The Birth of Mercury
May 23, 2019
Mercury is a very important planet in astrology as it is strongly associated with the mind, intelligence, and emotions. The Mercury dasha (time) in a chart lasts for 17 years. Mercury is friends with the Sun and Venus, it is enemies with the Moon, and neutral with Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. Mercury is exalted in the sign of Virgo, maximal at 15 degrees. It is debilitated in Pisces, also maximal at 15 degrees. It is very powerful in its own sign of Virgo, especially between 16-20 degrees. In general, Mercury is a benefic planet but it is strongly influenced by the planets around it, which means it takes on the characteristics of its associated planets. This can cause it to behave like a malefic planet at times.
You can see from the story of Mercury’s birth his relationship with other planets. The Sun and Venus are his friends. The Moon (his birth father) is his enemy. He is neutral with Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. So in a birth chart, when a person has Moon associated with Mercury, it may cause some mental difficulties, nervousness, and an uncontrolled mind.
Mercury represents the mind, intelligence, speech, energy, variety, or change, mathematics, and astrology. He represents the northern direction, Wednesday, businessman, and has the strength towards the east. Birds, horses, the color green, and emeralds are manifested by Mercury. Medically speaking Mercury represents the skin, lungs, nose, throat, vertigo, and nervous breakdown.
How Mercury affects one in the different houses and signs depends on what it is associated with. The planets, signs, aspects, and transits have a powerful influence. Mercury is very susceptible to the influence of the other planets and signs. If it is associated with malefics like Rahu it can cause great mental distress and marital problems. Mercury with the Moon causes affliction to the mind; I have seen this commonly in people who have bipolar disorder or ADHD. In the first house, it brings great intelligence, money, an outgoing nature, property, cars, and talent in writing. In the second house, Mercury gives ability in lecturing, publishing, a large family, and the ability to speak well. In the third house, Mercury brings skill with the hands, especially on detailed work, like writing, painting, and sculpting. People with fourth house Mercury are very attached to family and friends, have an empathic and emotional nature and often quite wealthy. In the fifth house, Mercury gives a spiritual nature, abilities as a counselor, and realization through meditation. In the sixth house, Mercury gives limited education, a competitive nature, and a lack of close friends. In the seventh house, you can have multiple marriages, an early marriage, travel, and great business skill. In the eighth house, Mercury gives the inheritance of cars, property, money, and longevity. In the ninth house you can see someone who makes good money, goes on pilgrimage, who is a Vaishnava-devotee of Krishna, and very creative. In the tenth house it gives skill in work, the knowledge you wish to share with the world, and a storyteller. In the eleventh house, you can become friends with important people and can have an influence over others. In the twelfth house, you can see poor education, mental distress, few friends, and religious nature.
As I have mentioned, Mercury is greatly influenced by the planets it is associated with and can have a strong effect on the chart. It should be carefully analyzed to give a complete understanding of the birth chart.