From Apr 2002*
Mercury enters Taurus early, early Saturday morning. When Mercury is in Taurus, ideas focus on things like stability, harmony, patience, and solid, long-range planning. Thinking shows a strong inclination for qualities like affection, compassion, dependability, devotion, loyalty, generosity and "being nice."
This energy is known for being composed, calm, placid, and strongly attached to its own opinions and conclusions. There may be a very obvious emphasis on matters pertaining to income, money, possessions, and the use of material resources. People feel very strongly about making plans and following through on them -- especially where their finances and investments are concerned.
They also are involved with their personal abstract values, their heartfelt beliefs about what's important in life ... and the ways in which their lifestyles reflect and sustain these notions This includes the sense of harmony and sort of physical enjoyments they want and will seek to bring into their lives. Therefore, styles of communicating may be somewhat materialistic and will reflect what people feel they need to support and enjoy themselves properly.
Under stress, communication and styles of thinking become fixed, inflexible, coarse, overly sensitive, lazy, self-indulgent, extravagant, and even jealous.
* 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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