Understanding Your Mercury Sign: 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.

Part 3 of the series will feature Mercury in Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius.

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Understanding Your Mercury Sign : 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.

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Understanding Your Mercury Sign : 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 Gates

Communication.

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.”  Fair enough. To Astroland we go…..

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 express your 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.

Stay tuned for part 2, which will feature Mercury in Cancer, Leo and Virgo……..

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Understanding Your Mercury Sign: 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.

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