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VIRGO - "I ANALYZE THEREFORE I AM."
Mercury is in Virgo from August 19, 2020 until September 5, 2020. Mercury stands for the intellect, common sense, cold reason, commerce and business. Its qualities are fluidity and versatility. Its position and aspects tell us about our communication and learning habits and our modes of thinking. The house that Mercury occupies in your Natal Chart or Solar Return is where these characteristics will manifest the most.
Here is a nice little piece of Mercury trivia for you. Mercury will never be more than one Sun Sign away from the Sun. This means someone who has their Sun in Virgo, will have their Mercury within 1 Sun Sign on either side of Virgo or it will be in the sign of Virgo. This means there are only three possibilities that a Virgo Sun Sign individual might have their Mercury in -- Mercury in Leo, Mercury in Virgo or Mercury in Libra. This helps you guess someone's Mercury even if you don't know their exact birthdate but you know their Sun Sign. You can pretty much rule out Mercury in the opposite sign (Pisces) or the four signs on each side Pisces (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer) and (Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius).
This is a very discriminating placement for Mercury since it naturally rules Virgo (also Gemini). This means the mind is critical and analytical, where it can cause you to become obsessed with detailed knowledge. This can prove to be a detriment if you get caught up on a certain word or a certain way something 'should be' communicated. Talk about trivial pursuits! Still, it is a fantastic position for detailed work such as scientific, accounting and research.
This Virgo transit is getting a little help from its friends - Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn and Venus. For instance, on August 25th Mercury trines Uranus, on August 29th Mercury trines Jupiter, on September 1st Mercury trines Pluto, on September 3rd Mercury trines Saturn and on September 4th Mercury sextiles Venus. So Mercury in Virgo is engaged in some serious action during its 17 day transit. Not to mention on Sunday, August 30, 2020 Mercury opposes Neptune. Mercury has five (5) wonderful aspects and just one (1) giving us a tough time (Mercury opposing Neptune).
Mercury trine Uranus on August 25th is where you should be sourcing your God-Given gifts and putting them to Good use. Some of us have the strangest talents, skills, desires and hobbies, but we need to remember that these are specialized gifts that we have been given. Everyone has a speciality. When God was passing out gifts, He didn't single you out and say, "You don't get a gift!" Oh no, everyone has a gift and you have a specialty too. In fact, we all have many specialties and you should be looking to channel Mercury in Virgo, and Mercury trine Uranus into your 'speciality'.
Mercury trines Jupiter on August 29th, which signifies education, especially on a higher level. This might also show up as some sort of specialized education. This aspect makes communication very easy and agreeable. It might also come with an added bonus. This is where you might call for a lower interest rate on your credit card, and they end up raising your credit limit AND lower your interest rate. This is a great aspect for sales, marketing, promoting, advertising, traveling, writing, publishing, blogging, speech making, communicating and entertaining, and it just LOVES to mix business with pleasure, like playing golf and talking business. And let's not forget that Jupiter is abundant, expansive, lucky and financial. This aspect has financial ties!
Mercury trines Pluto on September 1st, which is looking for a needle in a haystack or at the very least is going undercover to find out some deep deep dirt. Basically, if you dig, then you will find it, whatever it is because this aspect is looking for answers. In fact, this aspect is so deep that there is nothing about it that is superficial. Either you mean it, or you don't. Either you intend to, or you don't. Either you mean business, or you don't. You won't get to the root of the matter by scratching the surface. You must go deep.
Mercury trines Saturn on September 3rd, giving you mental organization, a sobering mind and raw clarity. This aspect will help with time-management and structure. This is all about systematic mental work that requires the person to be right (correct) about the subject matter. For instance, subject matter such as science, engineering and health requires that you be correct or someone could get hurt. Get the picture? So you see how this is a very good aspect for when you need to be right because this aspect has very little room for error. This is also a very Good aspect for using your hands because it involves dexterity. This could be anyone such as a surgeon, craftsman, mechanic, writer or engineer. So you see, this is a wonderful aspect to have present when you have surgery or the aspect you want your doctor to have.
Mercury sextiles Venus on September 4th, which helps you communicate in a Loving and skillful way as this aspect reflects the thoughts. The thoughts are nice, so what comes out of mouth is thoughfulness. This makes for skillful writing, such as music, songs, stories, articles or even poetry. Mercury sextile Venus brings on a pleasing in personality with a calm disposition.
The only hard aspect to Mercury during this Virgo transit is the aspect on Sunday, August 30th where Mercury opposes Neptune, which results in seduction at the very least. This aspect seduces with words, ideas and planting thoughts in another's head. You could become confused with your thoughts or become easily deceived. Trust your own thoughts rather than relying on the thoughts of others. This aspect can also make you 'sensitive' to the thoughts, ideas and motivations of others. Still, it is easy to fall into deceit or trickery by others. Do not believe everything you see or hear. Throw some cold water on your faxce and open your eyes! At the same time, it could be you who is attempting to trick someone else.
This Mercury in Virgo will provide practicality, logic, quickness, precision and will have fine minute attention to detail as well as Good ol' fashion common sense. Even though Mercury rules Virgo and is strongly placed in this sign of discrimination, remember that some people are governed by emotions, prejudice and self-interest, and not by logic. In these cases, refrain from getting stuck on the small stuff or criticism. While this placement tends to be honest and is great for speaking engagements, it can be intolerant of minds that are not as quick.
This is the placement of the mental scavenger that picks apart word by word, phrase by phrase, until nothing gets communicated. This can sound like the person who says, "You said . . " and will not let the conversation go any further because they were hung up on, "You said . . ."
Mercury in Virgo is concerned with grammar, spelling, punctuation, writing or anything that has to do with specialized communication skills. Even where science, accounting or research are concerned, calling in 'the experts' will be normal under this placement. Courtrooms are going to be obsessed with detail and specifics. Politics is going to be obsessed with the experts and specifics. Mercury in Virgo needs to be right simply because if they are wrong, someone could get injured, or worse, someone could die or go to jail. This is because Virgo rules science, healthcare and engineering, which are jobs that involve precision and accuracy. All the same, too much attention to detail could also cause one to lose sight of the main goal.
Those of you with Mercury afflicted in your natal chart should try to use the placement of your Venus to help you balance your thought with your emotions. Stay Astrologized™.
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