Okay, so you’re curious about
astrology. You’ve looked up the sun sign of your boy- or girl-friend
to see how well you match. You’ve learned that your Aunt Edna is
an eccentric Aquarius, and – by gosh – her opinions (not to mention her
wardrobe) are a little bit Out There.
But did you know that astrology
can help YOU succeed in life? That’s right. Taking the time
to learn more about your astrological chart can help you make smart decisions
as you move through your teen years. If you want answers for day-to-day
matters – such as whether one of your friends would make a good lab partner,
or what types of classes you’ll like best – you’ll want to look at the
placement of the planet Mercury in your chart. In astrology, Mercury
represents the way you think and absorb information. It symbolizes
your unique type of intelligence, and your best approach to learning.
Knowing which sign contains Mercury in your chart can help you understand
what makes your mind grow weary in class or become hungry to learn more.
So in between episodes of Dawson’s Creek or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, curl
up with a cappuccino and read on!
First, let’s consider the
word “intelligence.” Despite what at least one of your teachers may
have told you, intelligence is not just people in pointy hats rattling
off dates of famous battles. Intelligence is also not limited to
doing well on tests, though that’s part of it. Intelligence can include
performing a stunning violin solo, making clever physical moves in sports,
keeping a well-organized locker, choosing to handle your anger in an effective
way, or bringing up a difficult subject for discussion with a friend (more
on these last two items in Part 2 on Venus).
The ancient poet Rumi (you
Pisces people are allowed to swoon at the mention of poetry!) believed
that there are two basic types of intelligence. The first type is
knowledge about the outer world – subjects such as astronomy, art, mathematics,
literature, history, and technology. From the day our parents stuck
a book in our hands as toddlers, we’ve been quite familiar with this type
of intelligence. It involves words, numbers, notebooks, SAT tests
and the other measurements of our outer world learning. The second
and less common kind of intelligence is what we might call wisdom.
It includes information from our inner world that can help us make good
emotional decisions. This type of intelligence is less common, and
badly needed in our world today. We will focus on this second type
of intelligence next month. For now, let’s look at Mercury, symbol
of our approach to outer world learning and intelligence.
See Table 1 to find the possible
signs of your Mercury based on your birthdate and Sun sign. Mercury
is always in one of three signs: the same sign as your Sun sign,
the sign before it, or the sign after it in the zodiac. Look up your
Sun sign in the first column of Table 1 (based on your date of birth).
Read to the right to find the three possible signs that may contain your
Mercury. You’ll need to read the descriptions for all three signs,
and consider which one is most likely to fit you. If you want to
know EXACTLY which sign contains your Mercury (you didn’t think we were
going to do ALL the work for you, did you?), you will need to get a copy
of your astrological
chart, look at an ephemeris (book that lists where the planets were
on certain dates), or consult with an astrologer to find out for sure.
your Sun Sign at birth is:
possible Mercury signs are:
|Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
||Pisces, Aries or Taurus
|Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
||Aries, Taurus or Gemini
|Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)
||Taurus, Gemini or Cancer
|Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 21)
||Gemini, Cancer or Leo
|Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22)
||Cancer, Leo or Virgo
|Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
||Leo, Virgo or Libra
|Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
||Virgo, Libra or Scorpio
|Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
||Libra, Scorpio or Sagittarius
|Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec
||Scorpio, Sagittarius or
|Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan
||Sagittarius, Capricorn or
|Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
||Capricorn, Aquarius or Pisces
|Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
||Aquarius, Pisces or Aries
read the interpretations for the three Mercury signs that could be yours.
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