depth astrology: A Handbook
by Gargatholil

 
Mercury IN

     
                   ARIES
  TAURUS    GEMINI    CANCER      LEO      VIRGO


    LIBRA    SCORPIO    SAGITTARIUS    CAPRICORN    AQUARIUS    PISCES

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Mercury in Aries                    Self-Assured Intellect

            The placement of Mercury in Aries indicates you have a need for mental self-assurance. Very often, the tentative mental apparatus that you possess needs to be reinforced by a heavy dose of assertiveness. Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Aries are a result of this need to be mentally confident.  Being able to turn your thoughts and words into action may also provide self-confidence.

            Mercury is generally well-placed in Aries.  Aries is the Cardinal Fire sign.  The active fiery nature of Aries symbolically harmonizes well with the quick and airy nature of Mercury.  Thus, the Mercury-associated functions are stimulated and activated.  There is a danger, however, that Mercury’s mental energy could be overwhelmed by Aries’ need to act, resulting in mental impulsiveness and lack of self-control.  This danger is symbolized by the natural quincunx between Aries and Mercury-ruled Virgo.

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

            Mercury’s placement in Aries suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Aries qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.
            Intellect: Objective and rational, mentally assertive, self-confident and independent, prone to consider action, quick thinking - Limited by logical/sensate paradigm, argumentative, quick to jump to conclusions, intellectually arrogant, mentally impulsive
            Communication: Direct and to the point, matter-of-fact, lively - Blunt and tactless, enamored of talking about yourself, sharp tongued

            Nervous system: Vibrant, strong and steady, quick reacting – Impulsive

 
Transcendent Potential

            The transcendent potential of Mercury in Aries is achieved when the mind sees the world clearly and with true objectivity.  The mind then becomes a friend, directing you to act to achieve the best outcome.  This best outcome is the secret that is inherent in the beginning of things and it is the fruition of the adventure of the self’s advent.  Through mental discrimination, your action is perfected.  By engaging in right action, the essence of your self-hood is realized.


 
Insecurity

Mental insecurity stems from a subconscious realization that the mind is treading on new and uncharted round.  It must keep up its confidence despite its lack of experience.  This need to keep from giving into insecurity and maintain self-assertion often leads to mental bravado or recklessness, as the ego needs to prove itself. This mental insecurity can also manifest in your having such a need to prove yourself mentally that you are overly aggressive and argumentative.

Aspecting influence

            When Mercury in Aries aspects other planets, the Aries energy is actively transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  An objective mental quality is brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet.  The qualities associated with Mercury in Aries may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Aries is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to mental quickness and self-confidence.  Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Aries may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Taurus                 Tenacious Intellect
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The placement of Mercury in Taurus indicates you have a need for security in the mental environment.  Very often, this sense of mental security derives from a knowledge of physical security.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Taurus are a result of this need to have a mental perception of safety and security.  Therefore, it is often the case that the functions associated with Mercury are focused in their application on acquiring and retaining the elements of physical and material security.  This diligent application tends to concentrate those functions and develop tenaciousness.

Taurus is the Fixed Earth sign.  Both the fixity and the earthiness of Taurus’ nature symbolically slow and entrap the quick and airy nature associated with Mercury.  This is not entirely without benefit, as this forces these functions to concentrate, thus allowing them to fulfill their purpose.  The benefit of the practical and concrete nature thus conferred is symbolized by the natural trine existing between Taurus and Mercury-ruled Virgo.  Still, the fixed earth influence on Mercury can result in tension or a lack of optimization with respect to the Mercury-symbolized functions, as their natural proclivities are held back considerably.

