There is no better place for the planet Mercury to be than in the sign of Virgo! Not only is Virgo one of Mercury’s two home signs, meaning its energy works very well here, but Mercury is also exalted in Virgo, meaning its energy works BEST here!
Mercury guides the way we think. It rules our ideas, the way we process information, and how we communicate with others. Because Virgo is a sign of the mind that prizes precision and practicality, so when Mercury enters Virgo, it signals the starts of an incredibly productive time for everyone!
When Mercury is in Virgo
Mercury’s move into Virgo begins a period when our minds are sharp, our speech becomes precise, and we’re able to communicate with others more efficiently. We aren’t interested in sugar-coating our words under this transit -- we want to cut through the clutter and get straight to the point.
Virgo is highly skilled at taking in tons of information and stripping out everything that’s not necessary. So while Mercury moves through Virgo, our power to analyze information becomes much stronger, which helps us communicate our thoughts in the clearest way possible.
Productivity is one of the biggest benefits of Mercury in Virgo. While it’s not the most fun transit, our opportunities to make real progress are huge. Instead of getting stuck in a trap of dead-end ideas or in conversations that seem to go in circles, we are intently focused on details and useful information, making this a time of great forward movement.
One thing we must be beware of during this transit is becoming hyper-critical. Discernment is a good thing, but during Mercury in Virgo we can be so focused on finding faults that we insult others or become frustrated by our own flaws. Refining the way we speak to others and conveying our opinions with tact is key with Mercury in this discriminating sign.
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Because Mercury rules Virgo, a retrograde through this sign can feel especially disruptive. Virgo rules everything having to do with your day-to-day life, including your work, health, and routine. When Mercury retrogrades through Virgo, you could experience delays and missed deadlines on the job, or struggle with communication in your professional partnerships. Health issues may also pop up during this retrograde -- especially issues you’ve had in the past that you thought had healed. Because Mercury and Virgo are both associated with information, you can also expect plenty of misunderstandings with appointments and contracts during this retrograde, and feel a general lack of clarity in your life.
But you can turn this Mercury Retrograde into something positive, too! Mercury Retrograde in Virgo is a great time to revisit projects that you left behind. Getting back into an exercise routine or reviving an old idea at work could set you up for real success once the retrograde ends!
If you were born with Mercury in Virgo
People born with Mercury in Virgo have very sharp minds that can easily comprehend complex patterns, processes, and problems. Your mind is your greatest asset, and you tend to look at the world more realistically than most. It’s not that you don’t have dreams, it’s that your dreams are practical, attainable, and full of intention.
There are no frills to the way you think or communicate your ideas. You don’t like to waste time, and you know that the clearer and more decisive you can be, the easier it is to keep your progress moving forward.
Those born with Mercury in Virgo can struggle with perfectionism. You find flaws easily and believe in constant improvement, but your drive for absolute perfection can be utterly exhausting to yourself and everyone around you. Because you’re so to-the-point, your critiques often come across as criticism and can ruffle the feathers of more sensitive types. The more you embrace forgiveness -- of yourself and others -- the less stress you’ll feel in your relationships.
On the surface you probably have a fairly serious demeanor. But even though you tend to think and speak in very practical ways, surprisingly, you also have a great sense of wit. Your dry or sarcastic humor adds a flare to your personality that helps soften the sharper edges of Mercury in Virgo.
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