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Mercury Compilation
From Esoteric Astrology, by Alice A. Bailey

See Michael Robbins' Tapestry of the Gods, Volume III

1.       Mercury—Distributor for Pleiades, Gemini and Sagittarius:
Pleiades—Gemini, Sagittarius—Mercury—Fourth Creative Hierarchy (the 9th) Unknown:
The Mutable Cross
(EA 50)

2.       Mercury—Involved in Harmonizing the Cosmos and the Individual:
and Virgo, through Mercury and the Moon, are related to Ray 4. Harmonising the cosmos and the individual through conflict, producing unity and beauty. The birth pangs of the second birth. The Cosmic and Individual Christ (EA 67)

3.       Mercury (and Moon) Relate Scorpio and Aquarius:
Ray 4—Scorpio and Aquarius, through Mercury and Moon. (EA 68)

4.       Mercury (with Saturn) Influential in the Life of the Disciple:
Disciples upon the Path of Discipleship are strongly influenced by Mercury and Saturn—one bringing illumination and the other offering opportunity. (EA 70)

5.       Mercury (and Saturn) at the Fourth Initiation:
At the fourth initiation, Mercury and Saturn again bring about great changes and unique revelation, but their effect is very different to the earlier experience. (EA 71)

6.       Mercury Involved in a Fourfold Alignment:

a. Leo, Capricorn and Pisces.
b. Saturn, Mercury and Uranus (the Moon).
c. The head, ajna and heart centres.
d. The throat, the solar plexus and the base of the spine. (EA 80)

7.       Mercury in Relation to Aries—Setting the Jungles of Illusion on Fire:
Through the lesser fire of mind, the ‘jungles of illusion are set on fire and dissolve in flames and then the Path stands clear and unobstructed vision is achieved’.(Old Commentary)
(EA 95)

8.       Mercury in Relation to Aries—Purification Through Vision:
This same purification [as in the case of Mars], but this time through vision, comes to the developed man through the activity of the subjective ruler of the planet,
Mercury, who is the illuminating principle which releases the mind, directs the way of man through life and enables him to be aware of the divine Plan which underlies all his fiery experience. (EA 96)

9.       Mercury—Relating Aries to Birth:
At the same time, Aries is related to birth, through Mercury who rules Aries esoterically, and also Virgo, of which Mercury is the exoteric ruler. (EA 98)

10.   Mercury—Involved in the Transmission of First Ray Force:
In connection with Aries, which expresses or is the agent primarily of the first Ray of Will or Power, the ray of the destroyer, it should be stated that first ray energy comes from the divine Prototype in the Great Bear, that it becomes transmuted into the force and activity of the planetary Logos of the first ray, and works out as His triple activity under the guidance of the three ruling planets—Mars, Mercury and Uranus. (EA 99)

11.   Mercury—Embodies Fourth Ray Energy:
, embodying the energy of the fourth ray, eventually carries the man around the wheel of life and through the medium of conflict enables him to achieve harmony. (EA 100)

12.   Mercury Illumines the Mind; Mediatorship Causing a Long Drawn-Out Conflict:
illumines the mind and mediates between the soul and the personality, being the Messenger of the Gods. This mediatorship, in the first instance, produces an inevitable opposition between the pairs of opposites, and a long drawn out conflict. This conflict finally works out into victory and the dispelling of illusion through the illumination of the lower mind. (EA 100)

13.   Mercury—Leads Aries to Virgo; Mercury and the Sun are One:
Mercury and the Sun are one, we are frequently told in the occult literature. The Sun is the symbol of the Son of God, Who is the mediator between Father-Spirit and Mother-Matter. Mercury, therefore, leads Aries to Virgo (again speaking symbolically) where the idea or Word of God begins to take form, and consequently the latent life in Aries comes to the ‘crisis of the birth hour,’ prior to the birth of the Christ, cosmically considered, though the birth of the individual Christ takes place in Capricorn, at the close of the needed gestation period. (EA 100)

14.   Mercury and Uranus—Analogous Work:
Uranus embodies the energy of the seventh ray and its work is analogous to that of Mercury, for the seventh ray is the ray which relates spirit and matter and brings together electric fire and fire by friction, thus producing manifestation. (EA 100)

15.   Mercury—Involved in the Crisis of the Birth Place:
The crisis of the birth place in Virgo, brought about through the activity of Mercury, leading through Leo to the birth of the Christ in Capricorn. The self-conscious individual in Leo becomes the Christ-conscious Initiate in Capricorn. (EA 101)

16.   Aretians Become Sensitive to Mercury at the Point of Reorientation:
Aries, the ‘birthplace of divine Ideas,’ whether these ideas are souls brought into incarnation and controlled by Mars until they reach the point of reorientation and become sensitive to the influence of
Mercury, or whether they are the birth of the ideas of God in the form of the hierarchical plans to which the initiate becomes sensitive. (EA 102)

17.   Inferring the Existence of Mercury (and Mars) in the Distance Past:
Their existence [Vulcan, Uranus, Pluto and Neptune] has only been inferred or discovered within the last two or three centuries though it has always been known to the Hierarchy. I have indicated to you the signs of which they are the rulers and the astrology of the future will accept my statement and work with these planets. Much earlier in human history, they had to accept the fact of Mars and Mercury as rulers of zodiacal signs in a hypothetical manner, and then start to prove the accuracy of the hypothesis. Ancient astrology was obviously incomplete but until man became patently responsive to the influences which come to him from Uranus or Pluto, for instance, which affect the soul life far more than they do the personality life, they remained undiscovered except by trained esotericists. (EA 114)

18.   Mercury (and Jupiter)—Orthodox Rulers of the Mutable Cross:
Eventually there has to be the complete fusion of love and mind before a world saviour can manifest and function efficiently, and this is pre-eminently the final result of the forces of the Mutable Cross, as they work out the qualities released by the planets active in Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo and Gemini. These planets are: Orthodox—Jupiter and Mercury. (EA 126)

19.   Mercury—Expresses Harmony Through Conflict; Intuitional and Expressive of the Christ: Mercury indicates that the line of least resistance for humanity is harmony through conflict, for Mercury expresses the 4th ray energy which is buddhic, intuitional and expressive of the Christ, as Mercury and the Sun are one. (EA 127)

20.   Mercury Falls in Pisces; Mercury is Met as the Sun:
 …when we find that the power of Mercury is lessened in Pisces and that it finally ‘falls’ in that sign, what is the esoteric and spiritual meaning? Simply, that after the stage of initiation in Capricorn, as the result of the reversal of the wheel and the consequent experiences, and after the triumph of Scorpio, the power of the mind steadily lessens till finally (like other aspects of form life in the three worlds) it comes to an end and its mediating and illuminating aspects between soul and physical brain are no longer required. The man, coming definitely into full soul consciousness, requires now no mediator but deals directly himself with his emanating source. Mercury is then met with again under another name, this time as the Sun, mediating between the higher aspects soul and spirit for Mercury and the Sun are One. (EA 131)

21.   Mercury—Establishes Relation Between Personality and Soul:
Mercury the mind is illumined and relation is established between personality and the soul. (EA 132)

22.   Mercury—Mediator Between Life and Consciousness Itself:
As Mercury, the Sun—the mediator—shifts to a still higher plane and is no longer mediator between two different stages in consciousness but between life and consciousness itself; this is a very different matter and effects the higher understanding. This will necessarily be incomprehensible to you at present for it is not a mediatorship between differences but a fusion of what is already related. Are you any the wiser for that statement? (EA 132)

23.   Mercury, Vulcan and the Sun—a Synthesis:
The light of Vulcan and the light of the Sun are one light and these three—Mercury, Vulcan and the Sun—stand for a synthesis and a radiance which eventually dims the light of Mercury and it falls into the background and Vulcan too becomes invisible and only the Sun remains. We have consequently a vision of the Sun, the experience of the personality and effort, which is the mode of attainment governed by Mars. (EA 132-133)

24.   Mercury (with Saturn and Venus)—Decanate Rulers of Aquarius:
The decanates in Aquarius are governed (according to Alan Leo) by Saturn, Mercury and Venus, and the effect that they will produce upon human affairs and world conditions is already beginning to appear. (EA 148)

25.   Mercury—Intuitive and Illumining, Relating the Old and the New:
Saturn, having offered opportunity and proffered us a choice to bring about the needed changes and to destroy that which holds back the free expression of the soul, eventually stands aside in order to let His great Brother,
Mercury, spread the light of the soul—intuitive and illuminating—upon the situation, to interpret for us, through our own illumined minds, the significance of events and to relate the old and the new, the past and the future through the light of the present. (EA 148-149)

26.   Mercury as a Decanate Ruler of Aquarius upon the Ordinary Wheel—the Volatile Mind, Unstable and Dark:
According to other astrologers, the three decanates are governed by Venus, Mercury and the Moon. … The energy which produces opportunity, illumination, and brotherly love as expressed and attained upon the Fixed Cross, demonstrates upon the Mutable or Common Cross as difficulty, the versatile and volatile mind (unstable and dark) and as sex. (EA 149)

