Astrologers will look at Mercury transit the houses for matters concerning your career. Mercury is the fastest planet after the moon and takes 88 days the orbit the sun. The winged messenger is the most variable in speed compared to the other planets. Mercury can spend between 15 to 60 days in a house or sign depending on its speed or whether or is retrograde. Mercury retrograde happens three to four times every year. The meaning of Mercury when it is retrograde is different in the houses from when it is direct. See my Mercury Retrograde post for its transit meaning while retrograde
Mercury is in Virgo until Oct 4. Read the interpretation that contains your rising sign symbol below. (It will be retrograde from Aug 24 to Sep 16.)
Mercury Transit 1st House
Time to get out of the misty cocoon and promote yourself again. You will likely feel very refreshed after your retreat. Your revived energy levels mean that you are now more inclined to push yourself into leadership roles within your workplace. Freelancers will feel more like connecting with people and promoting their brand.
So now your mind is firing on all cylinders. Debates, meetings, and interviews connected with your work will go well. Words will not escape you for sure. The only problem may be overthinking things and not trusting your gut feelings. Push yourself out there when you have the gift of the gab!
Promoting, mailings and anything that tells the world who you are and what you do is ideal at this time. Sending out CVs would be a good move and applying for jobs. If you need to review how your business is doing this is ideal as you are feeling in the mood for deep analysis and research into stats and projections.
Mercury Transit 2nd House
You have established your credibility, so now ask for money! Maybe you are offered a secure wage or successfully make a sale. You will be concerned about material matters. What is coming in, what is going out and the nuts and bolts of things. You might need to spend on equipment or tools to upgrade your brand. It is wise to invest in maintenance the more successful you become during this time. Make a good impression with your clothes and grooming if you are an employee.
A fantastic time for buying. You will be obsessed with getting the best deal during this period. You can use haggling to your advantage at this time, so make the most of it. In terms of money coming in, this might not be the most successful time, since you will have to speculate to accumulate.
Your sales skills will be exceptional. It will take a few months for the efforts to bear fruit, so be patient. To make room for new items, you could sell off things that are not that important to you. Maybe have a sale, but don’t expect any surprise high bidders on eBay!
Mercury Transit 3rd House
After a period of being concerned with making money and the material side of things, you might want to think about improving your skills and learning something new. You could get sent on a training course at work. If you are between jobs, now is a great time to sign up for classes that improve your chance of employment if that has been a problem.
Knuckle down to some study if your qualifications aren’t enough to give you the lifestyle you want. Instead of wheeling-and-dealing, you will feel like doing research and reading. It is also a good time for filling in application forms for higher education. If you need to study to advance your business or improve your prospects, now is the time to do so! You will feel naturally curious and want to absorb as much data as possible. You might do this the old-fashioned way, by collecting information around the neighbourhood by just casually chatting to people.
You will likely be found in front of a computer or surrounded by books since you are in research mode. Your mind is interested in tiny details, so learning something techy is ideal. You might find your career is most successful in dealing with local people at this time.
mercury transit 4th House
You are sick of ticking boxes and have finger ache from typing. Your eyes also need a rest from all that reading. You feel more like taking on a more practical role at work doing physical work. As a result, you may have to get out from behind your desk and handle human resources. You could be showing clients around, making them feel welcome, and making a lot of coffee.
The self-employed will be glad to stay close to home and dive into their interests. You will be concerned with stabilising your business is stable and sprucing up your office space. The need to invite clients to your home may prompt you to consider renting office space to present a more professional image. Home workers could feel chained to their desks. On the other hand, if you travel to an office, you might find it hard to drag yourself there. For those selling real estate or building work, this transit is perfect.
Perhaps you consider restructuring your company or refreshing your ‘home’ page. If your physical office is uninspiring to work in, think about re-decorating. Clear out any distracting clutter and do some cleansing rituals. At least give that coffee-stained keyboard a polish!
