Mercury is the fastest moving of the planets, and as the messenger god in Roman mythology he was the only one of all of the gods that was allowed into the Underworld, the domain of Pluto. This is a lovely symbol for the way in which our mental understanding (Mercury) helps to facilitate our personal transformation through our experiences and provides us with a way to process the events in our life in a way that enhances our personal growth. As Mercury travels through the signs it sheds new light on ways in which we can process events and feelings – all of the data that we encounter each day is converted through the mind into nutrition for the soul, just as the food we eat is converted into nutrition for the body. And just like the food we eat, this nutrition can be either delicious and useful or seem to taste good and then make us feel bad.
Mercury leaves enthusiastic Leo today for more serious Virgo – one of the signs which it rules. Mercury is at home in Virgo where this data processing of our experiences can be done efficiently and with purpose. The element of air is concerned with matters of communication so Mercury is technically an air planet, but it is quite at home in this earth sign where a practical application of our ideas can be put to good use as we sort through puzzle of ideas and mental data which flow through the mind constantly, and assemble it into a cohesive picture in the pursuit of perfection.
We can use this time while Mercury is in Virgo to get organized and to learn or study as it may be easier to clear the mind of fluff. Mercury in Virgo helps us to weed through the chaff to get to the good stuff, and under its influence we are more easily able to sort through the details and mental debris in order to pluck out the important bits of wisdom that shine like diamonds in a dark cave. Unlike its earth partner Capricorn, Virgo is not concerned with achievement or the trappings of success. Instead, the effectiveness of the work is what’s important, and in that way Mercury in Virgo can help us to pave the way to success. ❤️