“Imagination and endless possibilities accompany Mercury in Sagittarius.”
On Wednesday December 4th, our planet of communication leaves shrewd Scorpio for spirited Sagittarius. Mercury governs how we gather, process and disseminate information and the manner in which we employ raw brain power. Essentially, this planet manages communication, commerce and (short) commutes—-with the last two serving as a mechanism for the first. Mercurian transitions can influence how we interact with others. The progression of these planets through constellations other than our natal sign can be complementary/noncomplementary: marking periods of heightened or strengthened exchanges as well as the opposite for each individual.
Mercury’s recent travel through Scorpio marked an increase in hypersensitivity and perceptiveness. True to its Water qualities, the Scorpion looks for subtleties in their environment in order to draw conclusions about the world around them. These natives find more importance in nonverbal cues: facial expressions, tone changes, body language, etc. Because of these traits, astrologers often label Water Mercury signs as “Mute signs.” In this Fixed sign, Mercury possessed a great deal of intellectual concentration and found it quite easy to depend on its reserves for research. I believe Water signs possess immense healing powers: thus Mercury in Scorpio promotes emotional healing through their words. In recent weeks, we may have all been looking for information that’s “just beneath the surface.” Astrologers attach the occult/paranormal/spiritual to Scorpio; as well as death, sex/intimacy/death/rebirth/anything taboo. These themes recurred during this transit. The detective of the zodiac, Mercury in Scorpio natives seek truth by exploring the depths of others as well as themselves. Thus, when the planet returns here every year, we adopt these traits temporarily (if our Mercury natal sign is different). Scorpio revels in the nitty-gritty and can be extraordinarily tenacious pursuing aims. The last few weeks encouraged us to stick with an idea and see it through to the end (but would you expect less from such a stubborn sign?) Negatively, these guys can be skeptical, paranoid and aloof in their verbal/written exchanges with others. Consequently, we may have been overly suspicious of the information we’ve received from others: assuming there was a double innuendo behind every phrase uttered.
With Sagittarius now in the picture, Mercury is immediately less interested in facts and favors the “big picture” approach. As a Fire sign, the Archer is spirited, passionate and active. The pessimism of Scorpio has given way to eternal optimism embodied by Sag. These natives spend a great deal of time philosophizing and pondering the great questions of life. When placed in this constellation, Mercury encourages us to think beyond our immediate environment and toy with abstract concepts that can be universally applied. To this sign, a tolerant mind can open up the door to a world of wonder. Mercury is the natural ruler for intellectual Gemini and Gemini is the polar opposite of Sagittarius. In esoteric astrology, Gemini and Sagittarius make up the “communication axis” so it’s only fair that the planet dares to dream big here. Unfortunately, the sensible characteristics assigned to Mercury aren’t actually present in the Sagittarian demeanor. In fact, the planet in its detriment here. Fiery Sag doesn’t always operate on rationality and empirical data as The Twins do. Instead they work from the heart: attempting to mold society into its own preexisting philosophies about the world. Expressions are muddled and boundaries dissolve. Fundamentally, facts and figures get lost here—-nourishing inconsistency. Progressively, the mind is passionate and zealous: arguing fervently for a position or perspective. Generally speaking, the Archer is an informal learner and ties mental work with field experience. No wonder astrologers label these guys as “intellectual gurus.”
Positively, Mutable Mercury signs work to evolve ideas, projects, research, debates and discussions sustained under the previous Fixed sign (which were created under initiating Cardinal signs). Because Mutable-Fire Sagittarius modifies its ideas so easily, it can result in noncommittal agreements, inconsistent communication, loose schedules and irregular mental energy. Mutable signs are much more prone to procrastination as well as exaggeration. Sag can be extremely unrealistic with goals, objectives and agreements: often not accurately gauging their resources and promising much more than what can actually be delivered..
Those who benefit greatly from this transition include natives with their Sun , Ascendant and/or Mercury placed in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius. Fire and Air signs complement one another and there is a natural flow of energy here. Perhaps these natives feel “At home” with Mercury moving through such an optimistic and generous sign. For those with their Sun, Ascendant and/or Mercury in the Water or Earth family, the inability to etch agreements into stone create insecurity and possible frustrations during this transition.
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