27.   Mercury Active upon the Path of Evolution:
Path: Evolution; Rays: 6 and 4; Planets: Mars. Mercury.; Signs: Aries, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio. (EA 166)

28.   Mercury—its Potency Veiling Vulcan which it also Hides:
Hence the recent discovery of Pluto and the sensed power of Vulcan, veiled by the potency of Mercury and hidden behind the planet. (EA 166)

29.   Mercury—Influence Emerging as Ruler of the Middle Decanate of Aquarius:
From the standpoint of astrological interpretation and in the case where the astrologer is not sure which way the wheel is turning, it is the only decanate with its ruler of which he can be sure. The influence of the ruler is, therefore, inevitable. This is strikingly the case in connection with the sign Aquarius into which sign our sun is now entering, its three decanates, Saturn, Mercury and Venus, bringing inevitably difficulty, illumination and brotherly love. On the ordinary wheel, in all outer affairs, Saturn controls, and we consequently find ourselves today in a state of chaos and trouble, but as far as the consciousness of the race is concerned, Mercury is becoming increasingly active. A steady illumination is taking place and light is being thrown on all problems—light on government and politics through experiments and the study of great and basic ideologies; light on the material nature of the world through all the many branches of science; light on humanity itself through education, philosophy and psychology. This light is spreading down to the very darkest places in our planet and its many forms of life. (EA 172)

30.   Mercury—Among the Rulers of the Decanates of Capricorn:
Two sets of rulers for the three decanates are available. According to Alan Leo, we have Saturn, Venus and Mercury. According to Sepharial we have Jupiter, Mars and the Sun. Of these two, the first is the more correct and the more esoteric. The true rulers are Saturn, Venus and the Sun. I would remind you that Mercury and the Sun are interchangeable but that in this case the Sun stands exoterically for Mercury and esoterically for a hidden planet. (EA 172-173)

31.   Mercury (as Mind)  Released into Full Governing Activity in Scorpio:
In Scorpio the mind is released into full governing activity. This release takes place in two stages:
      Stage 1 - Wherein the intellect becomes dominant and powerful and controls eventually the emotional nature.
      Stage 2 - Wherein the intellect is illumined by the light of the soul. The emphasis is laid upon the struggle of the personality to release itself from the grip of lower desire in the first case, and in the second to release itself from the surrounding world glamour which is revealed when soul light is thrown into it, via the reflecting and illumined mind. In Stage 1, the power of the trained reasoning and rationalizing mind is called into activity by the soul; in the other, the illumination of the soul must pour into the mind and is then reflected, like a searchlight, onto the astral plane. This takes place upon the Probationary Path and is called the experience of the disciple in the depths of the valleys. (EA 180)

32.   Mercury Related to Intuitive Perception in Sagittarius:
 In Sagittarius, the intellect which has been developed, used and finally illumined, becomes sensitive to a still higher type of mental experience, and to this we give the name of intuitive perception. There come flashes of light upon problems; a distant yet possible vision of attainment is seen; the man begins to climb out of the depths to which he has descended in Scorpio and sees ahead of him the mountain of Capricorn which he knows he must climb. He walks no longer in the dark, for he sees what he has to do and he therefore makes rapid progress and travels fast upon the Way. He flies from point to point, searching for the arrows which he has discharged. He has, figuratively speaking, to dismount constantly from his white horse (the developed and purified personality) and find where the arrows of intuitional aspiration will take him; he travels on the wings of the soul (note the relationship to the winged feet of Mercury, the messenger of the Gods) and becomes, in his own personality, the winged God: Mercury, as you know, governs Gemini, the polar opposite of Sagittarius. This he does until he has established a balanced relationship between the personality and the soul and can function as either at any desired moment with equal facility. (EA 180-181)

33.   The Role of Mercury (and Jupiter) as Rulers of the Mutable Cross:
From the point of view of orthodox astrology, only two planets rule or govern all the four signs; these are Jupiter and
Mercury. Mercury governs Gemini and Virgo, whilst Jupiter governs Sagittarius and Pisces. The reason for this is obvious if you study the nature of the rays which express themselves through these signs. Mercury is the agent or the messenger of the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict, whilst Jupiter is the medium for expression of the second Ray of Love-wisdom. These two rays govern the mass of men upon the Mutable Cross and are closely concerned with the mass incarnation of the fourth Creative Hierarchy. Their function is to fuse and blend into one cooperative whole the great dualities expressing themselves through the fourth kingdom in nature. The significance of this will be obvious.  It is easily apparent how, through the influences of Mercury and Jupiter, material desire can be transmuted into divine love, and the conflict which is the distinguishing characteristic of the human family can be instrumental in resolving dissonance into harmony. The definite pattern and direction of this process has to take form upon the Mutable Cross before the energies of the Fixed Cross can change the ambitious selfish man into the selfless disciple. (EA 184-185)

34.   The Influence of Mercury (and Jupiter) Dominated by Venus, the Moon, Earth and Pluto:
The case is quite different in connection with the subjective side of unfoldment, and esoterically the disciple who finds himself in incarnation under the influence of the Mutable Cross in his personality life whilst he, as a soul, is upon the Fixed Cross, comes under the directed energy of four planets, three of which are non-sacred planets. Usually these four supersede or rather begin to dominate the influence of Mercury and Jupiter, giving greater facility of expression and exerting that influence which will bring the personality into right relation to the soul, for that is essentially the task of the Fixed Cross and the goal of the disciple.  (EA 185)

35.   Mercury and Jupiter Important as Orthodox Planets in the Life of the Sagittarian:
4. The Orthodox Planets.—These condition the personality. In this case we have Mercury and Jupiter. The twelve houses governed by the planets are likewise of prime importance from the angle of the transmitted energy. (EA 186)

36.   The Power of Mercury Lessened in Sagittarius:
It is interesting to note that no planet is exalted in Sagittarius and that no planet falls in this sign. Only one things happens and that is that the power of Mercury is greatly lessened.
(EA 191)

37.   Mercury in Sagittarius—Identification with Spiritual Soul Instead of the Human Personality; Mind Giving Place to Intuition:
Mercury, which is the expression of the fourth ray and also the God of the mental processes, has his power definitely lessened in this sign and this for two reasons, esoterically speaking.
      First, the disciple has definitely to cease identifying himself with either his own human personality and processes or with the human kingdom, prior to taking initiation. His emphasis is, for the future, to be upon the spiritual soul and the fifth kingdom in nature; in Sagittarius he begins to express this first stage. This involves a complete withdrawal, in the personality sense, from the form side of life. This again entails (at a certain point of crisis) a point of balance.
      Secondly, the power of the mind, having been developed, tested and found true in the sign Scorpio, begins to wane in its activity and the intuition begins to take its place. This is essential before the sign Capricorn is entered by the disciple and preparation for initiation begins. (EA 191-192)

38.    Mercury in Relation to Scorpio—the Powers of the Mind are Developed and Tested:
… the power of the mind, having been developed, tested and found true in the sign Scorpio...
(EA 192)

39.   Mercury—Replaced by Jupiter in Esoteric Understanding of Sagittarian Decanates:
As regards the three decanates of Sagittarius, Sepharial gives us the three governing planets as Mercury, the Moon and the Sun, whilst Alan Leo gives us Jupiter, Mars and the Sun, emphasising as he always does the way of the esotericists. He usually tunes in on the esoteric significances but not always. Jupiter gives expansion, superseding Mercury, for the mercurial mind is ever a limitation even if only a temporary one. (EA 192)

40.   Mercury—as the Symbol for Humanity:
Two of our planets, the Earth (non-sacred) and Uranus (sacred), are directly the product of this third ray activity. This is of great importance to remember. I would also ask you to link this thought with the teaching that through the divine centre of intelligent activity which we call humanity, the fourth kingdom in nature will eventually act as the mediating principle to all the three lower kingdoms. Humanity is the divine Messenger to the world of form; it is essentially Mercury, bringing light and life to other divine manifestations and of this all divine world Saviours are the eternal symbols. (EA 200)

41.   Mercury and Mars—Controlling in Scorpio:
Through these Rulers, two rays are brought into a potent controlling position in Scorpio; they are the sixth Ray of Devotion and the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict, the latter having a peculiar relation to the mode of human development and the former to the methods of the Piscean age which is just passing. Mars and Mercury control and Mars is particularly active, owing to the fact that Mars is both the orthodox planet controlling the personality in Scorpio and also the esoteric planet conditioning the unfoldment of the disciple. Mars is the dominating factor in the tests and trials of the disciple, prior to the experience in Sagittarius and the initiation in Capricorn… ( EA 209)

42.   Mercury—Relating Scorpio to Aquarius:
Scorpio and Aquarius are also in a peculiar relation to each other through the planet
Mercury which governs the human family (being the hierarchical planet in Scorpio). (EA 218)

