Mercury will feel right at home as it settles into its own domicile and exaltation of Virgo between 28th July and 5th October 2023. as it settles into its own domicile and exaltation of Virgo. There’s no better place for Mercury to be. Meticulousness, diligence, accuracy, and being methodical and attentive are key traits we can tap into this month. The earthy qualities of Virgo provide room for these to be accomplished in a steady, careful manner, making the most efficient use of available resources, and refining and improving projects in a practical way. Paying attention to the small details and getting rid of clutter and the superfluous is rewarded under Mercury in Virgo.
Mercury co-present with Mars
Making decisions could flow more easily this month, and with Mars co-present in Virgo until 27th August, more focused thinking, planning and strategizing is available to you, perhaps with some feeling of urgency to get those done. The combination of Mercury and Mars can yield a sharp, strategic or logical mindset, and stimulus to be rigourous, productive and efficient. It’s a great time for streamlining activities, tackling paperwork that needs attention, catching up with all those unanswered emails, getting clear on details in contracts, or finally make a clear decision about something – what that might be about will depend on which house Mercury is transiting in your birth chart.
As always with Mercury, communication will be a focus, and with Mars co-present you may feel inspired to find the courage to speak up about matters you may have been shying away from, or to express your own independent thoughts and ideas. Being bold and perhaps even taking a risk in what you say or how you communicate could pay off.
Mercury opposite Saturn
The opposition to Saturn on 1st August may slow things down temporarily, tempering that boldness. Saturn’s sense of responsibility, duty and critical judgement matches Mercury in Virgo’s qualities of perfectionism and being of service, but this could become a sticking point if taken too far, and feel like what you are doing isn’t good enough. Wanting to get things right and be precise is great, but allow some room for flexibility at the same time, and watch the workload.
Mercury trine Jupiter
Jupiter brings helpful optimism and pathways for continued development in all these matter when it trines Mercury on 10th August (and again on 24th September). This transit will favour acquiring new knowledge or skills or expanding your network or intellectual pursuits. Philosophical thoughts and ideas may open up for you, with the feeling of being inspired to share these in a meaningful way with others. Take advantage of opportunities for continued improvements and growth in these areas, as well as administration, organisation or technological matters. You may end up questioning and examining how to carry these out in a way that feels purposeful and worthwhile. With the trine between two earth placements, not rushing, and staying practical and grounded will feel most helpful.
Mercury goes retrograde on 23rd August (through to the 15th September). More refining and adjustment could be needed in projects and communications to get to a place of better efficiency, organisation, or to get down to the nitty gritty details before you can go further with those. This may involve reconsidering decisions you thought were final earlier in the month. Don’t be surprised if you change your mind or altering your course. With Mercury in such a good placement this retrograde might feel a bit more integrated and aligned with what you are doing compared to other retrogrades.