When a person has his natal Mercury in Aries, 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, Aries energy will make the native’s expression quite fiery and dynamic.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and has the planet Mars as its ruling celestial body. Aries is also the natural ruler of the first house, which rules our ego. This will make Aries Mercury people promote their ego through their speech, and sometimes even force themselves and their ideas on others. The hot temperaments of Mars make the mind function quickly or even hastily. A person with their Mercury in Aries tends to speak before thinking, and does not like being somehow restricted concerning what he has to say. The native with such a placement may have a loud voice, and his verbal or written expression just cannot pass unnoticed. The energy of Aries may make him quarrel a lot, and frequently raise his tone of voice. Such people may like to give orders to others, and their voices usually are of the military stereotype. They can be blunt and abrupt, but at the same time laconic in what they speak.
In the sign of Aries, 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 not forget that Aries is rather dry and fiery, making Mercury rather impulsive, aggressive and hasty in its reactions. Nevertheless, the raw Martian energy can be beneficial if assisted by other planetary positions, and definitely makes Mercury very active. More information about the Mercury’s potency while being received 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 the 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 Sun and has three times per year a period of retrograde motion, where it moves backwards for approximately 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 definitely are an archetypical part of commerce also. 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.
Natal Mercury in Aries is ideal for people that are involved in occupations that require alertness of mind and body, such as athletes, trainers, the military, firemen and other similar types. It can grant leadership abilities, as other people tend to submit to the native’s spoken orders. This aspect is perfect for someone who needs to shout or speak some orders out loud in order to establish good teamwork. It can also be very helpful for people who organize masses, especially in dictating them what to do. People with such a placement will simply love events where they can shout, such as sports games in stadiums, concerts and more. This is a quite frequent natal placement for sports fanatics, who like aggressive slogans and songs. This is a great way to express this violent Martian energy, and it is wonderful if they just use it as a way to discharge aggression. On the other hand, this placement includes the danger of creating people who indulge in hate speech and extreme ideologies, joining military-style or political organizations and use unhealthy ways of violent expression.
A positive trait of Mercury in Aries is honest communication. The native with such a placement usually responds quickly and without processing his thoughts, which leads to saying exactly what he thinks. Of course, this is not always accepted by other people, and may lead to misunderstandings. In addition, nothing can guarantee that the native’s personal opinion is an obsolete truth. Yet, in case someone wants a clear opinion, coming straight from one’s subconscious, then an Aries Mercury individual is the right person to ask.
This fiery Mercury makes the natives enjoy winning arguments, and will not hesitate to enter intellectual competitions. We could say that a Natal Mercury in Aries is perfect for rappers, as it involves quick speech, which can include rather aggressive subjects, even connected to criminality and violence. A person with this placement will prefer to decide quickly, even if the outcome is not what they would have expected. Yet, they simply cannot stay patient; they prefer to move to the next steps. Of course, making many mistakes can bring a special type of wisdom, especially as the native matures. This, in turn, can become a real blessing, as they eventually may make right decisions without spending a lot of time or staying in dilemmas.
Natal Mercury in Aries can make the native a multi-tasker, yet this will also take some time to evolve into a positive trait. During their young ages, this placement will mostly manifest as a chaotic whirlpool of unfinished tasks, erratic patterns of jumping from one project to another, while also quite a lot of irritation. As youngsters, they could have problems in school; teachers were probably considering them as hyper-energetic and even rebellious. Yet, a transit by Saturn or Pluto can stabilize this tendency and teach the native how to use his impulsive Mercury in a more organized way. Such a transit can be a difficult one, but he will definitely learn a lot and make the best out of his abilities.
Another very interesting power that this natal placement grants is the ability to understand mechanisms and how they work. People with Mercury in Aries can become good engineers, especially concerning practical issues – such as fixing motors and other machinery. In addition, they can also understand well how weapons function and can excel in repairing them, using them, or even creating them.
When a native’s Mercury is in Aries, it will make him a huge enthusiast for new projects. He likes pioneering ideas and feels rather excited about starting something new. Boredom is one of his biggest enemies, and so he will constantly seek something fresh to do. This can, of course, become a problem when he gets bored with an unfinished project, as it starts feeling as a burden.
If you need a motivator, then an Aries Mercury person is exactly what you search for. These people have an overabundance of energy, which they are willing to pass to whoever they consider as their trainee. It is probably the best aspect that a gym trainer can have, as it may really empower people that he trains. His voice and words become that extra push that one needs to complete his physical goals and not give up.
When a woman has this placement in her natal chart, her mind tends to operate as a man’s one. She may have been a tomboy in her young years, preferring to hang out with boys than girls. Thus, she has developed a masculine way of thought, making her more robust and less emotional. One of the things she will mostly enjoy in her life is winning arguments against men, and she usually obtains some sort of respect from men that no other women might get.
When an Aries Mercury is well aspected in a natal chart, the native can indeed excel in the life area that the sign of Aries rules. This powerful combination grants an abundance of energy, making the native tireless in his efforts. In addition, good aspects guarantee an active and pioneering mind even when the native becomes of old age. On the contrary, bad aspects to Mercury can bring quite a lot of disturbance and a rather nervous nature. Also, when the darker traits of Mercury are awakened by difficult natal aspects, the person may have a mischievous side. We should not forget that god Hermes and Mercury rule liars, thieves and all types of semi-legal or illegal activity also.
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.