From Jan 2002*
On January 3, Mercury went into Aquarius ... where it will retrograde from Jan 18 to Feb 3. When Mercury is in Aquarius, ideas are very eclectic, progressive, and versatile. Thinking shows a strong capacity for independence, altruism, originality, and ingenuity. This energy is known for being humanitarian, inventive, unorthodox and visionary.
There may be an obvious emphasis on "scientific thinking," and acquiring knowledge in sudden flashes of insight and inspiration. People feel very adventurous about expressing their personal uniqueness through their thoughts, opinions, and communication styles. They can come up with some pretty extraordinary and "off the wall" viewpoints and ideas.
This energy combination can usher in some very interesting concepts and options. Overall, the intellectual demeanor here is friendly, imaginative, somewhat detached, and often highly original.
Under stress, communication and styles of thinking become eccentric, unstable, obstinate, disruptive, uncompromising, defiant, fanatical, and bizarre. Often there is a willful insistence on being contrary and different just for the sake of that alone.
* Articles in the extensive series "Things to Know About" are constructed from information originally published in Step-by-Step, our Premium Members several-times a week Astrology Ezine. This Ezine has been continuously published since late November 2001. The material is published here mostly for my convenience. It is not intended to be finished, organized, polished or even complete. Some of it may be notes that don't even make a lot of sense, but you're welcome to look at it.
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Mercury in General -- 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. Again, as with Venus, these are usually reduced to the basic categories of "mind" and "work," but they also include whole subdivisions of behavior and talents.
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.
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.
When Mercury is in Aquarius -- Your Intellectual Self in the Sign of -- Independence and Ingenuity ---> Thinking turns inventive ... -- When Mercury is in Aquarius, ideas are eclectic, progressive, and versatile. Thinking is independent and ingenious. Original views spring forth as if neither your head nor your tongue can hold them all. This energy is idealistic, inventive, unorthodox and visionary. You may surprise yourself with what you hear in your own words ... or see written on paper in your own prose.