Mercury in the Houses...
Representing our mental processes and intellect, Mercury sees the world as a place to decipher, like a puzzle. With Mercury in a house, the chart holder will view events intellectually, as external and abstract. It has a calculating and self-concerned manner that can appear cold and indifferent. But Mercury's purpose is to serve the chart holder's personal intellect and figure things out, not to cater to other people's emotions or desires. This planet isn't happy unless things are happening. The busier the better. Mercury wants constant motion and action. An extremely low threshold for boredom is likely in a house containing Mercury. The house containing Mercury in a chart indicates an area of life where a person can easily use Mercury's quick and clever abilities. The planet is observant and intellectually agile which can really work in a person's favor, especially in business or any area of negotiating or communicating. Wherever Mercury is found in a chart, there is a love of new information and of communicating it to the world. Mercury is the planet of news. Whether it's good news or bad news, it doesn't matter. Mercury wants to find out about it and then pass it on. A focus on facts, details and simply being correct causes Mercury to lack any sense of tactfulness in the house where it falls in a chart. It is a personal planet that only looks our for the chart holder.
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Mercury in the 1st House...
Preferring to intellectualize everything it encounters, Mercury brings a subtle detached quality to the first house. The person with Mercury in their first house wants to analyze the world. Mercury here will disregard feelings and use a calculating approach to understanding other people and the world as they encounter it. People with Mercury in their first house, especially near the ascendant, have a strong need to communicate and talk about themselves. When they aren't talking about themselves, they are talking about their interpretation of the world. It can be as though they are providing a constant news report of their thoughts.
Mercury in the 2nd House...
A second-house mercury is clever and crafty in its ability to survive and earn money. They value efficiency and ingenuity which puts them ahead of many others in dealing with this world of technology and rules. Mercury in the second house creates a flexible and changeable value system that is likely to change with world trends and attitudes. Likes and dislikes are not strong and a desire to try new things is always present. Surviving in the world is not seen as a burden, but as a puzzle with a myriad of possible solutions. Perseverance is a common problem with this position as Mercury is flighty and needs constant change.
Mercury in the 3rd House...
As the ruler of the third house, Mercury is at home here. It is nearly impossible for this placement to have a negative effect. Even with hard aspects to Saturn or Pluto, Mercury in its own house will do well. This placement fuels and speeds the intellect. The only possibly bad effect here is to create a chart holder who cannot slow down their mind enough to focus. Even a Mercury in hard aspect to Saturn in the sign of Capricorn, for example, will work well and create an intellect which focuses intensely when learning and always thinks before speaking. Generally a third-house Mercury generates a quick and fluent thinker who is agile with words. Mercury in the third house also generates activity in the daily life of the chart holder. A busy mind leads to a busy body which bores easily and prefers an active, on the go life.
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Mercury in the 4th House...
In the fourth house, Mercury brings a welcomed light, unbiased and slightly detached feeling to this otherwise deeply emotional house. Communication among family members is assisted with Mercury here. Mercury wants to talk things through. If there is tension because of disagreements, Mercury will break things down into rational pieces that can be sorted through intellectually and solutions can be found without the emotional drama that often haunts the fourth house. The deep, often unconscious and often negative feelings that brew at home can be brought into a lighter, more conscious realm and dealt with in a more detached and unbiased way. Using words rather than feelings to solve problems is Mercury's forte, and in the fourth house, this can go a long way to creating a peaceful atmosphere. With a fourth-house Mercury there may have been a parent who was somewhat detached in the chart holder's childhood.
Mercury in the 5th House...
With Mercury in the fifth house, the likelihood for creative expression through language, writing, or becoming educated in a subject of interest is great. Mercury wants to learn and communicate, in the fifth house it uses these skills to allow the chart holder self-expression. This position may lead the chart holder to talk about themselves and their interests. The chart holder with a fifth-house Mercury uses communication for entertainment. They love conversation and are very social, keeping things light and slightly detached. Romantically, Mercury enjoys a meeting of the minds. Intellectual stimulation is valued in a mate. Children are exposed to the arts, literature and generally kept busy.
Mercury in the 6th House...
