The planet Mercury – my ruling planet – has certainly earned his tricksterish reputation in my life, never more so than when he turns retrograde, this time in Virgo. Just as he quit dancing around my 9 Virgo Ascendant, disappearing into the Twelfth House this week, I decided to re-visit some articles in my Writing from the Twelfth House blog, an archive since May last year. Just on cue, up popped one of the most frequently read posts on that site: all about trickster Mercury and the Twelfth House!
I love it when astrology does that…
So –I am delighted to be re- publishing this topical article by prestigious and prolific USA fellow blogger, my friend from Georgia, Jude Cowell. During that season of three weeks (13/8 – 5/09 2017) when the ultimate planetary trickster, Mercury, turns retrograde and challenges us all with communication conundrums, Jude poses and answers a few mercurial conundrums of her own…
” Having astrology’s trickster planet, Mercury, or Mercury-ruled Gemini or Virgo, associated with one’s natal twelfth house can be quite a ‘tricky’ proposition for anyone to manage.
When one considers the unconscious nature of the twelfth house and Mercury’s rulership of our thinking and communicating processes, the picture becomes fraught with possibilities for confusion, doubt, and awkwardness.
In fact, in similar fashion to this blog’s creator and author, the gracious Anne Whitaker, I am communicating with you from the twelfth house right now, with sixteen degrees of a mercurial sign directing the show from behind the curtain.
As you know, repressed energies of the twelfth house (12th h) are identified by planets posited there, and by those which are connected by sign and aspect to the house of Self-Undoing and Karma, the 12th h of the Unconscious.
But when fleet-of-foot Mercury is involved, we can be certain that unbidden thoughts will frequently float up into consciousness from the watery depths of the Neptunian realms of the unconscious – some useful and to be acted upon, others not as useful and to be disregarded.
A 12th house Mercury may give a tendency to talk to oneself, and the old caution that it’s ‘okay as long as one doesn’t answer back’ may be moot with Mercury involved in the house of the Unconscious – for talk back the trickster will, and often out loud at the most inappropriate times or in awkward ways.
“Foot-in-mouth” syndrome is a common manifestation of the predicament of having connections between the Unconscious psychological 12th house and our thinker-communicator planet.
Plus, ‘The Fool’ card in the Tarot deck illustrates neutral Mercury’s brash characteristics quite well as he/she haplessly opens mouth to insert foot – and usually at the worst of moments…the ‘speak first, think later’ tendency.
Yet that is where Astrology can aid us in understanding these mercurial 12th house dynamics and learning to make productive use of them so that we don’t mistakenly shoot ourselves in the very foot we placed in our mouths. Now that would be a definite ouch!
Directing mercurial 12th house energies outwardly into the wider world may produce a writer or other type of artisan who draws upon knowledge from the collective unconscious and expresses it on behalf of mankind, while remaining the private sort of person that a mercurial 12th house requires.
But before projecting them outwardly, it’s important to replace self-defeating attitudes (such as the repeating loop in our heads of mother’s old discouragements: “oh, you can’t figure that out,” or “what would you know about it?”, etc.) with a more positive attitude; for after all, neutral Mercury can ‘go either way’ – so why not take the high road? Especially since we know that decision-maker Mercury, in his Hermes disguise, is the mystery guide at the crossroads of life, isn’t he?
So aspects to planets in, or associated with the 12th house (or its cusp), show us how and where to use these repressed, unconscious energies to best advantage by ‘tricking the trickster’ and turning them into the talents they truly are.
And developing our verbal and non-verbal creative work is one of the better ways to manage these unruly mercurial scamps of the 12th house while benefiting the collective simultaneously; attempting to push these energies further beneath the oceanic 12th house surface only causes them to fester and become even more distorted than they were from being stifled during childhood by the adults around us who had their own 12th house issues to deal with. And perhaps they didn’t manage it as well as we, with Astrology’s instruction, may now.
So rather than setting ourselves up for subliminally undoing ourselves from the unconscious 12th house, I say: let the 12th house trickster breathe freely, romp with the other kids, take up his quill or paintbrush, and reveal mercurial insights for the benefit of all! “
(Written for Anne Whitaker to use, with Jude Cowell’s permission)
700 words Copyright Jude Cowell /Anne Whitaker 2017
Licensed under Creative Commons – for conditions see Home Page of Writing from the Twelfth House
Check out Stars over Washington for Jude’s outspoken astrological and political commentaries on USA’s current affairs….and Jude Cowell Astrology for her varied astrological writings.
Lifelong artist Jude Cowell is a native of Athens, Georgia and an Astrology novice since 1996. She attended Atlanta College of Art in her younger years where she studied Fashion Illustration, Layout, and Design, and has exhibited her artwork in Athens, Augusta, and Atlanta, Georgia. She now displays her colored pencil drawings exclusively online.
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Thanks, GT – and I hope you are enjoying Mercury Retro…
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🙂 It is what it is. Many times it is actually helpful by helping me to relaunch old projects that need to be relaunched. Other times, I am totally blindsided (like everyone else). What else is there to say?
Hi GT, thanks for reblogging!
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You are welcome! Given that Mercury is Rx, I am probably overdue to reblog one of yours! 🙂 (How many years have we chatted? Almost a decade?)
Lovely! I saw this post come through my inbox and instantly thought…Mercury is my unruling planet! I have Gemini on the 12th House cusp. Perhaps the planet associated with the sign on the 12th House cusp could generally be thought of as the “unruling planet.” hah! Though I have formulated a description for the specific placement of 12th House Mars in Gemini with Gemini cusp: “Why did I say that?” It happens so often. WHHYYYYYY?? 🙂
Hi Erica! thanks for your Mercurial comment.
Good to hear from you, Erica! Your description and comment on 12th House Mars in Gemini does have the ring of truth to it – made me chuckle…
What I love about this article (and articles like it) is in looking at the energetics of the archetypes realistically – pointing out the possible pitfalls and then going onto a more co-creative and practical ways of utilizing the opportunities being afforded. Bravo!
Yes,Rena, I think Jude does this beautifully in her post. It’s important, always, to regard the bright and shadow faces of archetypal energies with equal respect, if possible. This way enables one to do creative transformational work – hard though some of it always is, as we both know !
Thanks very much Rena, and Anne. Guess there’s an advantage to having Mercury as ruler of both ASC and MC! Mercury’s quincunx to my 10th house Uranus in Gemini, however!
Well then, Jude, astrology was clearly coming to get you…thanks so much for letting me re-publish this stimulating ‘take’ on our beloved friend and sometime sparring partner, Mercury…it’s been very well appreciated both here and on my Facebook Page. Do drop by again with some more astrological words of wisdom!
Vivian McClure Hull:
Totally love this. Explains sooo much
Yes, Vivian, Jude always has an original take on whatever she chooses to write about. Glad you enjoyed the post!