Mercury in Taurus

I blogged last year about Mercury retrograde (in Gemini) trine Neptune retrograde (in Aquarius) as ‘talking through a fog’. Energy flows smoothly in a trine. Mercury (in Taurus) is currently making its third and final square to Neptune which is currently retrograding once again in Aquarius. The first pass was on 25 April, the second on 23 May, and the third on 9 June. Energy passing through a square can feel like it is forced over an obstacle or through a very narrow passage.

Red_King_sleeping Mercury (albeit direct now) square Neptune can produce blocks in communication, perhaps resulting from fuzzy (Neptune) logic (Mercury), or overly idealistic (Neptune) thinking (Mercury). It may also drain (Neptune) the energy out of communication (Mercury), or too much thinking (also Mercury)! But I am not certain how many experience this — I’m certainly feeling it. It may be that my own natal Mercury is opposite my natal Neptune, or that Neptune is currently squaring the ruler of my Gemini Sun (Mercury) and conjunct the ruler of my chart (Jupiter).


Mercury is currently in its shadow phase in Taurus, slowing towards its station retrograde on 6 May at 1+° Gemini before retrograding back to 22+° Taurus on 30 May.

Taurus gives an earthy stability to Mercury’s communications process, imbuing its usual freneticism with a measure of certainty and deliberation. Where the earth energy of Mercury in Capricorn is expressed by imbuing ideas with authority and organisation, in Taurus Mercurial processes can take on a practical, if not physically sensual, turn. This is Stephen Arroyo’s delineation: