Mercury's Unusual Behavior in Virgo

Updated: Aug 25

The prince of the planets, Mercury, will be entering its own sign of Virgo on August 31st. While this is an amazing position for the planet to be in, it quickly goes combust and eventually turns retrograde in early September. This movement will ensure a long stay for the planet in its own sign. How does Mercury transit in Virgo affect you? Let's understand.


Transit in Virgo- a welcome position


Mercury is comfortable in Leo. It feels supercharged and loves to bask in the energy that the Sun's home has to provide. As the natural occupant of the 5th house, Leo is playful, witty and creative- an environment that greatly suits Mercury's own temperament, even if it is 12th from its own sign.


On August 31, 2022, Mercury will be moving out of Leo and entering Virgo where it will stay till October 26, 2022.


Virgo is the natural occupant of the sixth house and owned by Mercury. This sign represents stability of thought and communication. The second earth sign is both innocent in approach in fertile in imagination. It is connected to agriculture, daily life and routines. Its connection with the sixth house also makes it an important part of our money making, spending and wasting routines.


When Mercury enters Virgo, it is comfortable and generally less hyperactive when compared with Leo. Its thoughts and actions have stabilized and it now focuses extensively on 'what works.' In Virgo, Mercury has incredible focus and it can use its great powers of cognition to build something truly new, unique and amazing.


The caveats- Mercury combustion and Mercury retrograde in September


While the month should ideally have been great for all those who were looking to reap Mercury's amazing powers, it has a few caveats that we need to discuss.


On September 7, Mercury will go combust in Virgo.


On September 10, Mercury will go retrograde in Virgo.


The planet will remain combust and retrograde in the sign of Virgo for the rest of the month. This means a do-over for many plans, actions and re-learning things from scratch. You may have to devote yourself completely to a sudden new change in life. It will demand you to take a look back at your ambitions and plans and rehash them to fit the new environment you are in.


And I jest you not, the changes will be significant. The sudden shift in plans and mindset will be quite evident. I request you to please let spontaneous things happen in your life and not to struggle too hard against them just because they don't match your worldview. It is highly likely that you will be finding new experiences.


In some cases, you will have to go through experiences that you had been avoiding for some time. For instance, if you were avoiding going to a particular place, you may finally have to visit and there will be no way out of this commitment.


With the combustion and retrograde both happening at once, you will have to be careful about mental or cognitive exhaustion. It is best to keep cognitive load at a functional level instead of overloading your brain with too much to process. The less stress you take and the less decisions you have to make, the better.


Who will be affected the most?


People who have a Mercury combust + retrograde in Virgo in their birth charts will be affected the most during this transit. They will feel unusually exhausted and their decision making skills may also take a beating. They may also feel fatigued very easily and may want to run away from constant decision making. It is best not to bite more than you can chew during this period.


People with a Mercury combust + retrograde in any sign or house will be the second most affected during the transit. They will also feel similar results as those who have this position in Virgo. However, the effects may change slightly depending on the sign and house. For instance, if you have Mercury combust + retrograde in Gemini, you may find yourself surrounded by wasteful chatter that doesn't add anything to your life.


People with Virgo Ascendant/Virgo Moon Sign will also be affected considerably. They may face confusion at this time and it will be difficult to see their life goals clearly. They may also start questioning their life decisions. However, this is only a temporary phase and you don't need to make drastic changes to your life just because you don't feel good at the moment.


People with Gemini Ascendant/Gemini Moon Sign may also be affected since their sign lord will be transiting in its own house while going combust and retrograde. You may need to be specially careful with your home environment and not engage in bickering or unnecessary fights at home.


Of course, the transit will affect everybody but the people mentioned above will be seeing major changes. Rest of us will feel the effects of Mercury's transits to a smaller degree.


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