Mercury is a deity with a 1000 names and a backstory beyond belief. The astrological Mercury represents currency – (a word that comes from “to flow“) in time, mind, and money. Your natal Mercury reveals not only the way you talk or how you interpret information: It’s where your consciousness intersects with the worlds around you.
Strong Mercury Vibe means you’re always current – fluent in synchronicity and light-speed translations. You scry clues from everywhere, the color of a sunset, television static, stock market micro-fluctuations, space weather, dreams, gossip, and historical nuances that stayed with you for no obvious reason until now.
To gauge situations in play, just tune into Mercury. For instance, they were conjunct the hefty Saturn-Pluto conjunction of January. When a planet moves on and squares or opposes the original conjunction, that’s your ‘tell.’ So Mercury squared Saturn + Pluto in late April, when Australia initiated the push for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus.*
The opposition phase of the cycle is always the most revelatory and dramatic – think Full Moon but it’s planets – but Mercury flipped in mid-June. The retrograde delayed the opposition of Mercury to Saturn + Pluto. There has been plenty of news, talk, and noise about whodunnit, threats, posturing, and theories but information-wise, it’s been like a fog-obscured swamp.
Even without all this going on, Mercury opposite Pluto is a damn brilliant aspect for muck-raking. But the build-up of a potentially treacherous Retro phase, with elements of pass-agg, super-charges the opposition when it finally occurs, on August 1 to 4. So if you’re a trend-monitoring person, or want to perceive the signal, listen up then.
Mercury-strong people are not big on stillness because it’s the enemy of Flow: Air, Electricity, Thought, Light, Rivers, Plasma, Prana. They’re always scanning for info or recalibrating their take.
Natally, the sign, house, and aspects of your Mercury are vital. Don’t worry about old-fashioned good and bad placements. Some say that Mercury in Pisces, for example, is “in detriment” because it’s opposite Mercury-ruled Virgo. But no! All the most ancient astrological texts connect Mercury with Water. The Babylonian/Sumerian Nabu and Enkil – for example – was also Water. How could a Mercury in Mutable, oceanic Pisces be anything but advantageous? And being born with Mercury Retrograde in any sign means you’re a poet.
Just look at your birth Mercury objectively, without the stagnating judgment. The closer your Mercury is to any of the Outer Planets, for instance, the more you’re prone to picking up signals and data from logically inexplicable sources. Every Mercury placement has strengths and vulnerabilities. Mercury-Venus people are magicians of style, art, and romance but they’re also prone to over-trust data from sources that present beautifully. There are so many permutations but know your Mercury.
Mercury rules sudden realizations and fabulous pop-up conversations. It’s the part of your head that’s more newsroom than library. You know Mercury is super active when you don’t read anything to the finish but you can dart into any source of information and conjure up what you need. Mercury is a maverick Magician and a Messenger – the more you pay attention, the clearer the transmission.
*Of course, there were other news stories then, but this is a good example to go with.
Image: Frank Kelly Freas