43.   Mercury (with Neptune)—Developing Group Consciousness in the Disciple:
The point which I am here making is that through the influence of Mercury and Neptune the group consciousness of the individual is developed, so that through the tests in Scorpio and the experience in Aquarius the disciple emerges on the physical plane into the position of a world server; all world servers are decentralised workers and are governed by the need and the reactions of the mass or group. (EA 219)

44.   A Tabulation Involving Mercury:
Scorpio—4th Ray; [School] Hierarchical (EA 221)

45.   Mercury in Relation to Scorpio—Illumination:
 Scorpio Illumination the soul triumphs. Experience in Taurus consummated. Astral glamour dissipated. Soul light pours in. The path of Discipleship. The Disciple. (EA 228)

46.   Mercury—Active upon the Cardinal Cross:
… 4th Ray … Harmony through Conflict. (EA 248)

47.   Mercury—Among the Decanate Rulers of Libra:
The rulers of the decanates in this sign are again dual in their presentation by different schools of astrologers. Sepharial gives us the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter, whilst Alan Leo posits the controlling planets as Venus, Saturn and Mercury. In this case, as in some others, the truth lies between the two or in a combination of both. The true rulers of the decanates in Libra are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. (EA 251)

48.   Mercury—the Divine Messenger and Principle of Illusion:
Mercury, the divine Messenger, the principle of illusion and the expression of the active higher mind, has performed his mission and ‘led humanity into the light’ and the Christ-child out of the womb of time and of the flesh into the light of day and of manifestation… (EA 272)

49.   Mercury—Rules Virgo Exoterically; the Versatile Energy of the Son of Mind:
.—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)

50.   The Role of Mercury Among the Three Rulers of Virgo:
Through these three planetary rulers the energies of the fourth ray pour, governing the mind through Mercury and the physical form through the Moon; the energies of the first ray, expressive of the will of God, begin their control of the self-conscious man (unfolded in Leo) and the energies of the second ray, embodying the love of God, pour through into manifestation. Will, love and harmony through conflict—such are the controlling forces which make man what he is and such are the governing and directing energies which use the mind (Mercury), the emotional nature, love (in Jupiter) and the physical body (the Moon, or esoteric will) for purposes of divine expression and manifestation. It will be obvious to you that the task of Mercury in connection with humanity has gone forward most satisfactorily and has brought humanity to its present point of evolution upon the probationary path … (EA 263-264)

51.   Mercury—One of Two Conduits for the Fourth Ray:
The other point upon which I might here touch is that certain of the rays express themselves through two planets. For instance, the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict reaches us both through the Moon and through Mercury, whilst the first Ray of Will or Power reaches us through Vulcan and through Pluto. (EA 269)

52.   Mercury Relates Virgo to Aries, Gemini and Scorpio:
Through Mercury, Virgo comes into close relation to three constellations—Aries, Gemini, and Scorpio. Here again is a triangle of energies of great importance in the life of the Christ-child which Virgo guards and nourishes and hides within herself. (EA 271)

53.   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)

54.   Mercury—the Divine Messenger Leading Humanity into Light and the Christ Child out of the Womb of Time and Flesh: When Mercury, the divine Messenger, the principle of illusion and the expression of the active higher mind, has performed his mission and ‘led humanity into the light’ and the Christ-child out of the womb of time and of the flesh into the light of day and of manifestation, then the task of that great centre we call humanity will be accomplished. Ponder on this for the significance of esoteric astrology will emerge more clearly in your minds if you can understand this fourfold activity of Mercury and the inter-relation of these four signs of the zodiac—connected as they are with the logoic Quaternary. (EA 272-273)

55.   Mercury Among the Three Soft-Line Rulers of Virgo:
As I have told you, Virgo is regarded by the esoteric teachers of the Hierarchy to be identified with the third aspect of divinity, with the mother principle and is believed to be the director of the energies, developed and recognised in the first solar system. It is for this reason in this solar system that Virgo is subjected predominantly to the influence of the second, fourth and sixth ray energies through Jupiter (second ray) the Moon and Mercury (fourth ray) and Neptune (sixth ray). (EA 280)

56.   Mercury (and Moon) Rulers of Virgo, Related to Higher and Lower Mind:
The Moon and Mercury together indicate the activity of the higher and lower mind and are, therefore, related to the third Ray of Active Intelligence which controlled the first solar system. (EA 280)

57.   Mercury—as Manas-Buddhi:
Mercury is the synthesis of manas-buddhi, mind-wisdom which expresses itself through the human soul; Mercury rules the bridge or the antahkarana.  (EA 281)

58.   Mercury—the Third and Second Aspects; the Concrete and Abstract Minds:
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 these aspects of the mental principles, the expression of the concrete and the abstract mind of God. (EA 281)

59.   Mercury is Exalted in Virgo: 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)

60.   Mercury—Reaches His Full Power in Virgo:
 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)

61.   Mercury Confers Illumination of the Mind in the Second Decanate of Aquarius:
The three decanates of Aquarius, from the angle of the disciple, are Saturn, Mercury and Venus. It is in this sequence that they affect him and carry him forward on his desired way, thus giving opportunity through conflict, the illumination of the mind and eventually the achievement of brotherly love which is wisdom. (EA 283)

62.   Mercury (with Saturn and Venus)—How the Ordinary Man Passes Through the Decanates of Aquarius; Mercury—the Slow Unfoldment of the Mind:
Ordinarily speaking, the mass of men would pass through the sign via Venus, Mercury and Saturn, for the undeveloped man is influenced by those qualities which can be best described as instinctual mind or affection (Venus), which is brotherly love in embryo; by the slow unfoldment of the mind through the activity of Mercury; finally, as the result of this unfoldment, conflict supervenes and Saturn offers opportunity to suffer and, through suffering, to learn to choose rightly, to analyse correctly and to decide upon the higher values. (EA 283)

63.   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)

64.   Mercury in Relation to Leo—Guardian of the Eighth Gate: Leo, being the fifth sign of the zodiac, counting from Aries via Taurus, and also the eighth signs, counting from Aries via Pisces, is closely related through numerical affinity with Mercury, who is esoterically called ‘the Messenger at the eighth gate’; Mercury was active at the time of individualization when the ‘eighth gate’ was opened and a major initiation of our planetary Logos took place, producing, in the human kingdom, the process of individualization. (EA 298)

65.   Mercury in Relation to Leo (Sirius and Saturn):
again comes, at this point, into our discussion, and you thus have the formation of an esoteric quaternary, affecting powerfully the major quaternary of man—spirit, soul, mind and brain. This energy brings about an inter-relation and an inner awakening which prepares the aspirant for initiation. This higher quaternary is Sirius-Leo-Mercury-Saturn. You have, therefore:
  Sirius                                Leo                              Mercury                      Saturn
  Spirit                                 Soul                              Mind                             Brain
  Life                                  Quality                          Illumination                   Appearance
  Inhalation                          Interlude                       Exhalation                     Interlude
(EA  299)

66.   Mercury in the Life of the Advanced Leo Initiate:
For the advanced initiate in this sign, and after the third initiation, Sirius becomes a major life factor. He begins to respond to its vibration because he now rules the Sun and the Moon and is controlling those two planets, for that is what the Sun and the Moon have become to him—simply planets to be ruled. This is a great mystery and I simply state the fact. Sirius, Leo, the Sun, the Moon and Mercury are now the influences with which the initiate is concerned. (EA 300)

67.   Cancer Subject Affected by the Planet Mercury Among Others:
Indirectly, and via the influences of the Cardinal Cross (of which Cancer is a part), the Cancerian subject is affected by or influenced by five other planets, which are Mars, Mercury, Uranus, Venus and Saturn. The Cancerian subject becomes responsive to the uses of conflict (Mars), to the functioning of the light of intuition (Mercury) and to the cosmic pull of Uranus, plus the intellect of Venus and the presentation of opportunity (Saturn). (EA 323)

68.   Saturn in Cancer Furthers Ends of Fourth Ray (Operating through Moon and Mercury): The power of Saturn in this sign furthers the ends and purposes of the governing energies or rays of harmony through conflicts (the Moon and Mercury) and of Neptune, for in this sign Saturn is in the home of its detriment and thus produces those difficult conditions and situations which will lead to the needed struggle. (EA 342)

69.   Mercury as Ruler of the Second Decanate of Cancer:
Curiously it is Sepharial who places the rulers of the decanates more accurately than does Leo. Usually this is reversed and Leo is the more correct of the two astrologers. Sepharial gives us Venus, Mercury and the Moon whereas Leo apportions the Moon, Mars and Jupiter to these decanates. The mind, the uses of conflict and form life are the contributing factors, leading the soul along the way of incarnation. The instrument of release is, in the last analysis, the right use and control of the organ of illumination which is the mind. Hence the necessary emphasis ever laid upon meditation when the aspirant awakens to spiritual opportunity. (EA 342)

