From May 2002*
Mercury, the metaphor for intellect and rational thinking, moved into Gemini in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. When Mercury is in Gemini, mental energy is available to be used in some of its purest, most uncorrupted forms. Ideas stress things like communications skills, reading, writing, lecturing, speaking, broadcasting, conversing, study, and data-gathering.
Thinking shows a strong inclination for qualities like innovation, inventiveness, literacy, verbal fluency and dexterity, cleverness, and "brilliance." There may be very obvious emphasis on matters pertaining to logic, analysis, reason, imagination, ingenuity, perception and curiosity.
Skill in "combining facts" and acquiring knowledge and information is particularly important. There may also be a strong feeling of "mental restlessness," and a tendency - or desire - to move quickly from one subject to another to avoid "boredom."
Under stress, communication and styles of thinking become scattered, petty, opinionated, ineffective, argumentative, confused, dissembling, cynical, excitable, unfocused and dishonest. There may be marked episodes of flawed communication . . . and "talking a lot but saying nothing."
* 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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