Natal Mercury in Aquarius

When a person has his natal Mercury in Aquarius, the sign will grant a big part of its attributes to everything that Mercury represents in his chart. As Mercury is generally governing our intellect and communication, Aquarian energy will make the native’s expression quite pioneering and rebellious. Such people will be using a lot of innovative technologies for transmitting information, and can be very good multi-taskers.

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac, and has planet Uranus as its ruling celestial body. Aquarius is also the natural ruler of the eleventh house, which rules social groups and organizations, while also our friends and volunteering. In addition, the house is responsible for our biggest dreams and hopes. This makes Aquarius Mercury people visionaries of new social structures, frequently spreading their innovative ideas towards groups of people.

In the sign of Aquarius, Mercury is in peregrine condition. Peregrine is a rather neutral condition, where a celestial body does not function very potently (as it does when in domicile or in exaltation), nor is very weak (as it does when in detriment or fall). Yet, we should mention that Uranus as a planet is considered to be the higher octave of Mercury, having common patterns with it and also connected with communication yet on a more mundane level. Thus, Mercury is welcomed in the sign, gaining quite a lot of meta-abilities of Uranus. Expression finds new paths, and is mostly transmitted through technical means, reaching a larger number of people. More information about Mercury’s potency in the signs can be read in the article about Mercury’s Essential Dignities.

We should note that Mercury needs less than a month to move to a next sign, and is the quickest moving planet, as it is located very close to the Sun. Also, it cannot be more than one sign away from the sign where the natal Sun resides, and has three times per year a period of retrograde motion, where it moves backwards for apparently 20 days in the natal chart. Mercury is impersonated by the ancient Greek god Hermes, who was the messenger of the gods and protector of commerce. The planet governs intellect and trade, data and communication, while also transportation. In addition, the darker traits of Mercury include rulership of lies, swindling and theft, which are also definitely an archetypical part of commerce. Mercury is a hermaphrodite planet, with a balance between its masculine and feminine side. For this reason, it is rather well-received in most signs, as it can adapt quite easily to any possible surroundings.
Mercury in Aquarius people have rather active minds, always thirsty for new information. They will frequently have intuitive ideas that can come as lightning bolts out of nowhere. They may create new words and phrases, especially of “slang” nature, which will be afterwards used by other people. In addition, they are even creating new ways of expression; they will speak through memes and even make their own. Generally, technology is their ally and they will always be open for trying out different channels for the flow of information, before it is cool for the masses to use.

Individuals with Mercury in Aquarius will be rather bored with anything traditional, preferring all that promotes futurism. Their mind despises conservative patterns, even if this means old-fashioned speech. That is why they will always choose science fiction books over classical literature. Needless to say that they will not be so much interested in material books, but read e-books from their electronic devices instead.
A natural effect of the Aquarian energy on the native’s mind is non-organized ways of thinking. They will jump from subject to another, without using a stable approach in how they express themselves. This can be helpful in multitasking when working on different intellectual projects, yet can tire other people who prefer a structured flow of conversation. What they say can be rather unpredictable, and this will make them appear weird and erratic in the eyes of others. In addition, they may be over-enthusiastic about something that attracts their mind and wakes their curiosity, but lose interest without a concrete reason very soon. Sometimes, speaking to them can appear vain, as their mind will not concentrate on receiving information while it chaotically jumps from one idea to the other.

We should mention that Mercury in Aquarius is one of the best placements for careers connected with computer science and electronics. They can very easily understand how electricity functions, while also all other types of energies that are rather invisible and hard to understand. Their mind can think in numbers when needed, or other non-verbal patterns. This can be a wonderful gift for programming abilities and IT, as they can understand rather easily even assembly languages or deeper levels of computer functions, even their electric circuits.
Aquarius makes one’s ways of expression rather awkward, different from the average person. Such an individual will have strange words and use some special type of vocabulary. A pattern that can appear is his voice or way of talking to resemble something that distantly reminds a machine. In case that his natal Mercury is afflicted, Aquarius may bring repeating mechanical patterns and tics that look like glitches. For example, they can appear to stutter, or have other types of disfluency disorders.

Mercury in Aquarius can also gift a strong interest in the paranormal, new age theories or other similar types of readings. In addition, it can make the chart owner be interested in astrology, or other occult paths. What a person with this placement should be careful of, is filtering out of his mind possible crap that he might be reading on the internet. Their inner need to approach and embrace everything that is new, may lower their barriers towards what is true and what is not. This new article they just read about chakras and crystals is probably a click-bait rather than the apocalypse of a new mundane truth. What seems to be pioneering as a theory, is not necessarily and automatically correct.
We all know that Aquarius is the sign connected to humanism, selflessness and volunteering. When Mercury resides in the sign, the native will frequently dedicate his time to thinking how to change the society around him. Many times, such people will promote their ideas to the masses through electronic forms, such as blogging. Their style of writing may be rather eccentric, which will give them a uniqueness that can inspire groups and even make them role models of subcultures.

Natives with Mercury in Aquarius will very easily adjust to groups, especially when there is no strict hierarchy in their structure. They enjoy teamwork and brainstorming, and can excel in promoting certain causes, especially when they are for the good of humanity. Mercury placed here will make them function easily in non-governmental organizations, or speak out for minorities and other social groups that need support.

Mercury in Aquarius is as we saw a good tool for practical things. On the other hand, it rather diminishes the emotional abilities of such a person. We should not forget that the old ruler of Aquarius (before Uranus’ discovery) was Saturn, a planet that gives a rather serious and rough flavor to natal Mercury. This can be particularly noticed in people that have their Mercury very close to the cusp with Capricorn, the previous sign of the zodiac, which is still the ruler of Saturn. On the other hand, people that have their natal Mercury in the last degrees of Aquarius are strongly influenced by Pisces, the sign where Mercury is both in detriment and fall. Of course, this is the most difficult placement for the planet-messenger, making the last degrees of Aquarius a rather awkward experience for Mercury too. The real Aquarian traits on Mercury can naturally be observed better between the 5th and 25th degree, as the cusps will seriously distort the way it functions.

Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.

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