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Mercury in Sagittarius ~ November 8 to 30, 2010


Mercury changes signs as he leaves the investigative, stubborn sign of Scorpio and joins Mars in the expansive, optimistic sign of Sagittarius. Mercury's move continues a busy few days of celestial energies shifting, which began with Chiron becoming direct (Nov. 5), followed by the New Moon in Scorpio (Nov. 5/6), then Neptune also stationing direct (Nov. 6/7), and Venus, still retrograde, returning to Libra (Nov. 7).

Mercury transits Sagittarius from November 8 at 3:43 p.m. PST / 6:43 p.m. EST until the end of the month, November 30. Mercury represents the mind, communication, interaction, commerce and trade.

There's a bit of trepidation on Mercury's part when transiting Sagittarius. Mercury is accustomed to details; Sagittarius doesn't much care for it. This can leave Mercury somewhat lost in the vastness of Sagittarian intellect and formless thought process that is sometimes aimless.

In Sagittarius, our minds are built for visionary planning; our thoughts filled with philosophical ideas; our ideas less realistic and more idealistic; and our interaction good-humored, but may lack tact. It's easy to visualize the big picture ... the end game, but drawing up the detailed steps (i.e. from creating an idea into something tangible to its development then its launch, and finally its continued maintenance) can be indeterminate to a Mercury in Sagittarius.

At best, Mercury in Sagittarius is forward-thinking, optimistic, visionary, jovial, opportunistic, intelligent, and curious. At worst, unrealistic, disorganized, overly optimistic, blunt to the point of tactless, and offers up empty promises.

Think BIG while Mercury is in Sagittarius. Entertain your dreams and aspirations. Probe into your what-if scenarios. Who knows? The ideas in your head while Mercury is in Sagittarius might set Mercury transit in Capricorn, which begins on December 7, in motion to plan. This could very well make your ideas more feasible and help get your 2011 off to a more purposeful start.

Celebrating a birthday (solar return) mid or late November? You could benefit from Mercury's alignments with Saturn (mid-November) or Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Chiron (late November). The energy of Mercury's alignments to these heavenly bodies could carry out through your solar return year -- a helping hand extended to you by the universe :)

While in Sagittarius, Mercury will make connections with the following celestial bodies on (dates reflect North America Pacific time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence)
  • November 17 ~ Mercury sextile Saturn. Saturn's influence help give the Sagittarian-mind a metaphorical ceiling. Saturn's shows the limitations and realities involving situations. Allow Saturn to also give the plans and ideas "legs" to stand on.
  • November 20 ~ Mercury conjunct Mars. Thinking and doing happens almost simultaneously. We act as soon as the words are spoken. No hesitation. Careful that actions are actually well-planned otherwise, results may not yield what's intended. In conversation, especially if we're angered, it's easy to blurt out words without really thinking them through.
  • November 25 ~ Mercury square Jupiter-rx. Think big. Hopefulness. Careful of overoptimism or overestimating situations, though. Think carefully and methodically before committing to anything.
  • November 27 ~ Mercury square Uranus-rx and sextile Neptune & Chiron. May continue the hopefulness from Mercury's square with Jupiter. Opportunities for awareness, healing and enlightenment. A good time to learn seeing the same situation from different perspective or shifting point of view to gain a more complete outlook.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Sagittarius. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Sagittarius 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 ~ 9th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 8th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 11th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 10th 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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