Updated: Jul 28
I talk a lot about Venus and the Moon on this site but none of this would be possible without Mercury. Mercury the facility that we communicate, learn, and assimilate through exchange with others [and our environment] in multiple ways.
Mercury, the "Messenger of the Gods", is one of the 9 Grahas [planets or heavenly bodies in Sanskrit], that govern your experience here on Earth. Mercury is a neutral sign and takes on the characteristics of the planet that it is with.
Mercury is always close to the Sun. It will either be in the same sign, the sign before or the sign after.
The symbol for mercury is a cross with a circle on top and an ark above the circle. Combined, this sacred geometry represents manifestation, wholeness, and liberation.
Mercury has rulership of two signs in the zodiac- Gemini and Virgo. The symbolism for Gemini shows an exchange of information, goods, resources, etc that go from one source to another other. While Virgo's representation takes us back inward to assess what is pure and where we give into Maya and why.
Whether you have placements in these signs in your natal chart or not these areas of life are still active. As a collective when Mercury transits any one of the 12 houses, we tend to experience what that transit brings in one form or another in different areas of our life.
The areas of life that Mercury governs include finance, communication, intellect, research, arms, hands, lungs, skin, and your nervous system. So a strong Mercury based on placement and other factors, in your chart can increase your ability to make sense of your life experiences. When Mercury is in a challenging position and still strong you may experience more difficulties and sometimes health-related issues in the body parts associated with Mercury. So this is a prime example of how external forces can affect us internally- as above so low.
Check for yourself. How does Mercury function in your life?
How do you express yourself on a day-to-day basis?
Are you able to express emotion or do lean more on intellect?
Do you learn multiple languages with ease? Or have challenges with speech i.e. stammer or repetitive sounds?
What is your relationship with money?
Where ever Mercury is placed should not be considered good or bad. Consider your placement as the energy that you have available to you. How you use said energy depends on your will and level of understanding at the time.
Also, in most cases when you have 'less' strength in one area, you are stronger in others. So even if one particular planet asks more of you, you get support from other planets because you are meant to be successful. Your goal here is to achieve balance in a way that is right for you. This is why the pursuit of balance looks different for everyone because everyone has different levels of energy available to meet our needs whatever those needs may be.
Vedic Astrology suggests updates that translate to remedies. Remedies can be helpful because you need all of the energy available to you to function at an optimal level. You can help yourself improve in specific areas by incorporating a few practices. These practices can help strengthen the expression of Mercury in your chart but keep in mind when you "strengthen" it, it will be stronger and will still function within duality.
For more individualized and advanced healing remedies you can consult an astrologer to see what practices will benefit you the most.
For general support to improve your ability to make decisions, manage nervousness and improve sleep, etc. you may consider the following:
Breathing- Your body requires oxygen to function. Intentional breathing exercises work by promoting the circulation of prana. Therefore, controlled breathing will increase the activity from one cell to another. As a result, your body will improve as well as your intelligence.
Rest- quality rest allows your brain and body to regenerate itself. So healthy sleep habits can improve many areas of your life in a big way.
Movement- specifically movement that crosses the midline of your body; and whenever possible use your non-dominant hand that will help you be more flexible in your thoughts since mercury is about dialogue
Improve your study habits- That means quality over quantity. If you are studying for many hours overstimulation can have adverse effects. Break your study habits up to improve processing and retain memory
Color Therapy- The color green is associated with the planet Mercury. Wear the color green, using green light or shades; and add plants to your home. This will bring in more of the green element as well as purify the air in your space
Mantra- the best remedy you could do for mercury is to chant a mantra since Mercury deals with your throat chakra and sound. The vibration of the chant will pull things back together respectively. If you don't know which mantra to use Om "Aum" is very powerful.
Talk fast- communication through the exchange of ideas connects us to others. Silence connects us to God. Therefore through pause and stillness, we can strengthen this faculty.
As students of astrology, we know that this science takes lifetimes of study. For those of us that are new to this, starting with the basics and implementing our discoveries through trial and error helps a great deal in navigating our experiences.