Mercury in Leo
Mercury here indicates the
individualized expression. Physical, intellectual, and spiritual light
is the radiation of being—in human terms, independent expression born
of intuition. The thinker penetrates to the world of meaning by focused
thought. This position underscores intuition as the essence of the Self,
of true identity. Real knowledge radiates from a central point which
is the life of the Individual. So the developed soul with this position
carries his own torch.
Song is "Somehow the
very central essence of us... as if all the rest were but wrappings
and hulls." (Thomas Carlyle)
Meditation is "...the
blending of the primary color of the Higher Self with the secondary
hue of the Lower Self until beauty is achieved." (Alice Bailey)
"...live in the lives
of those about you, seek in them and in all things the beauty, the element
of the Eternal, that they contain, and strive to love that beauty."
"Never did eye see
the sun unless it had first become sunlike, and never can the soul have
vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful" (Plotinus)
"...beyond the Beauty
that is predicated of various forms and relationships, there is a pure
Transcendent Beauty, and this is a mode of the very Being of the SELF.
This Beauty is not something that is beautiful. It is Self-existent
and casts its luster upon all things... Ecstasy is pure Beauty, as well
as pure Joy and Knowledge." (Pathways Through to Space) (James
(EA298) [Mercury in relation
to Leo]. Leo, being the fifth sign of the zodiac, counting from Aries
via Taurus, and also the eighth signs, counting from Aries via Pisces,
is closely related through numerical affinity with Mercury, who is esoterically
called “the Messenger at the ‘eighth gate’”; Mercury was active at the
time of individualization when the “eighth gate” was opened and a major
initiation of our planetary Logos took place, producing, in the human
kingdom, the process of individualization.
(EA299) [Relating Mercury
Mercury in Leo: MDR
1. Shedding the light of
2. The intuition which reveals
the archetype of identity. Soul light reveals personal distinctness
and the unique role to be played by the personality.
3. Messages from the soul
are declarative and authoritative. Once humility has been achieved,
there is not much need for the soul/personality dialogue. The communications
from above come as a fiat.
4. Intuitive mind reveals
the full blaze of soul light. The mind is uniquely the revealer and
5. Brilliance of mind which
is a reflection of soul light. Mind receives light without obscuration.
6. The mind identified with
the ahamkaric principle; the mind capable (through pure reason) of dispelling
the illusion of the ahamkaric principle. “Ahamkara” the principle of
7. Communications which
dramatize identity. In the highest sense, the dramatization of the soul,
the pure identity.
8. Mind expressing in full
radiance the content of the causal body.
9. As with Mercury in Aries,
authentic, creative thinking deriving from one’s own soul-source.
10. Eloquence in expression,
revealing identity; all mental/verbal transmissions embody the Self.
The individual thinks from self and speaks from self whichever self
it may be.
11. Intelligently ‘channeling’
12. The ‘shining’ “Bridge
13. The soul/personality
‘dialogue’ is as if between two ‘authorities’ the authority of the lower
self and the authority of the Higher Self.
14. In this particular sign,
the idea that “Mercury and the Sun are one” may be fulfilled.
15. Identification of the
mind with soul light is so strong, that the ‘gap’ to be bridged does
not seem as wide. It is said that the gap is not a fact in reality though
it is so in consciousness. The advanced individual with Mercury in Leo
senses the unreality of the gap. A mental synthesis uniting the apparently
separated points already seems to exist.
16. The bridging process
leads to the Presence. Communications to the “King” (the Presence),
the Monad. The ‘distance from the center’ is not perceived as great.
17. Mercury in Leo, is capable
of establishing right relations between soul and personality by revealing
the true nature of the higher Identity, of which the lower identity
is intended to be a reflection.
18. The conveyer to the
personality of Atma (the Spiritual Will of the Triad).
19. The mind which leads
easily (when advanced) into states of Identification.
20. The soul/personality
conflict brought about by increased soul/personality
communication centers around
the issue of whether the personality is living as an example of soul-identity
(Self) or personal-identity (self).
21. The power to ‘speak
the name of the soul’. Mind as an agent of authenticity of identity.
