While watching children playing at a playground if a child
appears physically weak and yet he (or she) dominates the group with his (or
her) smartness (witty nature, persuasive talker, or with good communication
skills) itís the mercurial power at work!
Mercury always finds a way to counterbalance the physical (or any other)
force by sheer smartness and it usually succeeds! Mercury means a power of thinking at a very basic level, an
acute presence of mind, and a master of logical reasoning.
Mercury is the fastest moving planet of our solar system.
It completes its orbit around the Sun approximately once every 88 days.
Probably thatís why one of the unique characteristics of Mercury is fast
learning via quick thinking. A natural and relentless curiosity is the basic
element of the mercurial nature.
Mercury rarely deals with emotions. It deals with
knowledge. Mercury is very
knowledge-hungry. Mercury quickly
learns using his basic senses (seeing, hearing, listening, touching, smelling,
tasting) as he goes through daily experiences of life. For example, after the
first fire-burn a child staying away from fire is a mercurial learning. Because
of his curious nature Mercury frequently plunges in unknown, and as a result,
learns much more than others. Perhaps
thatís why detectives, spies usually have a dominating and well placed Mercury
in their birth charts.
Mercury deals with all types of
learning and acquiring of knowledge. The
basic first step of learning anything requires curiosity and interest, and
Mercury meets that requirement. However,
when it comes to learning at a deeper level, such as scientific research or
invention, Mercury alone cannot handle it.
Planets like Saturn (stamina and patience), Jupiter (authority on
knowledge), and Uranus (brilliant mind) provide the desired energy for deeper
learning. Nevertheless Mercury is essential for any type of learning.
The basic quality of observation, followed by logical interpretation of
the observation, sharp analytical mind, general commonsense, and a keen sense of
presence of mind are the attributes of Mercury.
Mercury controls speech and
power of speech. Mercury loves to be a communicator, business sales person, or a
spokesperson for a dignitary. With
mastery on language and persuasiveness Mercury plays a tremendous role in
influencing the public opinion. Mercury
rarely leads, but is best suited to be an advisor to a leader.
With his pragmatic, emotionless attitude combined with logical
(methodical) and practical thinking Mercury provides the much needed expertise
in political counseling to a leader. Another
great quality of Mercury is his wittiness.
He is talkative, very humorous, and has a knack of keeping his audience
glued to his talk (or speech). Comedians,
story- tellers, and magicians usually have properly placed powerful Mercury in
their birth charts either in Gemini or Virgo.
Because of its dual nature
Mercury tries to see both sides of an issue with equal vigor. As a result,
Mercury is very adaptive and has unique quality of appreciating his opponentís
views, and therefore, often succeeds in getting what he wants using diplomacy.
Mercury is best suited for business dealings and negotiations.
However, when it comes to fairness Jupiter quality is desirable.
Mercury represents lawyers or attorneys while Jupiter or Saturn
represents judges. Mercury certainly has a knack of solving a problem.
Among the twelve zodiac signs
Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo. Mercury
becomes exalted in Virgo, and becomes extremely weak in Pisces. While the earth
and air signs are most suitable for Mercury to reside, a fire or water sign is
generally not good for Mercury to reside. Among the planets, in general, his
friends are Saturn, Venus, and Moon if alone with Mercury.
The incompatible planets for Mercury are Sun, Mars, and Jupiter. Among
the modern planets depending on the placing of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto they
can be either complementary or opposites. Green is Mercuryís color, and it
rules Wednesdays. For those who
have dominant and positive Mercury in their birth chart are likely to experience
more positive things happenings in their lives on Wednesdays, and green is their
Following is a list of
adjectives and nouns that describe the mercurial characteristics.
political, shrewd, witty, clever, street smart, talkative, smiling, unsure,
vacillating, neutral, student, mischievous, humorous, boastful, liar, adaptive,
loves brain teasers, appears younger than his (or her) age
Mind, brain, knowledge, basic
education, memory, presence of mind, voice, speech, observation, curiosity,
deductive reasoning, analytical mind, short term plans, basic intelligence, good
grasping power and capacity
A large circle of friends,
younger kin, fond of children, relations, particularly uncles, books, printing
press, journalism, and literature
arithmeticians, business men, economists, insurance agents, speechwriters,
publishers, newspaper editors, reporter, writer, orator, narrator, linguists,
typists, comedians, lawyers, undercover detectives, and jack of all trades
When poorly placed either due
to association with unfavorable planets or disposition in an adverse zodiac sign
or in an detrimental house in the birth chart the darker side of Mercury may get
displayed with the following qualities: Extremely selfish, cunning, liar,
cheater, swindler, perverted, eccentric, immoral, boastful, inconsistent.
of Mercury due to House Disposition
By occupying a certain house in
his natal chart, the influence of Mercury on an individual is summarized below.
