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Mercury in Taurus ~ April 2 to June 10, 2010

Image credit to NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington Mercury leaves the fiery brilliance of Aries for the calm sensibilities of Taurus on April 2 at 9:06 a.m. EDT, where his stay is extended until June 10. Mercury retrogrades on April 18 12:06 a.m. EDT until May 11 6:27 p.m.

Mercury governs all manners of thinking, communicating, transportation and commerce. In Aries, Mercury is quick-thinking, impulsive, creative, can be rash when making decisions and pushy to get their way. In Taurus, Mercury is practical, thorough, considerate, slower to decide, can be stubborn if change is necessary and lazy if things aren't progressing as they desire. At best, Mercury in Taurus is reliable, determined, persistent, patient, purposeful with a clear and exhaustive mind. At worst, unyielding, frustrated, unmotivated, possessive and greedy.

While Mercury is in Taurus, we are encouraged to take our raw ideas and develop a plan to implement them, think beyond the now, and secure future goals. Make some commitments or do right by existing commitments. There is no reason to rush when Taurean energy is at the helm. What matters, however, is that each step taken is measured and decisions made are well thought out. In our interactions, Mercury in Taurus will require tangible proof -- some or all of the five senses will need to be satisfied before something can be declared fact or real.

Don't get too pushy while Mercury is in Taurus. Things need to marinate. There's a level of comfort required before Taurean energy can make concessions. Patience. Recognize the benefits of thinking things through and respect the process necessary to accomplish goals with determined actions. Be especially mindful of this during the retrograde period.

On the day Mercury enters Taurus, he gets in an awkward position with Saturn (reality/restrictions), making the transition from Aries to Taurus/fire to earth extra challenging. Adjustment is key -- adjust attitudes, shift perception, be aware when you are fighting too hard and consider releasing the tension/energy.

While in Taurus, Mercury will align with the following celestial bodies (all dates reflect North America Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • April 2 ~ Mercury quincunx Saturn-rx. covered above
  • April 5 & 6 ~ Mercury square Mars and trine Pluto. Strong ability for focus. Determined mind. Decisiveness. Impatience. Frustration. Stubbornness. Pluto also retrogrades on April 6.
  • April 17/18 ~ Mercury Retrograde at 9:06 p.m. PDT/12:06 a.m. EDT
  • April 25 ~ Mercury-rx square Mars. Energy may be reminiscent to early April when Mercury and Mars were last challenged in this same way. Avoid acting out due to impatience or frustration.
  • May 3 ~ Mercury-rx trine Pluto-rx. Concentration. Intense mind. Meaningful conversations. Probing curiosity.
  • May 11 ~ Mercury Direct at 6:27 p.m. EDT
  • May 19 ~ Mercury trine Pluto-rx. Concentration. Intense mind. Meaningful conversations. Probing curiosity. Events or issues from earlier in May may resurface now. Mercury and Pluto were aligned in the same manner then.
  • June 8 & 9 ~ Mercury trine Saturn and square Neptune-rx. Realities may overwhelm. Avoid the temptation to "check out". Be "bull"-ish and tackle matters head on.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Taurus. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Taurus 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 ~ 2nd House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 1st House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 3rd House
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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Color mosaic shows the eastern limb of Mercury as seen by Messenger (January 2008). Image credit and copyright to NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

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