22. Uniqueness of expression,
bearing the stamp of individuality
23. Power to create luminous
24. Etc., in a similar vein.
(EA281) Mercury is exalted
in this sign because the mother is necessarily ruled by her son, the
Son of Mind who is also the Son of God. Of this son, she is the protector
and is responsible for his development and slowly acquired experience.
Mercury, being the Messenger of the Gods and the Agent of Their applied
control, is therefore the agent of the third aspect (active intelligence)
from one point of view, and of the second aspect (love-wisdom) from
another. He is regarded as embodying in himself both these aspects of
the mental principles, the expression of the concrete and the abstract
mind of God. The lower concrete mind was unfolded in the first solar
system and the higher abstract intuitional mind, the pure reason, is
unfolding in this system. Mercury is the synthesis of manas-buddhi,
mind-wisdom which expresses itself through the human soul; Mercury rules
the bridge or antahkarana.
(EA549) [Mercury] is also
the exoteric rulers of Virgo, the Mother of the Christ-Child, or the
form and that which indwells the form.
(EA281) Mercury is exalted
in Virgo. In Virgo, Mercury reaches his full power, for Virgo is intelligence,
and the hidden Christ is wisdom or pure reason”.
Mercury in Virgo: MDR
1. Shedding the light of
2. The mind “preparing the
way” for the Christ Consciousness.
3. The cherishing and nurturing
of thoughtforms: careful ‘brooding’
4. Inclines the mind to
the interpretation of life in terms of material preparedness.
5. The intuition illumines
the field of form.
6. The intuition reveals
imperfections within the form. The mind discerns the flaws which will
thwart the growth of spiritual energy.
7. The ‘messages’ from the
soul seem to be critical and relate to the improvements which must be
undertaken in the world of form, if form is to give birth to the Christ
8. The soul/personality
dialogue relates to the theme of what must be done to become a better
servant. The intuition reveals the ‘fine points’ of the art of practical
service to the soul and to humanity.
9. Expertise in the art
of “critical thinking’, detecting flaws in the process of reason, flaws
as impediments to the process of “pure reason”.
10. The light brought from
soul might be called the “light of preparation” discriminatively preparing
the fields of form for the manifestation of the Son of Mind.
11. Just as the Fourth Ray
Lord is called, the “Corrector of the Form,” so Mercury (distributing
the fourth ray) when in Virgo, is particularly the Corrector of the
12. Helps to establish right
relations between soul and personality by illuminating where personal
improvement is needed.
13. The Son becomes the
‘critic’ of the Mother.
14. The mind which discriminates
in order to determine the fitness of the form.
15. The Antahkarana is built
with precision and technical correctness. The ‘strands’ of the Antahkarana
are constructed discriminatively and meticulously.
16. The mind reveals the
areas within the personality fields which must be ‘cleaned’ and purified
for the soul to properly manifest.
17. The mind reveals the
ways of humility, the ways of humble preparation.
18. The mind attuned to
the ways of the deva kingdom; facilitation of communication with the
devas (angels), ruled by Virgo and Pleiades.
19. Mind adept at the processes
of meditation. (Virgo rules meditation in the sequence: Concentration,
Meditation, Contemplation, Illumination, Inspiration, Initiation, Identification.
20. Excellence in the structuring
21. Facility with the grammar
and syntax of thought.
22. The “Son of Mind” as
23. The soul/personality
conflict generated by soul/personality communication centers around
the issue of personal fitness, personal worthiness.
Phillip Lindsay: The God
of Speech is Hermes, or Mercury, who is also an agent of discrimination.
Mercury-ruled Virgo is the sign associated with the mental discriminative
processes and her shadow is criticality.
is to distinguish between what is "wheat" (Virgo) and "chaff",
sorting the true from the untrue, essence from form, the useful from
the useless. Virgo is associated closely with the process of meditation
(EA228) - using "seed" thoughts.
