- Acute thinking processes
- Quirky humor
- Doubting perceptions
- Double checking
- Reviewing thoughts before communicating
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
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Mercury in Astrology is the planet of day-to-day expression and communication, as well as learning. It is an opportunistic planet, one that as unemotional as it is curious. It also has a tendency towards nervousness, nit-picking, and indecision.
In modern times, we tend to “meet” people through their mercury, as first connections are often made through E-Mail, IM, texting, or other forms of textual conversations. Mercury rules how we express our thoughts - whether we are flowery, concise, or businesslike all can be found by looking at our Mercury Sign.
Examining our Mercury Sign shows us how we get our points across, how we study, how we learn, and how we process information.
Mercury also rules over coordination. Mercury sorts, analyzes, sorts, groups, and makes sense of all the thoughts, processes, ideas, and sensory information (both unconscious and conscious) we acquire daily.
The Mercury Sign is never more than 28 degrees from the sun – therefore, our Mercury Sign is always in the same sign as the Sun, or one of the neighboring Signs.
By Sign, Mercury shows our style of communication. It also sheds light on our learning style.
By House, Mercury shows were we seek to have a voice, and where we tend to intellectualize and give a lot of thought to.
The Sign Mercury falls under shows our communication style. It shows us the way we talk to others, whether it be loudly, softly, boldly, or subtlety. It also depicts how we make decisions, and how we pick up, process, absorb, and exchange information.
Mercurial Aries individuals make quick decisions - so quick, that it may seem as if they aren’t thinking things over. They don’t have a lot of patience for mulling, and are often driven by the need for instant gratification. They love to start new things, prefer new styles to outdated concepts.
These natives are quick to the point in their communications. They are usually charming communicators, with an almost innocent aura. Others tend to appreciate their utilitarian approach, and straightforwardness. Their directness may make them seem crude, and sometimes even aggressive – but that mostly happens when they encounter opposition to their ideas and opinions. These people sometimes assume others will accept their opinions smoothly, and can get frustrated when that doesn’t happen. They are usually quite personally attached to their ideas, and can be easily hurt by negative feedback or criticism. Still, they are not afraid of a mental challenge.
These individuals have a tendency towards streamlined learning, as they prefer to not get bogged down in details. They have an unmatched enthusiasm when pursuing new projects and ideas, but are prone to dumping one pursuit for another newer and more exciting one.
Mercurial Taurus individuals take their time to arrive at a decision, as they need to carefully weigh all the pros, cons, and factors involved. For this reason, they are confident that when they do reach a decision, they made the correct one. This is why they are often so stubborn with their decisions and opinions. Some may mistake the time they take mulling over decisions as laziness, but looking a little deeper shows that Mercurial Taurus people are deep thinkers.
These natives are slow to start a new project, but see it through to the end. They rely on their senses when it comes to processing information. Sight, Scent, Sound, Taste, Touch, and Mood are all employed at all time. They learn best through demonstrations, hands-on projects, concrete answers, and basic concepts. Seeing real-world uses for the information they’re being presented. Not that they lack the ability to comprehend the abstract – they simply process information better when they can personalize it and apply it to the practical world. Taurus is a sign that naturally assess things in terms of what it can d for them, and when Mercury falls in this sign, information is process and accepted or discarded with that kind of “screening” process.”
These individuals communicate slowly, as they carefully measure every word. They are deliberate in not only what they do, but in what they say. Their communication style is generally not bubbly or scattered, which encourages others to actually listen to them and take them seriously. These people have an overall pleasing manner of communication, and often have an amusing “say it like it is” style.
Mercurial Gemini individuals appear rather scattered, but are actually very quick-witted. They have a wide variety of interests, and seem to know a little about everything. Turn to these people for lots of facts and information as well as broad knowledge. However, their learning tends to be a tad superficial, as they generally have too many interests to delve too deeply into any one in particular. Easily bored, they are fast learners when in a stimulating environment. They are impressionable, and pick up more form their environment than most, and process said information very quickly.
These natives are open-minded, but can often have a bias towards logic. These people don’t rely on intuition, nor do they often take emotions into account when making decisions. This can cause them to seem too intellectual or just logical in general. They don’t get attached to their opinions for too long, as the discovery of new facts leads them to reevaluate. However, this changeability and coolness can be frustrating to others. Their curiously and willingness to adapt to the environments around them can be redeeming endearing.
