Mercury is the closest planet to Sun. It is hot planet in actual but in Astrology it is considered as a cold nature planet. It is considered as a female planet. In Astrology, Mercury is considered as the planet of intelligence, education, knowledge, expression, communication and business. Mercury is analytical, methodical and a good planner. It is a natural benefic planet but can`t be considered as an auspicious planet for all the ascendants. It is the representor of sisters. Benefic mercury gives good natured sisters to the native. Mercury owns two zodiac signs namely Gemini and Virgo. Virgo is also the sign of exaltation for planet Mercury and Pisces is the sign of debilitation.

Natives with favourable placement of Mercury in their horoscope are very intelligent, quick learners, analytical, good students, communicative and excellent planners. Such persons are excellent in academic achievements. They are blessed with natural business skills and can handle large business easily. They are very clever in expressing their good qualities in front of their boss. But when Mercury is inauspicious in a horoscope it makes the native fickel minded, poor learner, confused personality, poor investor and a poor planner. It also brings brakes in education or poor academic results to the native. Such persons with weak placement of planet Mercury makes them feel difficulty in communication and expression. Such people are shy and always back benchers in the class room. They are not suitable for running their own business as they lack business tactics.

Career wise Mercury rules over all the communication mediums like telephones, mobiles, internet, radio, television, post, emails, messengers. In fact all the IT sector is ruled by this planet. Mercury also rules over commerce, banking sector, teaching, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, import, export and share trading where there is high need of large calculations.

Facts related to Mercury, In Astrology

Important facts about planet Mercury, to be remembered, in Astrology while making predictions:-
Ruling Day: Wednesday
Own Sign: Gemini and Virgo
Sign of Exaltation: Virgo
Sign of Debilitation: Pisces
Transit Time in Single Zodiac Sign: 14 to 30 days, depending on the motion (direct or retrograde)
Transit Time for complete Zodiac Cycle: One Year / Twelve Months (approximate)
Favourite Color: Green
Friendly Planets: Saturn, North Node (Dragon Head) and South Node (Dragon Tail)
Enemy Planets: Jupiter, Venus
Neutral Planets: Sun, Moon, Mars
Favourite Gemstone: Emerald
Favourite Metal: Copper, silver
Qualities: intelligent, calculative, analytical, clever, communicative and expressive
Aspects on Houses: Mercury gives full aspect to the 7th house and planets posited there from its own position