Mercury is the planet of intelligence and communication. It governs our rational and intellectual faculties, perception and reason, memory, speaking, and writing. Mercury reflects your capacity to collect, sort, and communicate the knowledge you gain through your experiences and your senses. It reflects the way you see, hear, understand, and assimilate information.
Mercury rules two signs: chatty Gemini and analytical Virgo. Gemini reveals Mercury’s gift of gab, ability to flirt, charm and work the room! Gemini is the yang, or masculine, expression of Mercury; the more outward expression of communication. Virgo is the yin, or feminine side and the analytical aspect of Mercury. How do we process data? Are we messy or organized?
Mercury, not only rules communication, it represents coordination. Thought processes, ideas, and sensory information from both conscious and unconscious sources all need to be coordinated and understood. Mercury analyzes, sorts, groups, and makes sense of things. How do we express and convey our thoughts?
Mercury also has to do with transportation and short trips, and the nervous system. This also is the ruler of the infamous ‘mercury retrogrades’.
The positive manifestations of Mercury include clever speech, eloquence, persuasiveness, success with public speaking and a sharp, quick mind. The more negative manifestations include restlessness, a tendency to be critical, sarcastic, argumentative and sly.
Mercury Planet Summary
House Ruler: 3rd & 6th House
Ruler of: Gemini & Virgo
Detriment: Sagittarius & Pisces
Polarity: Yin / Yang
Light Traits: Expression
Shadow Traits: Restlessness
Keyword: I THINK
Planet Symbol / Glyph: Mercury
The glyph of Mercury is represented by a circle with what appears to be 2 horns. Below the circle is a cross. The symbol is exactly like the Venus symbol except for the 2 horns. It could represent a human figure, with the horns each representing as a different aspect of Mercury’s rule.
Mercury In The Signs – An Overview
So now that we have discussed Mercury, let’s take a little look at how Mercury manifests itself through the signs of the zodiac in a bit more detail. Every astrological sign has a specific set of qualities – positive and negative.
Below are some of the key traits of each sign of each zodiac sign.
Mercury Sign in Aries
Mercury (to communicate) in Aries Sign (energetic and urgent).
They have a quick mind. These people express themselves energetically and impulsively, with a sense of urgency. They are good at thinking up new ideas and communicating them (Cardinal), sometimes very forcibly. They prefer to talk about things of great moment and enjoy conflict (fire). They are direct and honest (as you see it) (active). With Mercury in Aries, they are outspoken and direct in speech and actions.
Their thoughts are original and filled with enthusiasm and high energy. They love a good argument or debate and like to compete and strategise with their mind. They say what they mean and don’t pull any punches. They’re opinionated and love to share those opinions, even if not asked to do so. It is hard for them to sit still. Their thoughts and words are quick and impulsive, and They’re may at times suffer from foot-in-mouth disease. Their plans may be evident. Great wit and an entertaining personality help make them popular. They don’t like to be told how to do things and want the freedom to do things their way. There may be quick-tempered, but hardly ever carry a grudge. They get over things quickly, then move on
Mercury sign in Taurus
Mercury (communicate) in Taurus (Enduring and Possessive).
With Mercury in Taurus, your manner of thought and speech is slow and quite deliberate. You do not change your mind quickly and see no reason to do so. You are determined, practical, methodical, and conservative in most things you do. You have patience and the ability to stick with things until the end. You may assimilate material at a slower pace than others, but once a concept is learned, it is never forgotten. You hate being forced or rushed into a decision or an action. You want time to think it all through and evaluate the practicalities of the situation. Once your mind is made up, that’s it. It will take a lot to undo it. Perseverance is one of your best traits. You enjoy sustaining what others have started, especially if you can see tangible, practical results. You love to build things. You succeed not so much because of your mental brilliance, but because you have the ability to concentrate and follow a project through to its completion. You may have an artistic or musical aptitude. Perhaps you sing or speak for a living.
Mercury Sign in Gemini
Mercury (to communicate) in Gemini (versatile and variable).