70.   Mercury—Its Role and Importance upon the Mutable Cross:
1. The Mutable Cross—brings about those conditions which will produce great periods of change in the life of the planet, of a kingdom in nature or of a human being. Mercury plays a part in this. (EA 350)

71.   Mercury—the Divine Intermediary:
Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods or the ‘divine intermediary’ carries messages between the poles with speed and light. In this most potent and important planet the idea of duality is again to he found, enhancing and enhanced by the influence of Gemini. (EA 353)

72.   Mercury—and the First of the Dual Aspects of the Mind:
Mercury is the expression of the dual aspect of the mind as it mediates between higher and lower. The mediation falls into two stages; the use of the concrete mind as the mediator within the personality, conditioning the personality life, analysing and distinguishing between the self and the not- self and emphasizing the ‘me and thou’ consciousness as well as that of the personality and its environment.  (EA 353)

73.   Mercury—and the Second of the Dual Aspects of the Mind:
Mercury]… carries messages between the soul and the brain and establishes right relations between the lower self and the higher self . It is, therefore, the illumined mind, relating the soul and personality. This process of the higher relationships is carried forward with rapidity upon the Path of Discipleship.  (EA 353)

74.   Mercury—a Third Aspect, the Abstract Mind:
There is a third aspect of
Mercury which begins to function when the other two are perfected or in the process of rapid perfecting. Mercury, in this case is the abstract mind—removed from all outer form contact as we understand it—and relates soul to spirit, and this again in two stages. Mercury is the revealer of the Spiritual Triad (atma-buddhi-manas or spiritual will, spiritual love and the higher mind) to the soul, and this carries the disciple to the stage of the third initiation. It is then the revealer of the life aspect during the processes of the higher initiations, but upon these it is not necessary to enlarge. (EA 353)

75.   Mercury Carrying Messages with Speed and Light:
The orthodox ruler is
Mercury who, as the Messenger of the Gods or  the ‘divine Intermediary, carries messages between the poles with speed and light.’  In this most potent and important planet the idea of duality is again to be found, enhancing and enhanced by the influence of Gemini. (EA 353)

76.   Mercury—Increasing the Latent Sense of Duality in the Gemini Subject:
 In a peculiar way, therefore, Mercury increases in the Gemini subject the latent sense of duality in its various stages and also the sense of distinction, leading to that mental agility and that fluidity of mind which is one of the major assets as well as one of the major difficulties of this sign. This agility has, however, to be rightly understood and handled. When there is facility of mental approach in any direction and in connection with the many opposites in manifestation, you have the emergence of the divine Messenger in his true character, able to comprehend extremes and to relate them divinely to each other. (EA 354)

77.   Mercury (with Venus)—Two Rulers of Gemini:
It is for this reason that you have the exoteric ruler given as Mercury and the esoteric ruler as Venus, for they embody between them the energies of the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict and the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science which is embryonic understanding of causes and conditions resulting therefrom and also of the Plan. (EA 354)

78.   Mercury—the Star of Conflict:
Mercury, the star of conflict, is also the major planet of relationships, for it governs and ‘engineers’ … the interplay between our Earth and its conditioning constellations. (EA 357)

79.   Mercury—Relating our Planet to the Three Crosses:
In the case of Gemini, it [Mercury] relates our small planet to Virgo (Mutable Cross), to Aries (Cardinal Cross) and to Scorpio (Fixed Cross), and its mission, therefore, emerges as one of supreme importance. Through the medium of this inter-relation and consequent intercourse, the three cosmic Crosses become closely related and, in Gemini, certain of the fundamental zodiacal influences—synthesised and coordinated—are focussed upon our planet. This produces strain, action and reaction, and that condition of potent struggle and of difficulty which is so characteristic of our planetary life, but which produces eventually the awakening of humanity to full planetary consciousness, and, in the case of the planetary Logos, to full cosmic consciousness. (EA 357-358)

80.   Mercury—Its Effects in Gemini and Virgo:
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)

81.   The Potencies of Gemini-Aries Instilled Into Earth Via Mercury:
The potencies of Gemini-Aries, instilled into our planetary life via Mercury, focus the energy of the conditioning will-to-be upon the Earth, producing initial beginnings as in incarnation, or initiation, or the start of organisation as well as organisms. It should be remembered that there is the will-to-be in form and the will-to-be free from form, but all these aspects of will are achieved through conflict and interplay of which energy both Gemini and Mercury are the eternal symbols. (EA 358-359)

82.   Subtle Effect of Mercury as it Relates Gemini to Scorpio:
, as it relates Gemini to Scorpio and to our planet, has a mass or general effect, for it is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio and its effect is of a planetary nature far more than is usually the case, and is, therefore, far more difficult to trace at our present point of planetary development and human consciousness. Its true significance will not be understood until the consciousness of individual man is also planetary in its scope and grasp, which is never the case until after the third initiation. (EA 359)

83.   The Influence of Mercury Relating Gemini and Aries to Earth:
The influence of
Mercury, as it relates Aries and Gemini to our Earth, establishes in time and space a unique situation, for it incites to trial efforts or initiates a series of beginnings in order to relate opposing forces and produce certain planned and definite effects upon our planet, thus influencing the kingdoms in nature or an individual soul-in-form. A conflict is thus initiated which leads finally to balance. This leads to an intermediate consummation in Libra. (EA 360)

84.   The Influence of Mercury as it Relates Virgo to 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)

85.   The Influence of Mercury as it Relates Scorpio and Gemini:
The influence of
Mercury as it relates Scorpio and Gemini is to inaugurate that final stage in consciousness which will place the soul within the form surely in the place of power, swinging the earlier achieved balance and control definitely into the realm of the soul. It is this which, in the Scorpio experience, produces the terrific experience of the disciple and which, at this time, is one of the predisposing causes of the present world conflict. (EA 360)

86.   Mercury, Gemini and Scorpio in Relation to the United States and London:
When Gemini, Scorpio and Mercury are correctly related we shall see the United States moving also on to the Path of Discipleship through a release from its present self-centred policy, its well-meaning evasion of responsibility and its innate fears and distrust. When the focus of the power in London is also rightly oriented and is released into increased effectiveness by drastic purification of motive, then the united effect of both these clarifications will be human liberation. These facts are being slowly realised in London, ahead of the realisation which is more slowly awakening in the States. These potencies, when effective, lead to true service in Aquarius. (EA 361)

87.   Mercury (with Venus) Rendering Earth a Planet of Releasing Sorrow and of Purifying Pain: It is this Gemini-Venus situation which lies behind the fact that our Earth is uniquely the ‘planet of releasing sorrow and of purifying pain,’ the energy producing these releasing factors being focussed through Mercury and Venus upon our Earth. (EA 361)

88.   The Effects of the Mercury-Venus-Earth Triangle:
You will see, therefore, the significance of that triangle of planets (at which I hinted in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire): the Earth-Venus-Mercury. From certain angles, these are related to the Personality of our planetary Logos: 1. The Earth—planetary vital body; 2. Venus—planetary astral vehicle, or Kama-manas; 3. Mercury—planetary mind. (EA 361-362)

89.   The Use of the Mercury-Venus Mind in Libra, Balancing Desire and Spiritual Will:
in Libra this reaches a point of balance wherein the one who struggles sees the issues clearly and achieves a desirable point of equilibrium through the wise use of the Mercury-Venus mind, ensuring the success of its final efforts in Capricorn. (EA 362)

90.   The Triangle of Mercury-Venus-Earth in Relation to Gemini and our Earth:
The three planets ruling and conditioning Gemini (through out-drawn activity, though not through their own influence) are in this third sign effective in constituting this dual sign a working triplicity; it is the aid they give to our Earth which produces the appearance in form of the dual energies of soul and the subjective psychic personality. Ponder on this. It is the energies of the fifth, fourth and third rays, pouring through Venus, Mercury and the Earth, which are productive of the eternally recurring, divine triplicity and its work of releasing the soul from the influence of form. (EA 363)

91.   Mercury in Gemini—Enhancing the Interpretive Aspect:
 The effectiveness of Mercury is also enhanced in its interpretive aspect because the Gemini person can always find points of contact with people on nearly every ray. (EA 364)

92.   Mercury (and the Moon) in Relation to Gemini:
The indirect influence of the Moon as it symbolically embodies the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict provides Mercury with the dual tendency to struggle, which is characteristic of this sign, and also the dual tendency to harmony which is the inevitable result of all spiritual conflict. (EA 364)

93.   Mercury in Gemini—Synthesizing Soul and Form:
Through the activity of
Mercury, the man whose Sun is in Gemini is aided to attain the synthesis of soul and form. (EA 365)

94.   Mercury—in Detriment in Sagittarius:
In Sagittarius the same condition is found. No planet is exalted and no planet falls. Mercury is, however, in detriment or its influence is lessened. (EA 369)

95.   The Dualism of Mercury Transcended in Sagittarius:
In Sagittarius, the dualism of Mercury as it expresses itself in the lower-higher mind is transcended by the universal or spiritual mind. More than this hint is not at this time possible.
(EA 369)

