What it’s like being Mercury in Aries

Your mind moves a little quicker than most. You make snap judgements, and you trust them, because there’s something in your mind that just knows right away. You pick up on information rapidly, no need to digest it. You feel a surge of power when you partake in intellectual conversations, you secretly think your opinion is better than everyone else’s. It can be hard for others to change your mind, but it’s not unusual for you to change your own when you learn something new. You’re always charging forward, the learning process never ends. When you write you’re succinct and straight to the point, there’s power in conciseness. You aren’t flowery or emotional in your speech, you’re exact. You receive random bursts of energy when you’re mentally stimulated, it’s as if you’re running a race. You enter the place of direct knowing. Everything you learn gets filtered back into your own self-understanding - you are the center of your own mental landscape. You get a lot out of personal reflection, maybe even writing a memoir or autobiography, because you are the subject you know best. And you love to talk about yourself, to be honest. You secretly (or unashamedly) love fighting, it’s verbal combat to you. Sometimes it’s just a game but other times you do get pretty heated. A healthy debate really gets your blood pumping. You can be rather direct and honest, sometimes you talk without thinking. You wear your mind on your sleeve.

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The solar system is all set to give a rare celestial show. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will all be visible from Earth when they appear in a diagonal line on Wednesday, Jan. 20. It’s the first time the five bright planets, so called as they can usually be seen easily with the naked eye, have aligned in such a way in more than 10 years. The phenomenon will continue until Feb. 20.

Mercury Signs

Mercury represents how you think, communicate and your intellectual abilities.

Aries: quick-thinking, spontaneous, frank, witty, headstrong, restless

Taurus: patient, thoughtful, practical, deliberate, narrow-minded, one-track mind

Gemini: articulate, witty, versatile, unbiased, flippant, gossiper

Cancer: diplomatic, reliable, tenacious, intuitive, irrational, capricious

Leo: creative, articulate, confident, leader, overbearing, conceited

Virgo: unbiased, analytical, logical, meticulous, remote, clinical

Libra: charming, diplomatic, communicative, social, insincere, indecisive

Scorpio: perceptive, intuitive, insightful, quick-thinking, harsh, intrusive

Sagittarius: sincere, open-minded, clever, cultured, irreverent, grandiose

Capricorn: methodical, grounded, reliable, discriminating, unimaginative, devious

Aquarius: inventive, objective, progressive, social, clinical, unrealistic

Pisces: imaginative, intuitive, philosophical, receptive, evasive, gullible

the Mind of the Signs

Communication style, learning and study habits, and the creative capabilities of Mercury through the zodiac:

Mercury in Aries:  A daring desire to hunt information and become an intellectual independent; learning is a conquest which is won with fierce focus. The mind is sharp & aggressive, the imagination explosive & creative; can be insensitive and lose interest quickly.

Mercury in Taurus: A relaxed and deliberate lounger, the mind takes its time when reaching a decision, and grasps the personal usefulness of information when it is conveyed through the 5 senses; ideas are realistic, full of common sense and guilelessness. Imagination blossoms when it touches the material world; can be stubborn.

Mercury in Gemini: An observant child who watches the world with rapt interest; nervous and jumpy thoughts and ideas. Words are a weapon, and the rapid-fire mind shoots poetic, humorous, and intelligent remarks, always searching for exciting ways of expressing the inexpressible; can be superficial and lack focus.

Mercury in Cancer: A soothing sentimentalist who takes care, and is considerate of thoughts and opinions in order to ensure a sense of safety; remembers feelings and moods associated with information, reflects on meanings behind words. Imagination is thoughtful and rhythmic, with photographic memory; can be timid

Mercury in Leo: A richly dramatic imagination made for public consumption; the mind is contagiously creative and capable, spouting stylish and often entertaining remarks. Fierce focus and passionate involvement allow the intellect to devour as much knowledge as it desires; can come across as arrogant.

Mercury in Virgo: A modest and matter-of-fact mind competent and equipped to understand systematic thinking, relies on details to fully comprehend the essentials; purity of purpose is integrated into every thought with the intent of being skillful and precise; imagination finds expression in relatable and commonplace occurrences; can be visionless and lack depth.

