The Sun............Hot, virile, masculine.... that round circle glyph
with the dot in the middle... that bright orb in the sky that rises and
sets and occasionally gets eclipsed. The crowned king of the heavens
above, around which all the other planets rotate. The sun is the
emanation of light.... and each individual is a type of sun... a
manifested creation of the Universe... each person, male or female has
within themselves that vital sun energy which is life itself.
It is the motivating power inside of us that is our own unique vital
essence...in a sense it is our birth chart in that it is who we are..our
seed core, that essential true self as imprinted on our individual
blueprint. And like the circle with a dot in the middle... we are in a
sense the dot... the human being at the center of the birth chart.
We as individual entities respond to the light of the sun. Wherever it
transits that area of life gets the spotlight..
It represents the self, the ego, man, father, authority, those who have
power over us... and we ourselves hold the greatest authority, being the
captains of our own ships and responsible for our own actions.
Like the sun we go through phases... as the sun does from rising to
setting... We are born as the sunrise, reach maturity as at noon and at
sunset we are seen no more until we are once more born and the new sun cycle begins again...over and over ..until all the lessons are learned
and like Hercules, we complete our twelve labors.
That's a case of Hermes gone bad, you know, your basic god of communication and knowledge which can be as craftily perjurious and a master thief as he can be good. I mean that Mercury god is nothing but cunning..or is that conning? The master thief. He started his career the day he was born, according to the myth,
The babe was born at the break of day,
And ere the night fell he had stolen away
Of course Zeus made him give them back and he won Apollo's forgiveness by presenting him with the lyre which he had just invented. No surprise that Hermes was the god of commerce and the market, the (protector) of traders. LOL, he was also the one who led the souls down to their last home.
Hermes stealing Apollo's herds ..mean little dickens ain't he? But his daddy Zeus is the one with the lightning bolts..but LOL...But Hermes gave the consolation prize of a lyre.. (liar) AKA a song and dance, but he did give back the herds (heards?) Here's your new home Apollo... it's hot but the company's good.
Ummm yeah, Mercury seems to get overlooked in his rather deceptive simplicity when we get into Astro thinking. But he's the A#1 dude actually... In the beginning was the word...logos.. how about the sperm... the seed thought, every action, whether right or wrong, good or bad, devil or angel begins with a thought.. and the seed thought planted in fertile ground tends to grow into a pregnant idea... or concept being either truth or lie, genius or insanity, good or evil. Anyway... everything in the world began with ..a thought. So no wonder we are judged by our thoughts.. the kind of genius that can find a cure for cancer can potentially invent germ warfare.. it all depends on the seed thought and whether the seed thought was good or evil. The thought is father of the deed. And as the myths say.. Mercury is the messenger of the gods... yeah plural.. but it was Lucifer that was said to be the prince of the power of the air. Interesting that Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo ... Gemini is definitely a sign of dual nature while Virgo implies greater purity of thought.. Gemini.. where you get this symbol of the light and dark.. the good intention or thought or the dark thought with the bad intention. So the Virgo Mercury would seem to be the thoughts analyzed for content, thoughts consciously aimed at being of a purer nature. Blessed are the pure in heart..... Not that Virgo is always pure in heart but it does tend to examine it's seed thoughts to see what is in them with an eye towards obtaining the best results. Virgo seems to imply some sort of purity but in myth the virgins were not Lilly white, nun like women.. they were actually the temple whores set aside for fertility rites. Literally the thought gives birth to the deed.
But the sheer power of thought is awesome.. companies like the phone company or organizations like the government or the various religions are based on finding out what they THINK people want and then they summons up the ghosts of the collective desires and proceed to present us with what we want and sell it to us. The trouble is that what was wanted usually turns out to be not what we need and was the result of collective wrong thinking to begin with. And that brings on our own thoughts which yours are pretty much like mine in agreeing that what we get was never what WE wanted.. as far as desires go.. so out there is a collective, perverted desire that is getting exactly what it wanted and the number of wrong thinking people seems to be far more vast and powerful than the right thinkers, who seek after truth, integrity, honesty, the common good of all concerned.. the ones who live according to the rules laid down for those who seek to live in the Kingdom of Heaven.. the ones who seek after the good in life, rather than after the good life. The good life isn't necessarily evil.. it's all in what one perceives the good life to be. Its the divine self with its spiritual desires that seeks after right thinking or wrong thinking. I'm thinking that spirituality is not the same thing as religion... religion imply's a surrender of the self to powers of collective thought but spirituality is surrendering to the self and it's desire to be the best self it can be and dealing with it's own lapses into wrong thinking and taking responsibility for it's own thoughts, good or bad that leads to it's own individual actions. Wrong thinking may create our environment but it's up to each individual how he chooses to live in it.
