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Mercury is a neutral planet, rules over your rationality, perception, and opinions. It determines your ability to negotiate, coordinate, think, understand and process information. It governs your ability to adapt and adjust, to express what is in your mind effectively, and to use diction wisely. If Mercury is strong in a horoscope, the person is likely to be a good communicator having power to persuade. This winged marshal of the celestial sphere asks you to put logic into things, speak to your advantage and bestows us with intellect and rationality to do it all.

When you are Mercurial, there is a tendency to be restless and always in motion. Life happens to you at the speed of light. Transportation, short trips, chat with neighbors, visit to friends, all come under the domain of this clever planet. Mercury asks us to explore, both, our inner self and abilities as well as the outer world.

Astronomical facts about Mercury

Mercury is the closest to Sun in the celestial sphere. Mercury completes one orbit around Sun in 88 days and completes one rotation on its axis in 58.65 days. When seen from Earth, it never appears to be more than 28 degrees away from Sun. Mercury also turns retrograde for a period of about 20 to 24 days roughly, and retrogression occurs every 4 months. When retrograde, people under the strong influence of Mercury face communication failures often. Mercury stays in one sign for around 25 days and takes about 10 months roughly to transit through the whole zodiacal belt.

Essential Details about Mercury

 Transit in each sign  25 days
 Direction  North
 Metal  Lead
 Gem  Emerald
 Day  Wednesday
 Color  Green
 Temperament  Mixed
 Gender  Neutral
 Ruling Body Part  Nervous System and Skin
 Status in Imperial Stars  Prince
 Friends  Sun, Venus
 Enemies  Moon
 Neutral  Saturn, Mars
 Own Sign  Gemini, Virgo
 Exalted in  Virgo
 Debilitated in  Pisces
 Mool Trikon  Virgo
 Mahadasha Period  17 Years
 Relation  Sisters
 Professions  Writing, literature, communication, media, consultancy, publishing, accounts, insurance, math, astrology, railway, trading, Mercury and Emerald related.

Signification of Mercury in Indian astrology

Mercury is neither masculine not feminine; it acquires the persona of the sign it is placed in. Since Mercury gives one the power to discriminate and rule over language, it’s bad influence affects it to a deeper level. It also rules over youth, play, leisure, sports, and social circle. Like Moon, Mercury also represents mind, but it deals with the analytical side while Moon is concerned with the subconscious.

When Mercury is strongly placed in a horoscope, it makes the person intellectual, wise, rational with effective speech and curiosity to learn. Communication is the strong area of such a person. But when Mercury is too strong, it represses the emotional side of the personality. Such a person tries to put logic into situation that needs to be dealt with emotions. Mercury when under influence of malefic planets, can be both favorable as well as unfavorable for the native. Native having a strong Mercury may have strong intelligence but they may use in shrewd ways if under affliction.
A malefic Mercury gives the person an unstable mind, lack of rationality, speech disorders, poor articulation, learning difficulties, skin problems, issues related to the nervous system, memory issues, as well as problem in understanding and gaining in-depth knowledge. Such a person usually struggles in social situations due to poor expression and communication blunders.