However, it must be remembered that a specific inference and subsequent
astrological interpretation will depend on several other factors such as
disposition of other planets with respect to Mercury, and their relationship
among each other through house ownership and aspects.
First House: Mercury
in the first house alone makes one very talkative, social, witty, and a street
smart. The person usually appears to be younger than his age.
Ever smiling face makes him a successful salesperson.
Usually he shows a keen sense of presence of mind.
He is always curious about things around him, has a good analytical mind,
and a good expressive power. Other
characteristics are: studious, sharp, political, diplomatic, clever, cunning.
With a proper support from Mars (with a trine or sextile angle), he could
do well in the field of engineering. With
Uranus he may achieve a high level of success in scientific research.
Venus will enhance his conversational skills.
Second House: With Mercury alone in the second house, the person is likely
to be very talkative, and probably a good debater.
He has a potential of becoming a successful person in the field of
finance, such as a broker, an equity manager, a banker, a merger and acquisition
lawyer or a dealer. He may have an
uncanny ability to express his imagination, and thus, he could become a
successful writer. With Venus in the second house he may pursue a career in
singing. He is typically very
creative, pragmatic, down to earth, and loves to read.
Third House: The
general characteristics of Mercury in the third house are: extreme curiosity,
fast learner, excellent analytical and sharp mind. Such a person has a good
potential of becoming a successful detective or a mystery solver. His dominant
reading and writing skills, and a powerful research mind may make him a mystery
writer. He has a strong affinity to
his younger kin. He enjoys short travel. He
may be good in accounting with his sharp arithmetic skills, or he could excel as
a newspaper publisher, editor, or like. With
Venus in the third house he could pursue a career in music, with Neptune in the
third house he could develop interest in astrology or occult; while with Uranus
become a moody scientist. With
the third house cusp falling in a dual sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and
Pisces) he may have various interests and hobbies.
Fourth House: In the absence
of effects due to unfavorable planets, Mercury makes the person loving,
talkative and happy. He probably
has a lot of good friends and relations. He
often tends to get homesick and probably remains very attached to his mother.
Fifth House: Mercury
in the fifth house propels the person towards higher educational pursuits. With
a good support from Mars or Uranus he could become a successful scientist, a
science or engineering professor. With
Neptune in the fifth house, Mercury tends to expand his interest in the psychic
and mysterious areas.
Sixth House: In
this house Mercury doesn't get motivated. Unless
it receives beneficial influence from Jupiter, the person is likely to pick up
fights. The circumstances will
probably encourage him to lie. He
may not be perceived as a trustworthy. He
is likely to end up spending his time in quarreling with his enemies.
Seventh House: With Mercury alone in the seventh house, person is likely
to have a happy situation with his spouse.
But with Mars or Uranus in the seventh, Mercury becomes helpless bringing
out the worst in his marriage.
Eighth House: In
general, this Mercury is not positive. With
unfavorable planets like Uranus, Mars, or Saturn in this house with Mercury the
person is likely to suffer through a series of financial setbacks and perhaps
Mercury in the ninth house gives wisdom, knowledge, fame, luck, manners,
and makes one a respected person in society.
He is likely to pursue a career as a writer or a talk show host with a
great deal of success. Usually he
is shrewd, curious, and perhaps good at detective work.
He enjoys visiting places and leisure readings. With auspicious planets
like Jupiter or Neptune in the ninth house he is likely to get involved in
Tenth House: Mercury
alone in the tenth house means an entrepreneur, a true business person, or an
excellent salesman. Due to his
humorous nature he may become a successful comedian or a witty talk show host.
In general, he is creative, smart, and an excellent planner.
He is a good judge of people.
Eleventh House: The eleventh house Mercury means the person has a big
friend circle that includes mostly youngsters.
He is very fond of his friends. He
is very social, a true extrovert. He is talkative, and does well in his
Twelfth House: Twelfth house Mercury alone or with Mars or Uranus, is
likely to make one a liar, and a crook . He
is likely to get involved in matters that will get him in trouble.
However, with Jupiter or Saturn in the twelfth house he may travel far
away places and would develop interest in mysterious things.
Influence of zodiac signs on Mercury
While Mercury enjoys being in the earth (Taurus, Virgo, and
Capricorn) or the air (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) sign it certainly becomes
uncomfortable in the Fiery (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) or the Water (Cancer,
Scorpio, and Pisces). As mentioned
earlier, it rules Gemini (air) and Virgo (earth), and it becomes exalted in
Virgo. The following is a brief
description, which includes how a personís unique quality of presenting to
others and being understood by others can be influenced by Mercuryís zodiac
sign in his birth chart. Note
that the influence of the relative position of other planets in the birth chart
with respect to Mercury will affect the final analysis of the chart, and
therefore, itís dangerous to conclude astrological analysis solely based on
Mercuryís position in the birth chart.
