Mercury in Leo
Because this sign is administered by the Sun, which is representative of Nous, this is indicative of a visionary intellect. Mercury here indicates that you like to think on a grand scale and as a result you may tend to ignore the details. Accordingly, exaggeration may be a problem. There is also a tendency to get attached to one set of dogmatic ideals and not pay attention to other possibilities. This is because the administrator of this sign is associated with Nous and Plato's "Same". This may be why some astrologers consider this to be the sign of its fall, because Mercury is naturally attracted to the details. According to ancient texts however, Mercury is not in its fall here. You may be gifted in the arts or music and have a very creative mind. Sometimes, others may think of you as being headstrong. You like to be seen as an authority in your field.
In a diurnal chart, the heat of the day rarifies thoughts such that there may be a tendency to see only one side of an argument. This individual can be very authoritative and dogmatic and prone to spread propaganda. They may be prone to exaggeration. They make very good sports announcers.
In a nocturnal chart, the cool and moistness of night allow for a connection to contrary ideas and possibilities. There is alot of creativity and less stubbornness in mental attitude. You may be especially talented in music.
© 2000 Curtis Manwaring