Mercury in Sagittarius

Transiting Mercury in Sagittarius


After spending several intense weeks learning about the mysteries of life in Scorpio, Mercury was ready to bring his newfound knowledge into the light of day. He was also eager to share it with the world, which is why upon exiting the Underworld, he immediately hit the open road that Sagittarius calls home.

SagittariusMercury is considered to be in its detriment (disadvantaged) in Sagittarius, the Messenger and the Archer have much in common, including travel, communications and education. As the planetary ruler of the third house, Mercury presides over local travel, lower education, local neighborhoods and all forms of communication; and as the zodiac’s ruler of the ninth house, Sagittarius presides over long distance travel, higher education, foreign places, publishing and public speaking.

While Mercury is in the fiery but flexible sign of the Archer, he’s friendly, sociable, playful and articulate. He also experiences strong feelings of wanderlust.  Whether it’s by train, plane or automobile, or even from the comfort of a cozy armchair for that matter, Mercury feels driven to explore new horizons. In Sagittarius, Mercury’s thirst for knowledge increases as well as his desire to teach others.  Consequently, when Mercury is in Sagittarius he often embodies the spirit of the sage as well as the student.

Although they have much in common, Mercury and Sagittarius also couldn’t be more different. Whereas Mercury is about details, Sagittarius is about the big picture. While here, the planet of communications is at a disadvantage because he’s forced to play by the Archer’s rules. Sagittarius is an abundant, and at times, excessive sign. Consequently, while Mercury is in Sagittarius, he often suffers from verbal diarrhea. Worse, he can be rude, arrogant, argumentative, condescending, dogmatic and downright hypocritical.

Mercury’s lesson is to embrace the Archer’s noble spirit and walk a path of integrity. If he does, he’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to spread knowledge, inspire hope and make a positive difference in the world.

Mercury is in Sagittarius from
November 12 – December 2, 2016
January 4 – 7, 2017 (Retrograde)
January 8 – 11, 2017 (Direct)