Planet Mercury In Astrology

Planet Mercury in Astrology plays a prominent role in Vedic Astrology. It represents our communicative ability. Mercury is a messenger and acts like a prince for celestial cabinet. It delivers our thoughts to others. Mercury is a dualistic planet. It is very close to the planet Sun.

Its orbit lies in between Sun and mother planet Earth. Mercury and Our Mother planet Earth both rotate around Sun with different speeds. Mercury rotates inside of the circle traced by Earth. It cannot be distinguished very easily through the naked eyes. It revolves around Sun in 88 days whereas Earth revolves around the Sun in approx 365 days.

Planet Mercury

Planet Mercury (budha) : Astrology

Hindu Mythology about Planet Mercury

Planet Mars

As per Hindu mythology, there is an enmity between Moon and Mercury. However, it is not the actual truth. The planet Moon does not show any enmity with the Mercury, while Mercury maintains the enmity with Moon. Mercury is also known as “Budh” in Vedic Astrology.

Mercury is greatest among all as it bestows person with intelligence and wealth. It proves to be the source of positive thoughts in the minds of the natives. It is considered as the avatar of Vishnu. It is worshipped on Wednesday. It brings benefits and happiness in the life of a person, removes obstacles, helps one to get a progeny, profession of fertile lands etc. It rules over “Mithuna” and “Kanya” rashi in Zodiac. It stays approximately one month in each rashi like Sun.

In Western Astrology, it was known as Thoth or Hermes in olden days. It is the son of Jupiter and Maia, the daughter of Atlas. He is the friend of Apollo as it is nearest to the Sun. Mercury is inventor of Lyre, God of Commerce. It always exhibits duality and lack of concentration within a native.

In Hindu Scriptures, Mercury represents God Kesava, Narayana, Madhava etc. He represents Dwaitham. It is for plurality whereas Saturn denotes singularity.

Nature of Planet Mercury

Mercury is variable, convertible, feminine, effeminate, neutral and dualistic and vacillating planet. Mercury doesn’t act independently. It will always behave according to the rashi and house it sits and have PAC connections with. It is convertible because it will behave like a benefic or favourable planet for your horoscope if it is associated with the benefic factors. On the other hand, if it is gaining the aspects and conjunctions of malefics, it would become malefic for your horoscope. Its nature is Vata or Airy. Its direction is North. It gets exalted in Virgo at 15th degree and debilitated in Pisces at 15th degree.

What does Mercury signify in Vedic Astrology?

Mercury represents the intelligence and communicative ability in native’s birth chart. It rules over third house and sixth house in Kaal Purush Kundali in Vedic Astrology and is the significator of fourth house and tenth house. Fourth house is house of happiness and Mercury can do much better holding this position in horoscope. Likewise, Tenth House is house of profession and career, and again Mercury can do much better in this house as it offers good communicative ability that provides you the skills to set up your business. You can be a good counsellor. Let’s understand below what it signifies:

  • Body Parts & Diseases: It is a karak planet of chest, nervous system, skin, nose, navel, gall bladder, lungs, nerves, tongue, arms, face and hair. If it is afflicted by the malefics, it gives problems related to chests and muscles. The native may also suffer from typhoid, madness, seizure, paralysis, ulcers, dizziness, cholera etc.
  • Physical appearance: People born under the strong influence of Mercury will be tall with well formed body. They will ever be stout. They will be of average height. Hands will be long and slender. The hair will be dark and eyes will be expressive. Their eyebrows will be curved with much hair. Voice will be thin and shrill. They will walk quickly. Just like Martians, these people will appear younger than their usual age.

Characteristics of Planet Mercury

If Mercury is placed positively in your birth chart, then it bestow you with a good health, wealth and speech. It will be very beneficial for you. It provides you good oral and writing speech, knowledge, intelligence etc. You will be able to handle more than one task at a single point of time. Let’s see below how Mercury confers good, medium and bad results:

  • Strong Mercury: That means placement of Mercury in favourable sign or exaltation sign, which confers good results and strong speech to communicate yourself to others. You would have good merchant attributes inherent within you and will be impressive in conveying the messages. Mercury is the planet which makes the native intelligent, ingenious and analytical. It gives the retentive power and reproductive ability. “Mercury is the messenger of God.”
  • Beneficial Mercury: It gives you subtle, political brain, intellect and excellent disputant, a logician with learning, sharp and witty, learning almost anything without a teacher and ambitious to know every science.
  • Afflicted Mercury: Afflicted Mercury will not be good as one will be phrenetic. Native will be clever, cunning and mischievous anonymous petition writer. He will be always against to whom he doesn’t like. He may be gambler, worst liar, showy person, cheater, forget things and promises uttered by himself. He may be a man of moods.

What are the professions generally denoted by planet Mercury?

