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Before we move out of the sign of Gemini, we thought it appropriate to look at the ruling Planet of Gemini (Virgo as well), Mercury.

Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and is never more than 28° away from the Sun. Due to their proximity, some people are born with these two bodies in conjunction. A conjunction is defined as two planets being within 8 to 10 ° from one another. There is also an aspect called the Cazimi (17 minutes separation or less between the planets) which is a powerful expression of the conjunction with Mercury and the Sun. When this occurs between Mercury and the Sun, the energies of both planets are greatly intensified.

Mercury is the planet of the mind and rules our intellectual abilities and enhances the thought process. Mercury although considered dormant unless activated will enhance and add its energies to whatever it touches in the horoscope. It affects the thinking process greatly. Mercury’s sign and the aspects to it from other planets and positions in the natal chart defines how the mind operates.

Mercury in the birth chart determines how we make sense of our lives and the world around us. It controls the way we communicate on a day-to-day basis. It is our mental statement to the world and our sense of humor. It also rules quickness of thought. There is a huge difference between someone with Mercury in Aries, which could be defined as quick responsive thinking, to someone with Mercury in Capricorn, which could be described as slow methodical thinking.

Some are born with Mercury in retrograde motion (Mercury appearing to be moving backwards in the sky) and when Mercury goes retrograde through transit and touches off the natal retrograde Mercury, or other planets in the birth chart, the mind may slow down and may even struggle depending on the relationship to other planetary forces within the horoscope. Retrograde is usually a time when these individuals should be careful and perhaps even put off signing important documents and making vital life decisions.

Mercury retrograde at birth is often characterized as an introverted mind where things are thought over carefully before making decisions.

Communication is the key phrase related to the planet Mercury.

The intellect is stimulated by the planet Mercury and those with Mercury prominent in their birth chart will have defined intellectual pursuits. Much will depend on which sign Mercury is in and how it is being aspected in the birth chart. Please note that a challenged Mercury in the birth chart can be rectified and bring assistance as we learn from life’s experiences on how to deal with our own personal thinking process.

All aspects in the natal chart can, through experience and effort, be used in a beneficial manner, even the most challenging of natal aspects.

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