridges” or points of mutual interest can assist those with this placement in tangible ways. In fact, your words can be used as a salve or social lubricant.

If there ever was a placement which conveyed  the message: “it’s not what you say, but how you say it.” This is it. However, this doesn’t mean that assertiveness in communication is never necessary. Even if you have to pick up a copy of “The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense” by Suzette Haden Elgin, know that confrontation is not something to be feared, only navigated.

Mercury in Scorpio: Mercury, when placed in Scorpio, immediately suggests an intensely penetrative, probing style of thinking and communicating. “Let no stone go unturned” could definitely be the motto for this planetary position.

Your search for truth can lead you to church, a forensics lab, or a seedy venue on a Friday night- it really doesn’t matter. In your mind, the sacred and profane are intertwined. When it comes to speaking, there’s the potential to wield influence over and persuade others, as a result of knowledge of their psychology. This is beneficial if it results in the constructive transformation of lives, but not so much if you’re attempting to brainwash people by having them drink your brand of kool-aid.

Mercury in Sagittarius:  The sky is the limit. Mercury in Sagittarius suggests free flying, panoramic thought. The need to develop and maintain a broad, comprehensive scope regarding relationships between different branches of knowledge is highly pronounced.

This placement highlights the inclination to synthesize ideas into a vast philosophical framework so they can be shared with the purpose of advancing the knowledge overall and converting it into understanding and wisdom.

Here’s the kicker: those with this placement need to remember that their new found understanding isn’t the only one that exists in the universe. A constructive use of Mercury in Sagittarius is using the openness of mind in service of tolerating the views of others. To accept that you have “two ears and one mouth”. Cultivating the ability to listen is paramount. We all have blind spots and none of us know it ALL. As a matter of fact, one of the hallmarks of wisdom is to recognize where we’re ignorant. Take note.

 

Mercury Through The Signs: Capricorn-Pisces

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Mercury in Capricorn: Mental focus. The practical thinker. The “steel trap” mind. When placed in Capricorn, the intellectual faculties have the potential to operate with structure and organization. There’s a leanness with words, suggesting more of a concern with using the “right” ones which will ultimately carry weight, versus overloading the airwaves with superfluous explanations.

There’s an inclination for individuals with this placement to study subject matter of a serious nature. Also, light office chat around the water cooler is strictly prohibited. Developmental areas consist of transcending the fear of being “wrong”, which can paralyze or inhibit the capacity to communicate effectively. Remember: the steel trap mind can also be resilient, which can help you ward off the criticisms of others. Allowing the potential negative reviews of others to restrict your avenues of communication robs you of your gift of becoming a potential wordsmith.

Mercury in Aquarius: The futurist. Mercury in Aquarius suggests the potential to communicate in a manner that’s uniquely one’s own. With this placement, you’re forming your personal language that speaks to your spirit.

There’s a progressive. liberal and tolerant bent to one’s intellectual faculties, being open to the new and untried. Avant- garde and fresh approaches excite you. There’s also potential for the lightning-quick, instantaneous grasp of holistic understanding, which could be considered flashes of brilliance.  Developmental concerns are “giving up” on one’s own mind because others don’t seem to be thinking the way that you do. Also, intellectual rebellion which isn’t based on principle, but on a need to detach from the herd.

Mercury in Pisces: The Intuitive creative. Mercury in Pisces suggests a mental connection to the intangible realms of life. Also, potential access to ethereal worlds and the ability to obtain information that defies logical explanation. An acute picture-making faculty as well as an active dream and fantasy life are strengths of this placement. Dysfunctional expressions of this placement are selective memory, using words to deceive, confuse or manipulate; the inability to distinguish fantasy from reality or the creation of another mental world to escape feelings of discomfort.

 

Saturn in Gemini

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In one’s birth chart, Saturn is associated with (among other things) the principle of mastery.

Saturn’s placement in Gemini suggests a cosmic call to develop one’s intellectual and communicative capacities in order to reflect maturity, competence and authority.

The potential is present to draw others to listen to, or read what you have to say. However, the key is to harness the desire to expend the necessary effort to refine your speaking, critical thinking and linguistic abilities through participation in serious study and discourse with knowledgeable people.

Also, it’s of major importance to neutralize thoughts which point to being inadequate or ill-equipped to stand on one’s own thinking and claim one’s “voice”.

For those with this placement, their development rests in understanding the use of organized, strategic and systematic thought as an instrument of personal and collective power.  There’s also an emphasis on the recognition that just like money circulates in an economy, so does knowledge.

To navigate this placement wisely, one must be ever vigilant in regard to conserving one’s thoughts and words for the appropriate times and people. You know that you’re becoming successful in this endeavor when you realize that “everything isn’t FOR everybody.