It takes Mercury 88 days to orbit around the Sun, and this is how long it takes Mercury to move through the 12 signs of the zodiac, spending about 13-14 days in a zodiac sign. Mercury also enters retrograde frequently, usually around 3 – 4 times a year.
We are born with each planet in a particular zodiac sign, and the position of these planets is displayed in our natal chart. Every 88 days, Mercury proceeds on its cycle, coming into conjunction with our natal planets. There are ten conjunctions in total with the transiting Mercury to our natal planets, as Mercury will conjunct each natal planet when it completes each 88-day cycle. Because Mercury enters retrograde frequently, there is a possibility that it can conjunct a natal planet up to 3 times during its 88-day orbit.
As Mercury rules over the mind, we have specific thinking patterns that change according to the transits of Mercury. Some days we are highly focused and intelligent; some days, our minds feel foggy, lacking inspiration and deep thought.
Every time Mercury conjuncts a natal planet, it has a unique effect, which is why we feel mentally sharp and energized some days, whereas, on other days, we cannot make sense of or structure our thoughts. These changes in our mental space can be determined by the transiting Mercury’s relationship to our natal planets.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Sun
During this conjunction with the Sun, what is in your mind is on your lips, and you find it easy to express your thoughts without any restrictions. Having conversations with others is easier, and you can show others your admirable, confident side, to which they will have a positive reaction. Your sense of self-understanding is high, and you know who you are and how to express your authentic voice.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Moon
It is easy to express your emotions via your words when the transit Mercury conjuncts your natal Moon. You are a true poet and know precisely how to put words to your emotions for others to understand how you are feeling. Hiding from your feelings is difficult now. Your mind and emotions are intertwined, and you are much more aware of what is going on within your emotional space. This transit is a great time to work through emotional traumas and process unresolved emotions.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Mercury
You learn fast and take in information rapidly when the transit Mercury conjuncts your natal Mercury, making it one of the most potent transits for learning and retaining information. Concepts and topics that previously made no sense to you are much easier understood under this influence, and your mental focus, intelligence, and clarity are very high.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Venus
Others find it easy to engage with and talk to you, and you become much more charming when dealing with others. You possess the power of persuasion, and it is easier to get others on board with your ideas and concepts. When transit Mercury conjuncts your natal Venus, it is the best time to establish and build relationships with others based on mutual intellect and interests.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Mars
When the transit Mercury conjuncts your natal Mars, it is the best time to take action based on your ideas. Instead of thinking and talking about what you are going to do, you want to start doing, making this one of the most potent times to put your thoughts into action and manifest your aspirations. You walk the walk, and you don’t just talk the talk. On the negative side, this transit can make you pushy, impatient, and impulsive, trying too hard to get things to go your way.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Jupiter
Like Jupiter, your mind and vision expand, and you think bigger. You welcome new topics, even if they are challenging, and you exude an optimistic aura that attracts opportunities to you like moths are drawn to a flame. During this conjunction, you can become highly philosophical as you want to discuss topics that stimulate your mind and get bored with mundane, everyday conversations.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Saturn
You become a realist when the transit Mercury conjuncts your natal Saturn, and you want to deal with serious matters. When in conversations, you want to talk about things you feel very seriously about and have little room for lighthearted discussions. You might find yourself talking about work a lot and constantly thinking about your responsibilities and how you can structure your life to meet them more efficiently.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Uranus
You explore an unexpected yet intriguing topic when the transit Mercury conjuncts your natal Uranus. During this transit is when you will open your mind to something new and are much less close-minded and hesitant to deal with the unknown. When exploring new ideas and topics, you might learn new inventive yet unconventional ways to reach your goals, and at its best, this conjunction brings tremendous amounts of inspiration. The best ideas and inventions are thought of under this conjunction.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Neptune
Creative thoughts are abundant when the transit Mercury conjuncts your natal Neptune. Deep spiritual insight can come to you, and you can intuitively receive the answers to questions you have been asking for a while. But, on the other hand, this can be a time of avoidance and denial, where you create a dream world and isolate yourself where you do not need to deal with or face reality.
Transit Mercury Conjunct Natal Pluto
Your unconscious thoughts, habits, and patterns become much more visible to you and others when the transit Mercury conjuncts your natal Pluto. During this conjunction is a wonderful time to find healthy ways to bring your unresolved emotions to the surface and deal with them. Still, if you do not bring light to your shadow side, you can fall into negative patterns and behaviors and engage in addictive, destructive behavior during this transit.