Mercury (Hermes in Greek mythology) is known as the "Messenger of the Gods." Mercury represents the mind-the link between spirit and matter, between soul and personality. Mercury symbolizes the power of communication and interpretation: intelligence, reasoning capacities, and the ability to perceive relationships and gather facts. Mercurial qualities include being adaptable, intellectual, attentive, perceptive, clever, versatile, inconsistent, hypercritical, argumentative, sarcastic, cynical, excitable, impressionable, nervous or prone to worry. Mercury narrates, talks, argues, debates, writes, analyzes, memorizes, studies, travels, sells, reflects and expresses itself through the hands as well as the tongue.
Mercury is of neither positive nor negative polarity -- neither masculine nor feminine. Mercury rules all communications. It is associated with speaking and writing, educational capacities and manual skills.
Mercury is especially active in the versatile, talkative sign of Gemini. Mercury's nature is also strengthened in analytical Virgo. Pure Mercurial expression becomes difficult in Sagittarius and in Pisces, which relate and communicate more through hopes and beliefs than through facts.
The symbol for Mercury, is the crescent the circle and cross. It marks the receptivity of the soul through the exaltation of the spirit over matter.
When Mercury is retrograde, we can expect indecision and changes in plans. Retrograde periods for Mercury require much caution and orderly thinking. It is a good time for research, planning, examination of resources, and completion of projects already begun. During this period we might reconsider waylaid projects from the past or go back to old ideas or plans. Avoid beginning new projects.
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