Your Mercury Sign in Astrology
Explore the meaning of Mercury in astrology and how your Mercury sign can influence your communication style, what interests you and the ways in which you connect with others.
Communication and Connection
In Greek mythology Mercury is Hermes, the winged messenger of the gods. Mercury is symbolically associated with communication, as shown through its rulership of Gemini.
Mercury also rules the practical and analytical sign of Virgo, revealing that function of the mind is to analyze, define, translate and communicate.
Mercury’s nature is amoral, versatile and adaptable. When Mercury is strong in your chart you may easily change points of view, and less emotionally involved in outcomes than others.
Watch this video to learn more about how Mercury influences your chart
The God of Tricksters and Thieves
As the planet of the mental processes, Mercury is concerned with acquiring information,
As it is also the planet associated youth, its’ attention span is short.
Mercury is concerned with breadth rather than depth. It is the acquisition of knowledge for the sake of knowing, as opposed in depth learning.
Mercury rules the voice and everything to do with the written or spoken word – in short communication in all forms.
Mercury also governs humour, astrology and magic. Mercury rules the hands – a sleight of hand can fool the eye – so is also connected with thieves and tricksters.
When Mercury Goes Retrograde
Three or so times every year, Mercury will be said to “go retrograde” This means that from our perspective on Earth, Mercury appears to travel backward against the backdrop of the Zodiac.
Learn more about Mercury Retrograde here
In truth, this is just an optical illumination, similar to when you pass a car at high speed on a highway and it appears momentarily to be going backward. This GIF will illuminate the concept for you
Whilst its impact is probably overrated, it is generally a good idea to use these time periods to review major plans and revise instead of instigate. For example, agreements begun under a retrograde phase often don’t end up happening as planned.
However the repeated occurrence of major technical glitches on these days does suggest that there is a strong correlation between retrograde phases and how electrical fields operate.
Just like the reference above to tricksters and thieves, the Mercury Retrograde phase often involves “sleights of hand” that can deceive our otherwise very analytical way of understanding the world.
How To Spot The MR Effect
Staying calm during Mercury’s retrograde phase is the key to success
We’ve put together an article on how to get through Mercury Retrograde here
You can also find out about the three ways most of us get affected by Mercury Retrograde, and what to do about it.
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The Sun’s closest neighbour, Mercury is never found further than 27 degrees away from the Sun. For this reason, Mercury is rarely visible. The best time to see it is during a total eclipse, or one of its rare visible transits across the Sun
Just like the Sun, Mercury takes approximately a year to travel through the Zodiac, but travels at variable speed. Mercury will always be either in the same sign as your Sun, or one sign either side.
The truth about compatible Zodiac signs is that you can’t tell anything based on someone’s sign alone. Whilst your Sun Sign does NOT dictate who you are most compatible with, your birth chart can give you a lot of food for thought in terms of which partners you are most suited to and why. Learn more about synastry and chart comparison
I’m a professional astrologer, coach, and Ayurvedic consultant, originally from Australia but now travelling the world. At Stars Like You, the focus is on happiness. We publish great astrology articles, as well as well-researched pieces on nutrition, wellness and Ayurveda drawn from years of clinical experience.