more common rulership is over the left-brain:
thinking, analysis, logic, writing, speaking,
etc. Mercury illustrates how one's mind is
likely to work, and how one is likely to
communicate with others. Mercury's
sign and house also show areas how one's
mind is likely to be often consumed.
To get a more holistic sense of what Mercury
is like, read everything about Gemini/3rd
House in section one of the course/tutorial. Enter
To study your Mercury, go through the first
section of the tutorial (Using
parts 1 & 2 of the Course/Tutorial
Together) and consider the following
things about your Mercury sign (or the astrological
letter corresponding to that sign),
and the sign naturally related to the house
which your Mercury is in (see the alphabet for
I recommend going through the list twice:
1) On the first reading, think about how
these are qualities related to how you
think and communicate, and how your mind
is often consumed or occupied with these
2) On the second reading, use only the
house placement of Mercury to think about
how you are learning, maturing, and growing
up in this area. Locate what it is that
you need to learn.
One of the best ways of viewing Mercury
at a glance, since it is not, by itself,
a tremendously revealing placement, is
to view it in relation to the Sun-- since
Mercury is never more than one sign away
from the Sun. When Mercury is in the same
house and/or sign as the Sun, it shows
an exaggeration of the indicated qualities,
and less objectivity related to these tendencies.
Such a concentration gives the person a
great strength or emphasis, as well as
less ability to relate to others in a real
way, since it is harder for the person
to truly understand different ways of being.
When Mercury is in a different sign and/or
house than the Sun, one has more of a balance
of the two qualities, and more objectivity
of these aspects of oneself, and therefore
greater ability to relate to others's differences.
One's mind and speech will have more ways
of operating, but less specialization.
One's Sun, Moon, and Mercury placements
give the most influence to one's thinking;
in the following list, pay special attention
to the element of your Sun, Moon, Moon's
house, and Mercury. If one has a planet
conjunct the Sun, Mercury, or Moon, then
the element most like that planet will
also be a major influence; see Planets'
elemental similarities below. Here's
a very brief interpretation of the thinking
function through the elements:
Fire: A mind that is intuitive and
oriented towards creativity or spirituality.
A way of speaking that is dramatic, forceful,
inspiring, and/or colorful. A mind that
is consumed with self and personal growth
and personal desires. A problem with being
too convinced of one's own rightness, i.e.
a hard time appreciating different approaches
and viewpoints. A problem of not paying
enough attention to physical realities
(money, bills, cleanliness, the body, other
Earth: A mind that is practical
and oriented towards discerning flaws and
fixing problems. A way of speaking that
is careful, calming, simple, and/or practical.
A mind that is consumed with physical realities.
A problem of being too materialistic, and
closed to spiritual or non-pragmatic matters.
A problem with worrying greatly about myriad
physical details (money, bills, cleanliness,
the body, other people, etc.).
mind that is intellectual and oriented
towards continual learning and appreciation
of different perspectives. A way of speaking
that is fast, intelligent, fluid, and light-hearted.
A mind that is consumed with the mind.
A problem of being too mental, and thus
out of the body and repressing emotions.
A problem with being too argumentative
or overly-talkative (because the mind restlessly
mind that is instinctual and oriented towards
feelings, hunches, and understanding the
inner workings and mysteries of others.
A way of communicating that is soothing,
hypnotic, emotional, sympathetic, and deep.
A mind that is often overwhelmed by emotions
and consumed with relationships. A problem
of being too irrational, and therefore
impossible to really communicate with.
A problem of being too sensitive to others's
words, again making communication a long
and tedious, or inefficient, process.