MERCURY says “I think.”
MERCURY IN ARIES
The Mercury in Aries native has the mind of a racehorse! An individual with their Mercury in Aries may express their intellect through competitiveness, impulsive mental activity, aggressive or assertive speech and body language, or quick thinking in general. Mercury’s motto may be “I think,” but mercurial energy shows up in a number of ways (e.g., the hands, gesturing). The desire for movement is not lacking for the Mercury in Aries native – their thinking tends to be self-oriented, but other-engaged. In other words, the mind wants to keep moving things forward in this energy field. If you’re on board, great; if not, this type will keep moving mentally regardless!
MERCURY IN TAURUS
The Mercury in Taurus native has the mind of a practical builder. To build something, and to build it well, takes careful thought processes (step one; step two; step three…). An individual with their Mercury in Taurus may appear to be lazy with their thinking, but generally it is not laziness – it is the underlying desire to arrive at the “right” decision. In fact, once they do make up their minds about anything, the Taurean fixed energy tends to come off as quite stubborn! Mercury in Taurus is kind of like the common-sense mind…it is the mind that knows what’s “right” through sensual and practical thinking.
MERCURY IN GEMINI
The Mercury in Gemini native has the mind of a collector! Mercury is at home in Gemini (and Virgo), and when it shows up in its home, its energy moves swiftly like its orbit (88 earth days for a full orbit cycle). An individual with their Mercury in Gemini may appear to be quite mentally scattered, but this type of energy is really about picking up bits and pieces of information at a quick pace. And, as quickly as those pieces are gathered, they are equally disseminated into the world – perhaps to make room for new and exciting information! Mercury is considered to be the “messenger,” and when in Gemini, the energy certainly caters to that role.
MERCURY IN CANCER
The Mercury in Cancer native has an emotional mind, centered around finding balance. Individuals born with this placement tend to come across as emotionally sensitive and caring – a “motherly” type of energy. Of course, this emotionally-centered energy is channeled through that avenue of “I think,” which can make it difficult to discern what they really think about anything! The energy is not fixed, nor mutable; it is a cardinal energy of balance. In general, the Mercury in Cancer native is in tune with the emotional undertones and patterns to thought processes – their own and others. Depending on who they are relating to and how they find balance, their energy may appear quite variable…but with a sensitivity at the core of it all.
MERCURY IN LEO
The Mercury in Leo native has an aura of confidence in their intellect. They may come across as arrogant, bossy, or know-it-alls, but this energy is really about expressing an individual mind with confidence! Leo energy desires to be truly seen, and with Mercury in Leo, the mind and intellect wants to be seen. There is a pride (think LION) with this energy, and the individual born with Mercury in Leo will exert this pride through a unique flair – sometimes dramatic. There is a poignant vibrancy here that takes center stage. As it is with most mercurial energy, the “I think” from a Mercury in Leo native is highly personal and highly opinionated. And, as a fixed sign, the mutable Mercury energy gets an extra boost of creativity coupled with stubbornness…how else would a lion let you know where they truly stand?
MERCURY IN VIRGO
The Mercury in Virgo native has the mind of a grounded and detailed thinker. Mercury is at “home” in Virgo (as well as Gemini), and in Virgo, the mercurial energy lands on the ground. It is practical and methodical and scrupulous in its thinking. The individual with Mercury in Virgo will tend to be quite routine-oriented as anything “out of control” feels like details are missing along the way. Without routine and/or grounding in some way, this energy tends to mimic its twin home of Gemini. Generally, however, the Mercury in Virgo native won’t go there – they are too logical and earth-oriented to find themselves in a mental airspace like that of Gemini.
MERCURY IN LIBRA
The Mercury in Libra native has a fair, just, and balance-seeking mind. Mercury in Libra basically amps up what Mercury in Gemini begins: it collects and gathers information. Still, at a certain point, it desires the “middle-ground” perspective. As this energy sifts through all the information it is given, it seeks a type of fair-and-just perspective. It is neither open nor closed to any perspective; rather, it acts as a type of mediator or judge energy overall. As a kind of middle-ground energy in general (halfway through the zodiac), Mercury in Libra propels towards leading into the next air sign in the zodiac: Aquarius. The aim from there is to become more purely objective like the Aquarian. Overall, the individual born with Mercury in Libra may tend to be quite diplomatic, charming, and/or indecisive somehow.
