Mercury in Sagittarius
According to medieval tradition, Mercury is in detriment in this sign. This means that Mercury is not well supported in the things it asks for on behalf of the native before the cosmic court. Since Mercury is naturally prone to assess many sides of an argument and usually judges impartially, this could mean that these natives may tend to take sides prematurely or to prejudge an outcome before the results are in. The mind is less impartial, but intuition is strong and the native is full of hunches without seeing any logical reasoning behind them. Because Jupiter is lord of Mercury, this individual is often trusted with important information and they are often sought out for advice. They often have an interest in philosophy and religious issues and will take opportunities to travel to try to expand their experience. They are good at dealing with legal issues and are very persuasive, so they can become good lawyers, however they make less than impartial judges. They are often said to have a great sense of humor and make natural comedians. They have a tendency to lose small objects.
In a diurnal chart, the heat purifies and the dryness is good for making distinctions. The mind is able to make quick decisions with a limited number of facts and they are good at extrapolation and pattern recognition. The mind is very quick and impatient and somewhat skeptical. They should learn to listen more thoroughly and cultivate patience, else they could rashly prejudge incorrectly what they think they see.
In a nocturnal chart, the moistness blurrs distinctions and the cold groups alike and unlike together in closer proximity. The native has many hunches and intuitions but may have trouble following through on them. Because the lord of Mercury is not of the sect in favor, the mind is not as prone to prejudge a situation. Here the difficulty is in gathering and weighing all of the information which could become overwhelming at times. Decision making becomes more difficult and confusion is common.
© 2000 Curtis Manwaring