I was just thinking about what you were saying yesterday, which turned out to be a really good summery of some of the less savory aspects of Mercury. You're right there are a lot of ways of miss using the power of Mercury. And Mercury power is, as the book says, "As sharp as a two edged sword." It's oh so true... words or even thoughts can wound a person as deeply as a sword thrust and in the case of a verbal wound it's way harder to heal usually than a physical wound. A physical wound just bleeds a while and then if it's not severe enough to kill you, it starts immediately to mend itself.. the first thing it does is stop bleeding... but some times it takes some applied pressure to help that along... then when the bleeding stops the wound forms a scab and if some harmful bacteria has entered the wound, it fights them and wins... giving off a bit of "healthy" pus that doesn't amount to much, just a sign that the body's doing it's job, and the wound heals leaving a scar that is stronger than the tissue was before it was damaged. It remains tender a while maybe but in the end it's tougher than ever.
But that was a physical wound, which is a lot like a verbal wound but way, way harder to heal... ' though the healing process is actually the same..that old saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." That whole statement is Neptunian... and the reason people say that is, that they use that thought as kind of defense mechanism. It's like saying, "I don't give a damn." Most people that say they don't give a damn are seeking to cover up the fact that they really do give a damn.. and a lot of the time they really give a damn big time. But words can hurt a lot worse than a stick or stone and they can wound more deeply and be a lot harder to heal.. in fact hurtful words used as a weapon against some one can have the power to hurt severely and to keep on hurting... and even after an original verbal hurt has been forgiven, it's almost impossible to forget... occasionally one can forget a small verbal cut, but the larger ones though forgiven can never be erased from the mind, it's like even though you forgive the trespasser, the words that wounded you seem to be written in indelible ink. You can push them to the back of your mind and think you've forgotten them, but every now and then they just seem to float to the top from where they were submerged in all that deep "water" and there they are, good as new and still have the power to make you feel pain. Lol... That brings to mind another Neptunian saying... "Forgive and forget." That's sort of like oil and water, the two don't really jell do they... Forgiving is usually good...and most things are forgivable if you take the time to understand what prompted the person to verbally wound you in the first place... understanding makes that possible. But I never could quite buy the forgetting part of that saying... Maybe it's a personal weakness, but I can't seem to forget anything that really cut into me. Usually there's really a good reason to remember those verbal hurts.. because like any other bad experience in life the lessons learned from them are worth remembering. Maybe that's the whole point... forgive the trespass...and forget the cause, but remember the lesson.
You know it's funny to me, how they want to outlaw guns because they are such dangerous weapons... but they want freedom of speech... I think words are probably the most dangerous and destructive of the two and everyone has access to them... even little children . I guess it's as important or probably more so to teach children how to handle that dangerous weapon called words, as it is to teach them about gun safety. To really think before they speak, and to think about what they say and think about what they hear and what they read... Virgo ... learn to analyze all that Mercury stuff.
But it's not easy really to analyze a lot of that Mercury stuff.. because it's like it's name sake Quicksilver.. now that's some hard stuff to pin down, pretty much impossible, if you try to pick up spilled mercury... you just can't take back words once they've been spoken, just like you can't pick up spilled mercury and put it back into the thermometer. And the darn stuff expands when it gets hot.. and in a test tube, it would overflow and spill out and be impossible to pick up and put back into the test tube.. angry words. And the stuff has the ability to change it's shape.. the slightest movement and it's whole shape changes... and poke your finger at a spilled ball of it and it runs away from you.. as illusive as can be.. it's just really hard stuff to hold onto. But it will stick, if you've got the right element for it to stick to.... I don't know what all Mercury will actually cling to, but I know you can paint a copper penny with it and it paints the penny as if you'd used silver paint.. in other words you could see that as Mercury having the ability to coat a common element and completely cover it so that it appears to be something that it is not. But there's a positive meaning to that too and that's Mercury's power to change things... and that's probably it's greatest power ... next to being the "seed" of everything... All that tremendous power to change things for better or for worse, good or bad. And of course you have to consider in the negative sense the poisonousness of the substance mercury.. mercury poisoning can make you sick, just like lead poisoning and it can kill you if you get too much of it in your system... yet properly used, it's a safe and useful substance.
I guess in a way, mercury is like the element of water... in it's pure clean, uncontaminated form.. it's healthy and is a necessity for life.. but when it's dirty or contaminated or filled with poison, it's ability to harm is as great as any other thing miss used and made filthy by ... yep..man....God knows better.. when he made the stuff it was good.. and if man messes it up and gets hurt or screwed up by anything.. either Mercury/water/or Venus.. it's his own fault.
I've been analyzing the negatives of Mercury... but in itself it's neither good nor bad, male or female... it's neutral... like all the other planets it's up to us to use them and we can do it well or badly.