Being an airy planet, it is very much communicative and talkative. Hence you may be proved to be a good salesman, insurance agents, publicity officials, orators, eloquent and fast speaker with ready wit and they will be capable of learning many languages. Mercury is a chief governor for education and uncle.

Professional streams also depend on the PAC (Position-Aspect-Conjunction) connection with other influencing planets. In short, we can say that the nature of Planet Mercury in profession or career varies with the combination of Mercury with other planets. Here, we have listed below few professional fields for your better understanding based on other influencing planets:

  • If Moon and Mercury are connected through PAC in your horoscope, you will be witty and reasonable. You will have a fertile imagination and fluent expressions. You will be able to learn many languages easily. Moon confers success in the fields like advertising, conversation etc.
  • If Mercury and Mars are connected through PAC in your horoscope, You will be healthy, active and alert. You will show your full interest and do work with the great enthusiasm. He may have inclination towards instrumental music, mechanical or ground engineering, carving, drawing industry, factory chemistry, medicine, commerce, automobile engineering. If they occupy watery sign, they may get attached with boiler engines, Navy etc. In airy sign, you may be involved with Aircrafts, electricity department. In Fiery Sign, it indicates that you will be connected with industry, factory etc.
  • If Mercury and Jupiter are connected through PAC in your horoscope, you will be clear in your thoughts, correct forethought and good judgement. You will be prudent and wise. He can be a good journalist, correspondent, copyist, writer, cashier, auditor, inspector etc. if Mars also has any connection with, it can make you the agent of a Bank, treasury Collector, Revenue Officer. You may be a good Astrologer, always predicting good results and offering mental solace to the depressed. You may indulge into editing, publishing, journalism, religion, law, bank, insurance, investment, speculation, literature, commerce, accounts, administrative department in engineering, treasury, income-tax, sales-tax etc.
  • If Mercury and Venus are connected through PAC in your horoscope, you will be cheerful and mirthful. You can earn money through writing comedies, speaking on the club and society, designing and layout, pleasant journeys, arranging for picnic parties, travel agencies, clerk, cinema, drama advertisers, commerce, shipping, transport etc.
  • If Mercury and Venus are connected through PAC in your horoscope, you will have steadiness, carefulness, good judgemental approach, good memory etc. you will be contemplative, practical and studious. He will have inclination to study geology, mineralogy, mathematics, banking, physics, dynamics statistics. It will give you strong will, patience and determination to fulfill his desire.
  • Colour: Green represents the planet Mercury.
  • Direction: North
  • Number: 5 is the lucky number.

The day governed by Mercury is “Wednesday”, one may expect better results on this day itself if he is running with the Mahadasha of “Mercury”. Mercury rules over “Virgo” and “Gemini” zodiac signs. The precious gemstone for planet Mercury is “Emerald”. All green stones are governed by Mercury.

Hence planet Mercury is very prominent in terms of Astrology as well as Astronomy. It represents the intelligence in humans.

Mercury in various houses according to Vedic Astrology

Mer in First HouseMer in Second HouseMer in Third HouseMer in Fourth House
Mer in Fifth HouseMer in Sixth HouseMer in Seventh HouseMer in Eighth House
Mer in Ninth HouseMer in Tenth HouseMer in Eleventh HouseMer in Twelvth House

Mercury in various zodiac signs according to Vedic Astrology

Mercury in AriesMercury in TaurusMercury in GeminiMercury in Cancer
Mercury in LeoMercury in VirgoMercury in LibraMercury in Scorpio
Mercury in SagittariusMercury in CapricornMercury in AquariusMercury in Pisces

Mercury in various houses according to Lal Kitab

Mercury in 1st HouseMercury in 2nd HouseMercury in 3rd HouseMercury in 4th House
Mercury in 5th HouseMercury in 6th HouseMercury in 7th HouseMercury in 8th House
Mercury in 9th HouseMercury in 10th HouseMercury in 11th HouseMercury in 12th House

Remedies for Mercury


Planet Mercury – In The Word of Astrology

Planet budh astrology

Intellectual, ingenious, convertible, dualistic, mutable, and feminine planet Mercury is very near to Sun and one of the four terrestrial & innermost planet of the solar system. It is both benefic and malefic planet by its nature depending upon its position in one’s Kundli. “Atharva Veda (Hindu Scripture)”, “Sharat Ritu, that is, around October and November”, and the “color green” are governed by this planet. Mercury’s fortunate number is 5. Mercury is the chief governor for education and main ruling planet (Karaka) of Uncle.

