The closest planet to the Sun and known as the Messenger of the
Gods, Mercury rules the mind. It is the link between the spirit
and matter, between the soul and personality. Mercury rules
intelligence, reasoning capacities, and the ability to gather
information. It is the power of communication and is associated
with speaking and writing as well as learning capabilities.
While the masculine Sun rules Spirit, and the feminine Moon
rules Form, Mercury is neither masculine nor feminine, it is
known as androgynous.
As one of the faster moving planets, we experience Mercury’s
retrograde motion every three months, more often than any other
planet, with the retrograde periods lasting for 3-4 weeks at a
time. During its retrograde period, to counter its effects
requires orderly thinking and the exercise of caution in making
important decisions or starting new projects. However, doing
research, finishing or reworking old projects, are usually
rewarding during this period.
Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo. It represents an individual
who is intelligent, adaptable, friendly, clever, perceptive,
analytical, and good in manual skills. Many of them are astute
when it comes to world affairs. They are excellent sales people,
office workers, speechwriters, solicitors, advocates,
accountants and craftsmen.
If Mercury is poorly placed (by sign or house) on a natal chart,
it signifies a person who is inconsistent, hypercritical,
sarcastic, argumentative, nervous and prone to worry. The
illnesses it rules are connected with the head and those parts
related to communication. Many of them experience migraine
headaches, defective memory, stammering, hoarseness, dry cough
and asthma. A Mercury ruled individual is usually tall and thin
with beautiful long fingers. Anatomies represented by this
planet include the arms, hands, shoulders, veins, intestines,
and respiratory system.
Mercury relates to colors yellow and grey, its metal is
quicksilver, and gemstones are multi-colored, such as yellow
tiger-eye. Mercury influences herb plants such as lavender,
lemon verbena, mints, mandrake, pomegranate and May apple, and
places like schools, printing shops, markets, bowling alleys,
tennis courts and the press.
The last time Mercury was in retrograde occurred August 1st
to August 26th, almost four weeks duration. This next
one coming up will be November 24th until December 13th
and will be in the sign of Sagittarius. This usually incites
poor judgment or misinterpretation of the law, may it be
political law or spiritual law.