Mercury in Leo: July 26 2008

July 25, 2008 by  

Mercury will enter the fiery sign of Leo on Saturday, July 26, thereby entering combustion. This is a harmful state where a planet is a little too close to the Sun (about 8.5 degrees on either side), and is afflicted by the Sun’s extreme heat. Mercury will stay combust until about August 6th. Read on for the best ways to use Mercury in Leo.

Half-Voiced Mercury in Leo

Leo is one of the half-voiced signs; halfway between being fully vocal and totally mute. It is therefore not the best sign for Mercury, who loves to vocalize and communicate. Also, Mercury tends to not do as well in the bestial signs, of which Leo is one. Mercury brings the gifts unique to humanity: speech, commerce, reading and writing, etc. Being in an animal sign is not exactly his best location, nor being in a fixed sign like Leo. Mercury likes movement and action, and the fixed signs are a little too staid for his fluid nature.

That said, Mercury in Leo is a pretty good placement: half a voice is better than none for Mercury, whose normally smooth speech may change to growls or purrs in Leo. While it is not Mercury’s finest moment, it is still a sign where Mercury can express itself reasonably well. Also, the “bound” or part of the sign, 11 Leo to 17 Leo, is ruled by Mercury, so there is some affinity between this cold and dry planet and Leo, the hot and dry sign! At least they share one quality, that of dryness.

This brings us to an important observation of Mercury in Leo. This is not the most emotional placement. It does not mean that a Mercury in Leo native has no empathy; it just will not come from this planet-sign combination. The dry quality gives a lack of sentiment – an overabundance of moisture increases it. Mercury is not a touchy-feely planet. It is the rational, organizational part of ourselves that is not naturally at ease with feelings. The heat of Leo might give passion or enthusiasm, sometimes mistaken for emotion, but the inward, receptive soul of the native will not be touched when he expresses passion.

Mercury in Leo Secrets

Combustion essentially hides a planet from view in the rays of the Sun. Mercury in Leo, combust, is thus doubly heated – once from the Sun and once from its sign. The combination gives us secret and heated communications, which are none too eloquent, but drive their point home. One growl from the lion is unmistakable in its import. If you wish to talk to someone secretly, or to do something hidden, now through August 6th may be the best time to do so. This is especially true if Mercury rules your horoscope.

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5 Responses to “Mercury in Leo: July 26 2008”

  1. bob rude on July 27th, 2008 12:46 pm

    several more fires have started in central calif right on cue…It seems these fires were a product of wind friction and extreme dry vegetation.. Its like
    wow combustion out of thin air

  2. Nina Gryphon on July 28th, 2008 3:11 pm

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for pointing that out! Mercury can be a real shape-changer – he just morphs right into whatever he contacts. If it is a hot and dry sign like Leo, so be it.


  3. sara on July 29th, 2008 4:25 am

    Hi, i was born with Mercury in Leo…i know that this isn’t the best position for this planet…but my Sun is in Virgo. How much the mutual reception can rise my Mercury? It’s a good dignity, isn’t it?

  4. Nina Gryphon on July 30th, 2008 9:49 am

    Hi Sara,

    It’s okay. You’ll survive 🙂

    Mutual reception might help or harm, depending on the sign, aspect, and house condition of the two planets. If Mercury rules your 12th house and the Sun rules your 10th, it might show friends who lead to self-destruction. So context is everything.

    Best wishes,

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