When a person has his natal Mercury in Scorpio, 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, Scorpio energy will make the native’s expression quite analytic yet also with tendencies towards secrecy. It will also grant him a strong intuition, but also make him easily hurt by words and with a tendency to retaliate.
Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac, and has Pluto as its ruling planet. The old ruler of the sign, before the discovery of Pluto, is considered to be Mars. Mars still remains as the sign’s co-ruler. Scorpio is also the natural ruler of the eighth house, which governs the occult, death and transformation, other people’s money, while also sex as an experience of merging (not the recreational experience). Mercury placed here will make them quite interested in everything that is hidden, as Scorpio is the sign that mostly loves uncovering mysteries. This placement brings a strong urge to discover, to understand, to find the hidden details and understand the mechanisms behind events, behaviors and things. In addition, as Scorpio is considered the most sexually potent sign, Mercury will make the native very interested in communicating on sexual levels.
In the sign of Scorpio, 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 Scorpio is a rather dynamic sign, which is definitely boosting the qualities of Mercury. Here, he finds wonderful surroundings for researching, making such people very thorough in what they receive as information. They can structure the pieces of a puzzle very well, which makes them quite talented in everything that needs research to the bone. This can in turn bring great academic abilities, while also can help a lot in scientific projects that require structured analysis. 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 near 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 Scorpio individuals may easily detect lies, as all speech and information that comes to them is filtered and compared to similar situations of the past. This gives them a very strong intuition about communication; they can literally read behind the lines and understand any possible second plans that other people have. Of course, they should be careful to not go to extremes such as being overly suspicious. They usually create strong defense mechanisms, always being on alert. This might sometimes make them not trust people that should be trusted, or even create paranoid behaviors. Such patterns we can mostly see when Mercury is afflicted by Mars or Pluto. Generally, such an individual should just be a little bit more open and non-judgmental towards others, as he might over-think about everyone’s behavior. As a result, people with Mercury in Scorpio might lose the opportunity to enjoy the other people’s company in a relaxed way, with constant defensive research patterns switched on. If they manage to control this urge to check on others, they will help their personal life flourish a lot more. Many people can feel rather uncomfortable in this constant detailed scanning procedure, so it might make them more reserved when meeting a Mercury in Scorpio person. If you have this placement, don’t push people away from your lives, just because you are a natural scanner.
The Scorpionic energies that this Mercury bears will give a love for the occult, especially in its written form. Such people will be seduced by dark literature and will love reading stories that involve supernatural, magic, or mystery. This latter will also lead them to detective stories, or anything else that involves scattered details that the reader must recreate in a big picture. Of course, many times they will understand the final outcome of the story long before other people will do. With the same zeal, Mercury in Scorpio individuals will read about any taboo subjects, such as death, the possibility of reincarnation, and everything connected with the grand mysteries of life. And yes, sex is also a totally Scorpionic subject; sexuality in written form will always draw their attention too. In their intimate life, they will prefer partners who also speak a lot about sex, so that they can feed the needs of their Mercury. In case that the significant other does not express himself a lot about sexuality, the couple might experience difficulties due to the Scorpio Mercury person’s thirst to rise his libido through sexual communication. Sexting, watching porn and other ways of sexual transmission of information may be on their daily agenda.
As Scorpio is the sign mostly connected with the occult, Mercury here can give very strong magic abilities through speech. They know the power of words, and how they can act on subconscious and unconscious levels. If they exercise their magic abilities, they can have a very strong influence concerning transformation of reality. Mercury in Scorpio can read things that hover in the air, a trait that usually all water signs give to planets connected with our senses.
The energies of Scorpio can make such individuals strongly attached to their beliefs, and rather inflexible to change them. They might listen to other people’s opinions but will not change their own unless they themselves find proof of them being wrong. When they feel that their opinion is under attack, they can react in a sharp way. Scorpio knows how to sting. The same will happen when someone verbally makes them feel insecure, diminished, frustrated or elsehow unpleasant. Mercury in Scorpio people often hold grudges. Words that may have hurt them, will hover in their mind for quite a lot of time. If you have this placement, you should observe your reactions when communication with another person is problematic. You might even figure out that you are in a constantly alert state, for attacking first before being attacked. This is not unhealthy; it’s the natural Scorpionic shield. Just be careful that your sting doesn’t hurt without discriminating people around you, especially if you see that on previous occasions you were wrong and indeed mistreated others. Sometimes, Scorpio Mercury people can appear rude or cynical. They do not really mean it though, it is their personal style of being direct. If you know such an individual, do not rush to judge him for inappropriate behavior; instead, you can explain him what you find awkward in his way of expressing himself.
Individuals with natal Mercury in Scorpio will be great strategists. Usually, they keep their intentions secret, even if they are good ones. As much as they like to uncover secrets of others, they like to hide their own. Sometimes, there is even no real reason for hiding or uncovering something; they will do it as an automatic reflex. Yet, they can keep secrets of other people and are very trustworthy when it comes to handling secret information.
When a natal Mercury is well aspected in a natal chart, the native can indeed excel in the life area that the sign of Scorpio rules. Find out which house cusp falls in the sign of Scorpio, to understand better where this will manifest. Good aspects to natal Mercury in Scorpio signify a healthy and powerful approach towards handling information, with the potential to become a great source of deep knowledge even for other people. Such people may uncover the veils of things that others cannot explain, and provide the masses with great new theories. This, in particular, will happen when the two benefics (Jupiter and Venus) are forming a conjunction or a trine with natal Mercury, enhancing the size of information they are able to absorb and proceed in detail.
Still, adverse aspects of malefic planets can indeed create some issues. A natal Mercury in Scorpio afflicted by Saturn may make the native’s words hard, pessimistic and even perceived as pressure from other individuals. Adverse aspects from Mars may involved violent verbal outbursts, which are quite logical to happen due to the fiery nature of the Red Planet. Difficult aspects to natal Pluto will definitely indulge the native to get involved in control games over the minds of other people, mostly in unethical ways and for his own pleasure. In case you have difficult aspects, try to find ways to tame your tongue. Understand that other people around you are usually more fragile than you are, and might even be hurt more by you than you from them. Not everyone has so strong defense mechanisms as you. Try to be as gentle as you can; it may be quite difficult for others to accept your presence near them if it is so intense! Indulge more in humor, even if it is of the black type! Constant sources of fun and joy may eventually smooth any difficult natal aspects that you may have. Also, avoid spending a lot of time on your own, when a scorpion spends too much time in his dark cave he might start hallucinating about things that don’t exist and become paranoid. Thus, when he exits the cave and returns to the real world, he might carry all those mental glitches with him, accidentally projecting them on random people and situations that appear in his reality.
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.