At home in its own house, Mercury fuels the sixth house with energy and focus. This is an excellent placement because Mercury helps clear the fog. Mercury is clear and concise. It helps the chart holder release their sixth-house needs to perfect and care by using clear communication and defined goals. It energizes the chart holder to move through tasks with defined beginnings and endings rather than floating around with the vague need to perfect. It gives the chart holder an ability to communicate so that they can accurately ask for the care they need and understand the care that others need from them. Detail-oriented Mercury helps the chart holder properly sort through complicated tasks and dissect jobs into workable parts.
Mercury in the 7th House...
This is a beneficial placement. One-to-one relationships are not taken overly seriously and there is not a likelihood for hurt feelings. Rather, the chart holder with a seventh-house Mercury will approach these relationships with a slightly detached and analytic style. Problems are discussed rationally and finding solutions to problems is always the goal instead of engaging in power struggles or emotional games. People who have Mercury in their seventh house have a light approach to one-to-one relationships. They enjoy conversation and prefer to keep the topics varied. People with Mercury in their seventh house or Gemini on their descendant are often attracted to relationships with Gemini-like people who are detached, verbal and rational.
Mercury in the 8th House...
Mercury always helps to lighten a house and the eighth house can really use some lightening. Being able to discuss the deep emotions of the eighth house helps the chart holder free themselves from the pain this house can bring. The eighth house of intimate relationships benefits from Mercury's airy detachment. Mercury doesn't allow the chart holder to get weighed down in emotion and keeps issue in the conscious rather than unconscious realm. Because the eighth house is a water house, so many of the problems experienced here are due to an inability to understand and express them accurately. Floating around in misunderstood emotions can be painful. Mercury can sort through these feelings and understand them rationally, releasing the chart holder from the pain of unconscious emotion. Or, Mercury can simply dismiss the feelings as irrational and unnecessary. Either way, Mercury in the eighth house acts as a pressure-relief valve and is a beneficial placement.
Mercury in the 9th House...
Although the ninth house is the first universal house, giving it a non-personal nature, ninth-house people can still be highly opinionated albeit usually about universal issues. Furthermore, many ninth-house people are contentious about their opinions. With Mercury in the ninth house, these opinions are made more detached and factual making Mercury in the ninth house a beneficial position.
Mercury in the 10th House...
Mercury detached intellectual style benefits the tenth house by assisting with strategic decisions in career and public relations. Desire for elevated status can lead to reckless decisions based on passion or emotion. Mercury's dry, analytical approach can keep these people from making emotionally based decisions that would otherwise lower their status rather than raise it. The planet also aids with communication and networking abilities. In the tenth house of moving up the social ladder, these are valuable gifts. A tenth-house Mercury can also cause the chart holder to be "talked about" as a topic of news or gossip. Those with this position are wise to keep this in mind.
Mercury in the 11th House...
Quick witted, rational, talkative and general light on their feet in social settings, the chart holder with an eleventh-house Mercury has an advantage. Keeping the conversation going in social settings with strangers or mere acquaintances can be difficult for some, but an eleventh-house Mercury can be a great help. Mercury loves to talk and can keep the conversations abstract and non-personal which compliments the eleventh house's focus on social and group issues. An ability to keep topics light and entertaining is another benefit of Mercury here. In debates over social issues, Mercury can keep track of facts and figures and keep their information accurate.
Mercury in the 12th House...
"Children are to be seen and not heard." These words describe the childhood world of the twelfth-house Mercury. Whether the child is reprimanded for talking too much or afraid to speak in the first place, Mercury's desire to communicate is stifled in the twelfth house. These children can be criticized for what they say as much as how often they say it. They grow up feeling that their opinions don't matter and aren't worth expressing. This can create an adult who talks about themselves and their opinions incessantly, yet it is done unconsciously. When accused of it, they are astonished and deny it, yet they continue to do it. They have an unconscious need to express themselves verbally because they have a pervasive feeling of being ignored and not being heard. This is why they deny it. In their minds, they are the people who are always lost in the fog of the world and never heard or understood. They are not the people who are so confident as to talk about themselves and advertise their thoughts and ideas. These chart holders can make great writers as this truly their hidden twelfth-house talent. Because they have had to fight for their perceived right to speak and express their ideas, they often learn to excel at it.