Developing Your Mind
Education and learning are lifelong processes. Your approach to developing your intellect is
multifaceted, but there are special indicators in your astrological chart which help you
understand the best ways to develop your mentality. Improving and strengthening
communication skills is also part of developing your mind, since connecting to others is
certainly improved if you can effectively illustrate your point of view!
Although the energy of Mercury is traditionally considered to be the main indicator of your
mentality, there are also other qualities which are part of your mental and intellectual self. First,
let's look at Mercury, which is the energy through which you link your thoughts and ideas with
others. Although you have a very active and curious mind, with Mercury in Aquarius you may
be most interested in learning about things which are at the leading edge. Your fascination with
technology and inventive mind may lead you into areas which are off the beaten path. You're
also in touch with social issues, and may have a desire to understand human nature and society
which takes you into some very interesting fields of study. You definitely prefer to learn at your
own pace and may balk at learning about things which are not particularly interesting to you.
As a little girl, you may have responded to your parents and teachers by saying, "I know," a lot,
and that reflex remains strong. Intuitively, you do know about everything. But in the practical
sense, you may not yet have had the time or opportunity to experience the development of that
knowledge! By listening to your intuitive voice and blending the insights you experience
through your intuitive awareness with practical experience, your intellectual development can
Your tendency to take things too seriously can result from the influence of Mercury in
square aspect to Saturn. You may have a mistrust of your own intellectual abilities, fearing the
outcome of wrong answers or poor judgment. This can lead to an inhibition in your
self-expression, and may also result in your appearing to be too critical or judgmental of others.
However, you may also be driven to learn, which can be a good thing if you are in an
environment which gives you an opportunity to truly develop your mind.
Knowing how to incorporate what is unusual or different into your intellectual development
experiences can be difficult with Mercury in quincunx to Uranus. When you try to keep up with
the fast-paced changes in technology, you may feel that you're always a little behind. But you're
not running a race! You're seeking ways to express your unique ideas and inventive concepts so
that they are understandable, acceptable and useful. Learning how to deal with your need for
distraction is important since you may never get anything finished if you change horses in
midstream too often.
Your imagination and creativity enhance your intellectual development with Mercury in
trine aspect to Neptune. You may be a gifted writer, artist, actress or photographer-- and
whether or not you develop these talents, you have an excellent eye for that which is beautiful
and enthralling. You perform at your peak in an environment which is serene and inspires your
visionary manner of thinking.
Sometimes, you can become obsessed with an idea or way of doing things with Mercury in
opposition to Pluto. When you're focused on something, you're focused. There's no halfway.
You don't just wade in, you immerse yourself. This quality can be especially useful in research,
investigation or spiritual questing. But you can also get stuck, close your mind, and lock away
the possibility of change (even though transformation in your thinking is your goal). When you
re-focus your mental energy toward that end, you can even change the obsession!
The energy of your Moon also has a mental component. The Moon is the realm of thought,
the process of subconscious thinking, and plays a strong role in intuitive thinking. Since you
usually have strong feelings about most everything with your Moon in Scorpio, you'll find that
this influences your intellectual interests and development. Your fascination with the mysteries
of life can lead you to study subjects such life science, psychology or metaphysics, and your
innate sense of healing energy may lead you to study or develop your skills as a healer
regardless of your career path. You can be resistant to new ideas and have a tendency towards
prejudicial thinking since you can be emotionally tied to those ideas and ideals you hold sacred.
When you do decide to explore something new or different, you're quite thorough about it.
Jupiter also plays an important role in learning, stimulating you to look ahead into the realm
of possibility, beyond the horizon of the now. Through the energy of Jupiter, you share what
you know with others. As a woman, you are likely to feel most at home when you use this
energy to encourage and support others, but you can also apply this to yourself! Your
philosophical approach to life and learning may be very much like mother taught you with
Jupiter in Cancer. Your adherence to some of the attitudes which shaped earlier generations has
great value for you, and you may have a keen understanding of the importance of learning from
history. Sometimes, however, your emotional attachment to your philosophies can get in the
way of the essence of how and what you believe.
You may have a lot invested in your educational endeavors and take pride in your beliefs
and ideals with your Sun in trine aspect to Jupiter. Your interest in improving your standing in
your community or within your profession may also stimulate a need to continue your
education. Since you probably enjoy learning, and certainly appreciate the opportunity to share
your own ideas, this can be an excellent option. Consequently you may want to seek out career
situations which give you a chance to advance and which allow you to learn.