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Taurus suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Taurus qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Concentrated, deep or thorough understanding of a concept once grasped, retentive memory, affinity for practical knowledge - Slow-moving intellect, stubbornly holds to ideas, needs repetition to learn new concepts, lack of intuitive power (sensate)
Communication: Practical communicator, may also embellish (in an organic style) from fund of collected knowledge/memories, deliberate and focussed communication

- Slow of speech, inarticulate because thoughts do not come fast enough, rambling, stubbornly holding to an argument, overbearing

Nervous system: Strong nervous constitution, calm and steady nerves, senses in tune with outer world - Slow to react, subject to nervous blockage and suppressive neurosis

Transcendent Potential

The transcendent potential of Mercury in Taurus is achieved when the intellect is slowed to the point of contemplation and concentrates in devotion.  You then achieve true inner understanding.  In order to reach this stage and in order for the mind to be slowed down from its normally frantic whirl, you must, to a certain extent in the beginning, loosen your mental attachments to material possessions and, then, to the results of your efforts.  As you progress, this detachment from concern with your security must become more complete, but this becomes easier as you become more attached to your inner state and the true security derived within.

Insecurity

If you are insecure, your lack of mental quickness and ready mental grasp can easily cause you to lose your intellectual self-confidence.  You are likely to compensate for this feeling of inferiority by taking satisfaction in your possessions.  Your mind is thoroughly attached to its activity of thinking about gain and loss.  This attachment keeps you from thinking about the real value of life, which is not in intellectual achievement.  Of course, if you also lack possessions, you are likely to feel particularly insecure and those functions symbolized by Mercury will be constantly engaged in thinking about your physical and material welfare.


Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Taurus aspects other planets, the Taurus energy is slowly, but steadily transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  A stubborn or determined mental quality is brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet.  The qualities associated with Mercury in Taurus may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.


Aspected

When the Mercury in Taurus is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to the resolution exhibited through your mental processes and your mental attachments.  Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Taurus may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Gemini                Facile and Communicative Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Gemini indicates you have a need for an active and stimulating mental environment and abundant opportunities to communicate.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Gemini are a result of the very active operation of those functions symbolized by Mercury.  Mercury is well placed in Gemini, since Mercury rules Gemini. Thus, those functions associated with Mercury have a particularly strong affinity for Gemini’s energy and the attunement of those functions to Gemini’s vibration strengthens and empowers them.

Gemini is the Mutable Air sign.  Gemini’s changeable air is the perfect medium within which the Mercury-associated functions can work.   The flexible, changing air element offers little resistance and its “wind” allows the mind to quickly move anywhere it likes.  Thus, the functions associated with Mercury are “all over the place.”  If there is a drawback to the Gemini placement of Mercury it is the potential for too much mental energy operating too freely and without enough grounding.

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Gemini suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Gemini qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Sharp, quick, a fund of knowledge, objective, inquisitive, a quick study - Superficial, dilettantish, hasty, sees only the superficial, unwilling to admit to a world beyond the senses

Communication: Finds communication easy, good conversationalist, energetic and enthusiastic - Over-talkative, glib, not a good listener

Nervous system: Quick reflexes, alert - Wired, high-strung, can’t sit still

Transcendent Potential

The Gemini mind is tireless in its pursuit of factual knowledge and freely shares this with all.  In this way, you connect the many parts of the whole through the intercourse of ideas.  While you can benefit others with much practical and enlightened knowledge this way, the transcendent potential of Mercury in Gemini is only achieved when you tire of mere facts and intellectual knowledge and begin to perceive the meaning behind Inter-relatedness.  Once you grasp the Wholeness of Everything, you focus your mind on the Here and Now.  In this way, you enjoy the immediacy of Reality-as-It-Is. 

Insecurity

If you are insecure, you are never really certain of the knowledge you have acquired. You do not rest long enough to acquire a thorough knowledge of a thing.  Partly this is because your ego subconsciously knows that keeping the mind perpetually moving from one thing to another and never letting it rest is one of the best ways to guaranty that the illusion of ego will be maintained.  You, therefore, often try to dazzle others with volume and speed in your attempt to hide the superficiality of your knowledge and understanding.

 

Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Gemini aspects other planets, the Gemini energy is quickly transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  A decidedly mental quality is brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet.  The qualities associated with Mercury in Gemini may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Gemini is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to your ability to handle a breadth of mental activity. Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Gemini may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Cancer                 Emotional Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Cancer indicates you have a need for those functions symbolized by Mercury to operate on the emotional level.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Cancer are a result of the basic emotionality of the mental functions.  Mercury is generally challenged somewhat by its placement in Cancer.  However, as symbolized by the natural sextile between Cancer and Mercury-ruled Virgo, there are very positive aspects of this placement that can be realized.