96.   Mercury Rules a Decanate of Gemini on the Ordinary Wheel:
In connection with the decanates and their rulers, it is interesting to find that Sepharial and Alan Leo give entirely different ruling planets, and yet both are right. Uniquely for him, Sepharial gives the three planets of Jupiter, Mars and the Sun, and thus indicates those which are the esoteric rulers of the sign upon the wheel of discipleship. Usually his choice is exoteric and not esoteric. Leo, in this case, gives Mercury, Venus and Saturn, and these three govern the wheel of ordinary life. Between them, they cover the wheel as it turns in both directions. (EA 369)

97.   Mercury and Venus (Decanate Rulers on the Ordinary Wheel) Serve to Enhance the Rulers of Gemini: You will note how two out of the governing planets of the decanates in the case of the ordinary wheel serve to enhance the planetary rulers of the sign, Gemini with Saturn offering at a certain fairly advanced stage the opposition needed to bring about a basic revolution. (EA 369)

98.   Mercury Involved in Bringing the Force of Love to the Taurian Subject:
Through the three other arms of the Fixed Cross and their three streams of divine energy, the force of love can he brought indirectly to bear upon the man born in Taurus. The rulers of two of these signs, Leo and Scorpio, include the Sun (second ray), Mars (sixth ray) and Mercury (fourth ray). The Sun and Mars are esoteric rulers of Leo and Scorpio and Mercury is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio.
(EA 395)

99.   Mercury—Controlling the Second Decanate in Taurus:
The Moon or Venus, Mercury and Saturn control the decanates and our consideration of these planets in the other signs will have indicated to you their right interpretation, both here and elsewhere. Form life, intelligent activity, and intense struggle summarises the Taurian problem, whilst Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, reminds the struggling man that he must become ever what he essentially is, thus escaping from illusion and entering into light. (EA 402)

100.            There is a Saturn-Mercury-Uranus Triangle Transmitting Energy from a Leo-Capricorn-Pisces Triangle: (EA 421, 427)

101.            Mercury in the Old Commentary:
To me a Messenger comes forth (Mercury. A.A.B.) and says `the Dayspring from on high is on the way, sent by the Father to the Mother.' Upon his way unto this nether star we call the Earth he stopped at a bright sun where shines the light of love (Sirius. A.A.B.) and there received the accolade of love. So thus he brings bright gifts to man. For he is man himself and from these three (The Pleiades, Capricorn, Mercury. A.A.B.) Man takes a nature which is his today. Son of the Mother, born from the tomb and showing after birth the light which he has taken from them all.

Then to the lower three he turns and to these souls in prison he in time becomes a Messenger. Thus does the Lord of Mercury repeat himself. The Son descends again into the place of earth and iron. Again he knows His mother.
(EA 433)

102.            Mercury (with Saturn and Uranus)—a Systemic Triangle:
In between these planetary centres [Humanity, Hierarchy and Shamballa] to which I have referred and their distant cosmic archetypes [Great Bear, Sirius and the Pleiades] lie three systemic centres which at this time and under cyclic law are Saturn, Uranus and Mercury. In between these again are to be found a zodiacal triangle of Leo, Pisces and Capricorn. (EA 435)

103.            Mercury in Relation to Capricorn in the Pleiades-Capricorn-Mercury Triangle; Quick, Intuitive Mind:
[Capricorn and Mercury in relation- a. Capricorn connotes density, firm foundations, concretisation, the mountain of karma that holds down the struggling soul or the mountain of initiation which must eventually be climbed and surmounted. It signifies, therefore, the great force of liberation which both drives into experience and brings experience to an end, from the angle of humanity. This is the major stream of force in this particular triangle at this time.

b. Mercury brings in that quick and intuitive mind which interprets experience, fosters the growth of the intuition and relates the inner spiritual man to the outer human being in such a way that their future unity of purpose, plan and effort is assured. Mercury brings about those changes in mental perception which eventually enable humanity to act as the mediating interpreter between the higher worlds and the three lower kingdoms in nature.
(EA 435-436)

104.          Mercury—Three Phases of Mind and Three Eyes:
brings about those changes in mental perception which eventually enable humanity to act as the mediating interpreter between the higher worlds and the three lower kingdoms in nature; thus Mercury institutes the threefold activity of this centre in the body of the Heavenly Man which we struggle to perceive and comprehend, and which we regard as forming the three phases of the mind:
  1. The abstract mind—pure manas.
  2. The Son of Mind—soul, manasaputra.
  3. The concrete mind—mental body.
and their correspondences in substance-energy:
  1. The right eye.
  2. The left eye.
  3. The third eye.  (EA 436)

105.            Mercury and Capricorn in Cooperating in Relation to Humanity:
In this particular world cycle it is Capricorn which is producing a moment of crisis - a crisis of initiation plus a crisis of destruction (related primarily to the mineral kingdom) paralleled by a crisis of mental perception, precipitated by
Mercury. It is this mental perception plus world participation in the crumbling of the mountain load of karma which heralds the vision of the new day from the top of the mountain.
      Here in pictorial language I have endeavored to indicate the three streams of energy which meet in the centre called Humanity, involving therefore:
                  1. The active intelligence of man, latent in the human centre.
                  2. The initiatory activity of Capricorn.
                  3. The illuminating radiance of Mercury.
This combination of energies produces a triplicity of activity of supreme importance today.
(EA 436-437)

106.            Mercury in Triangle Three (Capricorn-Mercury-Humanity), Acted Upon by Triangle Two (Pisces-Uranus-Hierarchy): Triangle Two has been called the ‘triangle of the advanced man’; it is associated with the kingdom of souls, with the fifth kingdom in nature as it is related to the fourth. It is this triplicity of forces which, playing on Triangle Three, attracts out of it those units of energy which (as a result of the activity of Capricorn, Mercury and Humanity itself) are ready to come under hierarchical influence and to be swayed consequently by different streams of force to those hitherto evoking response … (EA 437)

107.            The Relation of Mercury and Uranus in Two Triangles:
The triangle of Pisces-Uranus-Hierarchy is becoming magnetically attractive to the triangle of Humanity. Uranus and Mercury in combination are dualities which the disciple learns to resolve and in the process of this resolution he shifts his focus out of the human kingdom into the fifth kingdom, the Hierarchy of souls. Pisces and Capricorn in unison bring about those changes which ‘lift the disciple out of the waters, wherein he is rapidly drowning, on to the mountain top from whence he can watch the recession of the waters. Thus does he know himself initiate’. (EA 438)

108.            Interlocking Triangles Including Mercury:
At the same time, it will be obvious to you that, in relation to these simple triangles, certain interlocking triangles also emerge, as for instance the zodiacal triangle of Leo-Pisces-Capricorn and the allied planetary triangle of Saturn-Uranus-Mercury. These two triangles pour their six streams of force into our three planetary centres at this time, vitalising and stimulating the planetary triangle of Shamballa-Hierarchy-Humanity. (EA 441)

109.            How Mercury is Enabled by Saturn:
Saturn, through which energy flows from Leo, via Shamballa, to Humanity, governs two decanates in Capricorn. Hence its extreme potency today in the triangle of Humanity. Saturn breaks up existing conditions by the force of its energy impact, thus enabling the influence of Mercury to be more fully expressed. The vision can then be intuitively perceived when obstructions have been removed. (EA 442)

110.            Shamballa and Humanity Related Via Mercury:
It is the birth of the two types of consciousness—self-consciousness and Christ consciousness—which are brought to the attention of humanity by the fact of this Leo force, pouring through Saturn to Humanity and thus bringing Shamballa and Humanity into a closer relation, via Capricorn, active through Mercury. (EA 442)

111.            Mercury and Capricorn and Their Combined Effected upon the Human Kingdom:
The influence of Capricorn, via Mercury, will have a dominant effect in the human kingdom—itself a planetary centre. (EA 450)

112.            Mercury Involved in the Transfer of the Probationary Disciple to the Path of Accepted Discipleship:
Gemini—Sagittarius—Mercury (which are an expression of the Pleiades) enable the Probationary Disciple to pass on to the Path of Accepted Discipleship. He is then becoming increasingly intuitive and entirely one-pointed whilst the nature of the pairs of opposites is clearer to him. The relation of the Mother-aspect (as embodied in the Pleiades) and of the Christ-child, hidden within the form of the personality, is realised and the inner, spiritual man institutes the process of initial identification with the spiritual entity on its own plane; the little self begins to react consciously and with increasing frequency to the higher Self. The man presses forward on that Path wherein he learns to see’. (EA 466)

113.            Mercury and Venus in the Geminian Process of Mental Unfoldment:
Gemini—expresses the relation of the pairs of opposites as they swing the man into activity and evoke his mental perception. With the aid of the ruling planets (Mercury and Venus) the mind begins to function and when the esoteric planet comes into expression and transmitting potency ‘the Messenger and the Angel exchange their understanding.’ (Venus and the divine Manasaputras are closely connected. A.A.B.) (EA 494)

