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Mercury in Virgo ~ Aug. 2 to 25, 2009

Mercury zips through Leo and enters his home sign, Virgo, on August 2 at 7:07 p.m. Eastern, where he remains until August 25. Mercury represents the mind, communication, and short travel. In Leo, he is bold and magnanimous. In Virgo, Mercury is analytical, discriminating, detailed, mentally organized, and practical.

During Mercury's transit in Virgo, it's best to take advantage of focusing on the day to day, getting those minute everyday details under control, and taken care of. The mundane chores that leave little to be desired but require handling and completion are what we need to tackle these next few weeks. This is also a period best used for planning. In Virgo, Mercury's organized and practical mind can draw up plans with exacting details and alternate avenues to take for anticipated obstacles.

Have an idea? This is the time to formulate how to get it off the ground or determine if it's feasible. Have a project? Mercury in Virgo can help break down complex concepts into manageable steps. Even those of us who are most impatient and easily bored might find this period a time when we can somewhat appreciate the meticulous details that help make up the success of the whole.

While Mercury is in Virgo, he will make connections with the following celestial bodies on (all dates reflect Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):

  • August 3 ~ Mercury trine Pluto. A great time for projects or tasks that require deep concentration. This transit allows for the ability to focus with intensity.
  • August 7 ~ Moon oppose Mercury, while Mercury sextile Venus. Our thoughts reflect the love we hold inside. Find a way to express them. Watch out for early evening (Eastern time) when the Aquarius-Moon will oppose Mercury. We may say or think things we don't mean or regret later.
  • August 10 ~ Moon quincunx Mercury is intensified by Mars' (aggression) conflict with Saturn (obligations) that's also happening today. Keep anger and frustration in check if we are to have a constructive day.
  • August 15 ~ Moon square Mercury. Easy for misunderstanding now. Misinterpretation of intentions. Be patient in our conversations. Lest we allow frustration to become a greater influence in our interactions that it should be.
  • August 17 ~ Mercury conjunct Saturn and quincunx Jupiter, while Moon sextile Mercury. Our dreams may seem very far away when comparing to our present realities. Keep holding on to those dreams, however. When obstacles are presented, that's all they are ... hurdles to jump over. Once they're dealt with and out of the way, the path to your dreams is once again easier to view. Allow this Mercury in Virgo to analyze and deconstruct, as necessary, in order to manage the limitations Saturn is presenting. Let Jupiter give hope but careful of avoidance/escapism. Listen to your heart (Moon) that's reminding you of the ultimate goal.
  • August 19 to 21 ~ Mercury quincunx Chiron & Neptune; and oppose Uranus. With Saturn's influence just days before still fresh, take these next few days to "heal" what's "broken" ... What doesn't work? What holds you back? Chiron heals; Neptune enlightens; Uranus promotes radical change. If you've been feeling stuck, this transit will help you get unstuck. Healing and change may be difficult and painful but rewarding and advocates forward movement. Those with natal planets/house angles within 23-24 degrees of Aquarius & Pisces may feel this energy more strongly.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Virgo. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Virgo zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury transiting those houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for them below then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury's transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 5th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 12th houses
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 11th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 7th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart by clicking here (opens a new window) for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Or request a quote for a personalized reading.

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"Mercury Virgo" illustration courtesy of Mercuranium.

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