Mercury in Eighth House (Excerpt from Phoenixes & Angels)
When Mercury is placed in the eighth house, you are a person who hides their thoughts and ideas from others. It is difficult for you to trust someone because you are a very private person. Blessed with a perceptive mind seeing through fakeness, superficiality, and verbal accolades is a gift. There is a need for conversation that’s deep and meaningful. You enjoy probing the minds of others and enjoy trying to figure out if others are telling you the truth. Mental games and exercises strengthen the mind. Mental connections lead to greater emotional connections.
Born as an imaginative thinker, you excel by diving deep into complex subjects and solving problems. Understanding how things work on a deeper level brings comfort. Your mind is like a sponge absorbing everything going on in the environment. This ability can lead to confusion, irritability, and depression. You pick up other people’s thoughts easily and it’s hard to differentiate your own thoughts. Psychically gifted, you might have the ability to read minds, although you may not even realize it. Gifted with listening to others you are able to help others who have problems to share. Others like to discuss their secrets and similar spiritual interests with you. You enjoy talking with others about important life matters such as life, death, love, finances, and property.
You make an excellent psychologist or counselor. You have communication abilities that pull out the truth in others. Sensing what is going on with others, you are able to verbalize the words they need to hear. Your gift of expression touches others on a deep emotional level. If you like someone you may never tell them directly. Internalizing your anger can lead to explosions where you use your sharp tongue and lash out at others. Writing down your intense thoughts and ideas in a journal would be beneficial. Writing is a good stress reliever.
Enjoyment comes through reading detective books, mystery novels, and metaphysical books on topics such as astrology, tarot, numerology, and healing. It is important to discuss spiritual topics with people who are trusted and who challenge your belief system. You would benefit by studying the paranormal and researching mystical phenomena.