Mercury is the Roman god of messages, travelers and eloquence, but also trickery and thieves – he is the Messenger of the gods. In our natal chart it represents our Mind, Communication, Reason. This characteristics of the person are described by the Mercury sign and house in which Mercury is placed, and the aspects he makes to other planets.
Find out your Mercury placement here.
It’s placement in the natal chart indicates our way of interacting with people and environment, how we express ourself, how we speak and use words – our language skills. He also show the type of intelligence we possess and reasoning, the way we gather cold hard facts and how we systemize them. Comparing to the emotional, sensual and spiritual perception of the Venus, Mercury describes our thought process without emotional involvement – our curiosity and analytical ability. It’s the quality of mind that results from knowledge gained through listening, reading, interacting with others, observing – gained from without, not within. He is the bridge between spirit, mind and matter, and has access to them all, but has no preference – he just provides the channel of immediacy.
Ingenuity is rendered by Mercury placement. In the Natal chart, we can find out velocity, complexity and diversity of our mental life, our skillfulness, but also how we menage our nervous energy. Learning habits and inclination toward the study is also Mercury’s domain, as well as our gift to acquire our own and foreign languages. Furthermore, Mercury is an indicator how we connect with people and environment, our adaptability and mobility. It shows how easily we start communication, do we prefer gathering in small or large groups of people, how quick is our decision-making process. It is also the planet of news. It governs short trips, appointments, public relations, marketing sales, publishing, means of transportation and communication (so if your e-mails get lost and car broke in the same day, check out if the Mercury is retrograde!)
Mercury sign is always close to our Sun sign (as it is fast-moving planet) If it is in the same sign as our sun sign, we tend to express ourselves in accord with our personality. If it is in the sign before or after our Sun sign we communicate differently than we are.
Mercury rules Gemini, where he brings eloquence, and Virgo, where he brings dexterity.
Its natural houses are the Third House – House of Communication and the Sixth House traditionally called the House of health, but it more shows our day-to-day responsibility, types of challenges we meet, the crisis – which is ancient greek word for “grow”.