To digest (Virgo
- lower intestines) "wheat" (thoughtforms) is to exercise
the discriminative faculty. Loving speech is one result of success in
to reflected (lunar) impressions, (Mercury in Gemini?) doesn't allow
impression of consciousness to be filtered by the discriminating faculty,
and be absorbed, digested and integrated (Virgo) into the mental processes,
so that we can respond in a considered, balanced way.
is contemplation, governed by Libra (EA228), who has weighed and balanced
the harvest (of thought) from Virgo.
there is immediate gratification through verbal expression, but only
superficial understanding (Gemini). Virgo's cultivated reticence or
modesty allows "impressions" to be nurtured within the silent
womb (Virgo) of right thought. Perhaps this relates to Virgo "working
behind the scenes".
of this process must also be released so as to avoid mental "constipation",
or at the other extreme, verbal diahorrea. Virgo governs the lower intestines
that are closely related to these processes.
in Virgo is also Aesceplius, the great Healer, and the Caduceus his
symbol. The one who presides over the integration (integrity) of the
three-fold form, vehicle of the soul:
At a physical
level through right nutrition and digestion; at an emotional level through
controlled and balanced emotion; at a mental level by refining the mind
through a developing discrimination. (EA254 - Eve, Isis, Mary)
Mercury in Virgo
is a powerful expression of the 2nd ray of "meticulous entirety",
one of the two rays that come through this sign. Exoteric and esoteric
scientific research is highly suited to its temperament. Perhaps Mercury's
(monadic ?) ray 5 expression also comes through here.
Mercury in Virgo
stimulates the Virgoan Muse to great poetic, lyrical and creative written
expression generally. The 4th ray is working here, as well as the 3rd
ray, Mercury's personality aspect.
Mercury in Virgo,
with the right souls, may act as a messenger between the deva and human
evolutions, for the deliberate purposes of human contact and learning
about the building of all forms - plants, thoughtforms, planets etc.
Mercury in Libra
1. Ajna and Spiritual Triad
connection. Mercury rules the ajna center in the advancing disciple,
and the ajna center is that center through which the Spiritual Triad
works at an advanced stage of evolution probably following the third
degree. Thus, Mercury in Libra gives a special facility in the use of
the abstract mind, often found in the mathematical mind (especially
higher mathematics). This would be a mind well suited to discovering
the abstract equations inherent in Nature.
2. A mind suited to an understanding
of Occult Law
3. The major ray given for
Mercury is R4, but I suggest that R3 and R5 are also prominent. With
the R3 transmitted through Libra, there would be (if my ray assessment
is correct) an emphasis upon R3.
4. A mind useful in unraveling
5. The ‘Word’ which is Law.
Great statements which enunciate Divine Law, such as the “Golden Rule”.
6. Shedding the ‘light of
7. ‘Just-mindedness’; a
mental process which intuitively strives to avoids excess, though, at
first, the scales may tip wildly in the effort.
8. The mental process which
reveals the narrow, razor-edged Path between the Pairs of Opposites
the “Path of the Just”; this (on a lower turn of the spiral) is the
Path of thoughts and actions which are neither entirely of the soul
nor entirely of the personality, but represent a partnership between
9. On a higher turn of the
spiral, the “Path of the Just, which shineth ever more unto the Perfect
Day”, is the Path leading to Shamballa, which Libra, in a sense rules,
since Shamballa is the “City of Peace”. Thus Mercury in Libra can be
associated with the antahkarana when considering it as the Pathway to
Shamballa. Clearly, one must know Occult Law in order to treat that
10. Mercury in Libra intuitively
reveals the “Golden Mean” which must determine relations between the
“Pairs of Opposites”. (For practical purposes, the “Pairs of Opposites”
can be considered, in this context, as the soul and personality.
11. The intuition preserves
the balance between the male and female aspects of divinity; the soul
is ‘male’ or positive to the personality, which is receptive or female.
The soul also has its male and female parts, as does the personal human
psyche. Mercury in Libra inclines one to be mindful to preserve the
balance between the poles. In another way, the intelligent ‘uniter of
poles’, or, colloquially, ‘match-maker’ between the poles.
12. The healing mind, in
this sense that it understands the causes of the disharmony which creates
‘dis-ease’. Thus is knows the ways of reestablishing ‘right energy flow’.