Mercury in Aries means overly aggressive, bashful, bad
mouth personality. Although quick
in thinking, such person usually easily offends others due to their overly
inflated ego. Itís very difficult
to convince such people. They
usually have the set views for a given situation or a thing.
They are likely to be strongly opinionated. Unless Mars is favorable in the birth chart providing
positive force to Mercury, Mercury in Aries is a difficult personality to deal
Mercury in Taurus means the person is likely to be highly
opportunistic, has a very strong ambition to accumulate wealth and motivation
for hard work. Such people are very adaptive, and are skillful in dealing with
others. They make good partners. They are generally very amiable, social, more
artistic than scientific, and their general goal in life is to enjoy,
Mercury in Gemini makes the person naturally curious.
Itís very positive and suitable sign for Mercury to have since Mercury rules
this sign. The mercurial qualities
usually get fully developed in this sign. As a result, the person is very likely
to realize his goal in his life. The
person is usually very intelligent, smart, witty, fluent in more than one
language, and the one who loves to mesmerize his audience.
Mercury in Cancer is like a person who tries hard to learn
but never gets passed a basic level of learning since he has absolutely no
interest in area of intellectual dealings, and has almost no potential of
developing the intellectual capacity. Such
people tend to become more emotional, usually far less logical.
If Moon is powerful (well placed in the birth chart) such person usually
does well in being a social leader, or in entertainment field, or as just being
a nice person.
Mercury in Leo means overly inflated ego with false pride
and highly egoistic with one-sided view personality. Such people care a lot about how they are perceived by
others. Their way of thinking is
driven by others or what others might think about them. They go to any extreme
in their behavior for being accepted by others.
They usually do not tend to deviate from the normal set of views, and are
perceived very rigid in their thinking. They
are very difficult to be convinced about anything that deviates from the norm.
They are usually strongly opinionated. Unless Sun is favorable in the birth chart providing positive
force to Mercury, Mercury in Leo is a not an easy personality to deal with.
Mercury gets exalted in Virgo, and therefore, the most
suitable sign for Mercury to have. Under
such sign Mercury produces the best diplomats, smart detectives, bold
entrepreneurs, savvy money managers, superb journalist, and the top quality
advisors. Such people can also be
best marketers, sales persons, negotiators, brokers, and in general problem
solvers. Their attitude towards
life is positive. They are usually witty, very social and amiable, and have a
big friend circle. The networking
ability of such people is amazing, and thatís why they are usually very
successful in delegating and getting job done.
Mercury in Libra means the energy of mercury is channeled
towards developing artistic abilities. The
people in entertainment industry usually have Mercury in Libra in their birth
charts. Comedians, singers, musicians, and magicians are very likely to have
Libra Mercury. Libra Mercury person
usually has artistic hobbies, and through such hobbies Mercury allows the person
to express himself and to effectively communicate with the outside world.
Scorpio is fixed, water, and a mystic as well as a very
secretive sign ruled by Mars. Itís
not surprising therefore to see Mercury with its natural curiosity very likely
to get suffocated in such sign unless the planet Mars makes a favorable aspect
with Mercury. The person is likely
to be very shy, very difficult to open up to others, and very likely to be
Sagittarius being a fire sign makes the person with Mercury
in this sign stubborn and difficult to deal with. They have fixed ideas about lot of things and itís very
difficult for them to deviate from those ideas.
Of course with Jupiterís auspicious aspect or angle the Mercuryís
energy can be directed in a positive direction.
Usually such people have natural inclination towards academic profession.
The moving and the earth sign Capricorn is a favorable sign
for Mercury to have in the birth chart. Saturn rules the zodiac sign Capricorn,
and Saturn is a friend of Mercury. Such
people are usually successful businessmen: industrialist, venture capitalists,
bankers, managers, chief operating officers of corporations, etc.
Aquarius is the most intelligent (air) sign of all the air
signs, and therefore very suitable for Mercury. Such people start out as very impatient, but as they grow
older they develop patience required to gain the capability to understand the
life. In general, the religious
leaders, philosophers, advisors, scientists, researchers usually have their
Mercury in Aquarius. This Mercury
is the least selfish, and most of its energy is channeled to provide the
intellectual support to Saturn (the ruler of Aquarius) to realize the goal in
Being water sign, Pisces is not favorable sign for
Mercuryís development. Mercury becomes very weak in the sign. Unless the planet Jupiter is strong in the birth chart, the
person is usually very insecure and has difficulty in expressing himself, and
therefore, communicating with others.