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Vol. III: Astro-Rayology
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Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins

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Interpretations of Famous People by Ray, Sign and Life Emphasis
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Mercury in Virgo

Mercury in Virgo or Mercury in Relation to Virgo

Evolutionary Mantram of the Sign Virgo:
“And the Word said: Let matter reign”.

Spiritual Mantram of the Sign Virgo: “I am the Mother and the Child. I God, I matter am”:
Special Mantram: “Christ in you, the hope of glory”.

Quotations from Esoteric Astrology, relevant to the meaning of Mercury in relation to Virgo.

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1. Mercury in Virgo—Exoteric Ruler; the Versatile Energy of the Son of Mind:

“Mercury.—This is the orthodox ruler. It signifies the versatile energy of the Son of Mind, the soul. It is interchangeable for the Sun (Son) and stands for the Mediator or intermediary, between the Father and the Mother, between Spirit and Matter, and yet is the result of the union of these two.” (EA 263)

2. The Involvement of Mercury in the Fundamental Mystery of Virgo:

"Having pervaded the entire universe with a fragment of myself, I remain’. There is here an esoteric reference to the essential identity of Son with the Father, the ‘undying One,’ and with the eternal Mother; that is, with spirit and matter. This is the fundamental mystery of Virgo and will be revealed when the energies pouring into Virgo from Gemini, via the planet Mercury, have done their destined work; for Gemini is an expression of the fourth unmanifested Creative Hierarchy—one of the higher group of Lives which stand just beyond the seven Who condition our systemic lives.” (EA 271-272)

3. Mercury in Virgo—Exalted, and Agent of Both the Second and Third Aspects:

“Mercury is exalted in this sign because the mother is necessarily ruled by her son, the Son of Mind who is also the Son of God. Of this son, she is the protector and is responsible for his development and slowly acquired experience. Mercury, being the Messenger of the Gods and the Agent of Their applied control, is therefore the agent of the third aspect (active intelligence) from one point of view, and of the second aspect (love-wisdom) from another. He is regarded as embodying in himself both these aspects of the mental principles, the expression of the concrete and the abstract mind of God. The lower concrete mind was unfolded in the first solar system and the higher abstract intuitional mind, the pure reason, is unfolding in this system. Mercury is the synthesis of manas-buddhi, mind-wisdom which expresses itself through the human soul; Mercury rules the bridge or antahkarana.” (EA 281)

4. Mercury in the Choice of Decanate Rulers for Virgo:

“According to Sepharial, the three decanates into which Virgo is divided are governed by the Sun, Venus and Mercury, whilst Alan Leo gives us Mercury, Saturn and Venus. I would remind you here of a point which is oft forgotten by astrologers; this is that, in the case of the disciple, Mercury and the Sun are interchangeable terms. When the disciple becomes aware that he is himself Mercury, the Son of Mind, and therefore one with the universal Christ, the "Sun and yet the Son of God" (as it is esoterically called), he is then an initiate. Therefore, Leo's assignment of rulers is the truly esoteric one.” (EA 284)

5. Mercury in Virgo—Interior Struggle Between Self and Not-Self:

“This effect is most powerful in Gemini owing to the fact that the two arms of the Mutable Cross are thus related, and the result of the activity of Mercury as it rules Gemini is to produce a steady pull between the pairs of opposites; in Virgo it produces that interior struggle between the exoteric not-self and the esoteric self, between the form-consciousness (planetary, human and subhuman) and the soul within all forms.” (EA 358)

6. Mercury in Relation to Virgo (and Gemini):

“The influence of Mercury as it relates Virgo and Gemini is to condition the soul within the form and subject it to those influences which will lead to the intensification of the ordinary evolutionary process and the consequent waxing of the soul light and the waning of the light in matter itself. This initiates the struggle which, in a human being, is consciously realised as being between soul and personality. This leads to a final stage in Capricorn.” (EA 360)

7. Mercury in Virgo—Exoteric Ruler:

[Mercury] is also the exoteric rulers of Virgo, the Mother of the Christ-Child, or the form and that which indwells the form. (EA 549)

8. Mercury in Virgo—Reaches its Full Power:

Mercury is exalted in Virgo. In Virgo, Mercury reaches his full power, for Virgo is intelligence, and the hidden Christ is wisdom or pure reason”. (EA 281)



Specific Expression of Mercury in Virgo

Mercury in Virgo for the Average of Undeveloped Man
(As always, much will depend upon the ray of the mental vehicle and the aspects to Mercury)

1. Mercury in Virgo—Materialistic thinking. “Let matter reign”.

2. Mercury in Virgo—Mind preoccupied with formal considerations.

3. Mercury in Virgo—Caught in detail. “Forest and trees.” Inability to see the whole.

4. Mercury in Virgo—Pettiness of thought. Emphasizing the small and unimportant.

5. Mercury in Virgo—Commonsense

6 . Mercury in Virgo—A mind focussed on the foreground of life.