These individuals are interesting speakers; they can be rather detached, easily discarding personal issues. They are smooth talkers, with a tendency towards deception in the form of small white lies. Rarely done with cruel intentions, it’s usually done for the sake of humor or theatrics. It’s more of a mental exercise than anything. They communicate with a strong sense of fun, and can speak to people from all walks of life with ease.
Mercurial Cancers communicate with feelings, conveying a thoughtful, sensitive and withdrawn nature to the people they interact with. Because they are so aware of others’ emotions, they can be rather diplomatic in their dealings with people. If this is the only personal planet in Cancer in their chart, they may come across as more sensitive than they actually are. They can make others feel very warm and protected, usually by either the tone of their voice or the message they are giving. Sometimes, they can be rather defensive, as they have a habit of taking things personally.
These natives can be very subjective and personal, occasionally choosing to not talk at all. They can be slow to respond at times, as they are often deep thinkers – Cancer is a meditate and reflective Sign. Mercurial Cancer people are much faster at forming opinions and making decisions than they appear, but that speed isn’t always obvious because they spend so much time actually listening to others. They can appear to take time when making a decision or forming an opinion, as they often need time to be alone with themselves to explore all they’ve absorbed. They are impressionable, but usually aware of that – alone time allows them to discriminate between what’s true to themselves, and what’s influenced by others.
These individualsremember almost everything; including not only events in their childhood, but also the conversation they had with you two months ago. However, that memory can be skewed by emotions, as a lot of their memories are mostly written about the mood surrounding the moments they have stored in their memory. This is because they “feel you out” when you talk to them, and find the emotions behind words more important than the words themselves. In studies, they retain a lot of information, and learn best when they feel emotionally balanced. They prefer to approach problems in a step-by-step manner, “feeling out” an answer. This gives them the gift of rhythm and beat. They are attracted to poetry, archaic language, and the like.
Mercurial Leo’s speak with authority. Some come across as know-it-alls, but with time, they usually learn how to use style and finesse as they communicate. They simply want others to know about their presence of mind and know-how.
These natives easily see the “big picture,” and struggle to see the details. Very capable on an intellectual level, they have an strong desire for self-expression. Creativity is especially important to them, and they usually present themselves with a certain amount of flair (or drama). They are passionate and enthusiastic speakers, who get their messages across with a lot of zeal.
These individuals are skilled at the art of persuasion. While some try to win others over with logic, guilt, or wit – Mercurial Leo’s do it with warmth and good will. They thrive at getting their messages across and promoting ideas. They can be very attached to their opinions, taking pride in their idealistic beliefs. Depending on the overall confidence level of these individuals, they can range from stubbornness in the face of criticism to over-sensitivity when anything less than praise is present. Regardless, these people tend to be rather mentally arrogant, as Leo brings ego into the usually detached and reasonable Mercury. With intellect and ego so closely tied, it can sometimes be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Boasting may be a problem for some. Mercury in Leo does allow for magnificent story tellers, though, as they speak and write with a lot of heart.
Mercurial Virgo individuals aren’t innately flashy in their communication style, but appreciate it when their brainpower is acknowledged. They are usually quite humble, but take a lot of pride in their productivity. They also have a tendency to be impatient with others, and truly feel that the phrase “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” rings true.
These natives love to keep track of details. They are usually skilled at organizing, short-term planning, and fulfilling errands. They pay their bills on time, enjoy learning details of a trade, and generally don’t balk at secretarial tasks. Functionality for them usually reaches its peach when they (or others) have laid out exactly what needs to be done. They can become a little high-strung when things feel out of control, so they put a lot of energy into taking care of day-to-day, practical matters. Generally, they are considered useful in their work atmosphere because they have such a strong handle on the details of the things they do.
These individuals are quick learners, but do so best in environments in which they can learn and study in an organized manner. They generally pick up on facts and figures easily, and learn their own trade well, but often have some trouble absorbing that knowledge on a deeper level.
