Mercury’s position reveals how we need to think and communicate effectively. When Mercury occupies a different sign from the Sun, this often calls for conscious adjustment. Let’s go through a few examples:
1) Sun in Gemini, Mercury in Cancer: Social and intellectual energy fuels the Gemini Sun – when this energy gets channeled to Mercury in Cancer, it has a hard time reaching the depth of emotions – so we may like to talk about feelings, but without experiencing much of it.
In order for us to be truly effective and powerful in our communication, we need to learn to feel our emotions fully, rather than just skimming the surface of it. Talking about emotions can never be a substitute for feeling them, and if we take that route, we end up appearing insincere.
This can apply to any Sun in Air signs with Mercury in Water signs.
2) Sun in Scorpio with Mercury in Libra: Deep, emotional energy fuels the Scorpio Sun. When this energy gets channeled to Mercury in Libra, it has a hard time rising up to the surface of social communications – so we may choose to be quiet even when clarity and openness of communication would be more effective.
In order for us to be truly effective and powerful in our communication, we need to think without letting our strong emotions get in the way. Some objectivity and detachment from our emotional experience is called for, in order for us to gain proper perspective.
This can apply to any Sun in Water signs with Mercury in Air signs.
3) Sun in Leo with Mercury in Virgo: Enthusiasm and Ego-oriented energy fuels the Leo Sun. When this energy gets channeled to Mercury in Virgo, it has a hard time coming down to Earth, to see what the situation really demands – so we may choose to be reckless or self-centered when caution and humility would be more advisable.
In order for us to be truly effective and powerful in our communication, we need to think without letting our ego get in the way, to see how we can really be helpful to others, or to apply practical common sense into our decision making.
This could apply to any Sun in Fire signs with Mercury in Earth signs.
I think you get the idea – the Sun’s excess gets corrected through Mercury in different Sign. Sometimes the process works in reverse: the Mercury may get overly critical of the Sun’s modus operandi, causing self doubt. Astrologer can help sort out what is going on simply by discussing the dynamic with the client, and bring a holistic awareness into the picture.