Mercury has moved into Taurus.
After the hustle-and-hurry of Mercury in Aries the past few weeks, Mercury in Taurus may be a welcome relief. With Mercury in Taurus, your mind settles down and starts ... well, conserving energy. (How eco-conscious, huh?) Your ideas come out carefully crafted and well-considered. The pace of your intellectual life is simply ... calmer. Your attitudes are patient, pleasing and stable. You're not as irritable -- or if you are, you notice it!
Thoughts turn to long-range planning -- and show more affection, compassion and dependability. "Winning" takes a back-seat for now ... and things like generosity, composure and persistence get some time onstage. This energy is relaxed, calm, placid and unflappable -- especially compared to Aries. But like Mercury in Aries, Mercury in Taurus is highly opinionated. It's not as temperamental and it doesn't argue back the way Mercury in Aries will. But it's way more implacable and stubborn.
Once you settle on an idea ... or a plan ... or an opinion ... it's yours, by golly -- and it may take an act of God Himself to change your mind. Just be aware. Being stubborn -- and consistent -- doesn't automatically make you right. So this may cause trouble if you hang on too tight. For Taurus, everything is a personal possession ... and that includes even its thoughts.
With Mercury now in Taurus, you ... and others ... will focus on practical matters ... like income, money, belongings, physical property, spending habits, and the use of material assets. You'll want to make plans and follow them through. Taurus hates to waste time ... and it sure hates to waste energy ... especially its own.
But, you'll be more in touch with your values -- and how your lifestyle reflects them. If you're spending money on things that aren't important to you -- you'll cut back, find a way to have them "for free" ... or investigate other options. On the other hand, if you want to splurge -- or invest more in things that help you feel better, let you take better care of yourself, entertain or guide you ... or just plain make you happy, you won't economize there. (Frankly, you may double-down.)
Taurus energy is notoriously hedonistic ... and sometimes we all just need to be Taurus-for-a-day. Mercury in Taurus makes that easy. In fact, it generates lots of tempting ideas. Your I-wanna-meter may go off the charts repeatedly.
But ... as usual, there's a downside to these commendable blessings. When stressed, Mercury in Taurus grabs onto views and prejudices (!!) that are inflexible, coarse, lazy and jealous. And, those special little treats may become self-indulgent, over-the-top-extravagant spending. The choice is yours, of course, but you might want to keep one eye on the budget when you go out shopping ... where plenty of tantalizing treats can catch your eye -- and cross your path. Just sayin'.
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