Cancer is the Cardinal Water sign.  Most of the time, the active watery nature of Cancer symbolically drowns and dampens the changeable airy nature of Mercury, forcing the Mercury-associated functions to act through an unaccustomed element.  This can produce a major amount of stress if the mental functions do not adapt to the emotional energy field represented by Cancer.  However, if there is attunement, then the combination can become very powerful and positive, as you now have become “bi-lingual” as it were, able to unite and balance the Yin of the mental with the Yang of the emotional. 

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Cancer suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Cancer qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Sensitive and intuitive, able to get to the root of things, receptive to the ideas of others, understands emotions, subjective outlook - Irrational and reactionary, overly influenced by the emotions, passive, sensitive to criticism (especially of own ideas), sees things personally

Communication: Communicates in a nurturing way, responsive, sensitive to opinions and ideas of others, good counselor - Tends to shyness, withdrawal, moodiness and unpredictable response, emotional displays

Nervous system: Responsive and resilient, rhythmic, knows how to protect against excess or environment - Subject to emotional ups and downs, creature of habit, easily conditioned

Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the person with Mercury in Cancer achieves an intellectual understanding of the emotional side of the personality. You have achieved balance between the mental and emotional energies.  In doing this, you have greatly enhanced the intuitive capabilities of your intellect, so that you have opened up an entirely new faculty—that of the Visionary Imagination.  This has allowed you to come as close as the intellect can to an understanding of the Real.  Filled with Compassion, you now communicate with sympathy and kindness.

Insecurity

If you are insecure as a person, you are likely to feel unsure of your mental nature and, because of this, you reject the emotional attunement toward which your mental state leans.  Your intellect feels overwhelmed with irrationality and you cannot deal with this.  The ego subconsciously perceives its vulnerability in allowing the mind to function in a state in which the “irrational” (i.e., the ego’s perception of the unconscious Reality) may break through and threaten the integrity of the ego.  Your response to this mental confusion is to withdraw mentally from active engagement.  However, because you cannot escape the nature of your mental functions, you tend to communicate in an emotionally reactive manner whenever you are mentally confronted with “the irrational.”

Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Cancer aspects other planets, the Cancer energy is often transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  An emotionally tinged mental quality is often brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet.  The qualities associated with Mercury in Cancer may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Cancer is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to your ability to balance your intellect and your emotions.  Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Cancer may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Leo                       Creative Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Leo indicates you have a need for mental creativity.  Generally, there is a need, not only to be creative, but for others to know of and approve of your creativity.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Leo are a result of this need to know that others appreciate you and your mental abilities and creativity.  Mercury is generally well placed in Leo.  This is symbolized by the natural sextile between Leo and Mercury-ruled Gemini.

Leo is the Fixed Fire sign.  The fire energy of Leo symbolically energizes the air of Mercury and fires the imagination.  This is excellent fuel for the creative elements latent in the Mercury-associated functions.  However, Leo’s fixed quality may give Mercury’s air too much force in one direction.  Thus, the Mercury-associated functions become prone to stubbornness and, particularly, a will to dominate in your extreme desire for validation by others through acceptance of your thoughts and ideas. 

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Leo suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Leo qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward. These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Creativity, intellectual energy, desire to share knowledge, outer-directed focus – Intellectual stubbornness, absorption in own ideas, dominating and arrogant, making a showy display of knowledge, intellectually insecure unless being praised

Communication: Dramatic and full-energy communicator, extroverted, gregarious - Boastful, a ham, overbearing, never listens

Nervous system: Energized, robust - Fits of anger may be damaging, danger of burnout

Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the person with Mercury in Leo may begin by cultivating intellectual creativity and using it for the betterment of humanity. You may particularly be inclined to write—especially poetry and drama—and your ideas are often vibrantly communicated.  However, it is only when you begin to explore the real nature of mental creativity and to see that it does not originate from you, but from a Higher Creative Spirit, that you really begin to reach the transcendent potential of Mercury in Leo.  Then, your mental creative energies take on a true characteristic of servanthood to the Divine.  Your intellect and abilities to communicate become truly powerful, because they express the Divine Creative Power that is acting through them.

