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In Western astrology, Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini and Virgo. According to Manilius, it is an inconstant, vivacious, and curious planet that presides over the right leg. Called "the winged messenger" in Alan Leo's book What is a Horoscope?, Mercury represents the principles of mentality, thinking patterns, rationality, transport, reasoning, and communication. This follows from the planet being named after the Roman messenger god.
In Chinese astrology, Mercury is ruled by the element water.
Mercury is never more than 29° away from the Sun. This means Mercury can never be located more than one sign away from the sun, or form aspects with the sun with a wider angle than the 30° semisextile.
- Close relatives
- Journalism and journalists
- Means of communication
- Means of transportation
- Mental energy
- Nervous energy
- Postal service
- Radio speakers
- Sense of humour
- Shops and shopkeepers
- Short trips
- Teen-agers and young people in general
- Trade and traders
- Younger people
Animals: ape, beetle, crane, dolphin, fox, locust, parrot, snake, spider, squirrel, swallow, weasel.
Colors: light grey, light blue
Nature: cold and dry, androuginous
Places: roads, markets, fairs and exhibitions, schools, shops and stores, tennis courts
Plants and herbs: beans, nuts, walnuts, vervain
Mercury symbolises rythm, speed and time. If dignified and well aspected, the native will lead a busy, active and fast life-style. On the whole he will be highly efficient and well organized. Most of his actions will be notable because of their speed. On the other hand if Mercury is in fall or detriment or otherwise debilitated the native may be slow, clumsy and disorganized.
Mercury indicates the native's capacity to focus, his curiosity, his desire to communicate with others and to travel, hence the native's degree of sociability.
Mercury symbolises the native's intelligence, meant as the ability to apply acquired knowledge, to think abstractly and to learn, understand and deal with new situations. Differently from the kind of intelligence "ruled" by the Moon, intelligence as indicated by Mercury involves mostly logical-rational processes. Rather than perceiving reality as filtered by his own chaotic flow of emotions and feelings, the native will look at the world critically and coldly. This capacity to take distances from the most emotional and irrational sides of one's personality may translate in an exceptional pragmatism, wit and a pleasant irony. The native may show a very subtle intelligence an be an eloquent talker, able to frame his arguments in a very articulate way and to support them by means of his extensive knowledge. The native may have acquired his skills and body of knowledge on his own, or relying on teachers minimally.
If Mercury is detrimented the qualities of sociability, wit, thrift may be overshadowed by the native's opportunism, utilitarianism, shrewdness and sarcasm. The native will mainly use his intellectual potential to engage in gossip, character assassination, fraud. Rather than focused on multiple tasks or objectives, the native's efforts may be dispersed among a variety of short-lived activities. The tendency to lie, which is a more or less constant feature of this planet, will become more evident. Somebody with a dignified Mercury in his natal chart may from time to time lie. He may distort the truth in order to make life more pleasant, funnier, or simply to appear more charming to others. These white lies may be naive and harmless. In the case of a detrimented Mercury, the purpose of the native's lies will be less innocent: the native may lie with the consciuos intention to deceive the others and to defraud them.
Physical appearance, organs and parts of the body
- Bronchial tubes
- Respiratory system
- Tympanic membrane (eardrum)
Tall and this, with a slightly tan complexion, an high forehead and a narrow face with long thin nose and small nostrils. The lips are thin, arms and fingers are long. Eyes may be dark, or of a very light blue or grey. In some cases the native may grow a goatee. If Mercury is Oriental the native is shorter and his complexion is darker. If Mercury is Occidental the native is thinner, his limbs are shorter and smaller and his eyes may be sparkling and fiery.
In synastry Mercury indicates if the native will be on the same intellectual wave-length of his partner. As the ruler of communication, Mercury indicates if the native will be able to effectively share his experiences and ideas with his partner, or if there will be misunderstandings.
Mercury in the Signs
- Mercury in Aries
- Mercury in Taurus
- Mercury in Gemini
- Mercury in Cancer
- Mercury in Leo
- Mercury in Virgo
- Mercury in Libra
- Mercury in Scorpio
- Mercury in Sagittarius
- Mercury in Capricorn
- Mercury in Aquarius
- Mercury in Pisces
Mercury in the Houses
- Mercury in the first house
- Mercury in the second house
- Mercury in the third house
- Mercury in the fourth house
- Mercury in the fifth house
- Mercury in the sixth house
- Mercury in the seventh house
- Mercury in the eighth house
- Mercury in the ninth house
- Mercury in the tenth house
- Mercury in the eleventh house
- Mercury in the twelfth house
- Wikipedia - retrieved 6/3/2005 under the GNU Free Documentation License
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