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. It is associated with speaking and writing as well as learning capabilities. It is the closest planet to the Sun. 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 more often than any other planets. During its retrograde period, it requires for orderly thinking and cautions us in making important decision or starting new projects. However, doing research, finishing or reworking old projects, are usually rewarding. Mercury retrograde periods occur every three months, lasting for 3 – 3 1/2 weeks at a time.
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 of the 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. Mercury influences places like schools, printing shops, markets, bowling alleys, tennis courts and the press.