114.            Numbering the Sacred Planets (from the Sun), Mercury is Second:
1. Vulcan; 2.
Mercury; 3. Venus; 4. Jupiter; 5. Saturn; 6. Neptune; 7. Uranus. (EA 506)

115.            Mercury—Ruler of Four Signs; Mercury Leads into the Mysteries:
Mercury is the expression of fourth ray energy and this is, as you know, peculiarly related to the fourth kingdom in nature, the human kingdom. It is the esoteric ruler of Aries (hence it ‘leads into the mysteries’) is also the exoteric ruler of Gemini, which is the sign of the major opposites as far as humanity is concerned, because it signifies soul and personality, consciousness and form; it is also the exoteric ruler of Virgo, the Mother of the Christ-Child, or the form and that which indwells the form. It is, finally, the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio, which is the sign of discipleship. (EA 548-549)

116.            Mercury—the Exoteric Ruler of Virgo:
Mercury] …is also the exoteric ruler of Virgo, the Mother of the Christ-Child, or the form and that which indwells the form. (EA 549)

117.            Mercury—Precipitating a Point of Crisis:
, the Messenger of the Gods, carries to humanity a certain type of force and this precipitates a point of crisis; it brings about the next great revolution which will lead mankind on to new experience, and to the revelation of the divinity which it is the destiny of man to reveal. (EA 549)

118.            Mercury—Part of the Holy Triangle:
He who sees in the dark light of Shamballa penetrates to that which lies beyond our little sphere to that which can be sensed behind the holy triangle (Venus,
Mercury, the Earth, A.A.B.). There is to be found the point of radiant fire which shines within the eye (Taurus), which burns upon the mountain-top (Capricorn) and which the water cannot quench (Aquarius). These are the holiest three. (EA 594)

119.            Mercury—as Ruler of Aries, Transmits First Ray Force:
Ray I. Will or Power           Aries, Leo, Capricorn    Working Through the Medium of Four Planets: Mars, Mercury, the Sun, Saturn. (EA 613)

120.            Mercury in Relation to Aries—Bringing Illumination and Intuitive Understanding:
… in the evolution of the will aspect, you have the influence of Mars and
Mercury—the one bringing conflict and the death of the form and the other bringing illumination and the development of the intuition as a result of that conflict and death. New cycles of Being and of consciousness are initiated by conflict. Such seems as yet to be the law of life and the governing factor in evolution. If, however, the result of this initiating, energising will is to produce such beneficent effects of intuitive understanding and the activity of Mercury as the messenger of the Gods, it can be seen how truly through conflict the will-to-good can be wrought out. (EA 619)

121.            Mercury—as Ruler of Gemini and Virgo, Transmits Second Ray Force:
Ray II. Love-Wisdom          Gemini. Virgo. Pisces.   Working Through the Medium of Five Planets: Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, Pluto. (EA 622)

122.            Mercury and Venus: Intuition and Mind in Relation to Gemini:
GEMINI. This is the great symbolic constellation of the Two Brothers, expressing the interplay between the dualities. Because it is governed by Mercury and Venus, you have the light of the intuition and of the mind blended together into one illuminated whole, typical of the fusion of spirit-matter and the demonstration of their essential oneness. Gemini, as you know, is the sign of divine interplay and it is the life of the Father (of spirit and of will) which flows through the Two Brothers, through the polar opposites, making them one in reality though two in manifestation. Their real nature as the ‘elder brother and the prodigal son’ is revealed by the intuition when it takes hold of the mind. But it is the will to love which governs the relationship and which finally brings about divine synthesis. (EA 627)

123.            Mercury—Among the Seven Sons of Light:
The seven Sons of Light—called after their planets and often even identified with them—namely, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Venus and presumably the Sun and the Moon. (S.D. I. 628.) (EA 642)

124.            Mercury Finds Place in the Lower Triad:
The seven Gods were divided into two triads and the sun.
a. Lower Triad—Mars,
Mercury and Venus.
b. Higher Triad—Moon, Jupiter and Saturn.
   (the Moon standing for a hidden planet.) (SD II 484-5; EA 643)

125.            Mercury Among the Planets in Astral and Psychic Communication with the Earth:
Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus are the four exoteric planets and three others which must remain nameless (Pluto and the two hidden planets. A.A.B.) were the heavenly bodies in direct astral and psychic communication—morally and physically—with the Earth, its Guides and Watchers. The visible orbs furnish our humanity with its outward and inward characteristics and their Regents or Rectors with our Monads and spiritual faculties. (SD I 628;  EA 643)

126.            Mercury Finding Place within the Trinity:
The Trinity was represented by the Sun (the Father), Mercury (the Son), and Venus (the Holy Spirit). (SD II 569; EA 643)

127.            Mercury as Part of a Suggestive Tabulation:
a. God the Father—1st Logos—Electric Fire. Great Bear. Sun.
b. God the Son—2nd Logos—Solar Fire—Sirius. Venus and
c. God the Holy Spirit—3rd Logos—Fire by friction—Pleiades. Saturn
(TCF 96) ( EA 644)

128.            Mercury Numbered Among the Guardian Angels of the Earth:
and Venus, the Sun and the Moon constitute the ‘Guardian angels of the four corners of the Earth’. (The sun and moon veil hidden planets).
These are the four Maharajahs, connected with karma, humanity, cosmos and man.
They are the Sun or its substitute—Michael.
They are the Moon or its substitute—Gabriel.
They are
Mercury or its substitute—Raphael.
They are Venus or its substitute—Uriel.
(SD III 459; EA 645)

129.            Mercury—the Intellectual Faculties:
Mercury governs the intellectual faculties. (EA 646)

130.            Mercury in a Tabulation from the Secret Doctrine:
Buddhi—Yellow—Wednesday  (EA 649)

131.            Mercury Listed with Four Other Planets in a Tabulation:
1.The Sun (Substituted for Vulcan), 2. Jupiter, 3. Saturn, 4. Mercury, 5. Venus, 6. Mars,7.  the Moon (Substituted for Uranus), 8. Pluto, 9. Neptune,10.  the Earth, 11. Undiscovered, 12. Undiscovered. This is the exoteric division. (EA 650)

132.            Sirius Given as the Star of Mercury:
Sirius was called the ‘Dog Star.’ It was the star of Mercury, or Buddha, called the ‘Great Instructor of mankind’. (SD II 391; EA 659)

133.            Mercury Belonging to our System of Worlds:
In answer to the questions: ‘What planets of those known to ordinary science, besides Mercury, belong to our system of world...,’ the reply was Mars and four other planets of which astronomy knows nothing. The inference is that these planets, AB and YZ exist in etheric matter. (SD I 187; EA 661)

134.            Mercury as the God, Hermes:
Mercury is called the first of the celestial Gods, the God Hermes … to which God is attributed the invention of the first initiation into Magic. (EA 662)

135.            Mercury Involved in Secret Relations to our Earth:
As to Mars, Mercury and the ‘four other planets,’ they bear relation to the Earth of which no Master ... will ever speak.... (SD I 187; EA 662)

136.            Secret Doctrine References to Mercury:
1. Mercury is just beginning to get out of a state of obscuration.
    a. Mercury has no satellite.
    b. Mercury is a septenary chain. (SD I 188-189)
Mercury is far older than the Earth. (SD I 180; EA 662)

137.            Mercury Initiating Men into Magic:
is called the first of the celestial Gods, the God Hermes ... to which God is attributed the invention of and the first initiation of men into Magic ... (SD I 513; EA 662-663)

138.            Mercury as Budh:
Mercury is Budh, Wisdom, Enlightenment or reawakening in the divine science. (SD I 513; EA 663)

139.            Mercury—Still More Mysterious than Venus:
is still more occult and mysterious than Venus. It is:
a. Identical with Mithra.
b. The perpetual companion of the Sun of Wisdom.
c. The leader and evocator of souls.
d. One with the Sun.
(SD II 31; EA 663)

140.            Mercury as Wisdom:
Mercury is the Lord of Wisdom. (SD II 31; EA 663)

141.            Mercury Heals the Blind:
Mercury heals the blind and restores sight, mental and physical. (SD II 571; EA 663)

142.            How Mercury is Sometimes Represented:
is sometimes represented:
   a. As three-headed, because one with the Sun and Venus.
   b. As a cube, without arms because the `power of speech and eloquence can prevail without the assistance of arms and feet. (SD II 572; EA 663)

143.            Fifth Race Born Under Mercury:
The fifth race is born under Mercury. (the Aryan race. A.A.B.) (SD II 32; EA 663)

144.            Mercury—Elder Brother of the Earth:
is the elder brother of the Earth. (SD II 48; EA 663)

145.            Mercury—Amount of Light Received:
receives seven times more light than any other planet. (SD II 570; EA 663)