Mercury-In Universe

Mercury is one of the inner planets in the Solar system. It is an average about 36 million miles away from the Sun. Planet Mercury has no oxygen, no atmosphere, but has immense heat. It is a dry, fastest moving planet, and very small in size. It is also one of four terrestrial planets in our solar system which is also similar in appearance to the Moon. The orbit of Mercury is also eccentric and much elongated. It completes its rotation round the Sun in 88 days. It is also one of the very nearest planets to the Sun. Planet Mercury expose unbelievable atmosphere. One half of Mercury is extremely hot but the other half is enormously cold. It is shocking to believe that sometimes temperature may reach 450 degrees Celsius in day time in this planet and sometimes there is no light from the Sun. So no living organism can think to survive here. It is very far from the Earth and can’t be seen with our naked eyes, but we can observe it through a telescope.

Myths of Planet Mercury

Planet Mercury is ‘Budha Grah’ in Vedic or Indian Astrology. It is also regarded as the God ‘Kesava’, ‘Madava’ or ‘Narayan’ by Hindus. Ancient name of Mercury was ‘Thoth’ or ‘Hermes’. Roman mythologists believed that the planet Mercury was the Son of ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Maia and Maiestas’. He was also a ‘messenger of Gods’ wearing winged sandals and the ‘God of Trade’. ‘Mercury’ means also ‘Commerce’ from Latin origin. Mercury is said to be the inventor of Lyre. He always shows duality and lacks concentration. Vedic Astrologists conceive it as Grah Budh-Sun of Chandra (Moon) with Tara (Taraka). He is the God of merchandise and protector of merchants. He rides a carpet or an eagle or a chariot drawn by lions with carrying a scimitar.

Planet Mercury in Astrology

“Planet Mercury” or Budh Grah” is a changeable, neutral, intellectual, indecisive, effeminate, dualistic, and feminine planet. Planet Mercury is the ruler of third zodiac sign Gemini (Mithun) and 6th zodiac sign Virgo (Kanya). The person born with Mercury as ruling planet is highly intellectual, creative, and analytical and possess with a catchy mind. Mercury with good aspects shows a little diplomatic brain, and excellent disputant character. The native will highly believe in logical things, he will convert himself according to the situation. Planet Mercury rules over one’s mentality, central nervous system and the body language. It is also a talkative planet so people born with the ruling planet Mercury can become successful salesmen, marketing person, insurance agents, and Public Relations executives with excellent communication skill. Planet Mercury governs Atharvanan Veda (Hindu Scripture), and Sharat Rithu or October and November. Green color is also governed by this planet.

Influence of Planet Mercury in Horoscopes and Astrology

According to the Western Astrology system, Planet Mercury is unable to form any major aspect with other planet as it can never be more than 28 degree from Sun. Anyways; Planet Mercury shows both benefic and malefic qualities. It is a convertible planet by nature. If Mercury conjoins with other planets in good aspects it shows benefic results but if it occupies evil houses in one’s horoscope it may show worse outputs. For examples:-

  • Mercury with Sun: The conjunction of Mercury and Sun in the same house will give to the native adaptability and an adjusting temperament. He will have a quality to create jovial moment in any kind of atmosphere.
  • Mercury with Moon: Good Aspect of Moon to Mercury shows that the native will be imaginative highly creative, reasonable and quick- catchy person. He will enjoy sudden changes and give original ideas. But on the contrast, if Mercury forms evil conjunctions with the moon in native’s horoscope, he will always be a confused and worried person.
  • Mercury with Mars: if Mercury and Mars form a good aspect with each other, it offers fine health and copious energy to native. The native will be energetic, active, sharp and smart in work. But evil relationship of both with each other makes native rash, arrogant or violent, and impulsive. He may also suffer with brain-disorders.
  • Mercury and Jupiter: Mercury forming a favorable aspect with Jupiter indicates that the person will endow a fair-decision power. He will be versatile, wise and prudent, and optimistic person. If Mars has any connection with Mercury in one’s horoscope, one can enter into a niche profession like Revenue Officer, Treasury Collector, Astrologer, Bank agents or etc.
  • Mercury and Venus: Good aspect between Venus and Mercury makes a person cheerful, amiable and friendly. The native will dislike disputes and disharmony. The person will make money

    through scented articles, paintings or through music. But if Venus forms bad connection with Mercury, the native will never get high status in society. He will always face obstacles in his growth path.

    In the similar way, Mercury forming good connections with other planets in one’s birth-chart indicates beneficial results and influence life in positive way, but on the other hand, if Mercury forms bad connection with other planets, it spreads evil influence in one’s life.

Planets in Astrology

Planet Sun(Surya) in AstrologyPlanet Mercury(Budh) in AstrologyPlanet Shaturn(Sani) in Astrology
Planet Moon(Chandra) in AstrologyPlanet Jupiter(Guru) in AstrologyPlanet Rahu in Astrology
Planet Mars(Mangal) in AstrologyPlanet Venus(Shukra) in AstrologyPlanet Ketu in Astrology