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.
Since it can be seen with the naked eye -- no need for a telescope -- the existence of Mercury has been known since ancient times. It is often the closest planet to Earth ... paradoxically, since Venus spends most of its time away from Earth.
It is also, surprisingly, not the hottest planet. Venus has him beat there. Because of his speed, Mercury was named for the Roman messenger of the gods. He orbits the Sun every 88 days.
Mercury in mythology was the swift-footed messenger of the Gods. In Astrology, Mercury likewise deals with information, data-collection and communication. He rules two extremely cerebral signs, Gemini and Virgo ... and is considered the symbol of the conscious, rational mind. Mercury gives information about your intellect, your interests and the way you think and express your ideas.
He is the symbol of day-to-day contact and communication, which covers everything from casual conversations, to documents drawn up in writing, to the everyday knowledge you use to navigate life -- your "street smarts" and the way you use your talents in applied skills -- otherwise known as "work."
He also rules short journeys -- usually local travel, your relationships with siblings, neighbors and peers ... and the things you offer in service to others ... to "earn your keep" as it were, to improve life for yourself and others. No one rides for free.
Mercury was a major god in the Roman religion. He is known primarily as the courier who carried messages from heaven to earth and between the various gods themselves, but he also had other duties and dominions. He was the ruler of finance, commerce, messages, travelers and boundaries.
In his shadow expression, he was the god of luck, trickery and thieves -- an energy echoed in the shadow / reversed interpretation of The Magician in the Tarot -- the card associated with Gemini, which Mercury rules. This reveals the dual nature of communication. It can be honest, factual, above-board and direct. Or it can be subtle, underhanded, dissembling, deceitful and full of lies and misunderstandings.
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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."
When Mercury Trails the Sun -- Mercury retrograde moves behind the Sun ---> Yellow is a Mercury color. ---> Quiet time ---> 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. With Mercury in a trailing position, you will be more observant and less talkative, more intuitive ...
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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* 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."
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* 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.
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The Moon -- Physics, Metaphysics and Myth -- Part 1 ---> Physics ---> Luna, the Earth's Moon, is also the Earth's only natural satellite. Neither Mercury nor Venus have any moons at all. The rest of the planets in our Solar System have anywhere from 2 moons (Mars) to dozens of moons. Jupiter has 67. Even Pluto has five.
Venus -- Physics, Metaphysics and Myth -- Part 1 ---> Physics ---> Venus is the second planet outward from the Sun. It orbits between Mercury and Earth. Like Mercury, Venus lacks any moon. These are the only two planets in our Solar System of which this is true. The Earth, of course, has one Moon. All the other planets have multiples. Even Pluto has five.
Uranus -- Physics, Metaphysics and Myth -- Part 1 ---> Physics ---> Uranus is the 7th planet from the Sun and the 3rd largest planet in the Solar System. It orbits the Sun between Saturn and Neptune. In fact, the discovery of Uranus led to the discovery of Neptune. Both those planets are classified as "ice giants."
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