Many of us know our astrological Sun signs. But have you ever wondered what makes one, say for example Leo, so completely different from another Leo that you think they’re totally opposite Sun signs?
Not all Leos are created alike, for good reason. Each of us is a composite of every planet in the galaxy. From the Sun all the way out to Pluto, each planet plays a role in our lives.
That’s right. At the moment of our birth, every planet is located in a particular sign and house, one of 12 slices of heaven. These elements form your natal birth chart, the blueprint for your life. So any two Leos born in the same year, between July 22-August 21, will have planets in different signs and houses. Even twins born minutes apart are unique. Every single one of us is truly our own individual person.
Mercury & Your Sun Sign
While each planet makes a particular stamp on us by sign and house, one planet, in particular, Mercury, either heightens our Sun sign or takes us in a marked turn from that sign.
Where the Sun rules our will, identity, and self, Mercury is the Messenger. It rules our mind, our thoughts, communication, how we think and speak.
For human beings, this is huge.
Language and the use of it distinguish humanity from the animal kingdom. Our ability to convey thoughts and ideas gives us immeasurable power over our lives, the lives of others and the earth itself.
By Universal design, humanity’s primary functions, our emotions and communication are ruled by spheres orbiting closest to our essential planets: the Moon (governing our emotions) most closely orbits our native home of Earth while Mercury never strays far from the Sun, center of our galaxy and source of all light and life.
So that certain Leo that you know, her Mercury may also be in Leo, or it might be in Gemini, Cancer, Virgo or Leo. You will never meet a Leo with say, Mercury in Capricorn. Rather, wherever you find the Sun, Mercury will either be in the same sign or one, at most two signs away from the Sun.
A Tale of Two Leos
So if your Leo friend has her Mercury in Leo as well, her Sun sign qualities are amplified. She thinks and speaks like a Leo: generous, big-hearted, festive, creative, romantic with a flair for the dramatic.
If, however, she happened to be born with Mercury in Virgo, her brand of Leo has a more cerebral bent: analytical, precise, detailed, efficient, with a penchant for perfectionism. She’s still a generous, festive soul but one whose mind and words delve into the particulars of people, problems, and situations.
Therein lies one of the primary differences between these two Leos: the mind. How each absorbs, processes and shares information.
Your natal birth chart shows where your Mercury is located by sign and house. It is calculated based on exact time, date and location of your birth. It describes and fills in ALL of you, not simply your Sun sign, and your Mercury, but every single aspect of YOU... where you are going and how you are going to get there.
What your Mercury Sign Means For You
To learn more about your Mercury placement, take a look at the outline below. Your mind, thoughts and style of speech follow the keywords listed under each sign:
Mercury in Aries
enthusiastic, outspoken, restless, energetic, quick, impulsive, brazen/bossy, witty, entertaining, quick-tempered, prone to interrupt, loves short bullet-point material or conversation, promoting and self-promoting
Mercury in Taurus
deliberate, practical, methodical, patient, persevering, stable, highly focused, commonsensical, slow to conclusions, conservative
Mercury in Gemini
adaptable, quick, active, alert, curious and versatile, clever, pointed comebacks, skim and scan situational surface, superb information gathering ability, mentally restless, convincing
Mercury in Cancer
indelible memory, emotional imprints, subjective, intuitive, thoughts based on feelings, deeply sensitive listener, psychological mind, empathetic and sympathetically expressive
Mercury in Leo
strong, firm opinions expressed passionately, excellent storyteller and public speaker, hyperbolic tendency, persuasive, entertaining, warm, natural teacher, showman/showoff, loves/needs an audience
Mercury in Virgo
analytical, critical, practical, pessimistic, detailed, perfectionist, grounded/realistic, logical, systematic, flexible, meticulous, efficient, prone to worry, whiny/complainer, stable, adaptable
Mercury in Libra
diplomatic, superb negotiator, sees all sides of a situation/relationship, objective, vacillating, detached, persuasive, balanced mind, indecisive, comparative, artistic and environmentally sensitive
Mercury in Scorpio
intense focus, passionate, detecting/detective, psychic, intuitive, psychological, shrewd, sharp, oppositional, skeptical, cynical, stubborn, deeply penetrating, satirical, wry, instinctive
Mercury in Sagittarius
grand scale and scope, visionary thinker, foresight, philosophical, spiritual, brashly outspoken, blunt, versatile, boundless, jumpy/uncontained mind, superb (self) promoter/ risk taker
Mercury in Capricorn
rational, objective, fact-driven, clear thinker, disciplined, practical/pragmatic, conscientious, realistic, cynical/pessimistic, thorough, organized and strategic, serious, studious
Mercury in Aquarius
unique and original thinker, rapid, resourceful, eccentric, unconventional, non-mainstream, outre, creatively intelligent, scientific, inventive, humanitarian-oriented, radical, bohemian, stubborn, revolutionary
Mercury in Pisces
idealistic, impractical, visionary, imaginative, lazy, absent-minded, musical, hyper-sensitive, completely immersive thinker, intuitive, psychic, empathetic/sympathetic, artistic, exceptional procrastinator, daydreamy, compassionate
So what do you think of that?
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AUTHOR: Hilary Harley is an OSYL Astrologer & Reiki Master. She offers astrological counseling and Reiki energy healing to help clients reach their highest potential. By understanding the role that planetary cycles play in their lives, they are empowered to make better decisions resulting in more rewarding and fulfilling lives.
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