13. ‘Karmic-mind’, foreseeing
consequences of actions at many removes from the origin of action.
14. In general, the capacity
for tact and foresight.
15. ‘Probabilistic mind’:
facility for “weighing the odds”.
16. Since Libra rules “Supermind”,
we see Mercury in Libra as the representative of Triadal Mind, or pure
manas (easily associated with Saturn if the three synthesizing planets
be linked to atma-buddhi-manas).
17. One can imagine a mind
well suited at dealing with the Third Aspect of Divinity (Libra, R3);
Mercury, considered to ruler commerce and exchange would function successfully
in relation to the Law of Economy. Also, the mind functioning in relation
to Law, Sex and Money (the three aspects over which Libra presides).
18. The intuition reveals
that which is needed to create satisfaction and agreement between the
two parties, soul and personality. Expert in the art of spiritual negotiation.
19. Mercury in Libra intuitively
reveals the results of the consultation between soul and personality.
When facing difficulties or decisions, soul and personality consult,
mediation ensues, and thus the two ‘opposites’ can work cooperatively
together. Thus, a mind which knows the ways of “righteous compromise”.
A ‘deal is cut’ between soul and personality. This is all changed in
Scorpio, where the soul must prevail at all costs.
20. The ‘messages from the
soul’ pertain to the creation of right relations between soul and personality,
and right relations between the personality and other personalities.
21. The Law of Magnetic
Impulse is also called the “Law of Polar Union”, its symbol being the
Triangle. It is Mercury symbolically, and perhaps actually/subtly which
creates the links between the three triangles in the head of the soul-infused
22. Mercury in Libra: facilitation
in the equilibrisation of the chakras; linking the ‘gods’ in a balanced
23. The soul/personality
dialogue focuses upon what each partner brings to the “marriage in the
heavens”; grievances and infringements against equality are presented
until correct, mutual adjustment is reached. The dialogue addresses
the issue of whether each partner will have its due whether the rights
of each will be preserved.
24. The mind as the judge
of spiritual values; perhaps someone knows the role of Thoth (Mercury)
in the ‘weighing’ of the soul of the defunct.
25. The light transmitted
from the soul inclines towards the interpretation of experience according
to the principles of justice and equal rights under the law.
26. The sane mind of the
true disciple who lives a live of “sanctified normality” characterized
by a “balanced point of view”.
27. The relationship between
the partners (or Pair of Opposites) must be ruled by law; each partner
has its rights under the law, and these rights are not to be infringed.
The mind of judgment reveals what pertains to each and what are the
prerogatives of each.
28. A facility for understanding
Beauty as Truth.
29. Taoistic Mind, comfortable
with ambiguity and paradox.
30. Facility with mental
31. The Bridge of Light
(antahkarana) is build through mutual attentiveness and cooperation;
no unevenness of effort is found; balance and right proportion are found
in the construction.
32. Facility in the balancing
of Invocation and Evocation.
33. Etc., as the associations
occur to you. . . .
In all the above, Mercury
is frequently considered the “mind”, but Venus cannot be ignored in
any complete consideration of mental function; Saturn and Uranus as
well, have their roles to play, and even Mars and the Moon can be linked.
We must remember that Mercury
is associated with “Mind-Wisdom” and Venus with “Love-Wisdom.
Mercury in Libra
Under this correspondence
the evolving mind begins to respond to the archetype of beauty, which
eventually makes itself felt as a sense of harmonious proportion or
arrangement of parts or elements.
Thought and intuition function
more fully as the power and means of decision. In the developed soul
it is the creative intelligence that selects and adapts with the aid
of intuitive perception. This means choice is, or should be, governed
by intelligence, harmony, and beauty. The concept of Beauty appeals
to intuition because both words pertain to the same world of meaning.
The practical consequences of higher response to this energy lead to
refinement of language, harmony in relationships, and an illuminated
sense of law, pattern, and purpose.
Mercury here links and fuses
separate entities. Beauty is perceptible in the exterior world because
of it speaks to its correspondence in the interior world. So beauty,
spiritually considered, is the bridge between the subjective and objective
nature. Ultimately, the "other" (person or object) becomes
alive with unearthly beauty. Thus beauty acts as a force of unification,
fusing "I" and "other" in unity.