Mercury Transit 5th House
The serious business of examining your work foundations is over, so have some fun in your working life. Once you feel secure in your environment, you can be more casual and relaxed in your role. Perhaps you felt you had to be too strict in recent weeks to gain respect or maintain order.
You have been working hard, so you deserve time to loosen up and be more playful. Charm your co-workers or employees. Reveal you are human and not just Mr or Mrs robot-efficient. Creatively you can experiment and not do things by the book so much. You have already built a sustainable framework to hold up your wilder ideas.
You could find it difficult to take things seriously and are likely to become the office clown. At least you will be popular with your peers and everyone likes a laugh! Making money is not your prime objective and you fall into purely pleasurable pursuits. However, this attitude can still benefit your business as it attracts customers with its fun factor.
You should feel incredibly creative at this time. Rising above rigid material expectations produces unique and successful products. Paradoxically, when not thinking of making money, you come up with ideas that do the best commercially.
Mercury Transit 6th House
It’s back to serious maintenance work. You might have been having a ball and doing more socialising than working in the last couple of weeks. Sorry, but that period is over and you will have to work twice as hard to make up for it! It is a time for detailed work and making sure everything is working properly.
Timetables and rotas are adjusted and tasks assigned. Now is the time for work evaluation. The company machine is tested to ensure its efficiency. So snap back out of the pleasure zone and ensure you are sharp and well-oiled for the test run. During this time you make a great inspector! Every little detail shows up as your eyes see like a microscope. It is the best time to perform mundane maintenance on your business. Go through everything with a fine-tooth comb. Do your accounts and fix broken links on websites. Those are the sorts of tasks best addressed at this time.
It is also not the most imaginative period of the year. Use it to do all the odd jobs you have been putting off. Employees might get asked to do all the skanky jobs like clearing out the smelly stationary cupboard. Those nasty menial tasks might make you feel like a servant. Just stick your headphones on to get through it!
Mercury Transit 7th House
Because you have been working extra hard lately, your workload eases somewhat. People have noticed your efforts, so you get offers of collaboration. You will be sought out, so this is an ideal time for connecting with others. While making these valuable contacts, take the opportunity to get advice about how you can do better.
You might realise you need some help or think about collaborating with someone. Maybe you have run out of ideas. Seeking assistance can help you see things from a different view. This is not the time to try and be too self-sufficient. Getting business coaching would also be a good move. Getting together socially with co-workers means you can brainstorm as a team more informally.
Now is a great time to sign contracts and form partnerships. You will be at your most diplomatic. Use this period to convince someone to do business with you or buy your products. Cooperation and teamwork are natural, so you will have no trouble slipping seamlessly between different departments. If you work for yourself, this is the time to get out of the cave and go networking. Seek input from people you wouldn’t usually mix with who can offer a fresh perspective.
Mercury Transit 8th House
You could well feel burnt out from overdoing socialising at work. So take this quiet time to retreat from the madness and be more retrospective. You may need to examine why your confidence is not as high as it should be despite being capable and talented. If you have felt shy from the attention, examine what unconscious drives are holding you back.
Demons surface for you to slay as you wonder if you have become a victim of your success. Everything has become too complex while office gossip seems like a minefield. Take some time to detox from the intensity. Examine whether there is some self-sabotage going on within. It will all come out in the wash as they say.
If your work involves psychology, this is a time for deep thinking and mind-probing. Taking workplace communications at face value will prove difficult. It seems like everyone has some Machiavellian scheme behind their moves. It can be quite a difficult period where you see the dark shadow of your psyche projected onto the co-workers who rile you up the most.
It would be easy to get quite paranoid at this time because the atmosphere at work seems so intense. You are just projecting your demons onto your colleagues, so try to hold back from any office politics. The same goes for the self-employed, where you might misread emails or project your ‘stuff’ onto social media comments about your posts. Notice what is triggering you because it says more about you than them.. yes really!
