Characteristics: In Vedic Astrology, Mercury is the messenger of gods.Mercury represents intelligence, wit and humour in a person.The role of Mercury is incredibly important, although it is small and often observed as this little trickster that can take us one way or the other, standing for our own inner split personalities. Mercury represents the way we think and its position in element and house show how we reason, pointing towards thoughts that preoccupy our entire existence.Mercury is seen as our way of thinking and communication. It is a planet of information and a place where our mind goes most in this lifetime. When accented in one’s chart, it often speaks of a special relationship to a sibling, a brother.As a master of movement, it is in charge of driving, transportation and walking.It stands for reason and words we choose, and shows our thoughts, their speed and quality, as well as our brilliance or preoccupation with matters far from reason.Mercury partially rule the hormones dispensed by the glands in the body. Mercury is involved with the splitting up action and the pancreatic breakdown of sugar into glucose the amount of hydrochloric acid (HCI) in the stomach. This malfunction causes all digestion related problems such as colitis, flatulence, heartburn, diarrhea etc. Mercury is also closely associated with the thyroid, along with its co ruler Taurus. Mercury also rules the Thiamine or vitamin B-1.
Mercury is never more than 28 degrees from the Sun;it takes about 88 days to complete its orbit of the Sun.
Positive traits: Bestows with Business mind, cleverness, wisdom, and mathematical skills.A strong Mercury makes a person a good strategist. Such a person is usually well behaved. Mercury can be associated with intelligence, education, friend, business, profession, maths, science, acquiring knowledge, voice, publication, teacher, professor, lecturer, flower, maternal aunt and uncle, written communication, nephew, pearl, humor, spontaneity etc.
Negative Traits: Gives poor grasping power, communication problems, dullness.There might also be some problems with speech, fights, arguments etc.
Energy Type – Neuter gender
Time Spent in each Sign – 30 Days
Maturity age - 32 yrs
Element – Earthy
Time Periods - Ritu
Nature –Duality, Airy
Ruler of the Sign – Gemini, Virgo
Ruler of Nakshatras- Ashlesha, Jyeshtha, Revati
Abode - Sports ground
Exaltation Sign- Virgo 15 Degree
Debilitation Sign-Pisces 15 Degree
Mool Trikon Sign - Virgo (16-20 Degree)
Ruler of the House – Third House, Sixth House
Karaka House - 10 House
Directional Strength- 1st House
Natural Friend-Sun, Venus and Rahu.
Neutral - Mars, Saturn and Jupiter
Maha Dasha Period - 17 Years
Stone - Green Emerald
Taste- Mercury governs a mixed taste.
Body parts ruled by Mercury: Body parts that are influenced by Mercury are the arms, ears, lungs, nervous system, skin and so on
Dhaatu or Matters - Skin