146.            Mercury—Yellow, Buddhi and the Right Eye:
Buddhi and
Mercury correspond with each other and both are yellow and radiant golden-coloured. In the human system the right eye corresponds with Buddhi and the left with Manas and Venus or Lucifer. (SD III 347-348; EA 663)

147.            Mercury in the Hermaphrodite:
is called Hermes; and Venus, Aphrodite and their conjunction in man on the psycho-physical plane gives him the name Hermaphrodite. (SD III 458; EA 663)

148.            Mercury in the Earliest Trinity of the Egyptians:
The sun, the moon and Mercury were the earliest trinity of the Egyptians (Osiris, Isis and Hermes). (SD II 640; EA 670)

149.            Sun as a Substitute for an Inter-Mercurial Planet:
The sun is the substitute for the invisible inter-Mercurial planet. (SD III 459; EA 671)

150.            Mercury in Relation to Buddhi and the Right Eye:
In the human system, the right eye corresponds with Buddhi and Mercury and the left eye with manas and Venus. (SD III 447-458; EA 675)

151.            Status of Mercury—a Dense Physical Planet:
    4th Chain          5th Globe (EA 693)

152.            Mercury—Fluid, Mercurial, Intuitional Mind:
The fluid, mercurial, intuitional mind is closely allied with the divine aspect of love and understanding, producing attraction and interpretation.
(DN 52)

153.            Mercury—Cooperating with the Soul Ray of Germany:
Ray 4. — Harmony through Conflict, via
Mercury, thus cooperating with the soul ray intensifying the conflicting conditions and leading to a pull between idealism and facts, between France and Germany, and between the groups within Germany itself. (DN 78)

154.            Mercury—Conduit for Harmony Through Conflict for Great Britain:
Ray 4. — Harmony through conflict, via Mercury, leading to a definite link with Germany (as a study of the earlier tabulation will show).  It accounts for the warlike history of Great Britain, but works out at the present time in the harmony of the Empire. (DN 83)

155.            Mercury—Expressing the Fourth Ray in Relation to the United States:
Ray 4. — I enumerate this ray for the second time because it expresses itself here through Mercury, the Messenger, and emphasises the harmony aspect in contradistinction to the conflict angle which the Moon and Vulcan together have precipitated.  It is the Moon-Vulcan relation which produces the political conflict which always rages in the States. (DN 90-91)

156.            Mercury—Bringing Love into Manifestation:
This major centre, the Hierarchy, brings to bear upon humanity the focussed life of love and it is this basic love which the second decanate of Aquarius—governed as it is by Mercury—will bring into manifestation.  Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods (that is, of the Hierarchy of souls), carries always the message of love and sets up an unbreakable inter-relation between the two great planetary centres, that of the Hierarchy and that of Humanity. (DN 138-139)

157.            Mercury—Helping to Bring into Manifestation the Coming Avatar:
It will be apparent, therefore, why in the second decanate of Aquarius the Hierarchy can, as the representative of Shamballa and with the aid of Mercury, bring into physical manifestation the coming Avatar. (DN 140)

158.            Mercury—His Mother was Maia:
… the mother of Mercury or Hermes was Myrrha or Maia… (FBTC 59)

159.            Mercury—One of the Gods of Divine-Human Birth:
and Aesculapius, Bacchus and Hercules, Perseus and the Dioscuri, Mithras and Zarathustra were all of divine and human birth. (FBTC 61)

160.            Mercury—in Relation to the Flaming Diamond, the Inner Round, and the Triangle Earth-Mars-Mercury: It [the Flaming Diamond] is produced only at stated times, when specific work has to be done.  It is used not only at the initiating of men, but at certain planetary functions of which nothing is at present known.  It has its place and function in certain ceremonies connected with the inner round, and the triangle formed by the Earth, Mars, and Mercury. (IHS 129)

161.            Mercury—Referring to the Mark of the Messenger:
The ‘mark of the messenger’ in the feet, is a reference to that well-known symbol of the wings on the heels of Mercury.  Much upon this subject will be revealed to students in occult schools who will gather together all that can be found concerning the Messenger of the Gods, and who also will study with care information which astrological students have gleaned anent the planet Mercury, and which occult students have gathered concerning the inner round. (IHS 206-207)

162.            Mercury—in Relation to the Royal Road, the Corpora Striata:
Swedenborg says: ‘The royal road of the sensations of the body to the soul ... is through the corpora striata ... All determinations of the will also descend by that road ... It is the Mercury of Olympus; it announces to the soul what is happening to the body, and it bears the mandates of the soul to the body’. (SAIM 88-89)

163.            Mercury—(with Venus), Associated with Love and Wisdom:
Venus-Mercury     Love and Wisdom. (TCF 96, note)

164.            Mercury—Associated with Base of Spine and Kundalini Active:
The second hint I seek to give, lies in the triangle formed by the Earth, Mars and Mercury.  In connection with this triangle, the analogy lies in the fact that Mercury and the centre at the base of the spine in the human being are closely allied.  Mercury demonstrates kundalini in intelligent activity, while Mars demonstrates kundalini latent.  The truth lies hid in their two astrological symbols.  In transmutation and planetary geometrising, the secret may be revealed. (TCF 181)

165.            Mercury Chain—(with the Earth Chain and Mars Chain) One of the Three Etheric Planets of Our Scheme:
Just as in connection with our planetary Logos, the three etheric planets of our chain—Earth,
Mercury and Mars—form a triangle of rare importance, so it may be here said that at the present point in evolution of the logoic centres, Venus, Earth and Saturn form one triangle of great interest. (TCF 181)

166.            Mercury—Vulcan is within its Orbit:
Vulcan is within the orbit of Mercury. (TCF 205 note)

167.            Mercury (with Earth and Mars)—Part of a Triangle Associated with Venus, Jupiter and Saturn: We might consider—from the standpoint of the present—that Venus, Jupiter and Saturn might be considered as the vehicles of the three super-principles at this time.  Mercury, the Earth and Mars are closely allied to these three, but a hidden mystery lies here.  The evolution of the inner round has a close connection with this problem.  Perhaps some light may be thrown upon the obscurity of the matter by the realisation that just as the Logos has (in the non-sacred planets) the correspondence to the permanent atoms in the human being, so the middle evolution between these two (God and man) is the Heavenly Man, whose body is made up of human and deva monads, and Who has likewise His permanent atoms.  Always the three higher principles can be distinguished in importance from the four lower. (TCF 299)

168.            Mercury—Enumerated as the Fifth Scheme:
1. Vulcan (the sun, exoterically considered); 2. Venus; 3. Mars; 4. Earth; 5. Mercury; 6. Jupiter; 7. Saturn. (TCF 369)

169.            Mercury—Star of the Intuition, Considered as Fifth Scheme:
, the star of the intuition, or of transmuted manas, is, at this stage, considered as the fifth scheme. (TCF 370)

170.            Mercury—Will Form a Triangle with Venus and Earth in the Middle of the Fifth Round: in the middle of the fifth round the Logos of Mercury will, with the Logos of the Venus scheme, and of our Earth, form a temporary triangle of force.  We have here information given that has only been hinted at hitherto but for which, in this fifth subrace and in this fourth round, the world is now ready; it holds the solution of the mystery of this round. (TCF 371)

171.            Mercury—Listed as the Fifth Chain of the Earth Scheme:
1. Neptune; 2. Venus; 3. Saturn; 4. Earth; 5.
Mercury; 6. Mars; 7. Jupiter. (TCF 389)

172.            Mercury—at the Time of the Judgment:
When that time comes our planetary Logos will have attained the initiation which is His present goal; the fifth round of the Venusian scheme will be closing, and the Venus scheme will begin to pass into obscuration, preparatory to transferring her life to the synthesising planet with which she is connected; Mercury will be reaching the apotheosis of achievement, and with Mars and the Earth, will form a systemic triangle.  We are speaking here of schemes and not of chains. (TCF 390)

173.            Mercurian Chain—Related in a Triangle with the Earth Chain and Venus Chain (all of the Earth Scheme): We must recognise another triangle within the Earth scheme, of the chains called ‘the Earth chain,’ the Venus chain, and the Mercurian chain, but this triangle entirely concerns the centres of the planetary Logos of our scheme. (TCF 390)

174.            Mercury (with Mars and Earth)—Forming a Systemic Triangle in the Next Round:
A systemic formation of great importance in the next round should be pointed out which will bring three schemes: The Earth scheme, Mars, Mercury(TCF 390)

175.            Mercury-Mars-Earth Triangle—One Result Involving Mercury:
Mercurian life will begin to synthesise, and to be transferred to its synthesising planet.  In the case of Mercury this synthesising planet is not Saturn, but one of the other two higher major centres. (TCF 391)

176.            Mercury (and Venus)—in the Process of Transmutation:
and Venus are in process of transmutation, and the manasic principle in both these schemes, having reached a high stage of development, is being transmuted into Love-Wisdom. (TCF 403)

