Put on your thinking cap and make sure it's adjusted perfectly -- communication planet Mercury moves into critical Virgo on August 23, and it signals a time when our minds are sharp, our speech becomes precise and we're able to communicate with others more efficiently.
You can find out what's coming up for you personally with a 30-Day Astrology Forecast, but overall now is the time to focus your thinking on practical matters.
Mercury stays in Virgo until September 9, so we'll be thinking in much more practical terms until then. Whereas Mercury in Leo was more playful and chatty, Mercury in Virgo has no time for idle chit-chat. This transit is about analyzing ideas until they're perfected and speaking seriously about most matters.
Virgo is Mercury's home sign (along with Gemini), so the communication planet feels comfortable here and is ready and willing to think clearly, get organized and manage complex projects. It's not necessarily the most imaginative or fun transit Mercury makes, but it's definitely productive!
Top dos and don'ts for making the most of Mercury in Virgo:
Do solve problems -- Break out the Sudoku! Analytical Virgo is great at taking an existing problem and working it over and over until … POOF! The problem is solved!
Don't be narrow-minded -- Mercury in Virgo enhances focus and critical thinking, but be careful you don't become overly critical and way too picky about everything during this transit.
Do perform an act of service -- Virgo is the sign of service, and with communication planet Mercury transiting this sign it's the perfect time to speak out or write a letter on behalf of a person or organization you're passionate about.
Don't bite someone's head off -- Mercury is crisp and efficient in Virgo, with no time for unnecessary pleasantries. Remember to be polite, even if you are in a hurry to get to the point.
Do learn something new -- Mercury in Virgo is a made for learning! Take a class, enhance your knowledge or practice skill-building now, while your mind can best absorb new knowledge.
Don't neglect your imagination -- Mercury is so practical in Virgo that it's likely your creativity and imagination could become blocked. Do what you can now to give yourself an extra boost in creativity through books or movies or anything that gets you out of your head for a while.