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Mercury in Astrology

Mercury: Introduction

Mercury, ruler of Gemini and Virgo, determines where and how you make contact with the world. How you communicate in all ways – speech, movement, transportation – even your choice of car and phone – will owe a great deal to the sign that rules your natal Mercury and Mercury‘s house position in your natal chart. Mercury by sign governs how you use and enjoy language, and influences the the books you read and enjoy – or not.

Mercury is the planet of curiosity and by sign and house position it tells you a great deal about how you take in and process information, organise your thoughts – and organise yourself. You need Mercury to make decisions, to evaluate between one course of action or another, to understand those handy instruction booklets that come with flat packed furniture – and to process and understand everyday life itself. Without Mercury your life would be a lonely place because, hey, we all need someone to talk to.

In this section, check out your Mercury by its position in your natal chart, by zodiac sign and by house position. This will give you insight into how Mercury performs in your chart – and where and how you find your natal Mercury will be most easily expressed.

Mercury: Keywords

Breathing, Breath, Clever, Connected, Contacts, Communicator, Communications Commercial, Comic, Comedian, Co-ordinated, Cunning, Dextrous, Eloquent, Expressive, Flexible, Gossip, Handy, Handicrafts, Ideas, Intellectual, Intuitive, Journalism, Knowledgeable, Know-all.

Logical, Messenger, Messages, Mental, Mental Capacity, Mental Health, Mobile, Mobile Phone, Nervousness, Nervous Energy, Nerves, Nervous System, Perceptive, Rational, Speech, Thought Processes, Thinking, Transport, Transportation, Witty, Writing, Writer, Young, Youthful.

Mercury: By Zodiac Sign

Aries Mercury | Taurus Mercury | Gemini Mercury | Cancer Mercury | Leo Mercury| Virgo Mercury | Libra Mercury | Scorpio Mercury | Sagittarius Mercury | Capricorn Mercury | Aquarius Mercury | Pisces Mercury

Mercury in Aries

With Mercury in Aries, the way you communicate and process information is Arian in style. You don’t mince words as you have a very direct way of speaking – and you’re unlikely to spare the feelings of your audience. You can seem overly forceful and even aggressive – however, it’s not always intentional.

You have an extraordinary amount of almost child-like enthusiasm when you speak and often make the assumption that others feel the same as you. If you sense that’s not so, then you can become overly defensive in your manner as a result.

You process information quickly and, though Aries isn’t considered an intellectual sign, you’re no slouch and are usually able to grasp things quickly. However, boredom is a key issue for you. Once you feel you’ve got all the information you need you’ll look for stimulation elsewhere.

It’s vital for Aries Mercury children in particular – to feel fully stimulated and engaged by their learning at all times. Disruptive behaviour – in both children and adults – can be the result of mentally switching off due to lack of creative stimulation. Aries Mercury simply needs mental excitement and action. It’s exhausting but worth it!

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Mercury in Taurus

With Mercury in Taurus, the way you communicate and process information is Taurean in style – and with this placement you may communicate with more than just words. Taurus is a sensual sign and you’ll often convey information with your body which gives you considerable stage presence.

Taurus Mercury also gives you a down to earth approach to the facts – and strong opinions. A certain earthiness can often be expected, as can a considered approach to your verbal expression. You may have a preference for saying it like it is and be painfully blunt, but you will often be so charming with it – and with a good ear for music too.

Those with Mercury in Taurus are often accused of being ‘plodders’, however that’s rather unfair. When it comes to information you like certainty and hate embellishment, often cutting straight to the chase. Many of you will have a good and long memory and excellent fact recall.

Mercury in this sign can also be shrewd and a good decision maker where business and finances are concerned. You’re also good at sticking to a task and seeing it through as you don’t give up on things easily – if at all. Planning, working out the practicalities and assessing the likely outcomes are your core Taurus Mercury strengths – so make the most of them!

