Mercury is tidally locked with the Sun, so one side is perpetually hot and the other half is perpetually cold. Similarly, Mercury is a planet of dualities, a wildcard, a trickster, sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Mercury is the fastest planet in our solar system, appearing to zip backward between the Earth and the Sun three times each year. Mercury’s speed and erratic behavior mirror the restlessness of the mind, the rapidity of thought, the fluidity of speech. As the planet closest to the Sun, Mercury serves as an emissary, a translator, a messenger of the Sun. In astrology, Mercury represents the way we think and reason, the way we speak and communicate, saying something about our interests, skills and hobbies, our sense of humor.
Mercury in Capricorn is in a cardinal earth sign and takes on the qualities of its ruler Saturn, cold, hard and rational. People with this placement tend to dwell on difficult, tedious and sometimes depressing issues, especially material ones. This is a great placement for mathematicians, scientists, economists, businesspeople and historians, or any field requiring rigor, exactitude and seriousness. These are people who probably get their best insights from relative isolation or in their reading of history and the past, and may not get recognition for their ideas until after a long and lonely labor. They find themselves having to be the bearer of bad news and criticism. When faced with a problem, they’re more likely to consider the surest solution over the quickest and easiest. The downsides are that sometimes they are so removed from emotional considerations that they can neglect the human part of the equation they’re trying to solve. They’re probably tickled most by deadpan humor, gallows humor.
This is especially true if you were born with Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn rising. Whether you experience the better or worse significations of this position depends on Mercury’s relationship with the Sun and whether you were born during the day or at night.
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