Mercurial Libra individuals come across as very pleasing, as diplomacy comes very easily to these natives. They always aim to be diplomatic – but whether or not that succeeds depends on their audience. They are generally good at making connects with others, but sometimes have underlying laziness that may prevent them from maintaining those connections.
These natives long for intellectual equality. They view mental connections as one of the most important aspect of any relationship they have. They seek compromise, and feel most content in the “middle ground,” often finding discomfort with extremes of opinions. They make excellent counselors, but may lead to indecision in their personal lives. As they attempt to find the most fair choice, they can get stuck on the different pros and cons they find with each choices. For most people, choosing between lists of pros and cons is easy, as they use their subjectivity to weigh which is most important to them. Mercurial Libras, however, prefer to choose based on objectivity and can find it difficult to weigh the pros and cons.
These individuals attempt to be fair in most discussions, but to those who are more subjective communicators, Mercurial Libras may seem unfair in contrast. They often tend to go off on tangents. These people hate to be thought of as the “bad guy” and often try to make everyone happy. They handle people with care, and usually come across in an unjudgemental manner. When they do find fault with others, they express it gently, consciously tending to others’ comfort levels. These people can be rather critical and perfectionists but employ tact to get their message across nicely.
Mercurial Scorpio individuals are always on a mission to get to the heart of every matter that catches their interest. They detest superficiality, and fearlessly delve into depths often overlooked by everyone else, and they easily discover the source or core of any problem or issue. With the observational skills of a surveillance camera, they tend to see all and know all.
These natives are passionate in their speech, and are just as passionate about giving advice and help. They tend to be some of the best advice-givers around. They love to share secrets – about other people. They are at their best when they’re talking about things they aren’t personally involved with – that’s when their judgment shines. When they’re personally involve in a topic, their judgment can get clouded over with subjectivity. They will unceasingly defend anyone they care about, and the energy and intensity in their speech can be motivating.
These individuals have a very instinctive intelligence. They specialize in forming strategies. Their idea of constructive criticism may come across as “destructive” criticism to others, depending on their audience. Winning an argument with a Mercurial Scorpio person often seems impossible. They are driven to win, as they crave coming out on top in general.
Mercurial Sagittarius individuals strive for freedom of thought. Their ideas are generally very big, as they have grand vision. They aren’t the type to focus on details, and prefer to expand their mental horizons through thinking and reading about “larger” subjects – such as Philosophy. Although they have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, they often have little patience for dry academics or cold, hard, facts. They learn best when they are given the freedom to think for themselves, and when they are truly interested in the topic at hand. . They have a definition of justice that may seem foreign to some, but these natives zealously defend justice and freedom nonetheless. They often have a wide range of principles or rules they’ve set for themselves and follow relentlessly – or at least defend them in conversation.
These natives communicate in an optimistic, forward-looking manner. Conversations with them are always interesting, as they have boundless enthusiasm. They are prone to preaching instead of conversing, but only when they are truly passionate about a subject, and is almost always unintentional. They love to debate, and are very open-minded. They easily spot bias or prejudice in others’ communication, and usually point it out, but can be rather blind to their own. These people are blunt and direct with their thoughts. They struggle to understand indirectness and beating around the bush, and often make a point of doing the opposite.
These individuals aren’t the most organized, as they are often much busier doing things they see as more important, often piling things up instead of putting them in their rightful places.
Mercurial Capricorn individuals have a strong need to compartmentalize and categorize the impressions they gather from the world. They break down ideas into manageable parts before arriving at a decision. They appreciate structure and order.
These natives often speak and write in a slow and methodical manner. Their communication style is one of the no-frills variety. They aren’t fond of wasting time in any scope of life – communication included. Mercurial Capricorns choose their words carefully, partially due to their fear as coming across as inept. They prefer to take on projects that yield tangible and practical results. They have an authoritive air about themselves, and can be somewhat of a law-maker. Their judgment is often clear, though their thought process can be skewed by their rejection of anything that they deem frivolous thought patterns.
These individuals are resourceful, but can easily get frustrated when too much information is thrown at them at once. They dislike being taken off guard, and quickly become impatient with people who don’t honor their word. These people often seem strict and judgmental, and are easily bothered when people don’t seem to “get” things that seem extremely obvious to them. They are a rather skeptical person.