posted April 24, 2003 11:56 AM
Mercury through the Houses
As you know from previous lessons, the House location of a planet describes the area in life where the planet will be most effective. Mercury’s house position indicates the type of ideas that occupy their mind, the way that they tend to communicate, and the type of environment and activities from which they draw their ideas. The House meanings to follow are general, in that they don’t take into account, Mercury’s Sign location and aspects to Mercury. To get a more accurate meaning, the House, Sign and aspects must all merged.
Mercury in the 1st House – The 1st House governs the individual’s temperament. Broadly speaking it shows how they will think, feel, and act when alone and with others. Since the first house has to do with one’s self-expression and the way they express themselves, the 1st House Mercury expresses their self through action. They are able to express their thoughts, ideas, and theories through writing or some other communication medium. Their subject matter revolves around developing an understanding of who they are as an individual, and how they became that way. They arrive at many of their ideas through introspection, not from interaction with others. They’re at their best when they are vitally interested in the subject under discussion.
Mercury in the 2nd House – The 2nd House has rule over personal financial interests. The 2nd House Mercury is concerned with their and other’s values and principles, particularly in regard to finances and monetary affairs. Their values are based on that which can produce concrete practical results. They pursue higher education in order to improve their earning power, and status position. They generally are capable of communications in writing, teaching, however their conversational style tends toward focus and brevity. They draw their ideas and from the financial community and apply them in original and well thought out ways to make money.
Mercury in the 3rd House – corresponds to the Sign of Gemini, which Mercury rules. Superior intellectual abilities in general are indicated. There is an interest in all kinds of communications, and they may write or communicate to others through some other medium. They are prolific letter writers, or phone talkers. Their environment is one of intellectual discussions and pursuits often leading to the development of their own original concepts. Visiting with close family members is very important to them. Short and medium distance travel is also indicated by this position.
Mercury in the 4th House – The 4th House is said to be tied to the individual’s personal environment. The families home, the independent living home, the marriage home, are all phases of an individual’s changing environment. Their communications and thoughts in the 4th House have a great deal to do with these homes. This process is not linear, in that communications continues in all of the phases throughout their changing environment to some degree or other. Their home, in all of the phases, is extremely important to them, because they draw security and inspiration from it and it forms the basis for their interaction with others. The home does not have to be a stationary home, there may indeed be a lot of moving involved, but the family remains constant. The original family will be most important during the beginning of life and at the end.
Mercury in the 5th House – Mercury located in the 5th House, the House of creation, governs physical creations (children), artistic creations, and financial creations. The ideas that occupy their mind and their communications revolve around one or more of these types of creations. The sign on the 5th house plays a part in determining which of three will be prominent. Regardless of the 5th House sign, there will be a creative drive in the kinds of mediums that express themselves in a dynamic and forceful manner. The 5th House Mercury has a strong desire to be admired for their intellect and artistic abilities.
Mercury in the 6th House – Mercury in the 6th House indicates people who work hard to acquire specialized knowledge and skills on specific areas of interest. They are methodical and efficient in handling the little details of their area of study or work. When they communicate with others they do so in a clear and non-ambiguous manner. They are subject to nervous bouts, because they constantly worry that they have missed something important that will create problems. They require constant stimulation and input, but in an orderly fashion. They can not tolerate a chaotic environment for long, they must have order to function comfortably.
Mercury in the 7th House – The 7th house Mercury is concerned with communications and mental cooperation with others toward a common goal. They are extremely concerned about what others think, and prefer partnerships to working alone. They seek others who can offer intellectual inputs as friends, coworkers and in their personal life. They seek environments where they are exposed to constant intellectual inputs, from which they can draw their own ideas. They are a collector of ideas and concepts from others. Their communications medium usually involves verbal discussions with others, as apposed to more formal means such as writing.
Mercury in the 8th House – The 8th House mercury is interested in the deeper phases of religious thought and practices, philosophy, and education. They are also concerned with their own mortality and in some cases life beyond death. They may also be interested in financial subjects having to do with death such as wills, insurance, and goods of the dead. They rarely communicate what they are thinking about, considering it too personal. They tend to operate behind the scenes, preferring to be secretive about their actions. They love to ferret out the secrets of others in order to understand their motivations for their actions.
Mercury in the 9th House – 9th House Mercury indicates an interest in philosophy, religious activities, and education. They often attain an advanced degree in their area of interest. They are deeply interested in the evolution of thoughts that govern the current beliefs associated with their society, philosophy, and religion. Their decisions and concepts are based on ethical and practical grounds. They tend to communicate in the written word, by lecturing, or through public speaking. They are not original thinkers as much as they are rethinkers. They derive most of their ideas by analyzing and reorganizing into new models what others have said. They derive great happiness in an area where they have access to a great deal of material on others thoughts.
Mercury in the 10th House – The 10th House Mercury pursues higher education in order to facilitate their professional growth. While the 9th House Mercury used education to increase their awareness, the 10th House Mercury uses it to prepare for a prestigious career. Much of their thinking revolves around ways to maximize their future professional potential. They are very interested in and quite capable of communicating with those who are in power and leadership positions. Their communications usually takes the form of writing for professional publications and speechwriting for others. They are most comfortable in environments of power and status, where they can use their education to forward their own ambitions.
Mercury in the 11th House – The 11th House Mercury is keenly interested in communications within organizations and among friends. They seek out environments that stimulate their minds and increase their knowledge. Their thinking is highly influenced by their friends and coworkers. They tend to be impartial, think with originality, and are objective in their views. They communicate with anyone that can provide new insights regardless of social status or professional position. They are most comfortable in groups who are engaged in intellectual and original thinking, and often draw their own ideas from these discussions. Their own medium of communications is through discussions and interactions with others.
Mercury in the 12th House – The 12th House Mercury indicates that their thinking is strongly influenced by their subconscious memories and habits from conditioning in their early life. They tend to make decisions based on their emotions, not logical reasoning. They tend to be secretive in their communications, because their thoughts are very personal, and they do not trust others to treat them fairly. They may be rather shy and non-communitive. Their ideas derive primarily through their intuitive abilities. They tend not to share their ideas with others, many which are important and worthwhile.