Mercury is a messenger between the Greek Gods and people on Earth. Mercury represents communication, travel, paperwork, and anything that connects people together using information. Mercury is most comfortable in the signs of Virgo and Gemini. Both of these signs are concerned with objectivity and data. Those who are Mercury-dominant may find themselves in careers that are concerned with teaching, writing, engineering, communicating or data in general.
Mercury is a fast-moving planet that goes retrograde (“moves backwards”) more than any other planet. His speed represents the fast-paced, busy and stimulating energy that he brings to our lives. Many Mercury-dominant people have sharp minds that collect and link information together in seconds. However, their mind never seems to sleep and they often feel amped up or anxious as a result.
Mercury goes retrograde several times a year to give him a break from non-stop action and busyness. This means Mercury-dominant people need to make sure they set aside time to calm their mind and nervous system so they don’t develop adverse health conditions.
In astrology, many planets are considered to have a “benefic” positive influence or “malefic” challenging influence. Mercury is considered an androgynous, neutral planet that takes on the energy of the planets surrounding it. This shows a lot of about the general nature of Mercury and how adaptable it can be. You put a Mercury-dominant individual in a foreign environment or sticky situation and you will see how quickly they thrive or slither their way out using their intellect.
Mercury-dominant people’s adaptability is one of their greatest attributes. They are not fixed on a certain way of perceiving life and never become blindly dogmatic. Instead, they gather information and data in order to draw conclusions. However, if new information is presented that makes sense, they are willing to see it and change their stance.
Mercury’s other gift is of gab. They just have a way of communicating that is so accurate and clear, they can be easily understood. Even shy Mercury-dominant people will find that, when they are comfortable, they can pretty much talk to anyone about anything. This is how they gain so many diverse perspectives that help inform their concept of life.
However, sometimes the Mercury person can be too open-minded. They may too easily change their mind about something when sticking with certain beliefs would benefit them. This can result in perceived fickleness. Even though they may be genuine in the moment, Mercury-dominant people can be so changeable that they are not consistent enough for others.
This also translates into their life pursuits. One of the greatest issues of Mercury dominant people is distractibility. Everything seems important and interesting for these people, which is why they learn so much about so many different topics. However, it can be hard to say “no” to other exciting ideas or conversations in order to focus on what is most important. Developing consistency with their word and action will help them balance out their frenetic tendencies.
Some people may instead struggle with anxiety and perfectionism – always feeling like there is a “right” and a “wrong” way to do things. This is because Mercury can get too caught up in the minute details of things. While he is able to link and interconnect data, he has trouble zooming out and seeing the full view. A Mercury-dominant person often needs to reorient themselves to the broader perspective of life. This context will give them the ability to let little things go which can ease their tenseness and discomfort if they feel something is done “wrong”.
Overall, we can learn a lot from the Mercury-dominant person’s open-mindedness, objectivity, and excitable mind. Anyone in a room with them will feel blessed through conversation and interesting new facts they’d never heard of before. They can often be witty and charismatic, lighting up a room by being genuinely intrigued by the lives of those around them. With all these blessings, their greatest work is to ground themselves into this life with consistency and calm. Once they’ve achieved this, they will be able to fully enjoy life as much as they observe and interpret it.