On Friday August 15th, Mercury twirls out of playful Leo and marches into straightedge Virgo. In the general astrological community, Mercury serves as both the home planet for Gemini and Virgo. There is, however some debate, about whether or not Virgo is a placement of exaltation for this astral body. Mercury governs our minds: how we gather, process and share information; how we prefer to learn new things and our overall cognitive expressions. Natal Mercury signs can also point the individual in the direction of topics they thoroughly enjoy discussing. Astrologers label this planet as quick-witted, intellectual, flexible and objective in approach: all qualities found in both Gemini and Virgo. In my opinion, Virgo is the perfect constellation to exalt our communication planet. Signs of exaltation show where the characteristics of the planet best manifest themselves. Virgo hones the intellectual edge of Mercury through efficiency; Virgo asks, “what is the most effective and practical way to gather information and process it?” Thanks the dual Earth-Mutable quality of the Virgin.
Astrologers associate Virgo with medicine, mental/physical health, daily routines, self-improvement and overall service of others. Virgos are the “worker bees” of the zodiac: preferring to stay busy by caring for others. Those with a natal Mercury in Virgo are unusually preoccupied with researching new/alternative health tips, diets/exercise routines and daily chores. We adopt this mental energy until Mercury transitions into Libra. For now, our minds are drawn towards finding the most effective way to improve ourselves in order to improve others. The creative, playful and exaggerated mannerisms of our recent Mercury in Leo progression melt away into something much more subtle and refined. The mind of Virgo isn’t one of hypotheticals: Earth Virgo needs concrete, tangible evidence of information presented to them. Naturally, facts, figures and absolutes are favored by Mercury in Virgo. If it cannot be proven, Virgo doesn’t really want to hear about it. In Virgo, Mercury is quick, detached and detail-oriented. For the next few weeks, our thoughts/ideas revolve around our immediate environment versus random musings and abstract concepts that are too vague to prove anything.
As a Mutable sign, Virgo is malleable: so, Mercury in Virgo emboldens us to be flexible in our ideas, which can change at a moment’s notice. The signs in the Mutable modality (including Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces) are well-known for their ability to adjust easily when circumstances evolve. At best, Mercury in Virgo is transformative: knowing just what to say when conversations become too tense for others to handle. At worst, Mercury in Virgo is noncommittal, flaky and indecisive. Mutables hate to make promises : even though they do it more than they realize. This is more than likely because these four have the tendency to over promise and under deliver because something else “came up.”
I’d recommend using this Mercury in Virgo transit to reevaluate agreements, contracts and other legal arrangements to make practical amendments or transform the accords altogether. This progression pushes us all to find the most efficient way to interact and exchange information with the external world. This is a period to be flexible but realistic in the ideas you draw up and share. There’s an air of sensibility as Mercury shines here.
Those of you with a natal Sun sign and/or Mercury sign in Virgo benefit most from this transit. Your mind is active, ever-changing and pragmatic: traits others seem to be drawn to and respect more than usual. Your ideas are fresh as you look for concrete solutions to local/personal problems. This is a perfect time for you to express yourself fully without reservation (as Virgos can be quite conservative) and make your intellectual presence known.
Those of you with a natal Sun sign and/or Mercury sign in Pisces are also grounded by the communication planet moving through your “significant other” sector. The mind is heavily influenced by an “other” in your life (either a business partner or a romantic partner). This is a time for serious discussions regarding current issues within the relationship. Mercury in Virgo could also signal a desire to team up with a partner to double the brain power during brainstorming sessions. This is NOT a time for Pisces to push their own ideas/agendas; instead, this is a time of compromise and negotiation with another.
Those of you with a natal Sun sign and/or Mercury sign in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius may feel a bit stifled by detail-driven Virgo. The Fire and Air family are extremely assertive and outwardly expressive: quite different from “by-the-books”, reserved Virgo. The challenge is to shake off the natural urge to overlook what you would consider minute information and find the importance of reading the fine print.
Those of you with a natal Sun sign and/or Mercury sign in Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn may find this Mercury in Virgo progression to be favorable. The introspective qualities of Virgo mimic that of Earth and Water signs. There is gentle support here for you to offer intuitive but reasonable changes in your agreements and interactions with others at this time.
Those of you with a natal Sun sign and/or Mercury sign in Libra may find this Mercury in Virgo change prompts you to withdraw from open (and unnecessary) communication. As the planet prepares to travel through your own sign in a couple of weeks, this is a period for mental introspection of self. Mercury in Virgo compels you to sort out any mental clutter that you’ve been harboring. The communication planet in Earth Virgo helps you to reorganize/reprioritize these thoughts in an effort to create some sort of internal peace that’s been escaping you as of late.
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