From Mar 2002*
Mercury moves into Aries early this morning. Mercury itself is the metaphor for one's use of intellectual energy, abilities in logic and reasoning, and communications skills. When Mercury is in Aries, ideas are very ambitious, assertive, and enthusiastic. Thinking shows a strong capacity for independence, initiative, competitiveness, and pioneering spirit. This energy is known for being adventurous, courageous, direct and dynamic.
There may be a very obvious emphasis on winning and dominating. People feel very strongly about their ideas and viewpoints ... and will vigorously push their opinions, often without caring whether those are welcome or not. They may call this "communicating," which it is, technically, . . . but they're really most concerned with "getting their own points across." Accordingly, styles of speaking and writing may be blunt, self-assured, domineering and contentious.
It will certainly be easier to pick a fight ... or get into a spirited debate for the next several weeks. There is extra drive and vigor fueling intellectual ambitions now. People want to get their convictions out where others can see them, and you may have to either present your own notions with equal force -- or stand back and let others have their say while preparing your counterarguments for when they finally wind down.
As Mercury moves hard to catch up with the Aries Sun ... and finally succeeds in the early morning hours of April 7, objectivity will become less and less available. People will identify quite belligerently with their own beliefs and react to intellectual dissent as if it were a personal attack. Tempers will shorten, and the tendency to snap back with an impatient, aggressive remark may set off quite a string of verbal firecrackers ... since everyone is charged with this energy now.
Keep in mind that under stress with this energy out and about, styles of thinking, speaking, and writing become temperamental, defiant, and arrogant. The ideas of others incite contempt and petulance, and there is a strong tendency in everyone to be rebellious, overbearing, self-willed, and uncooperative. Courtesy may be a temporary casualty, along with self-control.
* Articles in the extensive series "Things to Know About" are constructed from information originally published in Step-by-Step, our Premium Members several-times a week Astrology Ezine. This Ezine has been continuously published since late November 2001. The material is published here mostly for my convenience. It is not intended to be finished, organized, polished or even complete. Some of it may be notes that don't even make a lot of sense, but you're welcome to look at it.
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