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Astrology - Mercury
Do not Christians and Heathens, Jews and Gentiles, poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences?
Sir Walter Scott
Astrology - Mercury
Fleet Messenger of the Gods
Closest to the Sun, Mercury (as Hermes) has been the fleet messenger of
the gods, bringing luck to the mortals he meets.
The symbol illustrates receptivity (the crescent) resulting from the exaltation
of spirit (the circle) over matter (the cross).
In Roman mythology Mercury is the god of commerce, travel and thievery.
The Roman counterpart of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the Gods.
The planet probably received this name because it moves so quickly across
Mercury is also associated with magic and trickery.
Mercury has been known since at least the time of the Sumerians
(3rd millennium BC). It was given two names by the Greeks: Apollo for its
apparition as a morning star and Hermes as an evening star. Greek astronomers
knew, however, that the two names referred to the same body.
Another symbol of Mercury is the winged caudecus (matching Mercury's wings)
with entwined snakes of knowledge and a sphere of wisdom.
Effects of Mercury
Astrologically Mercury is seen as THE MIND, the giver of wisdom and our
progression from the purely instinctive realm of the animal kingdom by the
use of the INTELLECT.
It is ideas, methods, information, progressing through experimentation
and invention. The transmitter of the spiritual to the material. . Mercury
associates with children before puberty and through this connects with tricks
and jokes, youthfulness and light-heartedness. It rules all forms of communication,
for example telephone calls, letters, speech. This planet is mobile and
intellectual; it rules the sciences, curiosity, manner of thought and travel.
It is also associated with merchants, commerce and mental pursuits. Wheeling
and dealing would fall under Mercury's rule as would lying and cheating.
It represents the power of communication (even the Internet), interpretation
and self-expression, intelligence and reason. Its action is to quicken and
enliven whilst adding mobility and fluidity. The symbol illustrates receptivity
resulting from the exaltation of spirit over matter.
How Mercury will manifest its energy, the indicator of your intellectual
and inventive abilities, depends on the horoscope as a whole. The Sign (and
its Element), the House in which if falls, and the Aspects to the other
planets will all have a bearing on any interpretation.
The House Mercury is in shows the particular area in which
our mental talents are put to practical use. This is the area in which we
realise our need to make contact and increase our learning.
It is connected with contacts to siblings, friends and people at school.
Mercury represents our thoughts and the constant activity that goes on in
our heads. It is connected to the nervous system and physical co-ordination.
The Sign Mercury lies in shows how we communicate and the psychological
areas in which our mental talents lie. Mercury is the fastest of all planets
and cleaves to the Sun, either being in the same Sign as the Sun or one
of the Signs on either side of the Sun.
Aspects to Mercury show mental talents and communication styles in a very
specific way. They indicate our individual interests and abilities
Mercury Key Facts
Gemini & Virgo
Sagittarius & Pisces
Blues and violets
Stones & Metals:
Marble, aquamarine, glass and mercury
Communication and travel
Mercury is the planet nearest the sun, its dayside temperature hits 430°C
but its nightside temperature falls to -180°C which is amazing considering
how near to the sun it is.
Mercury is in many ways similar to the Moon: its surface is heavily cratered
and very old. On the other hand, Mercury is much more dense than the Moon
being the second most dense major body in the solar system, after Earth.
Distance from the sun (average)
36 million miles (58 Million KM)
Distance from Earth (shortest)
57 million miles (92 Million KM)
Distance from Earth (greatest)
136 million miles (219 Million KM)
No of moons