Mercury in Astrology

Energy Point Type: Planet
Rules Signs: Gemini and Virgo
Rules Houses: 3rd House and 6th House
Element: Air and Earth
Key Phrase: Way of Communicating

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Mercury represents your Way of Communicating. Its placement in Sign and House reveals how we try to make sense of the world around us and develop our own internal dialogue, which we then try to communicate back into the world as we navigate our interactions.

Consider an individual with Mercury in Aries in the 6th House. Aries is a Fire Sign Fire’s expression is pioneering, creative, and exploratory. In Aries, the Element acts independently, heroically, and aggressively. So, the key phrase for this individual is “Your Way of Communicating manifests through your independent and heroic quest for and attraction to maverick and individualistic service for others.” In short, they are direct and forthright in their communications, especially when applying their skills and doing their day-to-day work.

Mercury expresses itself through a Sign and acts most powerfully in an area of your life by House. This section will look at all 12 Sign and House placements for Mercury. It is important to make a clear distinction between the Sign and House. While it is correct that each Zodiac Sign rules a particular House, it is vital not to conflate the two.

Mercury in Aries is not the same as Mercury in the 1st House even though Aries rules the first House. A person with Mercury in Aries has a Way of Communicating devoted to independent and maverick communication regardless of House placement. Someone with Mercury in the 1st House has a Way of Communicating devoted to figuring oneself out and working on identity issues through his or her communication style.

Mercury in the Signs

Think of Mercury as your way of expression and your field of interpterion, which guides you through your interactions with everyone, and the world around you. Mercury is the representative for your thoughts.

Mercury in Aries

Individuals with Mercury in Aries are independent, maverick, and individualistic communicators. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote freedom. They make decisions by being assertive, direct, impulsive, fearless, and impatient.

Mercury in Taurus

Individuals with Mercury in Taurus think about and communicate safety, stability, and pleasure. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote security and enjoyment of the physical world. They make decisions by being steadfast, reliable, responsible, conservative, resistant to change, and stubborn.

Mercury in Gemini

Individuals with Mercury in Gemini think about and interact through learning, mental stimulation, and communication. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote talking and listening, gathering and sharing information, and constant interaction. They make decisions by being mentally agile, curious, inquisitive, witty, hyperactive, and flighty.

Mercury in Cancer

Individuals with Mercury in Cancer think about and interact through nurturing, caretaking, sympathy, and emotional support. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote compassion, belonging, and understanding. They make decisions by being caring, protective, receptive, reactive, sentimental, and vulnerable.

Mercury in Leo

Individuals with Mercury in Leo think about and interact through self-esteem, creativity, and self-expression. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote performance, enjoyment of self and others, and recognition. They make decisions by being proud, confident, expressive, dramatic, showy, and egocentric.

Mercury in Virgo

Individuals with Mercury in Virgo think about and interact through efficiency, service, and inventiveness. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote competency, improvement, and problem-solving. They make decisions by being technical, precise, systematic, orderly, discriminating, critical, and meticulous.

Mercury in Libra

Individuals with Mercury in Libra think about and interact through harmony, balance, and fairness. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote judgment, negotiation, and analysis. They make decisions by being engaging, charming, appealing, impartial, considerate, cooperative, and compliant.

Mercury in Scorpio

Individuals with Mercury in Scorpio think about and interact through transformation, healing, sex, and power. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote reform, overcoming trauma, and intensity. They make decisions by being erotic, passionate, powerful, controlling, dangerous, manipulative, and regenerative.

Mercury in Sagittarius

Individuals with Mercury in Sagittarius think about and interact through truth, purpose, and morality. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote hope, faith, and belief in a higher power. They make decisions by being enthusiastic, philosophical, persuasive, expansive, and excessive.

Mercury in Capricorn

Individuals with Mercury in Capricorn think about and interact through success, structure, and order. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote achievement, status, and goals. They make decisions by being serious, formal, realistic, exacting, organized, and conservative.

Mercury in Aquarius

Individuals with Mercury in Aquarius think about and interact through awareness, the importance of social roles, and friendships. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote idealism, the needs of the many, and future visions. They make decisions by being detached, objective, original, eccentric, broadminded, rebellious, and humanitarian.

Mercury in Pisces

Individuals with Mercury in Pisces think about and interact through spirituality, transcendence, unity, and unconditional love. These people communicate best in careers, relationships, and families that promote imagination, dreams, and globalization. They make decisions by being passive, reflective, yielding, empathic, forgiving, escapist, and intuitive.

