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When Mercury Leads the Sun
Mercury passes and moves out
in front of the Sun

by Rebecca Brents


dandelions 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."

This is the stage in the intellectual cycle where you consult with others, gather in new information, offer the ideas and plans you've come up with from your most recent background efforts, make decisions "out in public" instead of in the quiet, pensive moods that have prevailed lately.

Now, you want to feed your mind with the fertile tidbits of interest and "logic" you find in the outside world. Your focus is more public and assertive. You're ready to talk, think, and act instead of dithering and mulling ... which again has been your preference for a while.


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But it doesn't last

This stage of mental expression doesn't last as long as the other. Mercury, in its cycle, spends about 45 - 50 days leading The Sun and about 65 - 70 days "behind the curtain."

(Why the disparity? Because in one case, The Sun is trying to "catch up" to Mercury, who part of the time appears to slow down, preparing to retrograde again, and part of the time they're moving toward each other after retrograde begins. In the other, Mercury is retrograding away from the Sun -- behind The Sun, creating more distance he'll have to cover when he finally turns around and moves direct again. And The Sun never moves to meet him during this phase; it's always moving forward. So catching up again ... takes longer.)


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There's a lesson in this

This says something interesting about the amount of planning, research, preparation, visualization, and creative building "in the background" that goes into the more public production of your ideas. It could also say something worth hearing about the need to dream, reflect, listen, integrate, and imagine -- when it comes to working with the products of your own mind.

We could all take to heart the wisdom that it's important to think, watch, process and listen about 50% more than you talk. That might literally create a quieter, more thoughtful world all around.

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When Mercury Trails the Sun
Mercury retrograde moves behind the Sun


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* What Does Mercury Represent in Your Natal Chart? -- What is it ... and why is it important? ---> In Astrology, Mercury represents your conscious, rational mind. It tells a lot about your intellectual self; your ability to study, learn, analyze, communicate and work with information. Mercury depicts your capacity to form ideas and opinions, the way you deal with facts, and the way you process data. It shows the kinds of things that interest you ... and what you do with what you know.

Mercury in General -- Your Inner Selves of Learning and 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. In Astrology, this planet named for the winged messenger of the gods represents your conscious human mind, the part of you that makes you a member of the most intelligent species on the planet, the part of you that makes you human -- and sometimes fallible.

* Mercury Retrograde --Rethinking Your Present Direction ---> 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. It describes your ability to read, write, study, talk, absorb information and learn new things.

* The Positive Side of Mercury Retrograde --The Bright Side of a Pesky Problem ---> While the time of Mercury Retrograde can, indeed, seem like a pothole in the pathway of progress ... because of the confusion and "mis-communication" for which it is famous. It also has its constructive uses ... which, admittedly do take some effort to access. Some of the lesser known positive uses of Mercury Retrograde are:



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Last updated July 22nd, 2019

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