Mercury Transit 9th House
The doom and gloom at work might have left you feeling a little glum so you will need to get away and see the bigger picture. You are prone to ask questions like, what is your life purpose? It’s not all just about how much you are earning. You realise you need spiritual satisfaction also. Stretching your vision, brain or even legs to a foreign place will help you to grow. When one travels to a different setting, we realise how insignificant our problems are in the greater scheme of things. Any recent work stresses seem much smaller now and ridiculously petty. If you didn’t escape the rat race, you could pick up the right book or film that helps you put everything back in perspective.
Through travel, you can gain innovative ideas for your business. Exotic influences from distant lands will inspire you. You might find you need to get away from projects you have been working on to recharge your thought processes. The distance means you can see the bigger picture and not let temporary setbacks get you down.
You might be sent abroad in connection with your work. Long-distance clients are generally more likely to do business with you than local ones. Skype meetings are more common than in-person meetings, or foreign visitors might visit your office. Whatever the case, work certainly has a foreign flavour at this time.
Mercury Transit 10th House
After a refreshing break from a hectic workload, the pace picks up as your services and labour are in demand again. Now you can excel. Your reputation precedes you and your superiors have high expectations. At this time, pull out all the stops to guarantee you do not disappoint.
You have a window of opportunity to make a fantastic impression on the people who matter. You can also boost your status in the long term. Gains here are likely to last if you put effort into it, but don’t assume this is a given. Keep your wits about you and sell yourself hard and fast. Little steps made at this time are vital for your life purpose. Your desire to make a mark on the work is high and you feel extremely ambitious. How you rank against your peers is very important at this time. Business is all about making the right impression right now! At this point, it would be great to apply for a promotion.
You can feel like you can express yourself clearly and confidently to your boss if you have one. You seem to be communicating with more prestigious clients than usual, which can only add to your reputation. Use this time to connect with people you would usually think are out of your league. You will be presently surprised!
Mercury Transit 11th House
You should be riding the wave of the status boost that you earned over the last couple of weeks. Make sure you keep networking to milk every last drop of interest you have generated. Network in person or using social media, for you are optimistic and visionary, wanting to share your ideas with others.
Mixing with like-minded souls will be inspiring for your work. Attend a work-related conference and meet your peers. You might find you make new friends at work and feel more like socialising with them after hours. It’s an enjoyable work period where you don’t feel isolated, even if you work solo or at home. You could be mulling over your dream job and thinking about your planetary mission. So set some sky-high goals and have some vision of where your creativity, talents or business nous can take you. A key element in reaching those goals will be networking with your peers and ‘jamming’ out ideas.
Wishes can come true so feel free to make an image board of your dream job. It doesn’t matter how unrealistic these thoughts are. Just getting the wish-making vibe in motion can revive a stagnant creative pool. You might want to mix with a younger crowd than usual, which will also help pull your working practices into the 21st Century.
Mercury Transit 12th House
Take the opportunity to recharge your batteries as you might have been burning the candle at both ends with all those work dos recently. You will need your energy soon enough, for soon a whole new 3-month cycle starts. Suddenly you will get busy as the sap of interest in what you have to offer rises. Until then, however, finish off projects and try not to start anything new and ambitious just yet.
Take on only the easiest and simplest tasks so you can coast for a while. It might be difficult if the boss is cracking the whip. If all else fails, pull a sicky! Indeed you might get sick if you push yourself too hard without a break at this time, so be kind to yourself and don’t let others bully you into taking on too much.
Job or client hunting is not a good idea right now. You will simply not be feeling your most confident due to a severe case of brain fog. You will also not make any sense to others as your words come out as trails of thoughts with no conclusion. This is ok if you want to recite poetry or do some crazy, performance art, but not if you need to make a sensible impression on someone important.
So Mercury has swallowed a tab of LSD and clocks have started to melt. If you are self-employed it will be far easier to sail through this period. Either get very creative or take some time off to meditate. You need to give your brain a good rest, so try NOT to problem solve. Avoid having to debate anyone, as your ventricles will not be up to it. Do some cerebral yoga instead…