177.            Mercury—Will Merge into its Synthesizing Planet (Almost Certainly Uranus):
The four schemes which form the logoic Quaternary will merge into their synthesising scheme, that of Saturn, while Venus and Mercury will merge into Uranus and Neptune.  No importance need be attached to the sequence of these names.  The dual fact is all that is necessary to grasp. (TCF 405-406)

178.            Mercury (and Earth) in Relation to Certain Great Entities with Three Permanent Atoms: Certain great entities who embody a whole range of existences upon five of the planets, of which the earth is not one, but who in due course of time will come to be recognised as having a powerful effect upon man on the earth, via the three Buddhas of Activity.  A hint as to this esoteric influence comes to man in the close connection existing between the Earth and Mercury.  As yet it is not possible to enlarge further. (TCF 533)

179.            Mercury—Related to Certain Planets in which the Agnishvattas Work in a Certain Way: Those who are working in the Uranus, the Neptune, and the Saturn scheme work somewhat differently to those functioning in the Venus, the Vulcan, the Mars, the Mercury, the Jupiter, the Earth and the exoteric Saturn scheme, and so do the Manasadevas of the inner round. (TCF 777)

180.            Intra-Mercurial Planets Exist:
Not all of the Intra-Mercurial planets, nor yet those in the orbit of Neptune, are yet discovered, although they are strongly suspected.  We know that such exist and where they exist; and that there are innumerable planets ‘burnt out’ they say,—in Obscuration we say;—planets in formation and not yet luminous, etc. ... (TCF 837 note)

181.            Mercury (Mars, Earth) Triangle in Relation to the Inner Round:
This round is followed only by a prepared percentage of humanity, and is closely associated with a group who pass with facility and develop with equal facility on the three planets that make a triangle with the earth, namely Mars, Mercury, and Earth.  These three planets—in connection with this inner round—are considered only as existing in etheric matter, and (in relation to one of the Heavenly Men) hold a place analogous to the etheric triangle found in the human etheric body. (TCF 1175-1176)

182.            The Mercury (Mars, Earth) Etheric Triangle in Relation to a Human Etheric Triangle:
We must bear in mind in this connection that just as the human etheric triangle is but the preparatory stage to a vast circulation within the sphere of the entire etheric body, so the etheric planetary triangle—passing from the Earth to Mars and Mercury—is but the preparatory circulatory system to a vaster round included within the sphere of influence of one planetary Lord. (TCF 1176)

183.            Mercury—the Nature of its School and Pupils:
—The pupils in this planetary school are called ‘The Sons of Aspiration’ or ‘The Points of Yellow Life.’  They have a close connection with our Earth scheme, and the old Commentary refers to this in the words: ‘The points of golden flame merge and blend with the four-leaved plant of tender green, and change its colour to a tinge of autumn yellow.  The four-leaved plant through new and fresh inflow becomes the plant with seven leaves and three white flowers’. (TCF 1178-1179)

184.            Mercury—Listed Fourth in the List of Ray Lords:
We come now to a technical statement which must be accepted for the sake of argument, being incapable of proof. All the Lords of the rays create a body of expression, and thus the seven planets have come into being.  These are their major expressions: The Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Venus, Mars, the Moon. (EP I 61-62)

185.            Mercury (in Relation to the Second Ray) in a Tabulation (According to Besant):
Wisdom. Balance. Intuition.             Raja Yoga        Mercury          Yellow. Rose. (EP I 163)

186.            Mercury (with Saturn)—Related to the Human Kingdom:
The human kingdom            Mercury and Saturn. (EP I 245)

187.            Mercury (with Saturn)—Strongly Influencing Development upon the Path of Discipleship: For instance, a disciple who is upon the path is strongly influenced by Mercury and by Saturn, but when he begins his training for the first initiation he has to contend with the influences of Pluto and Vulcan;… (EP I 246)

188.            Mercury (with Saturn)—as Translators at the Fourth Initiation:
At the fourth initiation, Mercury and Saturn act as the great translators, and bring the disciple to the door of realisation. (EP I 246)

189.            Mercury—in Relation to the Second Decanate of Aquarius:
Then, later, we shall have, through the influence of Mercury in the second decanate, the pouring in of light, of mental and spiritual illumination, and a truer interpretation of the teaching of the Lodge of Messengers. The work of the first decanate will enable many to make those choices and efforts which will enable them to raise the lower energies into the higher centres, and to transfer the focus of their attention from below to above the diaphragm.  The work of the second decanate will enable those who are thus ready to fuse the personality and the soul, and thus, as I earlier pointed out, the light will shine forth and Christ will be born within them. (EP I 292-293)

190.            Mercury—in the Energy Structure of the Jewish People:
The personality ray, the material form ray of the Jewish people, is the third ray.  Their egoic ray is the first.  Their astrological sign is Capricorn, with Virgo rising.  Mercury and Virgo play a prominent part in their destiny.  These clues should suffice to give to the advanced student and astrologer those salient points which will give him light upon their strange history.  Because of this third ray influence, you have the tendency of the Jew to manipulate forces and energies, and to ‘pull strings’ in order to bring about desired ends. As a race, they are natural law makers, and hence their tendency to dominate and govern, because their egoic ray is the first.  Hence also the constant appearance of the goat in their history, and their teaching about the virgin mother who should give birth to the Messiah. (EP I 394)

191.            Mercury in a Table of Correspondences from the Secret Doctrine:
Ray IV ...  Intuition, Harmony, Beauty, Art
  Planet                               Mercury.
  Day                                  Wednesday.
  Exoteric Colour                 Cream.
  Esoteric Colour                 Yellow.
  Divine Principle                 Buddhi. Intuition. Pure reason.
  Human Principle                Understanding. Vision. Spiritual perception.
  Element                            Air. ‘Thus is Unity produced.’
  Instrument of Sensation     Eyes. Right eye particularly.
  Plane                                The Buddhic or Intuitional plane.
  Sense                               Sight.
Esoterically, this is the pure reason, seated in the ajna centre, between the eyes.  Functioning when the personality reaches a high stage of co-ordination. (EP I 419)

192.            Mercury in Triangle with Saturn in Uranus—Correspondences:
The throat centre is ruled by Saturn just as the two head centres are ruled respectively by Uranus (ruling the head centre) and Mercury (ruling the ajna centre).  This is only where the disciple is concerned; the rulership changes after the third initiation or before the first.  These three planets constitute a most interesting triangle of forces and in the following triplicities and their inevitable inter-relations you have—again only in the case of disciples—a most amazing picture story or symbol of the ninefold of initiation:

1. The head centre
The ajna centre
The throat centre

2. The third eye
The right eye
The left eye

3. The pineal gland
The pituitary body
The carotid gland

thus presenting the mechanism through which the Spiritual Triad, the soul and the personality work. The key to a right understanding of process lies in the relation of the three planets:  Uranus, Mercury and Saturn, as they pour their energies through these nine ‘points of spiritual contact’ upon the physical plane into the ‘grounded sphere of light and power which is the man in time and space’. (EH 151-152)

193.            Mercury in Cooperation with Aquarius and Taurus
Rule XII: For Disciples and Initiates:  Let the group serve as Aquarius indicates; let Mercury speed the group upon the upward Way and let Taurus bring illumination and the attainment of the vision; let the mark of the Saviour, as the group toils in Pisces, be seen above the aura of the group. (R&I 23)

194.            The Soul in Relation to Mercury, Venus and Sirius:
The Soul relates the initiate to the Love of God, to the consciousness aspect of Deity, to the Hierarchy as a whole, entering it through the Ashram of the Master Who has aided him to take initiation, to the planets Venus and Mercury, to the Sun Sirius, and to the Heart of the Sun. (R&I 96)

195.            Mercury—the Mark of the Messenger:
The mark of the Messenger in the feet; this referred to the use of the intuition, which is governed by Mercury. (R&I 227)

196.            The Reasoning Power of Mercury:
For the initiate, this rule simply carries the same message but on an infinitely higher scale, and (if I may so express it) obedience to this rule calls in Aquarian energy, the reasoning power of
Mercury, and the illumination of Taurus, in order to carry forward hierarchical work upon a planet and in a planetary cycle which have been conditioned by Pisces for more than two thousand years. (R&I 228)

197.            Mercury (Reasonable and Reasoning) in Relation to Taurus, Aquarius and Pisces:
I would have you ponder on this, for in realisation you will here have the formula for the work of the Hierarchy as it reconstructs the world after the destruction wrought since 1900 A.D.  You have here also a great triangle of energies, functioning through the medium of Mercury, the reasonable, reasoning Messenger of the Gods … (R&I 228)

198.            The Swift Design of Mercury:
As these three constellations pour their energies into the great Ashram of Sanat Kumara, the Hierarchy, they are there concentrated and retained until released under the swift design of Mercury into the field of the human consciousness.  The effect of this release is to awaken the intuition (governed as you know by Mercury), and to enlighten advanced humanity.  It is through intuitive human beings that knowledge of the Plan is given to humanity and the work of restoration can be carried forward. (R&I 229)