MERCURY IN SCORPIO
The Mercury in Scorpio native has a mind that is extremely in-tune with what is “underneath” various forms of communication. This energy is like that of a therapist, a detective, or anyone else who may be adept at sensing what is truly happening in the mind of any individual. While they may not be totally aligned in seeing the “big picture” (that’s the next water sign’s job, Pisces), they are quite skilled at venturing into the depths of any matter at hand. It may be helpful to understand Scorpio as the opposite to Taurus – the master builder. Scorpio energy tends to be more like the master destroyer – a type of “transformer” energy. In short, the Mercury in Scorpio native desires to get to the bottom of things, which may destroy and/or transform things along the way. Naturally strategic + a highly instinctive (not to be confused with intuitive) nature, the individual with Mercury in Scorpio will certainly leave a mark on thinking itself!
MERCURY IN SAGITTARIUS
The Mercury in Sagittarius native is likely to have a seeker-oriented and freedom-oriented mindset. An individual with their Mercury in Sagittarius may express their intellect through philosophical conversation, spiritual, cultural, metaphysical, or “higher-minded” pursuits. Mercury’s motto is “I think,” but when mercurial energy shows up in an opposite sign, Sagittarius, the thinking becomes less trivial and more broad. Since Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the energy becomes both expansive and all-is-possible optimistic at the same time that it becomes highly purpose-of-life serious. The desire for space is significant for the Mercury in Sagittarius native – their thinking tends to seek higher ground where the air is flowing and their thoughts can roam free. In other words, the mind wants to engage with others’ minds for the main purpose of gaining vast wisdom.
MERCURY IN CAPRICORN
The Mercury in Capricorn native tends to behave like a mountain goat – sometimes slow, but certainly with purpose and a goal or two in mind along the way. These individuals are very structured in their thought. They have the wisdom of both Taurus and Virgo on their heels, and they take that wisdom quite seriously. Mercury in Capricorn highlights an authoritative energy – these are the CEO mindsets. Doubt may appear to be prominent in these thinkers, but ultimately it is the careful, thoughtful, and cautious energy inherent in Capricorn that gives this mercurial energy its edge. No doubt, the future-minded Mercury in Capricorn native will have the most practical and attentively weighed “best” path(s) to a goal laid out before it even gets there!
MERCURY IN AQUARIUS
The Mercury in Aquarius native may surprise you…but it just likes to break out of the rut, the rules, and the conventional boxes that appear to exist all together! Aquarius energy is about progress, and the individual with Mercury in Aquarius will think about things through that funnel. The mind can come off as quite contrarian or intellectually superior in a way; however, and again, Mercury in Aquarius is really future-minded and on another density level. It harbors the energy of the two previous air signs – Gemini and Libra – and it expresses itself as quite objective and detached mentally. What any other sign may take as personal, Aquarius does too…but with such objectivity that the personal becomes conflated with the transpersonal quite easily.
MERCURY IN PISCES
The Mercury in Pisces native will most likely express their mercurial energy through a type of universality. These are the messengers of “spirit.” As the opposite sign to Virgo, a home for Mercury, the Mercury in Pisces individual is fairly dismissive of those Virgoan details – it is “oneness” that they are attuned to and with. Stemming from the other two previous water signs in the cycle (Cancer, Scorpio), the Mercury in Pisces person will exhibit an emotional sensitivity in, with, and through all forms of communication. Their mind is like a sponge, and they tend to absorb each and every facet of whatever they relate to. Everything is a mirror because all is One for these folks. A bird singing may have just as much emotional relevance as their friend’s unexpected death…and their mind relates to it similarly since they equate the mind with Pisces energetically.