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Air Planet / Earth Sign
Earth Planet / Earth Sign
The Mercury in Taurus Conundrum

by Rebecca Brents


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Earth and Air
Practical Ideas? Or Stifled Imagination?

Mercury in Taurus is in one way an air planet in an earth sign ... and in another way an earth planet in an earth sign. One way works a little better than the other. Mercury as an air planet -- ruler of Gemini -- is a bit too cerebral and abstract in its approach to reality to suit the tastes of ultra-pragmatic Taurus.

Mercury is inventive and clever. It works with ideas and information. It's also flexible and loves diversity. It can work with two opposing ideas or bits of knowledge at the same time -- and manage the dissonance just fine. It can see both sides of an argument ... and argue both sides of a question. It is light on its feet, exceedingly mobile ... nimble and agile as all get-out.


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It's not a good mix ... usually

You couldn't find a more opposite description of Taurus attitudes and interests if you tried. Mercury in his high-strung, flighty, channeling ideas from outer space mode drives Taurus crazy. Crazier even than he drives the rest of us.

Taurus is realistic and sensible. It thinks slowly, talks slowly, comes to decisions and conclusions slowly. It believes in what it can hold and count, taste and touch. If something's not a sure part of the physical world -- with form, substance and heft -- Taurus doesn't give it much thought.

Sometimes, it's not sure it's even real. It disdains the abstract, intellectual parts of life -- like theories and concepts -- with a scoffing dismissal that ends the discussion. And there's no arguing with Taurus once he's made up his mind.


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Mercury in Earth Mode

Mercury in his earth-based work clothes though is a better fit. Earth-oriented Mercury is sane and sensible. Taurus loves that. Earth Mercury wants to use his knowledge and ideas productively. To Taurus that means "for profit." And ok ... close enough. It works.

Earth Mercury focuses his interest in chores, and jobs and the best way to get something done. Taurus, with its plodding attitudes and its fixation on conserving energy and resources ... works with that just fine.



Mercury's talents for order, schedules and planning fits nicely with Taurus' requirement that each next step on its agenda follows the one before in a sensible, predictable sequence. Taurus likes to get from Point A to Point B in a straight line, if possible -- and rolling downhill is even better.

And if Mercury can figure out the "best way" to do that ... and believe me, he can ... Taurus will be happy to let this feisty fellow take the wheel ... while he settles down for a snooze.

So that's the Mercury in Taurus conundrum. And, by the way, Air Mercury sports a rich vocabulary. And Taurus hates big, fancy words.



Mercury in Virgo, however, is another matter -- and part of Mercury's legendary versatility is that he can shift gears ... and play by a different set of rules. So it is that Mercury in Taurus has problems to overcome, problems it bumps up against, just because of its components.

Mercury in the earth-based work clothes of Virgo is logical, analytical and discriminating. Virgo is all those things ... and loves them a lot. Mercury is rational and precise with a fine eye for details and imperfections. (It's why trying to debate someone with a strong and lively Mercury is like trying to corral smoke.)



Virgo virtually lives to apply its knowledge and talents to the service of others ... as well as itself. Work is its watchword. It wants to make life easier, healthier, smoother and more orderly with the things it knows and the energy it invests.

It wants to find the best way to handle everyday chores and routines. Mercury can get behind that notion all day long ... and does. Here its ability to shift gears and find a way that works fits both its nature and that of fussy, picky Virgo. They can both agree ... whatever gets the job done well is aces with them.

Mercury in both signs can drive another person wild. With Mercury in Taurus, it's because thinking is too stodgy and dull. With Mercury in Virgo it's because nothing is ever prefect. But the earth / earth combination works tirelessly to make it so.


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Mercury in Astrology
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Basic Stuff About Mercury in Astrology ---> About Mercury ---> * Mercury occupies the innermost orbit of any other planet in our Solar System. Relative to Earth it is located on the other side of Venus. Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. * Mercury moves completely through the Zodiac in about a year, but his progression through the signs is very irregular. He goes into retrograde three to four times a year. When he's traveling direct, he stays in a sign about two weeks.

Quick Notes on Mercury -- It gives you the basics -- and saves a lot of time ---> Mercury ... and duality ---> * Mercury is the closest known planet to the Sun in our Solar System. It is never more than about 28° away from the Sun, which means it is always very close to the Sun in your horoscope and is often found in the same sign as the Sun. * Mercury rules two Zodiac signs -- Gemini and Virgo.

Mercury in General -- What Mercury in Astrology Means -- Your Inner Selves of Learning and Work ---> Learning stuff, using your mind and putting it to work ---> Like Venus, your Mercury energy describes two inner selves. One manages your mind and all its talents; the other is in charge of the work you do ... the ways you use your skills and abilities to help others and build the kind of life your want for yourself.

Mercury -- Physics, Metaphysics and Myth -- Part 1 ---> Physics ---> Mercury is the closest planet in our Solar System to the Sun. It is about twice the size of Pluto, but for now, it's the smallest official planet since scientists decided to mess around and demote Pluto down to "dwarf planet" status ... for a while. We'll see what the future brings. Mercury is also classified as a "terrestrial planet," meaning it's made of solid rock and dust, etc. In structure, it is the most similar planet to Earth.


Taurus and Virgo

When Mercury is in Taurus -- Your Intellectual Self in the -- Sign of Patience and Determination ---> Taurus is the Spring Earth Sign -- Mellowing out -- When Mercury is in Taurus, ideas and attitudes are stable, pleasant, patient and concerned with long-range planning. Thinking shows affection, compassion, dependability, devotion, loyalty, generosity and is concerned with "being nice." This energy is composed, calm, placid, and highly opinionated.

* When Mercury is in Virgo -- Your Intellectual Self in the Sign of -- Work and Service ---> Getting work done! ---> Mercury is the astrological symbol for your conscious mind, your use of intellectual energy, your ability to generate ideas and communicate knowledge, your capacity for learning and study, and your aptitude for processing language and information.


Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde -- Rethinking Your Present Direction ---> In the territory of the mind -- When Mercury is retrograde (Mercury Rx -- in shorthand), it is a time of rethinking, refocusing and re-communicating. In Astrology, Mercury represents your intellect; your mental focus; your mind and how you use its assets.


Gemini & Virgo
Mercury rules 'em both

* Born with the Sun in Gemini -- The Gemini Character ---> Gemini likes to have back-up ---> Creatures of the mind ---> Gemini is one of the Zodiac's most intellectual signs. Reading, writing, learning, talking, sharing viewpoints and opinions, gathering facts and data, communicating in all the ways you can imagine is what Gemini is all about. Geminis love words ... and jokes, and puns. They love odd pieces of wisdom like trivia, and word games, and "Twenty Questions," and "Jeopardy."

Horoscopes When the Sun is in Gemini

* Born with the Sun in Virgo -- The Virgo Character ---> Virgo's symbol is the young woman ... the virgin. ---> Virgos devote themselves to work. ---> I will try to keep this brief. I know how Virgos like efficiency. Work and service are their passions. They'll find it -- or at least what they define as it -- even if they have to make it up. A Virgo in his heart of hearts wants to be useful. Virgos can be the most selfless, dedicated, indefatigable workers in the world.

Horoscopes When the Sun is in Virgo

Mercury in Astrology -- Articles Index
Mercury Retrograde -- Articles Index


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