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. They’re tickled most by math humor and logical paradoxes.
Mercury in Virgo is in a mutable earth sign and is in its own element, so it is one of the signs where Mercury is most naturally itself. People with this placement tend to be talented in crafts, skills, trades, numbers and letters. They think through problems logically and practically. They’re problem-solvers, fixers, budgeters, accountants, carpenters, gardeners, handyworkers, engineers. They thrive on being in demand and useful. One of the downsides is that people with this placement are so restlessly productive that it can be difficult to slow down and relax. They’re probably tickled most by math jokes and logical paradoxes.
This is especially true if you were born with Gemini or Virgo 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, and the kind of aspects it makes with the other planets.
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