If you have Mercury in Gemini, you have an extremely adaptable, energetic, active, alert, curious, and versatile mind. You seek knowledge, either through reading or
Mercury in Cancer Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
If you have Mercury in Cancer, your mind is connected with your memories, feelings, and emotions from the past. You tend to hold on to the memories of things because they give you security. You are highly interested in inner, subjective, and personal issues, and your thinking is based more on feelings, intuition, personal experiences, and prejudices rather than reason or logic. Intellectual abilities and accomplishments without heart or soul mean little to you. You are a sensitive listener and deeply interested in a person’s feelings and inner life. In addition to psychology, you are probably drawn to education, art, poetry, music, or mythology. You are shy and somewhat reticent about speaking in public, but you will open yourself up and share your thoughts in small, intimate, little family-type circles of people you know and trust. You perhaps enjoy keeping a diary or chronicle of your thoughts and feelings regarding your day-to-day happenings. Your mind retains and absorbs knowledge easily. You are intuitive, psychic, and sympathetic, yet may become depressed over your own problems and the problems of the world. You may have difficulty in getting to the root of the problem because you so easily become involved emotionally with the people instead of the problem. You may have difficulty in making decisions or you may simply change your mind constantly. Mental focus and control must be developed.
Mercury in Leo Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Leo (impressive and creative)
If you have Mercury in Leo, you have strong, fixed opinions and love to express your thoughts energetically and dramatically. You wholeheartedly identify with your beliefs. You can be a warm, convincing, entertaining speaker and an effective story teller. Exaggeration plays a key role in all your tales and expressions. You put on a good show no matter who the audience is. You have a distinctive style of expressing yourself. Teaching ability is present. You have many creative ideas and want to have a voice in decision-making. You take great pride in your mind and thought processes and others may think of you as a bit of a know-it-all. You need to watch a tendency towards false pride, intolerance, stubbornness, needing appreciation for everything you do or say, and becoming overly impressed with your own abilities. You could be a good politician, spokesperson, group leader, director, or coach. You need to be admired for your mind.
Mercury in Virgo Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Virgo (Analytical and Critical)
People with Mercury in Virgo are exacting perfectionists with a clear, logical, and analytical mind with an aptitude for work that requires meticulous attention to detail and efficient organisation. Well-grounded and possessing a great deal of common sense, they tend to develop specialised skills and technical expertise in a practical field. Knowledge, ideas and theories don’t interest them unless they are useful in a practical, tangible way. They love to analyse, measure and dissect everything, but perhaps they miss hints, nuances, and subtle shades of feeling and meaning. Their strengths are in their precise thinking, careful craftsmanship, and mastery of technical skills. They tend to be excellent at what you do and are critical of others’ work if it does not meet your high standards. They are systematic, adaptable, stable, flexible, and good with details, although they may have a tendency to be pessimistic, sarcastic, intolerant, complaining, whiny, critical, or get lost in the details and lose the forest for the trees.
Mercury in Libra Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Libra (Diplomatic and Harmonious)
If you have Mercury in Libra, one of your best talents is your ability to see all sides of an issue, and to negotiate and bring about compromise and reconciliation. You are diplomatic, fair, tactful, and reasonable, possessing considerable social finesse. You work well with all groups of people. You are objective and somewhat detached from emotional bias and may make an excellent consultant, mediator, or public relations person. You insist upon fair play and seek peace and harmony in all situations. Your fine aesthetic sensitivities allow you to work in artistic or cultural environments. You have a persuasive, rational, well-balanced mind with artistic sensitivities. You are flexible and willing to listen to all sides of an issue. This may lead to vacillation and indecision, though, because sometimes you cannot make up your mind as to which side has the most merit. Your thinking process works by means of comparing things and finding analogies. This is when you are at your best.
