Mercury is all about communication. He represents everything from your manner of
speech and hand writing style to your perceptive skills. This is where you find some
things easy or difficult to express, and how you prefer to express them. He is your
love or hatred for reading, writing, and public speaking. He represents your immediate
thoughts and how you process information. Does your mind race or slowly analyze .
Do you notice what is said or what is implied? Are you easily scattered or do you
have a one track mind? It probably depends on the situation, and how your mind handles
what situation depends on the placement of your Mercury. He is how you communicate
with the world around you and vise versa.
The planet Mercury was named after the ancient Roman god Mercury. He is the god
of trade, and also the messenger of the other gods. In Greek mythology, Mercury's
equivalent is Hermes, the messenger god, who is also god of literature, and merchants.
In Norse mythology, Mercury's equivalent is Woden. Wednesday, the Mercury ruled
day, was named after Woden.
Mercury is the closest known planet to the Sun, and about two fifths the size of
Earth. Mercury's orbit around the Sun takes 88 days. However, his cycle through
the Zodiac is approximately 365 days, the same as the Sun. Because astrological
positions are relative to our point of view on earth, he move backwards in the Zodiac
when he is circling the other side of the Sun. That is where we get mercury retrogrades.
His retrograde cycle is about 3 weeks every 3 months.
The symbol of Mercury depicts the cross of matter, with the circle of spirit elevated
above, and the crescent of soul elevated above that. Just as Mercury is considered
messenger of the gods, we see the wisdom of the soul and the knowledge of matter,
meeting in, and being passed through the circle of spirit.