Mute Signs

Mute Signs

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The mute signs are the water signs, Scorpio, Cancer, and Pisces. It is said that when Mercury is afflicted in one of these signs, it results in quietness, difficulty in speaking, or even a speech impediment. The designation mute probably was given because these three creatures are “mute.”

References in classic literature ?
From all these mute signs and tokens of her presence, he naturally glanced at Barbara herself, who sat as mute as they, shelling peas into a dish; and just when Kit was looking at her eyelashes and wondering--quite in the simplicity of his heart-- what colour her eyes might be, it perversely happened that Barbara raised her head a little to look at him, when both pair of eyes were hastily withdrawn, and Kit leant over his plate, and Barbara over her pea-shells, each in extreme confusion at having been detected by the other.
O EVE, some furder change awaits us nigh, Which Heav'n by these mute signs in Nature shews Forerunners of his purpose, or to warn Us haply too secure of our discharge From penaltie, because from death releast Some days; how long, and what till then our life, Who knows, or more then this, that we are dust, And thither must return and be no more.
At a mute sign from him, a telescope was handed him which he rested on the back of a happy page who had run up to him, and he gazed at the opposite bank.
Anne spoke to her, and received a mute sign in answer.
And, there is a glaring disjunction between the doctors' wordy pretentions to know and the difficult nature of the evidence before them; Petrarch employs the classical topos that the physical bodies do not speak, they offer mute signs: Petrarch, whose classical textual resources are limited, cites several times the passage from Virgil's Aeneid (XII, 397), that remarks the physician as dealing in mute signs, (ICM, III, 938).