Mercury in Scorpio
(EA360) [Mercury in relation
to Scorpio] The influence of Mercury as it relates Scorpio and Gemini
is to inaugurate that final stage in consciousness which will place
the soul within the form surely in the place of power, swinging the
earlier achieved balance and control definitely into the realm of the
soul. It is this which, in the Scorpio experience, produces the terrific
experience of the disciple and which, at this time, is one of the predisposing
causes of the present world conflict.
(EA228) [Suggesting Mercury
in relation to Scorpio] Scorpio Illumination the soul triumphs. Experience
in Taurus consummated. Astral glamour dissipated. Soul light pours in.
The path of Discipleship. The Disciple.
(EA180) [Suggesting Mercury
in relation to Scorpio] In Scorpio the mind is released into full governing
activity. This release takes place in two stages:
Stage 1 - Wherein the intellect
becomes dominant and powerful and controls eventually the emotional
Stage 2 - Wherein the intellect
is illumined by the light of the soul.
The emphasis is laid upon
the struggle of the personality to release itself from the grip of lower
desire in the first case, and in the second to release itself from the
surrounding world glamour which is revealed when soul light is thrown
into it, via the reflecting and illumined mind. In Stage 1, the power
of the trained reasoning and rationalizing mind is called into activity
by the soul; in the other, the illumination of the soul must pour into
the mind and is then reflected, like a searchlight, onto the astral
plane. This takes place upon the Probationary Path and is called the
experience of the disciple in the depths of the valleys.
(EA192) [Mercury in relation
to Scorpio] . . . the power of the mind, having been developed, tested
and found true in the sign Scorpio...
Mercury in Scorpio: MDR:
1. Ruler of the Fourth Creative
Hierarchy (the Human). Cf. Esoteric Astrology, p.
2. Conveying the power of
3. The Spirit (Human Monad)
descends into ‘Hell’ (Scorpio) through sacrifice.
4. The power of the fourth
ray strongly accentuated: Mercury R4 and Scorpio R4.
5. Shedding the light which
shines in the depths.
6. Inclines to the interpretation
of life in terms of eliminating obstacles.
7. The thought process ferrets-out
all subterranean obstacles to transformation. Hence psycho-analytic
mind, or exorcistic mind. As well, ‘detective’s mind’, applied in its
8. Intuitive illumination
upon the Mysteries of Initiation. In general, the mind used to unveil
and reveal mysteries.
9. The mind which unifies
the conflicting ‘Dualities’ (only, of course, after the conflict has
been intensified. We have Mercury the “Star of Conflict” expressing
through the sign in which the ‘Dualities’ “fight to the death”.
10. Intuitions which reveal
the Way of Sublimation, the way which transcends the battle between
the warring poles.
11. Intuitions reveal essences.
12. In Scorpio the mind
is empowered, as discussed above, EA 180. This must be especially so
when Mercury is placed in this sign.
13. The release of the intuition
arising from successful alchemical transformation. After the “death
of the personality” (beginning with the second initiation) one can truly
14. The intuition which
brings all that is hidden to light, whether in the psyche, in science
or society, etc. The light which brings all into the “Light of Day”
(the kind of “Light” associated with the sign Scorpio cf. EA, p. 330.)
15. Hence, the mental ability
to bring light to the darkest places whether in self or others.
16. Hence, ‘Occult Mind’.
The planet of Occultism, Uranus, is exalted in this sign, and Uranus
is said to be the “higher octave” of Mercury.
17. The soul/personality
dialogue relates to the theme of what factors within the personality
must ‘die’ if the soul is to ‘live’.
18. The messages borne from
soul thus relate to necessary eradications.
19. The uncompromising Word
of the Soul demanding sacrifice; the “Word of Death”. Let us bear in
mind that the Law of Sacrifice is ruled by R4, and hence must have a
strong resonance to both Mercury and Scorpio (especially when combined).
The Monad, from one perspective, can be considered a “Lord of Persevering,
Ceaseless Devotion”, coming forth upon a sacrificial mission of redemption.
