Mercury's meaning in Astrology
In Astrology, Mercury symbolizes the conscious mind, personal intellect, mental capacities and communications skills, the personality components that deal with learning, data gathering, informational exchange, the handling and applications of knowledge, critical judgment, and logic, discrimination, and analysis.
On a social level, Mercury also represents mobility, travel, interpersonal understanding and communication, comprehension, and the 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.
Mercury in a nutshell
- Your conscious, rational mind
- Your intellectual self
- Your creative mental abilities
Virgo in a nutshell
- Analytical, critical, discriminating
- Dedicated to performing work, giving service, and turning in "a job well done"
- Self-effacing attention to meeting responsibilities
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