From July 2002*
Mercury in Leo
When Mercury is in Leo, ideas are forceful, dramatic and self-centered. Thinking shows a strong will and much determination and purpose. This energy is known for its focused concentration and strength, for its bold, enthusiastic style, and its egotistical eagerness to promoteits point of view without having much interest in hearing another one.
People identify strongly with their own thoughts and can take disagreement as a personal affront. They may seek compliance and support for what they believe or "know" ... at the expense of truth or even quality of reasoning. Styles of communicating are vital and persuasive, with a touch too much eagerness to also be "popular."
Under stress, thinking and communication become conceited, arrogant, and dogmatic. Other's ideas are dismissed out of hand, even contemptuously, and there is a strong tendency to develop tunnel-vision and intellectual pomposity.
When Mercury is in Leo, your intellectual energy, your interests, the things you think and talk about center in ... and go to support ... specific areas of your life. Below is a quick sketch of just where this energy is now affecting your personal chart and its placements.
* 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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