This happens three to four times each year, causing Mercury to linger in a single sign or pivot between two zodiac signs for up to nine weeks. Gemini is the yang, or masculine, expression of Mercury; the more outward expression of communication.
If you were born with Mercury in Gemini, lucky you! But you may also make fast promises ones you might not keep and speak out of both sides of your mouth. No matter what zodiac sign your Mercury is in, this planet reveals your dual nature.
Mercury in Libra folks could tend toward people-pleasing when they want to keep the peace. To learn where Mercury falls in your natal chart, you can do your chart for free here. The second expression of Mercury shows up through Virgo and is yin, or feminine, in nature.
This is the analytical aspect of Mercury. How do we process data?
Are we messy or organized? This planet also prompts us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both a physical and psychological level. Mercury is about short trips: a visit to a neighbor or a friend across town, the workaday commute, a weekend getaway.
This planet implores us to express ourselves often — and well. When Mercury goes retrograde the appearance of traveling backward , however, our communications will be challenged. Mercury is never more than 28 degrees from the Sun; it takes about 88 days to complete its orbit of the Sun. It is neither masculine nor feminine energy and assumes the gender of the sign it is in.