Learning can be easy for you, since your desire to reach beyond your limitations blends
very nicely with your ability to discipline and focus your energy. Your sense of judgment can
be quite well developed with Jupiter in trine aspect to Saturn. Creating educational goals may
have played an important part in your life when you were younger, but you still enjoy learning
and expanding your grasp of knowledge about the world. You may consider yourself a lifelong
student, always seeking, constantly building your understanding. This is the seat of true
The idea of being unusual seems quite fine to you, since you feel much more like yourself
when you're expressing your individualism. With Jupiter conjunct Uranus you have a very high
level of perception and need to trust your first impressions. Your religious beliefs or spiritual
ideals may play an important role in your life, and you may be more attracted to a spiritual path
which allows room for your individual growth at your own rate.
The purpose of Saturn is to provide clarity, structure, form and discipline - elements which
are certainly important to learning. Saturn functions primarily as your inner teacher. Mothers
are the most influential Saturnian models in western society. They provide the structure,
guidance and support for their children in the realms of learning, socialization or personal
growth. Once you enter society as a child, teachers play the Saturnian role. But the role of
mothers and teachers in relationship to Saturn is to help you define the structure upon which
you will build your life. Then, you "own" your Saturn, and know how to discipline and focus
your own energy.
You can be a resourceful student and quite adept in research and investigation with Saturn
in Scorpio. You may learn better and perform at your peak when you feel safe and
well-protected. Circumstances which leave you feeling exposed are threatening, especially if
you're working on something important or developing a creative project or idea. You prefer to
work in relative secrecy and may not appreciate having your efforts exposed without your
permission. Life science, medicine, psychology and metaphysics are good areas for your study
The areas of your chart which are connected most strongly to mental and intellectual
development are the 3rd, 9th and 11th Houses. The 3rd House of your chart deals with
communication and the development of concepts.
Your approach to thinking, learning and communicating is quite analytical with Virgo
ruling your 3rd House. You may enjoy learning, and can develop a good relationship with your
teachers. However, you are quite sensitive to criticism and can be too critical of yourself or
your own intellectual abilities. You're probably more intelligent that you realize! Your ability to
illustrate detail is evidenced by your writing and speaking, and you may be a consummate
storyteller and convincing reader (ask your children!). With Mercury ruling your 3rd House you
enjoy the support and interaction created through networking with others, and may have a
special interest in education or children's issues.
There are no planets in your 3rd House, indicating that developing your communicative
capacities is not one of your highest priorities. However this does not indicate an impairment in
your thinking or a lack of intellectual development. To further understand your approach to
communication reflect upon the meaning of the sign on the cusp of this house, explained above,
and study the influence of Mercury in its sign and house as indicators of the best ways to
develop your intellect.
Your 9th House shows your approach to higher learning, which is usually accomplished
through a college or professional degree program. Subjects like philosophy, religion, political
science, cultural pursuits and the like are strongly associated with this facet of your
You are definitely an idealist with Pisces on the cusp of your 9th House. Your vision of the
world as a better place with opportunities for true peace and harmony can be quite a powerful
driver in your quest to improve your own life. In higher educational pursuits, you may be more
inclined to study philosophy, religion, political science and the arts than you are drawn to math
or science. It's tempting for you to impose your ideals or beliefs upon others who may seem less
"enlightened," but you may need to show some restraint in this regard if you are to experience
the peace you dream about. With Neptune ruling this house you can use your ability to visualize
to aid you in your learning pursuits, and to help you create the world as you desire to
Your affinity for philosophy, religious study, teaching and higher learning is no accident.
With your Sun in the 9th House, you may feel powerfully drawn to study higher truth, and to
invest much of your life in pursuit of excellence. You are an eternal student and can be a
profound teacher. In many ways you may feel that your life is a journey, and whether you travel
on the face of the planet, into space or simply on the inner realm, you are always seeking to
understand the greater meanings of life. A sense of higher moral law pervades your identity,
and you may strive in all your endeavors strive for the path of true righteousness.
Through the 11th House you learn from peers, and connect with your community. The 11th
House involves your special interests, too. This is very much the school of life, because this is
also the area which relates to developing your goals. You certainly are more spiritual than you are
religious because you do not want to follow dogma.
You're probably surrounded by friends who share your interests, and those interests usually
involve enjoying life. With Gemini on the 11th House, maintaining contact is important, and
you may feel that you need a lot of gadgets, like telephones, computers, cars or other devices
which help you stay in touch. Your goals may include accumulating these things, but your
larger goal is staying connected! With Mercury ruling this house, you may think of a lot of
goals you would like to follow, but may not stay focused upon them. You may understand that
what you think you become. As you have matured, are realizing the importance of focusing
your thoughts more clearly in order to create a life which reflects your true values and needs.
There are no planets in your 11th House, indicating that you may not find it necessary or
important to develop a strict set of goals, and that you may not seek out confirmation and
support from others in order to reach a sense of fulfillment. To further understand your special
interests look to the sign on the cusp of this house explained in the section above, and study the
placement of Uranus in your chart to determine where you find your best allies.
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