Books by Stefan Stenudd:
Mercury in the Horoscope
The Source to Language and Understanding in Classical Astrology
The immediate intellect and comprehension,
adapting language spoken and written,
the urge to express and to perceive.
Merrcury is the fastest moving planet in the solar system, but in the geocentric perspective used in astrology it never moves farther than 28° from the sun. Therefore, it still takes about a year to travel through the whole Zodiac.
In the horoscope, Mercury represents the everyday intellect by which we communicate, make ourselves understood and understand others. Of course, language is a great part of it, but also conscious thought in general.
There are two planets representing the mind: Mercury handles normal thought, and Uranus is involved in profound speculation. The former is what is at work in us daily, one could say superficially, and we are quite aware of it. The latter is a process that will make us mature toward insight, in due time.
Mercury in the ZodiacHere are short descriptions of how each Zodiac sign influences Mercury, your conscious mind, when that's where it is in your natal chart.
Aries brings impulsiveness and improvisation.
Taurus brings careful thinking and reluctance to speak much.
Gemini brings a quick intellect, and eloquence in speech and writing.
Cancer brings ability to voice emotions, and a sensitivity to how words affect others.
Leo brings an ability to convince others and a mind set on personal goals.
Virgo brings a sharp mind, set on details, keen to dispute.
Libra brings precise and logical thinking, as well as a clear language.
Scorpio brings confusing thoughts and speaking between the lines.
Sagittarius brings an interest in the far-fetched and thoughts difficult for others to comprehend.
Capricorn brings a sharp mind focused on solving problems.
Aquarius brings sophisticated communicative skills and the capacity to learn a lot.
Pisces brings a curiosity difficult to satisfy, because of intellectual impatience.
KeywordsHere are the twelve Zodiac signs, and keywords for the character they give to Mercury, i.e. your conscious mind:
RulerMercury rules over both Gemini and Virgo, which means that it tends to be the most obvious and enforced in those signs. It exalts in Libra and Pisces. It is a bit weakened and alienated in Taurus, and to a lesser extent in Cancer and Scorpio.
Planet ageEach of the heavenly bodies represents a period in your life of about seven years. In the case of Mercury it is the part of childhood when you learn language in speech and writing, so that you master the primary tool of communication. That's approximately when you're 7 to 14 years old. The position of Mercury in your horoscope reveals what that period of your life is like, generally speaking. This also means that the way you learn to communicate during those years of your childhood is pretty much how you will keep on communicating for the rest of your life.
I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. Apart from fiction, I've written several books about astrology and spirituality. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Google Profile. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Classical astrology is according to the age old astrological principles, which are just as relevant today. The complete horoscope chart consists of many more components than your star sign (where the sun was at your birth). The latter has quite limited applications, which should be respected. This website deals mainly with the complete horoscope, and states clearly when that's not the case.
About This WebsiteWelcome to the world of astrology and horoscopes! Here you find an introduction to the basics of astrology, in-depth presentations of the Zodiac and your sun sign, astrological predictions based on the outer planets, famous horoscopes and elaborate forecasts.
Mundane AstrologyHere are also several examples of mundane astrology - astrological principles applied to institutions, countries and the whole world. This way of using astrology was in the past much more common than personal horoscopes.
Astrology BasicsThe astrology basics present the astrological components and their significance in the personal horoscope. They are the twelve Zodiac signs, the twelve planets, the twelve Houses, and the five aspects.
There are astrologers who use additional celestial bodies, as well as additional aspects. I stick to the horoscope fundamentals specified by Ptolemy, the Greek mathematician of the 2nd century CE, in his classic on astrology: Tetrabiblos. It's the primary source to western astrology.