Insecurity

If you are insecure as a person, then your intellect only becomes absorbed in your ego-needs.  Your own ideas must constantly be displayed for approval.  If you do not gain this approval, you feel intellectually inferior.  This may either cause you to retreat or to communicate your thoughts with such timidity and hesitation that rejection is almost guaranteed, or you may try to push your thoughts and ideas on others, trying to cover your insecurity with boldness.  You may even claim creative genius for yourself, though really you are a master of bluff.

 

Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Leo aspects other planets, the Leonine energy is often transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  A strong and creative mental quality is often brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet.  The qualities associated with Mercury in Leo may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Leo is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to creative and demonstrative functions.  Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Leo may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Virgo                    Analytical Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Virgo indicates you have a need for perfection at the mental level.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Virgo are a result of this need to be mentally occupied with constant examination and improvement.  Mercury is well placed in Virgo, since Mercury rules Virgo.  Thus, those functions associated with Mercury have a particularly strong affinity for the Virgoan energy and the attunement of those functions to the Virgo vibration strengthens and empowers them.

Virgo is the Mutable Earth sign and the changeable earth nature of Virgo symbolically forces Mercury’s changeable airy nature to take on form and structure.  This allows those functions to be applied to concrete situations, bringing the mental quality associated with Mercury down to earth.  The ability to apply the Mercury-associated functions concretely and practically makes them extremely relevant and, thus, tends to bring them to the forefront of your personality. 

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Virgo suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Virgo qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward. These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Fine-grained mind, analytical, practical bent, detail-oriented, organized - Would rather analyze than act, perfectionist, obsessed with accuracy, rigid, mundane

Communication: Factual, communicates details, proper, intellectual - Dry, overwhelms with details, inhibited for fear of not being accurate, prudish, intellectualizes the conversation inappropriately

Nervous system: “A well oiled machine”, automatic response, predilection to routine - Becomes flustered in unfamiliar situations, tendency to hyper-nervousness, stuck-in-a-rut

Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the intellect of the person with Mercury in Virgo must discriminate between Truth and illusion.  This sense of discrimination is vital in order for you to find the correct spiritual path.  The desire for mental perfection, symbolized by this placement, at its transcendent level, becomes a desire for Perfection.  To find this, you obey the age-old adage to “Know Thyself!”  Then you may come to know that the highest knowledge is to know that you cannot know the Perfect Real with the resources of the intellect. 

Insecurity

If you are insecure in yourself, then you will have an inherent lack of trust in what cannot be verified with logic or the senses. Your ego cannot face the reality that there are things that cannot be known by the mind.  In fact, once logic and the senses are abandoned, the ego itself is shown to be an illusion.  Logical empiricism, therefore, becomes a self-preservation defense of the ego.  For you, only that is real which you can perceive with your senses or verify with your logic.  Such a stand, whether conscious or unconsciously held to, ultimately compels your mind to analyze everything down to the smallest iota in its quest to verify “reality.”  You never make a leap of faith and, because you are obsessed with examination and analysis, your “action” is all mental.

 

Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Virgo aspects other planets, the Virgo energy is often transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  A mental/analytical quality is often brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet.  The qualities associated with Mercury in Virgo may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Virgo is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to attention to detail and discrimination.  Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Virgo may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Libra                   Balanced Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Libra indicates you have a need for mental balance and harmony. Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Libra are a result of this need for mental equipoise.  Often, your mental equipoise is tied to your knowing that others like you.  Healthy and frequent interpersonal communication is also likely to be important to you and this may also be a source of validation to you that other people like you.  Mercury is well placed in Libra.  This is symbolized by the natural trine between Libra and Mercury-ruled Gemini.

Libra is the Cardinal Air sign. The active air associated with Libra symbolically harmonizes with and activates changeable airiness of Mercury.  Air is the natural mental element and this strengthens the Mercury-associated functions.  The communication function symbolized by Mercury is especially enhanced, because relationship, which is strongly associated with Libra, presupposes and depends upon communication.