Mercury in Libra: A charming diplomat seeks the middle ground by evaluating and comparing information and relaying it harmoniously; objective and unbiased, communication is effortless and lucid. The imagination is full of abstractions that can only be expressed through non-intellectual ways; can be lazy.

Mercury in Scorpio: An instinctive strategist, determined to pierce the heart of furtive information, passionately and fearlessly endeavors to be on top; imagination is stirred by keen observations. Avidly strives to uncover the mysteries and intrigues of the psyche; can be damaging.

Mercury in Sagittarius: A broad minded truth-seeker, with eyes on the future, defends justice and freedom with zeal; positive and audacious, the restless interest seeks information that inspires and motivates. Ideas are enormous and take on a life of their own; can be indiscreet.

Mercury in Capricorn: A resourceful and organized bricklayer who methodically plans every step of the intellectual and creative process; ideas are well thought out and wise; imagination is utilitarian. Prefers to learn heuristically, gaining knowledge through experience; can be dogmatic.

Mercury in Aquarius:  A satellite, driven by high-powered curiosity, collects and inspects information; the natural mind of an engineer that sees in blueprints, with a vibrant and resourceful imagination. Learns at light-year speed, and is often far off into the future, dreaming of innovation; can be unreasonable and lose interest.  

Mercury in Pisces: An intuitive lake of intelligence and compassion that reflects the thoughts and vibrations of its surroundings; beneath cloudy thoughts lays a colorful imagination that is desperate for expression. Often quiet and gentle, the ears are always tuned into the frequency of feelings; a great listener; can be impressionable.

Mercury in the Houses
  • 1st House:thinks about their identity, uses intellect to carve out an identity
  • 2nd House:thinks about values, uses intellect to accumulate, create, and protect things of value
  • 3rd House:thinks about ideas, uses intellect to collect and share ideas
  • 4th House:thinks about the past, uses their intellect to reminisce
  • 5th House:thinks about art, uses their intellect to express themselves
  • 6th House:thinks about work, uses their intellect to get chores done
  • 7th House:thinks about others, uses their intellect to manage partnerships
  • 8th House:thinks about occult studies, psychology, and conspiracies, uses their intellect to gain power
  • 9th House:thinks about philosophy, uses their intellect to create and preach a worldview
  • 10th House:thinks about their reputation, uses their intellect to create success
  • 11th House:thinks about the future, uses their intellect to benefit humanity
  • 12th House:thinks about dreams, fantasies, and symbols, uses their intellect to find a spiritual connection
Dominant Planets

Generally speaking, a planet becomes our dominant if it’s in one of it’s ruling signs (E.g. If you are mercury dominant with a Gemini mercury) or it has many aspects with (other) major parts of your chart. Obviously, there are other ways, but you can read about those here.

First of all, I want to talk a little about what “Dominant” actually is in astrology. We have dominant signs, planets, elements and types. In astrology, it means the sign/planet/etc you are most like and identify with the most. With signs, this is obvious: “I am Libra dominant, therefore I identify the most with Libra”. In planets, we may be better at dealing with the thing in which they rule. For example, someone with Moon dominant may be better at dealing with their inside thoughts and feelings! If you want to know what each planet means, I suggest going here.

Also, with a planetary dominant, it is important to remember that planet is still within a sign. So, whilst the planet is your dominant, you will express the ways of the planet in a way that that sign would. For example, if I am Venus dominant, and my Venus is in Taurus, I will be good at expressing my love and understanding it, but the expression itself will be very much like the sign Taurus.

Anyway, this is how each planetary dominant may manifest within a person:

Ordered by the planet and how it is as a dominant, a word for the sign which you have it in. The sign the planet mainly rules is highlighted.

Sun: Ruling over Leo, the Sun represents the ego. It is thought to represent The Father, The Hushand, and The Leader. Someone of Sun dominant may find it easier to take charge and be certain in their aspirations. Sun also represents courage and generosity, but pride and self-centeredness. Someone of this dominant may encompass this traits more than others.

A word for Sun when in…

Aries//Passion, Taurus//Willful, Gemini//Generous, Cancer//Nurture, Leo//Prideful, Virgo//Straight-Forward, Libra//Peace, Scorpio//Courage, Sagittarius//Feisty, Capricorn//Reliable, Aquarius//Blunt, Pisces//Loving

Moon: Being ruled by Cancer, the Moon is the opposite (feminine) version of the Sun. Someone of Moon dominant may be more in touch with their emotions, and thus more understanding of others’ emotions. On a bad day, they may also be more reckless of their own emotions. A Moon dominant knows how they feel and think, making it easier for them to be in touch with their conscious.

