PLANET MERCURY IN ASTROLOGY
Mercury in Vedic astrology is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo. It is the planet closest to the Sun and is most often found placed in the same house as that of the Sun, or 1 house before or 1 house after the Sun. The planet Mercury is the prince in the celestial cabinet, and it stays for 25 days in one Rashi or house, and as such, it takes 10 months to transit through all the houses. Mercury has a Mahadasha period of 17 years. Mercury is in an exalted state in Virgo at 15 degrees and is the only planet to be exalted in its own house. It is debilitated in Pisces at 15 degrees. Mercury finds directional strength in the 1st house of astrology. Mercury’s day is Wednesday, and it is associated with the green color. Those with a weak or ill-placed Mercury are asked to wear green-colored clothing as a corrective measure. The gemstone associated with this planet is the emerald, while the metals associated with Mercury include alloys like brass. Mercury’s direction is the North direction, and its nature is ‘Vata’ or airy. The chief deity that is worshipped for Mercury’s blessings is Vishnu. Mercury has friendly relations with Sun and Venus, while it has enmity with the Moon. It is neutral towards Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Since Mercury is dual-natured, it does not have qualities of its own. In general, it is taken to be a benefic planet. However, its effects on an individual depend on the placement of Mercury in the astrology charts. If it is placed with benefic planets like Jupiter, Mercury assumes its qualities and gives fruitful results. However, if Mercury is placed with malefic planets like Saturn, it gives bad results. Mercury in astrology is related to qualities like intelligence, education, reading and scholarly habits, commerce, communication, and humor. Since planet Mercury stands for analytical skills, people who have a strong Mercury make very good astrologers and mathematicians and other such fields that would require strong analytical abilities. They can analyze things far more easily and correctly. They are also very good scholars and take a keen interest in reading and learning. Since planet Mercury is the planet of communication, people with a strong Mercury shine in the associated fields like lawyers, media persons, news reporters, writers, and so on. Modern-day communication is also governed by Mercury, and as such, it includes telephones and the internet. People with professions related to computers are also under the influence of Mercury. Mercury makes one a good software engineer as well, and people who are associated with any profession which involves communication with a lot of people or a wide audience are also under Mercury’s influence. The planet Mercury has its way with words. It makes people witty and humorous, and many comedians and entertainers have a well-placed Mercury in their birth chart that helps them make people laugh with the prowess of their words. Even in Hindu Mythology, Mercury is regarded as being light-hearted and someone who enjoys jokes. In Vedic astrology, the planet Mercury is considered to be of the Vaishya varna and has Rajsikguna. It, therefore, presides over trade, commerce, business, and finance. Professions like bankers, chartered accountants, dealers, brokers, salespersons, businessmen, etc. are successful in their respective fields under the influence of Mercury. In medical astrology, Mercury represents the skin and the nervous system, as well as the lungs, mouth, and digestive system, especially the intestines. Any affliction to Mercury may result in adversities of these organs, and one might develop problems of the skin like eczema, nervous breakdown, brain disorders, giddiness, and lung ailments like asthma, speech ailments, and digestive disorders relating to the intestines, like constipation.
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