People love to talk about planetary heavyweights, but don’t let this magician escape your understanding: MERCURY! This article will focus on the sign of Mercury in the natal chart.
Mercury is the planet responsible for putting words to what the Sun perceives. It communicates our perception of reality It is language we use when we talk to ourselves; it’s the words we think and the words we speak.
Have you ever felt like you and the person you are talking to are speaking different languages? Have you ever felt like you couldn’t get on the same page with the person you’re talking to, no matter how hard you tried? On the other hand, have you ever experienced telepathy and the ability to communicate without words? Have you ever felt like you could complete their sentences effortlessly?
All of these experiences can be traced back to the symbolism of Mercury in your natal chart.
Mercury is the fastest moving planet and is never more than 28° from the Sun. Its phasal relationship to the Sun, its speed, and its sign each say something important about you and your communication style.
Mercury Through the Signs
Mercury in signs ruled by the Sun and Moon
Mercury in Leo is ruled by the Sun. This placement here can be brilliant and intellectual with the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly what one perceives. This communication style can be dogmatic and obstinate in communication, unable to pick up on nuances. Mercury in Leo speaks with authority and may dominate discussions believing that their way is the only way.
Mercury in Cancer is ruled by the Moon. Its mode and method of communication waxes and wanes. At times they can be talkative, others mute. These natives can be intense and forceful in their language if their emotions precipitate such a response. Because Cancer tends to take things from one extreme to another (just like the Moon’s light), Mercury here is dramatic, running hot then cold.
Mercury in Mercury Ruled Signs
Both Mercury in Gemini & in Virgo are concerned with the symbols that hold the space for the thing itself. Mercury in Virgo’s symbol can be number and image, Gemini’s word and mannerism, sound.
Mercury in Gemini is air. It can be a ‘say anything’ kind of communicator because they are detached from the meaning of the words they say. The epitome of “don’t shoot the messenger”, it’s another placement where nuance and subtlety can be lost. Remember, when a planet is in its own sign—like Mercury in Gemini and Virgo—it’s its own boss. That authority equals power and responsibility.
Mercury in Virgo is earth. Earth is concerned with what can be touched. Here, Mercury is its own boss. It’s concerned with both the technical and practical aspects of communicating. Concise, explicit, direct. A messenger too, Mercury in Virgo translates using symbols, bringing down to earth what is perceived.
Mercury in Venus Ruled Signs
Mercury in Taurus is ruled by the earthy Venus. Taurus is the exaltation of the Moon so there’s a physical component to how it communicates. This placement brings a beautiful voice, or a tone that is pleasing in some way—melodic or poetic.
If words can be used for pleasure or aesthetic, then Mercury in Taurus is the one to do it. In some ways Taurus Mercury is the antithesis of Virgo. Virgo wants specificity and preciseness. Taurus likes chooses word for it’s sentiment, not its definition. Taurus is the sensual side of Venus. Libra is the social side of Venus.
Mercury in Libra is focused on using language as a tool of reason, one that unifies and finds consensus. Mercury rules all air signs (by triplicity/element) at night so it has some dignity (authority) here. Striving for consensus and an honest appraisal, Mercury in Libra brings detachment, seeking fairness, equally acknowledging the various ways to communicate. Communication is a function of connecting people and ideas.
This detachment can be problematic when an empathetic or personal approach is needed.
Mercury in Mars Ruled Signs
Mercury in Aries is fire. Fire is action. Do. Don’t think. Just do. Words that cut, burn, explode. Words as an axe. Chop, Chop. Being the exaltation of the Sun, Aries Mercury brings unification of perception and word, impulsivity in how one reacts with words—or hands.
With Mercury in Scorpio language is used to conceal and protect rather than to reveal. It’s more about what isn’t said. Mars is always about separation and division. And with Scorpio expressing the watery side of Mars there is this feeling that words are creating closeness, but they are really creating division, maintaining boundaries of separateness. Mercury in Scorpio uses language to guard. It doesn’t want to reveal what it perceives.
Mercury in Jupiter ruled signs
Debilitated (lacks authority) in both Sagittarius and Pisces, their ruler Jupiter is indifferent and somewhat hostile to Mercury’s agenda of using symbols to communicate what one perceives. Mercury in Sagittarius may have issues with hyperbole or saying what they really mean. With zest and zeal for expressing oneself verbally, they may have deficiencies in their ability to actually verbalize, to have a command of language.
Mercury in Pisces seeks to give word to the unspeakable. It’s language as a means to connecting to something bigger than the individual self. Pisces is the exaltation of Venus. With Mercury there it can be poetic and prone to soliloquy. Mercury is Pisces wants to embody the divine, materialize the transcendent into language that can be understood by another.
Mercury in Saturn Ruled Signs
Saturn is the planet of death, loss, fear, anxiety. But it is also the planet of power and responsibility, obligation, duty, and commitment.
Mercury in Capricorn is the earth side of that power. It’s power and authority out in the world. It uses language to express competency. Communicating methodically, efficiently, and orderly, Mercury in Capricorn uses words as a tool to take responsibility—whether or not it’s actually their responsibility.
Where Mercury in Capricorn uses language to manage the world and people around them, Mercury in Aquarius is the word as self management. Mercury in Aquarius asserts their dominion over themselves and their lives. Their words are meant to express sovereignty. Even when they may not be old enough to shoulder responsibility for themselves Mercury in Aquarius speaks as though they can.