A word for Moon when in…

Aries//Powerful, Taurus//Stubborn, Gemini//Relaxed, Cancer//Family, Leo//Independent, Virgo//Self-critical, Libra//Indecisive, Scorpio//Deeper Emotion, Sagittarius//Dreamland, Capricorn//To the point, Aquarius//Deep Thoughts, Pisces//Others

Mercury: This Dominant is probably the most straight forward, as it means you probably find communication easier. I don’t mean less stressful or nerve-racking (as these are not determined by astrology), but I mean that you can easily state what you think or feel and don’t often experience a loss of the “right word”. A Mercury Dominant is good at planning in the sense of when to meet or where, because of their good communication.

A word for Mercury when in…

Aries//Spontaneous, Taurus//Relaxed, Gemini//Laid-back, Cancer//Empathetic, Leo//To the point, Virgo//Precise, Libra//Neutral, Scorpio//With power, Sagittarius//Warm, Capricorn//Concise, Aquarius//Blunt, Pisces//Sympathetic

Venus: Venus being the sign of love, someone of Venus Dominant may find themselves being very compassionate towards people. They may find it easier to express themselves or show their love. Venus Dominant can make someone more empathetic as they show love for generously.

A word for Venus when in…

Aries//Powerful, Taurus//Strong, Gemini//Fun, Cancer//Loved, Leo//Passion, Virgo//Humble, Libra//Quiet, Scorpio//Deep, Sagittarius//Spontaneous, Capricorn//Modest, Aquarius//Playful, Pisces//Romantic

Mars: This is the sign of drive, passion and sex. For this reason, energy comes in abundance to a Mars Dominant. Therefore, if this is your dominant, you may have a heavy drive in all your work and events. A Mars Dominant may always seem to be bursting with passion, because this is exactly what they are. 

 A word for Mars when in…

Aries//Stubborn, Taurus//Powerful, Gemini//Equal, Cancer//Protective, Leo//Unmatched, Virgo//Just, Libra//Neutral, Scorpio//Passionate, Sagittarius//Willing, Capricorn//Ambitious, Aquarius//Unstoppable, Pisces//With Empathy

Jupiter: This planet is thought to represent self-confidence, abundance and luck. It is associated with wealth and glory. A person of Jupiter Dominant may be quite confident around people and generous. Jupiter is almost like the Santa Claus of the Dominants. Representing abundance, they give an get in abundance.

A word for Jupiter in…

Aries//Materials, Taurus//Giving Gifts, Gemini//Parties, Cancer//Giving Time, Leo//Glory, Virgo//Giving To Be Just, Libra//Items, Scorpio//To Have, Sagittarius//Wanting Wealth, Capricorn//Money, Aquarius//Sheer Luck, Pisces//Wants

Saturn: Saturn is almost the opposite of Jupiter. Saturn is toughness and limitations. Whilst Jupiter Dominants were out-going people, Saturn Dominants are the introverts. They are the ones who observe with quiet ambition, rather than take to the dance floor in a sudden moment.

A word for Saturn in…

Aries//Held Back, Taurus//Observing, Gemini//Quiet, Cancer//Peaceful, Leo//Ambition, Virgo//Sussing Out, Libra//Waiting For Their Chance, Scorpio//At Home, Sagittarius//Trapped, Capricorn//Tough, Aquarius//Knowing The Limits, Pisces//Feeling Okay

Uranus: Ruling Aquarius means only one thing, this Dominant is the planet of thought. Uranus Dominant thinks outside the box and has a semi-permanent stage of dreamland. It is all about the “What if” questions with these people. Usually, they like to try and better the world, even though sometimes they seem indifferent to society.

A word for Uranus in…

Aries//Big, Taurus//Setting Limits, Gemini//Fresh, Cancer//With Emotion, Leo//Dreaming, Virgo//Trying For Realism, Libra//In Thought, Scorpio//Depth, Sagittarius//Lost, Capricorn//Straight, Aquarius//Inventive, Pisces//New

Neptune: When you rule Pisces, of course you’re gonna be the planet of dreamers. A lot like Uranus, the “What if” questions are a big love of Neptune Dominants, and damn can you tell! They are the ones dreaming up completely unrealistic ideas and almost living in a fantasy. They are often more gentle than other Dominants.

