Mercury the Messenger

Alchemist or Trickster?

Mercury The Messenger

Mercury is the planet of communication and the fastest moving planet (except for the Moon) whizzing through a sign in approx 3 weeks. It takes on the energy of the sign it is in. Never far from the Sun it can only be in the same zodiac sign as the Sun or the sign either side.

Mercury is the innermost and smallest planet in the solar system, orbiting the Sun once every 88 days.

Mercury is our messenger and the planet that represents the mind and how we communicate what we are thinking. It’s the mental process. We speak of people being ‘mercurial’ which says they are quick.


Mercury is the ruler of two signs, Geminis and Virgos who have to connect with information and share the news. There are many journalists and writers who are Gemini. Virgo as an earth sign shows manual skills which are often associated with healing.

The style we communicate in is shown by the sign Mercury is in. Signs are like costumes of actors, which are the planets.

It show how we communicate, our style, and the element it’s in is important, plus the planet it is near to.

Knowing this is very useful in relationships. Water and earth elements get along, fire and air are compatible.

So if you have a problem communicating with your friend or partner, find out what sign their Mercury is in.

The Archetype

Mercury is the Trickster, the Thief. The positive is the Networker, The Messenger, Magician, the Alchemist.

Mercury is :-

  • God of the high-road and the market-place.
  • Only god to go in and out of the Underworld at will, so a bridge between Heaven and earth. The Guide and therapist.
  • It has no gender, so as a hermaphrodite it takes on the energy of the sign or planet it is closest to.
  • Mercury as Hermes is also credited as a great teacher of the sacred art of alchemy.

From Wikipedia:-

As god of the high-road and the market-place Hermes was perhaps above all else the patron of commerce and the fat purse: as a corollary, he was the special protector of the traveling salesman.

The caduceus is typically depicted as a short herald’s staff entwined by two serpents in the form of a double helix, and is sometimes surmounted by wings. This staff was first borne by Iris, the messenger of Hera. It was also called the wand of Hermes when he superseded Iris in much later myths.

In later Antiquity the caduceus might have provided the basis for the astrological symbol representing the planet Mercury and in Roman iconography was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves.

In addition to representing the planet Mercury, the caduceus is also a long-established historical symbol of commerce. As one specialized study of symbolism notes, “In modern times the caduceus figures as a symbol of commerce, since Mercury is the god of commerce.”

Mercury Retrograde

Three times a year Mercury goes retrograde. This is a time for reflection, revising, going back over things and recognising the patterns of our lives. Its a time to question and to meditate.

What are you being asked to learn?

Mercury is all about mental clarity and the power of the mind, so when Mercury is retrograde, these intellectual characteristics tend to be less acute than usual, as the critical faculties are dimmed. Make sure you pay attention to the small print!

Make sure that you have:-

  • Backed up your computer- a spare hard drive is an easy way, plus software such as Acronis does a thorough job.
  • Delay buying a mobile phone, computer, tablet in haste.
  • Avoid signing contracts, as is reasonable. If you do have to, make sure you read the small print.
  • Check all arrangements. people may have the time or day confused.

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Key Dates 2022 with Mercury Retrogrades