As you are undoubtedly aware, we are currently in the sign of Gemini. As a result, we thought it only appropriate to discuss its ruling Planet Mercury. Mercury is the closest planet in orbit to the Sun and is never more than 28 degrees away from the Sun. Due to their close proximity to one another, some people are born with these two planets in conjunction. A conjunction is defined as two planets being within 8 to 10 degrees from one another. There is also an aspect called the Cazimi (17 minutes separation or less between the planets). 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. Since Mercury delineates whatever it touches in the horoscope and affects the thinking process greatly, the sign that Mercury is in 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 our speech patterns and the way we communicate on a day to day basis. It is our mental statement to the world and the sense of humor we have. 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, the mind may slow down and may even misfire depending on the relationship to other planetary forces within the individual’s horoscope. This is usually a time when this individual 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 relentlessly before making a decision.
Communication is the key phrase related to the planet Mercury and when we discussed the Sun moving into Gemini recently in a previous post, you may have noticed how the mind was influenced. Mercury is the ruling Planet of Gemini (and also Virgo).
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 (as mentioned previously) and how it is being aspected in the birth chart. Please remember though the influences in the birth charts are not set in stone. In other words, 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 processes.
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