A word for Neptune in…

Aries//Outstanding, Taurus//Will, Gemini//Questioning, Cancer//Thinking Of Love, Leo//Huge, Virgo//Ponder, Libra//Stray Thoughts, Scorpio//Deeper Meaning, Sagittarius//Paths, Capricorn//Inventive, Aquarius//Imagine, Pisces//Dreamland

Pluto: This planet is thought to represent death, questioning yourself deeply, as well as mystery. A Pluto Dominant may often question the truth of things or the bigger questions of life. They appreciate a mystery and digging deeper inside of someone. Sometimes, their self-questioning can become too much for themselves. 

A word for Pluto in…

Aries//Deep Questioning, Taurus//Second Guessing, Gemini//Indecision, Cancer//Realistic Emotion, Leo//Simple Mystery, Virgo//Realism, Libra//What And Why, Scorpio//Deeper And Deeper, Sagittarius//”If”, Capricorn//Bigger Picture, Aquarius//More Than This, Pisces//Realities

– If you want to know why I put the word(s) for a certain sign, just send them to me with the planet and sign and I will explain. A lot of them are vague versions of a bigger idea I had in my head, so feel free to ask –

Solar System: 5 Things To Know This Week

This month you can catch a rare sight in the pre-dawn sky: five planets at once! If you look to the south (or to the north if you’re in the southern hemisphere) between about 5:30 and 6 a.m. local time you’ll see Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter lined up like jewels on a necklace. They’re beautiful in the sky, and even more fascinating when you look closely.

This week we’re taking a tour of the planets with recent information about each:

1. Artistic License

Craters on Mercury are named for writers and artists of all kinds. There are Tolstoy, Thoreau and Tolkien craters, for example, as well as those that bear the names of the Brontës, photographer Dorothea Lange and dancer Margot Fonteyn. See the complete roster of crater names HERE.

2. Lifting the Veil of Venus

A thick covering of clouds made Venus a mystery for most of human history. In recent decades, though, a fleet of robotic spacecraft has helped us peer past the veil and learn more about this world that is so like the Earth in some ways — and in some ways it’s near opposite.

3. Curious?

Have you ever wanted to drive the Mars Curiosity rover? You can take the controls using our Experience Curiosity simulation. Command a virtual rover as you explore the terrain in Gale Crater, all using real data and images from Mars. Try it out HERE.

4. Now That’s a Super Storm

Winter weather often makes headlines on Earth — but on Jupiter there’s a storm large enough to swallow our entire planet several times over. It’s been raging for at least three hundred years! Learn about the Great Red Spot HERE.

5. Ring Watcher

This week, the Cassini spacecraft will be making high-resolution observations of Saturn’s entrancing rings. This is a simulated look at Saturn, along with actual photos of the rings from the Cassini mission.

Want to learn more? Read our full list of the 10 things to know this week about the solar system HERE.

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Planetary Retrogrades of 2016 🌟

1) Mercury Rx - 01/15/16 @ 8:06 pm - Direct 01/25/16 @ 4:50 pm

2) Jupiter Rx - 01/07/16 @ 11:40 pm - Direct 05/09/16 @ 8:14 pm

3) Saturn Rx - 03/25/16 @ 6:01 am - Direct 08/13/16 @ 5:50 am

4) Mars Rx - 04/17/16 @ 8:14 am - Direct 06/29/16 @7:38 pm

5) Pluto Rx- 04/18/16 @ 3:26 am - Direct 09/26/16 @ 11:01 am

6) Mercury Rx - 04/18/16 @ 1:20 pm - Direct 09/26/16 @ 9:20 am

7) Neptune Rx - 06/13/16 @ 4:43 pm - Direct 11/19/16 @ 11:38 pm

8) Uranus Rx - 07/29/16 @ 5:06 pm - Direct 12/29/16 @ 4:29 am

9) Mercury Rx - 08/30/16 @ 9:04 am - Direct 09/22/16 @ 1:31 am

10) Mercury Rx - 12/19/16 @ 5:55 am - Direct 01/08/17 @ 6:44 am

(found in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2016)