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

by Rebecca Brents

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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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Basic Stuff About Mercury in Astrology ---> About Mercury ---> * Mercury occupies the innermost orbit of any other planet in our Solar System. Relative to Earth it is located on the other side of Venus. Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. * Mercury moves completely through the Zodiac in about a year, but his progression through the signs is very irregular. He goes into retrograde three to four times a year. When he's traveling direct, he stays in a sign about two weeks.

Quick Notes on Mercury -- It gives you the basics -- and saves a lot of time ---> Mercury ... and duality ---> * Mercury is the closest known planet to the Sun in our Solar System. It is never more than about 28° away from the Sun, which means it is always very close to the Sun in your horoscope and is often found in the same sign as the Sun. * Mercury rules two Zodiac signs -- Gemini and Virgo.

Mercury in General -- What Mercury in Astrology Means -- 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.

Mercury -- Physics, Metaphysics and Myth -- Part 1 ---> Physics ---> 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.

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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 ...

* Mercury ... and the Miracle of the Mind -- Astrology's Search for Intelligent Life ---> Yellow is a Mercury color! ---> Your mind makes you special ---> 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.

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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