©May 2011 by Fabienne Lopez
In the series – Planets in the Elements – we focus now on Mercury. You can catch up about Venus and Mars in the links below.
Mercury in Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
In astrology, Mercury symbolizes the power of communication, one’s own mental competence. In each element, Mercury displays a particular “logic”, a specific manner in which he expresses thoughts and an unique effectiveness in communicating ideas and desires to others.
For example, Mercury, in earthy placements, requires time to deliberate before giving an answer. In contrast, airy Mercury will spew immediately a number of responses.
The Quality of Air: Expressing the Higher Mind
Mercury is comfortable in Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. This element functions smoothly through the intellect, allowing it to think, learn, and digest facts and data, ideas, and concepts in a cool, detached, and objective way.
The exchange of information is favored by the natural sociability associated with this element. Mercury in any of these 3 signs has an opportunity to go beyond initial thoughts and feelings into a whole new level of understanding and expression of ideas.
Mercury in Air Signs: “I love that idea”
Mercury in Gemini can sway from unparalleled communicator to mindless chatterbox, but always in a lively and light speed manner. They usually entertain multiple thoughts at the same time due to their natural curiosity and experimental attitude.
More than in the other air signs, Mercury in Gemini tends to act as the “trickster” playing games and pranks in order to enliven things up. It is how they keep their inspiration fresh and flowing.
They can be disheartened if they are not allowed to let their inquisitive and versatile mind roam free of constraints.
Mercury in Libra
In Libra, Mercury is often fascinated by interpersonal relationships and the inner workings of others. Their accurate assessment of people and events frequently leads them to study social sciences.
As thinkers, they strive to achieve a balance between thinking and feeling, practical realism and abstract thoughts. They enjoy a lively debate where they can argue all different sides of an idea or situation before coming to a conclusion.
Creatively, Mercury in Libra is at its best when they fight for their ideals of truth, beauty, and justice, as long as their emotions are untangled with disappointments because a loved one did not meet their expectations or has not taken into consideration the consequences of their actions.
Mercury in Aquarius
They are referred as the ivory-tower thinker, more concerned about utopian dreams and theoretical systems and hypothesis than real life practical problems. This truthful description does not account for their capacity to stand back and view situations with clear objectivity.
Their thinking deals with the new and the unconventional in general and in regards to social dynamics and personal freedom in particular.
Mercury in Aquarius exhibits a communication style described as aloof and distant, making him apparently indifferent to private matters. He thinks upon humankind, but do not seem to be interested in people. On the other hand, they are quite capable of seeing and talking about themselves in a cognizant of manner.
In this sign, Mercury finds inspiration in dreaming the dream of a better and ideal society. However, this creativity can be stalled when confronted with the more basic, instinctual, and greedy side of human nature.
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