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Libra suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Libra qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward. These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Can see all sides of an issue, fair-minded, mentally attuned to form and symmetry, rational, mentally balanced - Indecisive, easily persuaded by others, overly mental in attitude

Communication: Socially attuned, sensitive to feelings and opinions of others, easily conversant in world of ideas - Given to shallow small talk, unwilling to express own opinion for fear of offending, conversation is substituted for reality

Nervous system: Gives equipoise and balance, calm nerves - Overly sensitive nervous system, easily thrown off balance

Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the person with Mercury in Libra must train the mind until it perceives the world aright.  This is achieved by cultivating a state of balance and equipoise.  The more the mind accepts the world for what it is, the calmer and more balanced it becomes.  Eventually, it is like a clear mirror or like crystal clear mountain air that offers no distortion to Reality.  Achieving this state, you radiate a light and friendly spirit and your inner harmony is communicated to those around you. 

 
Insecurity

Seeing everyone else’s point of view, you are too insecure within yourself to hold to your own thoughts about things.  In fact, you may not even know what your own thoughts and viewpoint are.  Your ego is too frightened by the possibility of being rejected by others not to try to please others by agreeing with their way of thinking.  One result is that you become stymied in your own decisions or, worse, become a parrot of those around you.


Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Libra aspects other planets, the Libra energy is often transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  A mental/social quality is often brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet.  The qualities associated with Mercury in Libra may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.


Aspected

When the Mercury in Libra is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to your mental response to others and your sense of mental equilibrium. Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Libra may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Scorpio               Penetrating Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Scorpio indicates you have a need to function at a deep mental level with authenticity and integrity. Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Scorpio are a result of this need to mentally perceive the truth about yourself and your environment.  Mercury is indifferently placed in Scorpio.  The positive aspects of the placement are symbolized by the natural sextile between Scorpio and Mercury-ruled Virgo.  However, Scorpio is the Fixed Water sign and both fixity and water are problematic for the air and mutable-associated Mercury, as symbolized by the natural quincunx between Scorpio and Mercury-ruled Gemini.

The fixed water of Scorpio pulls the mental energies associate with Mercury to deep places, from which escape to the outer world is difficult.  In these deep places, the Mercury-associated functions gain power through access to reality and truth.  However, Mercury’s air is challenged to adapt to the flow of Scorpio’s water.   The Mercury functions are naturally more comfortable in the realm of the ordinary and the everyday.

Mercury’s placement in Scorpio suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Scorpio qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Piercing and insightful, intuitive, given to understanding at a deeper level, intellectual power - Manipulative, stubborn in pressing one’s own ideas, intellectually domineering, secretive, out-of-touch with ordinary perception of reality

Communication: Charismatic, powerful speaker, able to bring emotional weight, not one to engage in small talk - Reticent, manipulative, given to outbursts

Nervous system: Intuition and responsiveness are heightened, ability of nervous system to carry large amounts of energy - Subject to emotionally driven highs and lows, reactive from gut-level, subject to destructive forces of polarized energy

Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the person with Mercury in Scorpio trains the mind so that it penetrates to the core of things. Your mind perceives the oneness and interdependence of Life and Being.  It sees the true nature of Power and what its Source is.  You see the wisdom of using power, which is a reflection of this all-sustaining Power, for the common good.  You keep your mind turned to the quest for a deeper understanding of the source of all things and this becomes a greater and greater source of joy for you.  You need to be careful, however, that you do not confuse knowing with the mind and Reality Itself. 

Insecurity

If you are insecure, your mind is obsessed with being dominated by forces beyond your control.  At its extreme, this can turn into a paranoia-like fear.  In order to “protect” yourself from being dominated by other people, you constantly search for ways to dominate them.  This mental preoccupation with power and control eats away at you and makes you suspicious and fearful.

Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Scorpio aspects other planets, the Scorpio energy is often transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.   Insightfulness and a mental concern with power are often brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet. The qualities associated with Mercury in Scorpio may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Scorpio is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to your mental attitude toward power. Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Scorpio may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Sagittarius          Questioning Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Sagittarius indicates you have a need to function mentally within broad and expansive constructs.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Sagittarius are a result of this need to be able to mentally quest and explore the world. There is an inherent tension in the Mercury placement in Sagittarius.  This is symbolized by the natural square between Sagittarius and Mercury-ruled Virgo and the natural opposition between Sagittarius and Gemini, which is also ruled by Mercury.  The Sagittarian propensity for ignoring detail in favor of the “big picture” can be frustrating and seem careless from the analytical and detail-oriented perspective inherent in the Mercury-symbolized functions.  Likewise, the Sagittarian focus on the abstract idea clashes with the Mercury functions’ natural tendency to be concerned with the concrete and objective.

Yet there are also creative opportunities within this tension.  Sagittarius is the Mutable Fire sign.  Sagittarius’ changeable fire energy symbolically stimulates the changeable airy nature of Mercury, carrying it to all corners of the mental world.  While this can be creatively stimulating, the overabundance of mutable energy can create too much instability and lack of grounding for the Mercury-associated functions.

Another source of potential conflict is that the fire element within Sagittarius is prone to action, while Mercury functions in the mental realm.  Either the mind may incline you to action, or the mental activity that you are engaged in may be so absorbing that you procrastinate taking any concrete action. 


            Mercury’s placement in Sagittarius suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Sagittarius qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.


Intellect:
Broad-minded, inquisitive/eager to understand, conceptual/big-picture ideas, playful/creative, learned, philosophical, skeptical - Over-generalizing, judgmental,

over-extended, lack of attention to detail, pedantic, cynical, lacking in seriousness

Communication: Gregarious, spontaneous, energetic, inclusive, teaching-mode, comic - Boisterous, pompous, grabbing the center of attention, competitive, sarcastic

Nervous system: Energized, athletic - Manic/depressive, subject to burn-out

Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the person with Mercury in Sagittarius turns the mind toward the quest for understanding.  You question the perceived reality and, in doing so, gain insight into Truth.  Mentally, you are able to perceive something of the cosmic structure of things.  Your mind expands into realms of consciousness that are undreamed of by the ordinary.  If you are particularly fortunate, this understanding becomes self-transcending.  You are likely to want to communicate the wisdom that you have achieved to others and you may have the facility to do this.  Your task, however, may be to learn to do this with discrimination. 

Insecurity

If you are insecure, then you cannot face the pain of the disillusion of established mental concepts that naturally must take place if you are to move beyond these concepts toward a greater understanding.  This is because these established mental concepts support your ego and your ideas of who you are.  You prefer to remain judgmental and hold on to your ego-reinforcing preconceptions than to understand the truth.  Therefore, to defend your ego against an understanding that may threaten it, you become absorbed in the pursuit of the frivolous.  Mentally, you chase after “fun” or move from one mental entertainment to another.  In this way, you avoid the quest for higher understanding.


Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Sagittarius aspects other planets, the Sagittarian energy is often transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.   Mental energy and open-mindedness are often brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet. The qualities associated with Mercury in Sagittarius may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Sagittarius is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to excessiveness and understanding.  Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Sagittarius may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Capricorn           Practical and Disciplined Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Capricorn indicates you have a need to function mentally within set structures and to achieve goals.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Capricorn are a result of your need for mental organization and a focus toward the concrete and the realistic.  Mercury is generally well placed in Capricorn.  This is symbolized by the natural trine between Capricorn and Mercury-ruled Virgo.  Capricorn is the Cardinal Earth sign.  Capricorn’s active earth quality resonates with the concrete and objective energy inherent in Mercury and symbolically forces Mercury’s changeable airy energy to apply itself to practical matters and to run along organized grooves.

Inherent in the placement of Mercury in Capricorn, however, is a tendency for spontaneity and freedom of thought to be sacrificed.  The earth of Capricorn symbolically traps and confines Mercury’s airy energy.  If you are not careful to keep the Mercury-associated functions stimulated, these can easily “get into a rut” and become rigid and stale. 