7 . Mercury in Virgo—Mechanistic thinking

Mercury in Virgo for the Advanced Man
(As always, much will depend upon the ray of the mental vehicle and the aspects to Mercury)

1. Mercury in Virgo—Keen, high intelligence and clarity of thought. A most knowledgeable mind.

2. Mercury in Virgo—A realistic mind.

3. Mercury in Virgo—A critical mind.

4. Mercury in Virgo—The mind of a specialist.

5. Mercury in Virgo—Perfectionistic thinking.

6. Mercury in Virgo—A mind adept at managing detail—mastering the small things that make the difference.

7. Mercury in Virgo—A mind suited to the cherishing and nurturing of thoughtforms: careful ‘brooding’.

8. Mercury in Virgo—A mind adept at understanding matter and physical processes in general.

9. Mercury in Virgo—Technique, know-how. Skill. A mind which knows how things work.

10. Mercury in Virgo—A mind endowed with the power of logic.

11. Mercury in Virgo—A mind Facility with the grammar and syntax of thought.

12. Mercury in Virgo—A mind which reveals the ways of humility, the ways of humble preparation.

Mercury in Virgo for the Disciple or Initiate
(The usual exoteric and psychological interpretations are purposely not here emphasized).

1. Mercury in Virgo—Shedding the light of ‘correction’.

2. Mercury in Virgo—The mind “preparing the way” for the Christ Consciousness.

3. Mercury in Virgo—Inclines the mind to the interpretation of life in terms of material preparedness.

4. Mercury in Virgo—The intuition illumines the field of form.

5. Mercury in Virgo—The intuition reveals imperfections within the form. The mind discerns the flaws which will thwart the growth of spiritual energy.

6. Mercury in Virgo—The ‘messages’ from the soul seem to be critical and relate to the improvements which must be undertaken in the world of form, if form is to give birth to the Christ (soul consciousness).

7. Mercury in Virgo—The soul/personality dialogue relates to the theme of what must be done to become a better servant. The intuition reveals the ‘fine points’ of the art of practical service to the soul and to humanity.

8. Mercury in Virgo—Expertise in the art of “critical thinking’, detecting flaws in the process of reason, flaws as impediments to the process of “pure reason”.

9. Mercury in Virgo—The light brought from soul might be called the “light of preparation” discriminatively preparing the fields of form for the manifestation of the Son of Mind.

10. Mercury in Virgo—Just as the Fourth Ray Lord is called, the “Corrector of the Form,” so Mercury (distributing the fourth ray) when in Virgo, is particularly the Corrector of the Form.

11. Mercury in Virgo—Helps to establish right relations between soul and personality by illuminating where personal improvement is needed.

12. Mercury in Virgo—The Son becomes the ‘critic’ of the Mother

13. Mercury in Virgo—The mind which discriminates in order to determine the fitness of the form.

14. Mercury in Virgo—The Antahkarana is built with precision and technical correctness. The ‘strands’ of the Antahkarana are constructed discriminatively and meticulously.

15. Mercury in Virgo—The mind reveals the areas within the personality fields which must be ‘cleaned’ and purified for the soul to properly manifest.

16. Mercury in Virgo—

17. Mercury in Virgo—The mind attuned to the ways of the deva kingdom; facilitation of communication with the devas (angels), ruled by Virgo and Pleiades.

18. Mercury in Virgo—Mind adept at the processes of meditation. (Virgo rules meditation in the sequence: Concentration, Meditation, Contemplation, Illumination. Inspiration, Initiation, Identification.)

19. Mercury in Virgo—Excellence in the structuring of thoughtforms.

20. Mercury in Virgo—The “Son of Mind” as mental ‘task-master’.

21. Mercury in Virgo—The soul/personality conflict generated by soul/personality communication centers around the issue of personal fitness, personal worthiness.

22. Mercury in Virgo—The mind which cultivates wisdom. Mercury in Virgo is the “Son of Mind”—the thinker on his own plane. Who is the Thinker you are? This position gives an excellent perspective on all personal matters. Thinker observes the personality. There is the ability to focus on higher mental plane, the ability to be “as intelligent as the soul”. In a highly developed individual with this combination, soul intelligence keen.

Individuals with Mercury in Virgo

Jane Addams
Leonard Bernstein
Nadia Boulanger
Prince Louis de Broglie
Augustus Caesar
Jimmy Carter
Paul Foster Case
Claude Debussy
William Faulkner
George Gershwin
Charlton Heston
Lyndon Johnson
Louis XIV
King Ludwig II
Grandma Moses
H. S. Olcott
Cyril Scott
Walter Scott
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Upton Sinclair
Leo Tolstoy
Orville Wright

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