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Mercury in Gemini

With Mercury in Gemini, the way you communicate and process information is Geminian in style – and that can be exhausting for everyone – including you. Eternally curious, you have a huge need to know – which makes you good at learning quickly about a great many things – though a criticism would be you may lack some depth and can get a reputation as a ‘know it all’.

It’s not that you’re insensitive at all – far from it – but you can sometimes find it hard to understand not everyone is as mentally quick as you. You are the archetypal bookworm, will read the label on a jar if there’s nothing else around – and the smartphone was invented with you in mind.

The Air Signs are mental in their approach to life – and Gemini is no exception. With Mercury Gemini you will tend to think rather than ‘do’, though you are actually likely to be dextrous as Mercury Gemini people often find it easy to work out how to put things together.

That gift of connection makes you one of the great communicators of the Zodiac. Disseminating information – whether it’s teaching, PR, or any arena where you make contact with people, discuss or write is perfect for you. Your natural duality also gives you the ability to be flexible with words and concepts – and sometimes that includes the truth.

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Mercury in Cancer

With Mercury in Cancer, the way you communicate and process information is Cancerian in style – and Cancer is regarded as a shy sign of the Zodiac. With Mercury in Cancer, you will tend to consider your words carefully – often as a defensive mechanism – which means you can be guarded with your words. You can often take things that are said to you very personally too.

It can be too easy for you to feel subjective, slighted or sensitive where words are concerned. On a positive note, your natural empathy and intuition makes you a great listener and you can get a real ‘feel’ for where conversations are headed and can offer great insight into any issue being discussed – if you feel brave enough to say so.

With Mercury in Cancer people, it’s this ability to use your gut instincts that sets you apart from more rational souls. You have the ability to see under the surface and this makes you an empathetic communicator who seems to know exactly what to say – and when and how to say it.

Your sensitivity makes you a natural in situations that require tact and understanding and professions such as counselling, nursing, children’s therapy and the helping professions are a natural fit for Mercury in Cancer. However, Mercury in Cancer is also blessed with great imagination and ambition so writing about history, historic buildings or communicating information in a way that people can really identify or feel comfortable with could also be a talent.

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Mercury in Leo

With Mercury in Leo, the way you communicate and process information is Leonine in style. So, Mercury in Leo person, no-one will ever accuse you of understatement as dramatic outbursts are your medium of choice. You choose your words for maximum impact and love an audience – though beware of playing to the gallery as that’s also a weakness for this Mercury sign.

Regardless of your natal sun sign, your communications will have a theatrical note – some of you may even be actors or involved in voice work or voice coaching. Your writing and speaking style is never subtle – and can be verbose – but you can be relied on for humour. You will certainly get the audience’s attention for sure.

Your mental approach to life is equally theatrical – and that’s not always helpful as you can perceive things as being much more dramatic than they are and accusations of making mountains out of molehills are not uncommon.

However, you are capable of tremendous focus if something catches your attention and your enthusiasm can be both impressive and inspirational to others. One thing you need to be aware of is, however, a tendency to mental laziness. Mercury in Leo is an intellectual sign and you are unquestionably intellectually confident – just don’t expect everyone to take your word for it.

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Mercury in Virgo

With Mercury in Virgo, the way you communicate and process information is Virgoan in style. That means you are often meticulous about how you present yourself in words. Whether spoken or written, Virgo Mercury’s expressions are economical and on point. This is unsurprising as Mercury rules Virgo and Virgo is renowned for a refined and ordered approach to life.

The classic bookish, intellectual sign, Mercury here can be the original bespectacled nerd. Don’t be put off by this however, as Mercury Virgo is often an expert – and will read and research to ensure that expertise is maintained. However, beware of becoming a Virgo Mercury ‘nit-picker’ as not everyone is as great with detail as you.

Virgo is also a practical sign and your mental approach is essentially practical and down to earth. Virgo Mercury is analytical and a great problem solver – it doesn’t take you too long to work things out and though Virgo Mercury can be a worrier, that’s usually because you can have a tendency to look for problems if none are available.