Mercury in Scorpio Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Scorpio (Intense and Secretive)
If you have Mercury in Scorpio, you have great mental concentration and the ability to become completely immersed in your work. You love ferreting things out and are a natural detective. Your mind may dwell on the sensual side of life and may think about sex or death often. You seem to know things at an intuitive, nonverbal level and prefer learning through direct experience or apprenticeship rather than vicariously via books or lectures. You have mechanical ability and work well with your hands. You may develop healing ability through your hands. You are quick-witted, resourceful, shrewd, direct, sharp-tongued, and will readily say what is on your mind, in a most stinging manner. You enjoy satire and other forms of critical humour. You want to know everything while at the same time disclosing nothing to no one. You have the ability to penetrate beneath the surface of problems and people and understand them. You have sufficient manual dexterity with the capacity to repair anything. On the downside, you can be stubborn, quarrelsome, sceptical, cynical, headstrong, and always holding the opposite views to others. There is interest in the occult.
Mercury in Sagittarius Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Sagittarius (Free and Tolerant).
If you have Mercury in Sagittarius, you possess idealism, vision, and foresight, and your mind is often occupied with big ideas, plans, and goals for the future. You are interested in what is possible and what is on the horizon, rather than what has already been done. Subjects like philosophy, religion, politics, or education interest you, and you are more concerned with theories, abstractions and concepts than with specific applications. You are not inclined to focus on any one practical, concrete area. You don’t particularly like details and may find it difficult to concentrate long enough to carry your ideas through to completion. You seek mental freedom, yet your thoughts are usually along traditional lines. Having a gambling instinct, you may enjoy gambling, speculative enterprises and new ventures. You are forward, blunt and direct in speech and you always speak your mind. People who know you know that you don’t beat around the bush. You are apt to say the first thing that pops into your head. Thus, you have to learn to control your tongue, develop tact, and to think before speaking. Business, advertising, and promotion might be good career areas for you. You have a keen mind and are impulsive and versatile. You have a tendency to study several similar subjects, to have more than one job and to have several projects going all at the same time. You tend to want to keep on the move, traveling, in order to gain experience, knowledge and wisdom.
Mercury in Capricorn Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)
If you have Mercury in Capricorn, your mind is clear, disciplined, serious, practical, organizing, objective and realistic, and you are unimpressed by exaggerated claims or promises. You want to know the facts behind any statement or idea you hear. Your natural skepticism often borders on cynicism. You have a rational approach to problems and are usually quite level-headed no matter what the circumstances. Your are capable of working long hours with focused concentration and attention on whatever interests you. You probably have a good memory and are very attentive to details. At times you appear to others as lacking a sense of humor, boring, or depressed. You simply have a lot on your mind. You are thorough, conscientious, and disciplined in your thinking, and have an aptitude for business, organization, and administration. You are also a good strategist, and will plan and patiently follow a realistic course which will lead to your eventual success. Serious-minded and studious, you enjoy quiet time alone for thinking or reading. You seldom indulge in foolish or silly chatter for you consider them a waste of valuable time which is better spent on more productive things.
Mercury in Aquarius Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Aquarius (Indifferent and Unconventional)
If you have Mercury in Aquarius, your thoughts tend to be unique, unusual, rapid and coming completely out of the blue, eccentric, unconventional, scientific, weird and perhaps a bit ahead of their time. You are a progressive and non-traditional thinker and are very open and receptive to new technologies and breakthroughs and the latest discoveries in any field. You believe that humanity can resolve their problems through creative intelligence using inventive minds and scientific principles. You are a bit impatient with those who are conservative and unimaginative and those who are afraid perhaps to think about and try new things and ideas. Keeping abreast of the latest developments and technologies is fun for you.
Reading science fiction helps give you food for thought regarding radically new ways of looking at things. You have a strong humanitarian impulse, an aptitude for organization and you enjoy being involved in cooperative group efforts or businesses that are contemporary and innovative. You have a versatile, disciplined, practical and original mind. You are intuitive and resourceful, with the ability to correctly judge human character and penetrate the mask that others wear. You follow your own convictions regardless of what others think of you and you have the ability to express your ideas clearly so that others easily comprehend. On the negative side you can be eccentric, bohemian, radical, revolutionary and stubborn.
Mercury in Pisces Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Pisces (Impressionable and Inspirational)
If you have Mercury in Pisces, you, your thoughts, and your ways of communicating tend to be idealistic, psychic, intuitive, imaginative, sympathetic, diplomatic, extremely sensitive, compassionate, and visionary. On the negative