Mercury in Astrology
Mercury represents all aspects of the thinking process. The magic of words and the wonder of ideas is at its core.
Mercury is our ability to reason, to think things through, to plan our future.
Mercury is also in charge of the nervous system, whose job it is to send messages from one part of the body to another.
Like telepone operators of days gone by, our brains are constantly directing
responses to the jumble of messages the come in through our sensory organs --
our eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin.
How we make sense of our world from those complex, rapidly changing, and often conflicting sensory signals is
defined by the sign and house position of Mercury.
As the planet closest to the Sun and inside the orbit of Jupiter, it is classified as
one of the Personal Planets.
Mercury is never more than 28 degrees away from the Sun, so it can only be in the sign before the Sun,
the same sign, or the sign after the Sun. It's sign shows HOW you think, what your logical process is.
When Mercury in the same sign as the Sun, it shows a stronger focus on achieving the
ambitions described by your Sun sign -- you know how to get where you want to go. In one of
the other signs, it broadens the range of your ambitions.
It's house position in your chart shows what sort of things interest you and
what you want to spend your life thinking about. It is significant
that our method of thinking is tied so closely to our sense of
identity...we are who we think we are.
Ceres in the Sky
Image Courtesy of NASA
Mercury spends approximately
two weeks in each sign
Mercury is the fastest moving planet in our solar system, taking slightly
under 89 days to complete it's orbit around the Sun.
A Mercurial year is completed in only three of our earth-months.
It normally spends about two weeks in each sign, but when retrograde
events happen, this can be extended to five or six weeks.
Mercury turns retrograde three times a year. Each retrograde
period last for about three weeks.