In common with Gemini Mercury, you need to be mentally active and are usually just as wedded to you laptop and mobile phone. Information is everything to you and the more you know the better you like it – and nothing makes you happier than filing it away in your mental library – or even your actual library. Every Mercury Virgo has one.

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Mercury in Libra

With Mercury in Libra, the way you communicate and process information is Libran in style. This means that where communication is concerned, you’re a natural diplomat. You have a way of diffusing conflict and enabling compromise as Mercury Libra likes to make connections between people and ideas and move things forward in a harmonious way.

You may have an eloquence to your words that is both charming and persuasive and you’re great at seeing the big picture – and this can make you a very effective activist, writer, counsellor, coach or worker in the creative arts.

However, there is a downside to Mercury Libra, and it’s this. Your ability to see a situation from both sides can make you indecisive. Procrastination is never a good thing and in your case it’s usually caused by your need to weigh up the situation before you take action.

It’s the flip side of your great gift of being able to see multiple courses of action in every situation and working out which one in best – and Libra Mercury always gravitates towards the best – can take an age. If confronted with your indecision, you’re likely to be uncomfortable as you will go a long way to avoid conflict. Beware of that other Libra Mercury trait – telling people what they want to hear.

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Mercury in Scorpio

With Mercury in Scorpio, the way you communicate and process information is positively Plutonic. So Scorpio, let’s deal with the communications side first. I’ll be blunt. Not always easy for you is it? As the most secretive sign of the zodiac, you often communicate on a ‘need to know’ basis as you see little point in giving people any more information than you think is strictly necessary – and sometimes, even that is way too much of an ask.

You’re not being rude (not always) but the truth is sometimes you can be a little shy – and sometimes you can be defensive if you think someone is getting a little too close to the truth. You’re also a little telepathic sometimes – and you simply can’t understand why other people aren’t that way too.

So Scorpio, how does all that subterfuge work when processing information. To be honest, it can get in the way on occasion. Not everyone has an ulterior motive when they’re asking you for information. However, like the other water signs you’re instinctive and this can make you shrewd when dealing with others as you can sense what is true – and what is not. This makes you a great detective – whether or not your pursue police work as a career, you will certainly find that gift useful in almost any line of business – especially those requiring trust in large measure.

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Mercury in Sagittarius

With Mercury on Sagittarius, the way you communicate and process information is Sagittarian in style. That’s to say you probably talk a lot. Mercury in Sagittarius is one of the more garrulous placements of Mercury and one of the most upbeat. Your speaking and communicative style is likely to be light, cheerful and enthusiastic. You’re also truthful to the point of being blunt.

You’re also likely to be full of questions as you have a natural need to know and this also makes you a keen debater as you like to discuss and argue more than most. However, as one of the comedians of the Zodiac, you also tend to get away with it more than most.

You’re generally an open minded soul and receptive to learning and education. However, once you’ve absorbed knowledge you become very attached to your ideas and opinions as you believe they represent a universal truth that it’s your duty to impart to the wider world. This makes you a ideal candidate for professions such as law, politics, teaching, academic research, journalism and the media, public relations and any other profession needing you to be mentally agile, charming and persuasive.

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Mercury in Capricorn

With Mercury in Capricorn, the way you communicate and process information is downright Saturnian. Renowned as being pessimistic and taciturn, I’m afraid there is an element of truth in that. You are not prone to leaps of faith and prefer your communications to be evidence based.

Realism is your preferred mode and it’s this that can make you appear downbeat, pouring cold water on someone else’s flights of fancy. However, your objectivity is often designed to make things happen in a sensible and controlled manner. You’re not about prevention – you’re about wanting things to be done well – and your mind naturally pushes you in that direction.