Both Venus and Mercury are sacrificially related to the Earth.
20. The mental process which
can reveal all obstacles to the bridging process; the mind which penetrates
into the secret and unknown areas, including those areas of consciousness
associated with the bridging process; transmutation must always precede
21. The mental process relating
to the rising of Kundalini. Mercury is often associated with the center
at the base of the spine; Mercury is the Caduceus; Scorpio is always
associated with the “Serpent” and the “Serpent Fire”. The rising of
Kundalini is a purgation, a burning ground (and an ultimate synthesis
over which Mercury also rules). Kundalini is activated by thought, and
this activation originates within the ajna center, and is directed therefrom.
Mercury rules the ajna center at advanced stages.
22. The soul/personality
dialogue centers upon the demand of the soul for necessary detachments
and eradications, and the willingness or non-willingness of the personality
23. The soul/personality
conflict generated by increased soul/personality communication centers
around the issue of whether the personality will sacrifice that which
the intuition indicates must be sacrificed so the soul may be victorious
24. The mind as the slayer
of (the ‘serpent’ of) illusion.
25. Truth as ‘destroyer’.
26. In the Antahkarana Process,
the capacity to build a very intense “point of tension” prior to visualization
27. In the process of Concentration,
Meditation, Contemplation, Illumination, Inspiration, Initiation, Identification
Mercury in Scorpio would be associated, especially, with Illumination.
28. Depth of capacity for
“Spiritual Reading”; decoding the encrypted ‘messages of Nature’.
29. The mind as a consecrated
‘triadal tool’ in the wielding of the Law of Repulse. See Esoteric
Psychology II, under Laws of the Soul, around the 160s. The Law
of Repulse is possible only for those who are mentally polarized. This
Law of the Soul is the first of three Laws originating from the Spiritual
30. The servant of the buddhic
plane. Both Mercury (R4) and Scorpio (R4) are resonantly related to
the plane of intuition, the buddhic plane (plane #4).
31. The mind which discriminates
between the ‘living’ and the ‘dead’. Spiritual ‘pathology’. Real Life
only begins upon the buddhic plane (the first cosmic ether).
32. Special capacity for
building the second part of the Antahkarana that which unites the mental
unit with the buddhic plane.
33. Capacity to shed the
light of mind into the field of glamour, hence very useful in the destruction
34. Etc. As associations
and experience indicate to you. . . .
Mercury is in deep resonance
with Scorpio. For those who live up to it, this placement stimulates
expression of the highest potentials of the sign.
Mercury is the light of
the conqueror, and in this connection is indicator of success in the
struggle for illumination. It inspires sacrifice and battle in a good
cause. It is a sign of subtle spiritual testing and symbolizes obstacles
that prove illuminating.
"Let us not fear testings,
for we shall be strengthened by them. Blessed are the obstacles... Everything
is tested, all worlds are on trial. This is not cause for terror, but
a source of broadening the consciousness, a key to vigor and success."
(The Invincible, Nicholas Roerich)
"In the cross is hidden
light." (The Rays and Initiations)
Mercury here signifies the
possibility of mystical perception and transcendental Beauty. It presses
the aspiring soul toward expression of harmony and beauty.
"A deeper transport
and a mightier thrill,
Than comes of commerce with
The soul responds to the
principle of beauty inherent in all contrast, and the mystic voice is
evoked by intense experience of spiritual and material life.
"Who in this mortal
life would see,
The light that is beyond
Beholds it best by fairing
Within the darkness of the
Night." (Johann Scheffler)
This position might be termed
"the spirit of music." At the same time, it illuminates the
nature of desire and of what the Christians have sought to understand
under the term "temptation." The argonauts were able to resist
the sirens, because Orpheus was with them, and his song was sweeter
"Go deep enough, there
is music everywhere." (Carlyle)
"Light carries the
depth of the soul by storm.
Music holds it till the
SYMBOLS: The sign of infinity.
The Eagle who, in mythology,
conducted souls to immortality. A cross of light. A storm of light.
The crown of thorns becomes the aureole of light.