The Devil is probably the most misunderstood card in the tarot, especially for those indoctrinated with Western culture. For the mystic, the Devil is one of, if not THE most important mysteries to penetrate on the journey toward Unity Consciousness (being one with the higher aspects of self).
When Venus transits Taurus, we as the human collective have the opportunity to notice what is missing in our value system. During this first cardinal phase, if we remain cool-headed, we can use this energy to see where there are “cold spots” in our self-love and our core values. This is how we teach others how to treat us. This can be an uncomfortable and confronting exercise, but if we devote ourselves to this work, we only stand to benefit.
Mercury is rather uncomfortable in Pisces. Our quick-witted planet of thought, communication, technology, and expression likes things to be oh so precise and efficient. The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions, and Mercury finds this frustrating and debilitating.
In Taurus, instead of having his nose in books (which is one of his favorite things), Mercury is more inclined to channel and receive messages from the divine through touch, sight, smell, or otherwise through the senses. He has to slow down in order to do this, which goes against his grain….at first. Once Mercury gets to the 3rd decan of Taurus, he’s got this more earthy thing down.