Your ability so see how things are best structured makes you purposeful and often a high achiever as you’re able to focus on your chosen subject and may become an expert in your field. Capricorn is renowned for abilities in the kind of area other people find dull.

You will be the one working out the most efficient way to run the business, the department or the local PTA and you’re often found in professions such as surveying, construction and accountancy where your methodical approach makes you a safe pair of hands. You may also have the air of gravitas that is useful in a position of authority – and you certainly speak with authority and are mentally prepared for positions of responsibility if required.

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Mercury in Aquarius

With Mercury in Aquarius, the way you communicate and process information is Aquarian in style. This means you can be a radical free thinker whose ideas seem ahead of your time. Or just plain crazy. What is certain is that your mindset can appear to some to be extreme. This may be because you are inventive and future oriented and often have your finger on the pulse where future developments are concerned.

For those more ordinary Aquarian Mercury subjects – and there are some – you will often be logical and scientific in your approach, easily able to understand abstract theories and scientific concepts. Your mentality is rather fixed however, so you can literally become fixated on topics of interest to you.

Like the other air signs, you would be lost without communications technology. However, rather than just use technology, you tend to be more interested in invention and improvement. You will be the one truly understands how the internet works and you’ll be just as happy in the tech world.

Coding, developing new apps or organising social media marketing – anything that allows you the flexibilty to work in your own way. Devising new ways of doing things and overhauling outmoded structures lies at the heart of your thinking – but you can be strident and officious with those who are more attached to the status quo.

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Mercury in Pisces

With Mercury in Pisces, the way you communicate and process information is Piscean in style. Your mind is intuitive rather than logical and many of you with Pisces Mercury think in images or sounds rather than simply words or concepts. Your powers of reasoning can, therefore, seem illogical and circuitous to some – but they make perfect sense to you.

You base your ideas and decisions on impressions and your imagination rather than the fact and sometimes this can lead to difficulties in discerning truth from fiction as you tend to believe what feels true in your mind rather than in reality. You find truth and inspiration from many sources – dreams, art, music – and you always dance to your own tune.

Your ability to take in information that’s under the radar means you often have the ability to sense the facts long before they’re known. You can therefore be surprisingly incisive and you’re likely to be a great listener as you appreciate the need for space and stillness in order to understand what is happening in the world.

However, when it comes to your communications with others, you can be hard to pin down. Being evasive isn’t necessarily deliberate on your part but you can come across that way as you can find it difficult to give form to your own thoughts and more mundane activities. You can also feel vulnerable – and evasion is a great self defence.

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Mercury: By House Position

Mercury 1st House | Mercury 2nd House | Mercury 3rd House | Mercury 4th House | Mercury 5th House | Mercury 6th House | Mercury 7th House | Mercury 8th House | Mercury 9th House | Mercury 10th House | Mercury 11th House | Mercury 12th House

Mercury First House

With Mercury in the first house, you are mercurial. The first house is all about you so you’re likely to be talkative, agile, have lots of nervous energy and like to keep yourself busy. You may be highly intelligent or simply the local gossip – both of these outcomes (and everything in between) are a natural fit with Mercury’s need to investigate, know more and spread the word. You’re likely to express yourself with ease and fluency – however, if Mercury was retrograde at the time of your birth you may feel some unease in this area. It’s possible – and often likely – that there will be no problem at all and it’s merely your perceptions that are the issue.

However, as the first house is the house of ‘self’, there is a risk that Mercury in this house will make you self absorbed, thinking of yourself first and foremost. Be careful all your conversations aren’t about, ‘Me, Me, Me’. Other people need to join in the conversation too (it’s not a monologue) so be aware you need to allow others space for their opinions too. It’s not all about you. Even if you’re not strictly academic you are likely to have a quick and shrewd mind so be mindful of this and put it to good use. Be aware Mercury is connected to how other people see you so be clever or funny – not a liar.

