This blog will give you a taster about Mercury – it’s such an important planet that is often greatly underestimated. Mercury is the planet of communication. It rules information – we are in the information age. Mercury shows you a great deal about how you communicate – how comfortable you may be with some things, but how extremely uncomfortable you might be with communicating other things. Maybe you have a very strong Mercury in your chart and you are a chatterbox and nobody can shut you up. You are on the phone, your are on your Ipod, your on the computer, you are always communicating and you have to have some kind of communication device in your hand at any given time.
Mercury can never be more than 28 degrees away from the Sun, so it will either be in the sign before your Sun sign, the same sign as your Sun, or in the next sign after you Sun sign. For example, if you are a Gemini Sun, you will either have Mercury in Taurus, Gemini or Cancer. For many people it will be in the same sign as your Sun and for you learning is probably easy. You are in alignment with your personality, it can be easier to communicate. When the Sun and Mercury are in different signs you will often feel as though you are misunderstood. People just don’t get you. The further away Mercury is from your Sun, the harder you may find it is for you to communicate with people. You may feel as though they are not listening, they don’t hear you. The aspects to your Mercury will show whether there is an easy flow of communication in your life or whether it is difficult and uptight.
Mercury also shows your best learning style - some of us learn best by experience and doing something hands on, others learn best in a school situation through books and a teacher up front.
Let’s take a look at Mercury through the different signs:
If you have Mercury in a fire sign – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius – you need to get things your chest. You need to speak out. You might have said something and later regret it feeling that maybe you were a bit too quick off the mark. Mercury in a Fire sign cannot help itself – it just flares up and it needs to get the information out quickly. Mercury in Fire has a quick mind, sometimes the brain works quicker than the words that come out of it.
Then there is Mercury in the Earth signs – Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn – tends to be a little slower, with perhaps the exception of Virgo which is a little quicker, however you don’t speak without thinking. You don’t like to rush into something, you are more grounded. You like to look at the reality of the situation first before you jump in. Mercury in Taurus is perhaps the slowest before it gets involved. It is slow to communicate. Let’s say you are with a partner who has Mercury in Aries who is quick quick quick – “what do you think of this??” “shall we do that?”
Mercury in Taurus feels completely overwhelmed by this and says “please, give me some time to think about it!” This is why it is important to have compatible Mercuries in a relationship. The Mercury placements can be one of the most important factors in determining how nourishing a relationship is going to turn out on a day to day basis.
Let’s look at Mercury in the Air signs – Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Mercury is quite comfortable in an Air sign because Mercury is fast, it doesn’t want to be pinned down. The Air signs like to reason, to look at a situation logically and this is very much what Mercury likes to do.
My Mercury is in Libra in an Air sign – I am always worried about what other people are thinking, do they like me, I worry about how I am coming across, I don’t like unpleasantness. I need balance in communication – there is no way I would write a blog that just covered a few of the signs. No, I have got to cover everybody to make sure that everyone has a fair share of the attention. That’s my Mercury in Libra.
Mercury in Gemini is in its rulership and is usually very happy there – a good communicator, often interested in learning, writing, needs a great deal of variety and cannot bear to be pinned down.
Mercury in Aquarius is exalted and often has a flair for figures and for thinking outside the box. In general all the Air sign Mercuries can be very impatient and they find it difficult to communicate with someone who is much slower in their communication style. It can be very frustrating to them and they just want to say “get on with it!!”
Mercury in Water signs – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. They need to feel their way before they communicate. Intuitive by nature they may need to write it all down before they can speak, they might need to paint it, to write a poem. They are extremely sensitive in their communication and could feel very rushed by a Mercury in a Fire sign. Let’s say you have Mercury in Pisces and you are in a relationship with someone who has Mercury in Leo. Well they are going to be very bossy, organising you and telling you to do this and that. Mercury in Pisces is timid enough as it is. You will probably have to learn how to assert yourself and to stick up for what you need.
There is so much to share about Mercury – my Mercury in Libra is dying to share so much with you!! But this is just a taster and I will be back with more.