Mercury went into Virgo on Sunday July 31 AEST where it will stay until October 7, much longer than usual, due to it’s retrograde in the sign. Here’s my take on how it may express when placed in Virgo, one of the signs of its rulership. [The other being Gemini]
Virgo gives Mercury a gift for analysis and a versatile practical intelligence that facilitates precise, detailed, and skilled work in disciplines such as editing, accounting, software training, etc. Also, the talent for order and organization of those with this placement also suits them to secretarial and office work of all kinds. Apart from work their greatest interest is health, and some combine the two to work in the areas of health and well-being. True to the maxim ‘we teach what we need to learn’, they are at least amateur health experts, ever willing to offer helpful advice to others based on assiduously undertaken trial and error experiments to fix their own symptoms. They need to watch that eliminating stress inducing habits and fine-tuning their diet doesn’t become a quasi-religious crusade. Negatively, they can irritate friends and intimates with gratuitous advice and puritanical admonitions, as in just when you’re enjoying a rich chocolate dessert they launch into a lecture on the evils of sugar and offer you a calorie count. In business, their aptitude for facts and figures and cutting a deal finds good outlets in banking and finance.
Some relevant quotes
“The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a heaven of hell, or a hell of heaven” – Milton
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” – Einstein
“I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections. And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill. I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self, and wounds to the soul take a long, long time [to heal] .. “