In Astrology, Mercury symbolizes the conscious mind, personal intellect, and your mental capacities and communications skills. It represents the personality `components that deal with learning, data gathering, informational exchange and the handling and applications of knowledge. Mercury deals with critical judgment and logic, discrimination and analysis.
On a mundane level, Mercury also represents mobility and travel. And on a personal level it gives information about interpersonal understanding and communication, comprehension, and your ability to make rational, informed choices and decisions.
Mercury is always found in either the same sign as the Sun, or the sign before or the sign after. When it is in direct motion, Mercury zips through a sign in a little over two weeks. But it slows down, stalls, and retrogrades so often (as many as three times a year -- far more often than any other planet) that its path can hardly be considered predictable or regular.
- Your conscious, rational mind
- Your intellectual self
- Your creative mental abilities
- Your capacity to learn, analyze, study, and handle information
- Your interests and the way you seek knowledge
- Your capacity to think and form ideas and opinions
- Your capacity to communicate thoughts to others
- The way you deal with "facts" and process data to form opinions
Mercury's position by sign and house gives information about your mental skills, the way you use your mind, the areas of life which have your focused intellectual attention, your intellectual bias and viewpoints, the things you find interesting and want to know more about, your ability to have your ideas and knowledge make an impact on the world.
In other words the ways you "show off" what you know, the way you apply reason and logic, your capacities for discrimination and analysis, your criteria for solving problems, and the way you communicate.
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