Mercury in The 12 Houses

The Houses represent different areas of our lives and how we “quest” or work or solve problems in those areas. The Sign ruling each House is determined by the time of birth, which is why it is so important. When a Point occupies a House the focus of the House becomes amplified by the nature and intent of the point. This next section will look at Mercury in each House.

Mercury in the 1st House (of Identity)

Individuals with Mercury in the 1st House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to their identity and the development of the Self. Thoughts will focus on the Self and survival. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Taurus rules the 1st House, then the individual will drive to understand his or her identity through communication about physical needs, the pursuit of financial security, and the accumulation of resources.

Mercury in the 2nd House (of Resources and Security)

Individuals with Mercury in the 2nd House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to their safety, security, and their body. Thoughts will focus on what is needed to feel stable and protected. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Sagittarius rules the 2nd House, then the individual will use philosophy, enthusiasm, and the ability to persuade people as the way to get his or her needs met.

Mercury in the 3rd House (of Communication)

Individuals with Mercury in the 3rd House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to trying to understand the world around them and successfully communicate with others. Thoughts will focus on networking and social interaction. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Cancer rules the 3rd House, then the individual will empathize, sympathize, and use emotional intelligence to try to interpret and communicate with people in his or her daily life.

Mercury in the 4th House (of Family)

Individuals with Mercury in the 4th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to trying to learn lessons from and build his or her family. Thoughts will focus on significant inner work and the dynamics of a family. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Aquarius rules the 4th House, then the individual will want to revolutionize his or her family, thinking about and communicating an idealized vision of what family should be, and his or her role in the family.

Mercury in the 5th House (of Creativity)

Individuals with Mercury in the 5th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to trying to express themselves in ways that build their reputation and recognition. Thoughts will focus on performance and creativity. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Virgo rules the 5th House, then the individual will think of ways to be inventive, methodical, and critical in his or her efforts to create and perform for others.

Mercury in the 6th House (of Service)

Individuals with Mercury in the 6th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to service, health, and day-to-day work. Thoughts will focus on hard work and usefulness. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Aries rules the 6th House, then the individual will need to think independently, understand how to stay active to maintain his or her health, and be able to speak honestly and directly to others.

Mercury in the 7th House (of Partnerships)

Individuals with Mercury in the 7th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to forming relationships and learning from others, as well as teaching others. Thoughts will focus on partnerships and how to give value to and get value from others. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Scorpio rules the 7th House, then the individual will think about and communicate how to transform the people he or she forms partnerships with during their lives. They will also try to understand how people transform them.

Mercury in the 8th House (of Intimacy)

Individuals with Mercury in the 8th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to trying to understand power, change, and sexuality. Thoughts will focus on intensity and periods of significant regeneration. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Gemini rules the 8th House, then the individual will be curious, communicative, and open-minded about how to explore and deal with his or her sexuality, processes of transformations, and encounters with power issues.

Mercury in the 9th House (of Mastership)

Individuals with Mercury in the 9th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to exploring the world broadly and deeply, using scholarship and belief as tools of study. Thoughts will focus on authority and learning from experience, culminating in recognition as an expert. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Capricorn rules the 9th House, then the individual will constantly think about how to get to the highest levels of practice and achievement in whatever knowledge and wisdom they pursue, and others want from them.

Mercury in the 10th House (of Career)

Individuals with Mercury in the 10th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to accomplishment, measurable success, and material prosperity. Thoughts will focus on work, and, by extension, family responsibility. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Leo rules the 10th House, then the individual will constantly think about how to use creativity, performance, and the pursuit of recognition to become prosperous and shape his or her career.

Mercury in the 11th House (of Community)

Individuals with Mercury in the 11th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to community and the search to fit in and help society thrive. Thoughts will focus on socializing and devotion to a cause. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Pisces rules the 11th House, then the individual will communicate through imagination, spirituality, and awareness of the unity of humanity to integrate into and support his or her community.

Mercury in the 12th House (of Spirituality)

Individuals with Mercury in the 12th House will have a Way of Communicating devoted to spiritual pursuits, finding and living one’s purpose, and connecting the divine with the material. Thoughts will focus on counseling and advising. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Libra rules the 12th House, then the individual will analyze, negotiate, and attempt to find a balance for and with individuals in one-on-one interactions dealing with belief, mysteries, and the spiritual aspect of life.

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