When a native has his natal Mercury in the 6th house, the planet of intelligence is in domicile as the house is ruled by Virgo. Mercury functions in a very good way, even if there are adverse aspects to it; these would mostly challenge the nerves and the mental health of the individual.
This natal placement will make the person continuously learning new things for his job, keeping his mind up-to-date and adapting to new techniques very quickly. People who have Mercury in the 6th house will always be aware of new methods and will have the wisdom to choose the best ones. They can easily perceive both the big picture and the details of projects they are involved in, and know how to value their work in terms of money. Mercury will make them perfectionists and they will tend to work a lot more than necessary, even if their job will not need a lot of physical activity. Indeed, the biggest part of their jobs involves thinking, speaking and interconnecting with other people.
Such a natal placement is great for working with numbers, computers and also gives great abilities of manipulation through speech. In addition, it can be wonderful for everything connected with books, filings and other types of methodic works. Advertising, writing or public relations are occupations where the native can excel too, while also giving him real pleasure.
Mercury is a rather neutral planet; thus it does not reveal the nature of the native’s coworkers. They will be intelligent, as he is himself, but their character and the workplace atmosphere will mostly be shown by any aspects falling on the planet. Nevertheless, the job surroundings will for sure include rapid actions, a lot of brainstorming and restlessness. As Mercury is a quick moving planet, this placement can give many changes of occupation. The native has great abilities to discover new jobs that are more profitable than the one he already has, and will not hesitate to quit it in order to find a new one.
When Mercury is challenged in the 6th house, it can bring all types of nervous disorders to the chart holder. The huge amount of information processed by his brain can make him easily susceptible to breakdowns; nevertheless, the fast nature of Mercury makes them be of rather short periods, unless, of course, he suffers a hard transit by a slow moving “malefic”. His obsession with healthy diets can make him amass quite a lot of information about how the human body functions, making him a very good nutritionist even if this is not his job. Such people usually tend to advise everyone around them about diets and food. Even though most of the pieces of advice that they provide are correct, they can become annoying when trying to enforce them upon people who do not care so much about these matters.
This natal placement creates a person who values cleanness and hygiene. With hard aspects, Mercury in the 6th house can give a hypochondriac, and this is very frequently observed when Mercury is in opposition to some natal planets in the 12th house. As we all know, the 12th house rules one’s fears; thus when such a natal aspect exists, the native may become paranoid about his health. Curiously enough, the problems that occur in such types of natives are not the ones they fear of; the problem is their own perception of this matter, often leading to unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Natal Mercury in the 6th house is an overall good placement, especially in career matters. All the minor problems it can bring are mostly created by the native himself and are connected to his way of thinking. The best remedy is to always find time to relax and clear his brain from the unnecessary information. Our brain might be an exquisite computer, but even computers need some defragmentation and to be shut down once in a while, in order to continue functioning well.
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.