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Mercury in Virgo

Meticulous, exacting, and focused on details, Mercury in Virgo loves clean, clear, and precise communication. No one is better at splitting hairs than individuals born with this position.

In the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Mercury is Thoth, the Sacred Scribe. Virgo is Nekhbet, the Crone Priestess. These two enjoy each other’s company. In traditional astrology, Virgo is ruled by Mercury and this earth sign is very comfortable in the realm of the mind.

The shadow side of Mercury in Virgo is a nit-picky tendency to belabor the small points and miss the bigger picture. This sign can fall prey to judgment and perfectionism, directed toward oneself and others. And, if the desire is to strip down to the essence of a topic to examine its intellectual underpinnings, a Mercury in Virgo person is up to the task.

When Mercury is moving through Virgo our attention turns to matters of health and nutrition both literally and in a metaphoric sense. Virgo loves purity and Mercury in Virgo puts extra emphasis on being clean in mind and thought. This is a good time to focus on the details without losing touch with the bigger picture.

Mercury will remain in Virgo from August 19 until September 5.


August 20, 2020 by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.


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