Perhaps the only planet, which by itself signifies quite a few things, but unless it is powered by the Sun or the other giants like Saturn or Jupiter, fails to manifest to it’s fullest. This is about our Prince of planets- Mercury! To begin with the placement of Mercury-close proximity to the Sun, is something that you certainly won’t desire! Scorched bare and heated like crazy, however the proximity has given it a faster speed of revolution around the Sun (to ensure it does not end up into the Sun! for now at least), thereby it whizzes past each sign in under a month!
Unlike other planets which are able to bestow and signify effects on their own, Mercury needs support and good support, in most of the cases around 60% Mercury will always be ahead of the Sun and thereby the indication of general intelligence found within humanity- this is basic and general- the kind of intelligence which is able to keep you safe, feed yourself and be comfortable and uncomfortable- a basic way of discernment to help you communicate and stay alive, adapt and make your way out of situations and circumstances by using with and communication to ensure you are able to survive!
It is only when Mercury is provided enough strength by Sun and other planets that it start to activate to the fullest potential and thats when you see blossoming of expressions of intellect through various forms of creative expression from fine arts to performing arts, albeit with support from Venus and Moon needless to say!
More interestingly is the misunderstanding about the enmity of Jupiter and Mercury- well let’s be honest- the metaphorical representation has been painted wrong for whatever reason- One needs of understand the depth behind this premise! Mercury is about wit, intelligent, the way of the world, essential discernment to navigate the material plane and to gauge and discriminate between what helps and what harms from the point of material advancement by using and adapting the power of the mind! Jupiter is about wisdom, rejection of worldly pursuits i terms of materialistic opulence, more focused on higher and deeper meanings and philosophies of life and trying to blend them into behavioral patterns for balancing the soul’s journey ensuring it’s moving in the direction that it is destined to! Needless to say these elements are at logger heads in the sense, unless one does not indulge, one does not know if the indulgence was fruitful or not and Jupiter awaits patiently for individuals to emerge once they are done with their material plane and wasted their intelligence pursuing trivial things- unfortunately that’s the story for the majority and then people are left wondering that even as they have great yoga’s and all that they ever wanted, they still have a sense of incompleteness- this is because, what the soul craves for is unfinished and unless one does not hook into the energy source of Jupiter/Venus/ Saturn/Ketu that will always remain unfulfilled!
Always remember, Intelligence and Wisdom go hand in hand; so do Creativity,Courage and Patience! As long as these are synchronized and in balance, rest assured you will maintain direction and momentum to achieve your soul’s desire!
Mercury is vital, of big value to navigate, engage and communicate with the world- the quality and depth of that communication largely depend on what reinforcing impacts that other planets have on it which either helps it or restricts it! For instance if A Mercury is aspected by Jupiter, you will find these people to play with words- spoken or written and never seem to tire and keep churning out long columns one after the other or keep writing books year on year clinically as if they are programmed! Certainly quality of what they throw out is a different aspect and depends on the quality of the planets and the aspects that are coming into play alongside Mercury- This is the reason when there are virtually Millions of books written every year why only a few hundred make it to the top list and get noticed, not necessary that remaining all other are not great- but well that is where the power and role of other planetary engagements and dashes comes into play!
When Mercury is impacted by Moon and or Venus, there will be a given softness and feminine touch in the communication expression, persuasive but not pushy, but consistent and directed. When Jupiter plays a role- it will be more driven by logic and factual statements and always having a touch of strong reasoning and philosophical duties around the content piece. Saturn tends to restrict and limit the communication to what is necessary, relevant and important and shreds off all unwanted decorative pieces and adjectives from the language- this is why these people may not make the best of it- unless there is a strong Moon which helps to retain creative expression and then help one that badge of being a critic or eminence!
However, when Rahu comes into play with Mercury, there remains a risk of throwing imagination and communication to the extremities and whether this works in favour or harms largely depends on other things like aspects, transits and Dashas that are being played out. The ability to imagine creatively into a new zone beyond the ordinary and make it big, can be a blessing or a curse given by Rahu and depends on how the other things play out in an individual’s chart.
Mercury, however seems to be more pronounced in terms of being active and providing sensible results through its Dasha period and antardasha’s especially when the mahadashas are of its friendly planets and which are able to reinforce the outcomes that Mercury promises to provide by its sign placement or house placement!
I will leave you here, with my thoughts so that you can evaluate and see how Mercury has been manifesting in your charts and perhaps you want to decipher what it wants you to communicate to the world and what is that you should be assimilating!
Ciao for now, will be back with another piece soon!