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Mercury Second House

Mercury in the second house has the original one track mind and that track is often concerned with getting the best value. Shrewd in business and financial matters, you can spot a bargain from a mile away and you’re rarely stumped for money making ideas or ways to extract the maximum value from any situation. This may make you seem like a natural ‘wheeler dealer’ and while you may have a talent in that direction, you know the value of money and you’re unlikely to make any financial decision without working out exactly how much it’s going to cost.

You may be a natural accountant but there’s more to you than money matters. you have a very solid set of personal values and this comes over in your communications with others. Flighty Mercury is much more grounded in the second house and often able to put communications skills to profitable use. Mercury in this house can indicate talent as a writer and it’s a skill that can be used to provide an income. And writers or communicators with this aspect have no problem with a steady and focused work ethic – and they often have a rich resource of subjects stored in their minds to draw on as required.

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Mercury Third House

If you thought Mercury in the first house was mercurial – in the third house he’s exponentially so. However, third house Mercury has more of an emphasis on learning and your mind is often sharp and keen to acquire information of all kinds. You are likely to have a broad and ever expanding range of interests – however, you may tire of them easily and cast them aside in favour of something new and more interesting. However, you do retain knowledge and your memory is generally excellent. You’re happy to disseminate your knowledge, through conversation, debate, writing, teaching or gossip as communication is so important to you. You need to be in the loop and you’re never without your mobile phone.

Your mental flexibility makes you versatile and you pick up new ideas very easily. You find it easy to adapt to new situations and you may seek frequent changes as you find it hard to stay in one place for too long. You’re likely to be a social animal – I hesitate to use the ‘butterfly’ as I think it’s overused, but you enjoy the company of others. You’re likely to have many acquaintances and are often the sort of person who is always out doing things that reflect your myriad of interests. People enjoy your company as you could be a great raconteur – Mercury is funny and in the third house is more entertaining than most.

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Mercury Fourth House

Mercury in the fourth house has mind connected with home and family and often those with this placement are keen researchers of family history and genealogy. In fact, history of any kind usually fascinates those with a fourth house Mercury and they could even end up talking, writing about or even teaching their chosen subject. Mercury in the fourth house often has a particularly retentive memory – and this placement can show that mental ability runs in the family. One, or even both of your parents could have been involved in education.

At the very least, if you have Mercury in this house you were probably not short of mental stimulation growing up – though it could be your family were simply very talkative – and this trend is likely to have continued. For you a house is not a home unless it’s filled with books, computers and mobile phones and you probably keep in close contact with your family members more often than most.

Mentally, however, this placement can indicate some inflexibility. It’s possible your mindset reflects the values you were taught as a child – and you find it natural to hold onto the lessons of the past. Your parents may have been verbally or mentally dominant so it’s possible you learned to keep your thoughts to yourself.

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Mercury Fifth House

Mercury in the fifth house loves to express things in words. Hugely sociable, you can be a born entertainer and verbally extremely funny and charming. This, of course, gives you many advantages over more tongue tied mortals as you are hugely persuasive and a born salesperson. It seems to follow, quite naturally, that you’re also an incorrigible flirt and this is probably Mercury’s most seductive and playful position in your birth chart. Mercury in the fifth house is not only playful, you have a natural affinity with children as you’re naturally mentally creative. This can make you a natural as an early years teacher and you would certainly prove popular with the children

However, you get a great deal of personal pleasure from your mental interests. You enjoy quizzes, crosswords, word games, jokes and storytelling – anything that keeps your tongue sharpened is fine with you as you’re likely to be naturally witty. You love to show off your intellect so be careful you don’t become the local ‘know it all’ and be careful you don’t embellish your stories too much. Sometimes your imagination can go too far. That said, you were probably keen on school when you were a child, and you may have bright children of your own. And in this house? Twins are always a possibility!

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Mercury Sixth House

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Mercury Seventh House

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Mercury Eighth House

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Mercury Ninth House

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Mercury Tenth House

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Mercury Eleventh House

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Mercury Twelfth House

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