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Capricorn suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Capricorn qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Disciplined, goal-oriented, hard working, organized, affinity for mental structure, legal mind, practical - Relies on rote memory, unoriginal, tedious, may reject intellectualism as boring or irrelevant, narrow-minded

Communication: Organized presentation, direct, to the point, practical - Reticent, not spontaneous communicator, unsociable, authoritarian

Nervous system: Regularity, efficient - Subject to blockage of energy, freezing up

Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the person with Mercury in Capricorn makes the mind a useful servant and places it under the discipline of the Higher Will.  By doing this, you make the mind aid you in the achievement of goals that are truly worthy.  Key, of course, is that you have used your intellect to rationally determine your real goal in life.  Once you have recognized Reality, the task is to make your mind take those practical steps that are necessary to achieve your goal of transcending the mind. 

Insecurity

If you are insecure, then your mind is likely to be unsure of its own power of independent thinking.  You will not really trust your mind or your self to set proper goals for yourself.  Therefore, you will rely on established conventions and these will govern your mind.  In actuality, your ego has subconsciously set up this defense mechanism to keep the mind away from the Truth, which threatens the ego.  This insecurity about the mind, however, can also result in feelings of inferiority, mentally or with respect to your powers of communication.  Your feelings of inferiority are likely to be exacerbated by the natural Capricornian drive to for success, which you do not think is within your reach.

Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Capricorn aspects other planets, the Capricorn energy is often transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  Mental organization and ambition are often brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet. The qualities associated with Mercury in Capricorn may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Capricorn is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to limitations and mental discipline.  Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Capricorn may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Aquarius        Strong-Willed Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Aquarius indicates you have a need to function mentally with originality and freedom.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Aquarius are a result of this need to display mental force and to distinguish yourself as an individual through your ideas.  Mercury is generally well placed in Aquarius.  This is symbolized by the natural trine between Aquarius and Mercury-ruled Gemini.  Aquarius’ fixed air quality symbolically strengthens the mental energies inherent in Mercury, giving them force and confidence.

Although there is inherent compatibility between Mercury’s airy nature and the air sign, Aquarius, the functions symbolized by Mercury tend to work at a more ordinary and mundane level than is commonly associated with Aquarius.  Rather than being a source of tension, however, the Aquarian energy tends to elevate and broaden the capacities of the Mercury-associated functions.  However, if your mental energies or capacity have difficulty rising to this heightened level, those functions are likely to express themselves through the more negative qualities associated with Aquarius. 

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Aquarius suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Aquarius qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Original, receptive to new ideas, scientific or concerned with Man’s advance in knowledge, confident, committed to your beliefs, willing to take unconventional approaches, a change agent - Arrogant, intellectually stubborn and conceited, rebellious, eccentric for its own sake, contrary, consumed with the future to the neglect of the present

Communication: Authoritative, lively and original, conversation concerned with ideas rather than emotions, to-the-point (no small talk) - Pompous, accentuating differences with others, aloof, reticent, abrupt

Nervous system: Strong nervous constitution, allows receptivity to “bolt-of-lightning” revelations, attuned to an uncommon vibration - Proclivity for abrupt change and pushing to the limits leads to damage from abuse, subject to energy crystallization and blockage

Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the person with Mercury in Aquarius individuates the intellect and breaks away from conventional modes of thought.  You are able to perceive reality from a higher level, through your Higher Mind.  At the same time, you are aware of the need to bring your ideas to the level of the common man and apply them for the good of humanity.  You may have the ability to be electrifying when talking about spirituality or of living life from the perspective of this higher wisdom.  Your mental vision of Reality spurs and guides you toward your own spiritual goals. 

Insecurity

If you are insecure, you are likely to become intellectually arrogant.  Although you may be correct that few share your capacity for original thought, you generally overestimate your own “brilliance” and originality.  You may even think that you are a genius.  Your arrogance only causes you to mistrust others and creates a cynicism toward a world dominated by “lesser minds.” Your mistrust and cynicism are actually a reflection of your own hidden insecurity about your mental abilities and also reflects your lack of ability to communicate your message so that others can understand it.

Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Aquarius aspects other planets, the Aquarian energy is often transmitted mentally or through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet. Originality of thought and mental will are often brought to bear on the planetary function symbolized by the aspected planet. The qualities associated with Mercury in Aquarius may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Aquarius is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to your unconventional mental outlook and mental will. Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Aquarius may be affected positively or negatively.

