Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ask Parvati 24: Astrology and the Power of the Planets - Part 4: Wednesday, the Day of Mercury


(Continued from Tuesday: The Day Of Mars)



Mercury Parvati Devi

The planets Mercury and Venus represent our social interactions more than any other planets. Where Venus rules our romantic relationships, Mercury rules our day-to-day expression and relationships.

Today is Wednesday, the day associated with Mercury. In French, the reference to Mercury is more apparent, the word for Wednesday being “Mercredi”. Mercury is associated with the Roman deity Mercury and the Greek God Hermes. In Roman mythology, Mercury is the messenger of the gods, noted for his speed and swiftness. The Hindus call Mercury Budha, meaning “awakening” or “sage”.

Mercury rules two signs, Gemini (the twins) and Virgo (the harvest maiden). As the communicator of the heavens, Mercury rules the arms, hands, lungs and tongue. In medicine, Mercury is associated with the nervous system, the brain, the respiratory system, the thyroid, and the sense organs.

Mercury’s metal is quicksilver, and its colors green and blue. Mercury rules the mind, and the way we communicate and express ourselves. Mercury is quick, busy, and active.Mercury's action is to take things apart and put them back together again. It is an opportunistic planet, unemotional, cerebral and curious.

Mercury is the planet that governs communications and commerce. Its domain is reason, analysis, verbal and written expression, and trade. It represents the principles of communication such as thinking patterns, reasoning, adaptability and variability. Mercury governs schooling and education, the immediate environment of neighbors, siblings and cousins, transport over short distances, messages and forms of communication such as mail, email and telephone, newspapers, journalism and writing, information gathering skills, and physical dexterity.

When Mercury is retrograde, as it is now (Mercury appears to move backward through the sky), there tend to be disruptions and delays in communications, technology, business and travel. Delays can work to our advantage while we revisit old issues.

Wear green today and celebrate the mercurial aspects of your self and your life and the universe. Consider how much we rely on travel and communication in this day and age. Consider how your mind works, the speed of thoughts, the way you reason, and how you speak. Celebrate the power of Mercury this Wednesday.

(Continued tomorrow with Thursday: The Day of Jupiter)



  1. I love the illustrations! Great blog also, BTW.

  2. I've been enjoying the opportunity Mercury offers during its retrograde period for careful consideration of the way we communicate, and for tying up old loose ends. And knowing that travel and communications are likely to be disrupted in this time gives me a sense of patience and good cheer when such disruptions arise.