For days I have been struggling with a Mercury in Sagittarius post. Not because it is difficult to write, but because the nature of the placement is such that the brain wanders from here to there and back again. For Mercury in Sagittarius the mind is expansive and every idea a journey- albeit one with many distractions, rambling and stop-overs along the way. I think this blog will be likewise.
According to a podcast I listened to in the car the other day, the human brain is hard wired to be able to deal with distractions. The theory being that the simple act of focusing too hard for too long on something could have dire or even fatal consequences.
Whilst cavemen didn’t have the ding of an email arrival or the tweet of a new twitter entry to distract them from what they were supposed to be doing, they did have other concerns. Imagine concentrating all your energy on, I don’t know, making a slingshot only to have a lion eat you because you weren’t alert to the distractions.
The question the host asked was: Were Ugg and Thug Multi-taskers? Mercury in Sagittarius certainly is! That was going to be the title of this blog….that is until I got distracted by reading Sarah’s blog on walking meditation.
The premise is that “expansive environments… inspire expansive thoughts.” And there is no more expansive thinker than Mercury in Sagittarius. Not only are his ideas big, in fact bigger than big, but it doesn’t occur to him that they can possibly fail. Mercury in Sagittarius is not just a big thinker, he is an optimistic big thinker. But this isn’t just normal glass half full optimism, Sagittarius optimism is an absolute faith in the future.
Like the other Jupiter ruled Mercury (Mercury in Pisces) in Sagittarius Mercury is really not big on details or organization. The concept is too big for that and details just put limitations and boundaries around what is possible. In Pisces Mercury has dreams, in Sagittarius his restless, eternally distracted mind plans only for the future. In Sagittarius he has vision.
In order to think this big Mercury in Sagittarius needs room and freedom to move. The more space the better. His thirst for knowledge is immense, but not in any dry, abstract sense. He needs to have a passion for the subject in order to have his interest maintained.
And if he has a passion for a subject? It is communicated with immense enthusiasm- perhaps even that of a zealot. At his worst, he will preach rather than discuss- not because he wants to push his ideas down your throat, but because it simply doesn’t occur to him that his beliefs will not also be good for you too.
Mercury in Sagittarius is open-minded, but also has his own blind spots. He is moralistic and intolerant of prejudice- unless it is his own. He is a straight talker but a crappy listener. He can be tactless and politically incorrect. He does, however, mean well.
He doesn’t do spin and will not pick up on underlying tensions- he simply doesn’t have the inclination to do anything other than tell it as it is. If you aren’t fine, don’t tell him that you are. Want to piss off a Sagittarian? Too easy- talk in riddles, subtleties and hints. Whilst he loves fun and laughs easily (an can often make those around him laugh easily), he doesn’t play mind games- those of Mercury in Scorpio will have that fire temper sparking nicely.
Anything that impedes on his space will place limitations around his ideas. His best work is done in a clutter free environment- even though his ideas may well be disorganised. His best thoughts are done in an expansive environment- which is why Sarah Wilson’s blog hit such a chord for me.
I love the idea of mindful walking. I also like her idea of mindful running… if I could run, that is. No boundaries, no limitations…just complete freedom to soar.
I’m here at home sitting in my armchair
Listening to my mind at play
I’m building buildings
I’m ploughing hilltops
I’m crossing oceans
Buy me a ticket,
A one way reservation
Lyrics from Only Thinking by Mi-Sex- a Kiwi band from the 80s…