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Mercury in Pisces                  Indefinite Intellect

The placement of Mercury in Pisces indicates you have a need to be able to function mentally in a flexible manner that is not unduly confined by “artificial” boundaries.  Much of the behavior and many of the personality characteristics associated with Mercury in Pisces are a result of this underlying tension and the constant mental struggle and search for definition that you are likely to experience.  There is inherent tension in Mercury’s placement in Pisces.  This tension is symbolized by the Pisces’ natural square to Mercury-ruled Gemini and its natural opposition to Virgo, which is also ruled by Mercury.  Pisces is the Mutable Water sign.  The dissipating, watery, changing energy associated with Pisces creates a natural difficulty for the structure-based, objective and precise mental and communication functions associated with Mercury.

It is rather difficult for Mercury’s precise and mental energies to navigate the ever-changeable waters of Pisces.  Another difficulty is that your intellect is forced to operate within the realm of the emotions.  If you cannot make peace with this tension and learn to use it to your benefit, the result will often be frustration for yourself and others, with issues centering on the indefiniteness of your mental and communicative processes.  On the other hand, if you can mentally adjust to the Piscean environment, then this will open up a whole new world of experience for you and your mental and communicative powers will be enhanced by the flexibility, agility and unlimitedness that you are free to explore.

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Mercury’s placement in Pisces suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities with which you identify. Typical Mercury-Pisces qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into three categories, corresponding to major Mercury-symbolized functions: intellect, communication and the nervous system.

Intellect: Intuitive, able to grasp holistic and complex phenomena, broad-minded, appreciative of the emotional dimension - Easily confused, swayed by emotions, undisciplined, deceptive (to self and others), vulnerable to being deceived

Communication: Compassionate and considerate, body language communicator, sensitive to “vibes”, good listener, good at presenting overview and conclusions, can communicate on several levels simultaneously - Cannot pin down to specifics, overly sensitive, miscommunication through assuming that other person has “caught” unspoken message, deceptive, overly emotional presentation

Nervous system: Fine-tuned to pick up ethereal vibrations, open to higher levels of consciousness, operates with fluidity - Overly sensitive, open to manipulation by disembodied entities, imprecise transmitter of impulses


Transcendent Potential

In order to reach the transcendent potential of this placement, the person with Mercury in Pisces spiritualizes the intellect.  Your intellect is guided by a higher intuition and is able to catch glimpses of the Cosmic form—only glimpses because the intellect cannot really perceive what is beyond its level of functioning.  You have realized that Reality will not be confined by logic.  Therefore, you use the intellect in its proper role—as a tool to help the soul and body function in the world.  However, with the knowledge that you have of Reality, you are able to go through existence with a calm and equipoised mind.

 

Insecurity

If you are insecure, you are likely to feel confused by the utter lack of stable reference points, mentally. Your mind is fearful of taking a stand, knowing that it may be undercut at any time, either because of external change and fluidity or because of internal shifts in your point of view.  You are not willing to take that risk.  Instead, you abandon all mental discipline and sink into a state of total relativity.  Constantly shifting your position to suit expediencies, your word cannot be relied upon.            Without mental grounding and structure, you perceive the world as chaotic and unordered.

Therefore, your mind is vulnerable to irrational fears growing out of the realization that anything could happen to you at any time.  This results in an extreme amount of nervousness, which often compounds your chaotic and confused communication and mental state.

 

Aspecting influence

When Mercury in Pisces aspects other planets, the Piscean energy is often transmitted through the nervous system to affect the function symbolized by the aspected planet.  Mental intuition/confusion is brought to bear on the planetary function aspected by Mercury.  The qualities associated with Mercury in Pisces may be helpful or problematic, depending on the particular aspect involved.

Aspected

When the Mercury in Pisces is aspected by outer planets, your intellect and communication are affected, particularly with respect to clarity of thought, truthfulness and intuition.  Depending upon the aspecting planet and the aspect, the qualities expressed by Mercury in Pisces may be affected positively or negatively.

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