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Basic Stuff About Mercury in Astrology

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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. But when his retrograde cycle kicks in, he can be in a sign for over two months.


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And more

* Mercury has more retrograde cycles per year than any other planet, but his actual retrograde time is comparatively short -- about three weeks from turning retrograde back to direct.

* Mercury is never more than 28° from the Sun. This means it will always be very close to the Sun in a horoscope. It will be either in the same Zodiac sign as the Sun or in the sign immediately before or after.


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And finally

* Mercury rules two signs -- Gemini and Virgo. It is also associated with the 3rd and 6th Houses of the horoscope -- the houses that deal with the acquisition and practical application of knowledge.

* In Astrology, Mercury represents the Inner Self who takes in and makes use of knowledge. He therefore is your ability to learn, reason and communicate. He shows how you are able to form ideas and the general themes and attitudes those ideas will express.


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Sciencey Stuff
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Mercury the planet

* In our Solar System, Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun. Because of this proximity it is not easy to see except at twilight. Mercury also orbits the Sun so quickly, early astronomers believed it was actually two different stars -- one which appeared in the morning and another in the evening.

* A year on Mercury is only 88 days. (This is the time it takes Mercury to circle the Sun once.) Mercury rotates once on its axis every 58.6 Earth days. This would normally meet the definition of a "day" on Mercury, but because everything is in motion -- the Sun, Mercury, the Earth, etc., it takes 176 Earth days for Mercury to go from sunrise to sunrise.

* Obviously, Mercury spins very, very slowly. It completes three rotations on its axis for every two orbits of the Sun. In other words and in one sense, three "days" on Mercury takes two "years." (This is the "one rotation on its axis" sense.) In another sense, Mercury's "day" lasts two years. One year is spent in daylight, the other in darkness. (This is the "sunrise to sunrise" sense.)

* Mercury is almost tidally locked to the Sun. This means over time, the gravity of the Sun has slowed the rotation of the planet to almost match its time in orbit around the Sun. (This is phenomenon is also known as a gravitational lock.) This keeps the same area of the planet exposed to the Sun for a very long time, and until 1965 scientists believed the same side of Mercury constantly faced the Sun.

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Air Planet / Earth Sign -- Earth Planet / Earth Sign -- The Mercury in Taurus Conundrum ---> 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.


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When Mercury Trails the Sun -- Mercury retrograde moves behind the Sun ---> In the next few weeks you'll become more contemplative, spend more time in planning and research, quietly consider what you've learned recently ... and what you want to do next with yourself, your life, your interests, and your mind.

When Mercury Leads the Sun -- Mercury passes and moves out -- in front of the Sun ---> Yellow is a Mercury color. ---> Racing ahead, out in front like he ought to ---> When Mercury leads the Sun, your intellectual shift moves gradually out of the pensive, reflective, "planning mode" you've occupied for the past several weeks, and you're ready to talk, write, and share ideas openly and freely again with "strangers."

* Mercury and the Miracle of the Mind -- Astrology's Search for Intelligent Life ---> As an Astrologer I see both the mundaneness of common knowledge -- handling the basic facts of awareness and everyday rituals -- and a touch of miracles in Mercury.


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


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