After the Sun and the Moon, the two luminaries, it's time to get to know the planet Mercury better. This planet represents in astrology everything related to communication and the conscious mind. Mercury in the natal chart shows our intellect and how you communicate the best. It also points out areas of life where our skills have room for improvement.

Mercury is the fastest moving planet among the planets of the Solar System. In the natal chart, it's never located further away from the Sun the 28 degrees. It's either in the same sign as the Sun or in the sign preceding or following it. It's one of the planets that have been known to humans since the ancient ages. Under proper conditions, Mercury can be seen with a naked eye. This planet is the hottest, the quickest and the smallest in the Solar System.

Mercury rules the sign of Virgo and Gemini. Diurnal Mercury is associated with Gemini and nocturnal Mercury with Virgo. The third house is connected to Mercury through Gemini and the sixth through Virgo. However, some astrologers disagree and connect the asteroid Chiron to Virgo. Mercury is in fall in Pisces and it's in detriment in Sagittarius. In these signs, it can't operate with its full capacity except if it receives helpful and supporting aspects from the rest of the chart. Mercury is exalted in the sign of Aquarius.

The glyph used for Mercury is based on the winged cap of god Mercury in Roman mythology. Mercury and its Greek equivalent, Hermes ruled communication. Referred to as the Messenger of Gods, Mercury was the god of eloquence and messages. However, thief and trickery were also associated with Mercury in Roman mythology. It's neither male nor female.

Mercury is prominent in the charts of writers, natives whose profession is related to communication, programmers, scientists, doctors and in all occupations where you need to analyze problems. 

The Meaning of Mercury in Astrology

Mercury represents the intellectual urge that separates human beings from animals. Without literacy, civilization and the modern world couldn't persist.

Mercury connects us with the rest of the world. It enables us to share our thoughts and serves as a bridge between the soul and the personality and between the personality and other people. Intellect and intelligence are important keywords here. In the human body, Mercury rules the nervous system, lungs, shoulders, arms and hands. A well-aspected Mercury in the natal charts gives excellent fine motor skills and hand dexterity. It represents intellectual urges and your means of expression.

Mercury in Astrology
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Mercury rules all forms of written and spoken communication. In the natal chart shows how and in which life area you communicate the best. It describes your abilities to interact with people and reach out to them. Mercury is related to verbal self-expression and an afflicted Mercury in the natal chart shows that the native finds it hard to express themselves. For example, Saturn in a hard aspect to Mercury gives difficulties in speech.

Mercury also rules reason, the intellect, and the conscious mind. A strong Mercury is the sign of a very smart person. Uranus in aspect to Mercury often speaks about straightforward brilliance. It represents the rational mind, a strong and well-aspected Mercury in the natal chart points to a person with strong logical thinking and reasoning skills and who is apt with words. It also shows how you perceive the world.

It represents the educational and learning abilities of a person. The position of Mercury by house and sign and its aspects with the rest of the chart tells how can you learn the best and what is your learning style. For example, Mercury in Virgo prefers to analyze everything, or Mercury in Pisces loves to study alone and can concentrate very deeply. Reading and writing are also ruled by Mercury. Many planets in Gemini, Mercury in the ninth or third house can be some of the signs of an avid reader. Mercury rules all things and tools of communication, for example, contracts, letters, stationery or the telephone. 

Mercury rules youth, childhood and primary education. Immediate surroundings are also attributed to Mercury, including daily trips and short-distance travel, it even rules vehicles like cars or bicycles. The people connected to Mercury are brothers and sisters, relatives, neighbors, and acquaintances.

In astrology, traditionally Mercury rules Virgo, the sign of service and healing. Many astrologers think that Virgo should be ruled by Chiron, an asteroid discovered in 1977 and attributed to the archetype of the wounded healer.

 It's a quick and lively planet, the word mercurial exists for a reason. Mercury rules humour and it's always up for a good laugh. The deficiency of Mercury is that it's unable to focus on the same subject for a long time and it's prone to spreading itself too thin. An afflicted Mercury in the natal chart tells that the native is prone to superficiality and inconsistency. 

There is a healthy balance between the rational and the irrational mind. Another disadvantage of a too strong Mercury is that there is an imbalance between the rational and emotional brain. A well-aspected Moon or Venus can help the native find the way to make the mind work as well as possible.

Meaning of Mercury in Astrology Keywords
Meaning of Mercury in Astrology

Mercury retrograde

Mercury goes retrograde for about three weeks every four months. We can expect this to happen three times a year. During this period, it seems like it is traveling backward on its orbit, as observed from the Earth. This is just an illusion, however, that's why they refer to it as apparent retrograde motion.

You can expect delays and frustration when Mercury goes retrograde. According to some people, during this time everything you do tends to backfire and it's advised to avoid signing contracts and making important decisions while Mercury is retrograde. Household appliances tend to time going broke for this period. 

On the other hand, this is an excellent time to revise the previous period, reflect on the past and let go of everything that doesn't serve you anymore. The key is to be flexible when Mercury is in retrograde motion, plan more time for activities than you think it would be necessary. Make sure to double-check everything important you do and make plan B.