Mercury rules two signs thus subtly influences the 3rd and 6th house of the chart too. He is the impressionable adolescent of the chart. So while evaluating him, you have to analyse the other planets influencing/aspecting/conjunct him. Check out the position of the planetary ruler of the house he is placed in. Also, if he is behaving abnormally by being combust, debilitated or retrograde. A general observation is that he can perform well if placed in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and the 7th houses, if he gets guidance from benefic influences then it would be better. He behaves like an irresponsible adolescent in the 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th more so if he has no benefic influences to guide him.
(Look for one exceptional combust event called caizmi, it is when the planet is less than 1deg from the Sun. Here the Sun consumes the planet and takes on his powers completely. The planet is sitting on the lap of the king Sun. So here his powers are more radiant, completely directed inwards and very good for spiritual growth. Mercury tells you how to go about it, so after the maturity age of Mercury, your Sun+Mercury will drive your spiritual growth’s engine.)
Mercury is often with the Sun as he is never 30deg away from him in the sky, he is quite friendly with the Sun, Venus and Rahu. He dislikes the Moon and Jupiter and is neutral to Mars, Saturn and Ketu.
Mercury is pure intellect coupled with communication and the courage when you know that you are correct. Technical knowledge, ‘how to do’ gives him power. Reasoning, intellect, discrimination, analysis, expression and objective, to the point stuff is his forte. So if he misbehaves a lot can go wrong in your life on the physical and psychological levels. Mantras are Sanskrit, this language ‘defines Light’ (Dev Bhasha) in the most perfect way (Sams-krutam). Thus they are the domain of Mercury. The seed of power intentionally put to use. I always suggest beej mantra because they are the easiest to remember and pronounce. Especially with so few people actually learning/knowing Sanskrit, if I tell them to recite/jaap long stotras/suktas they will just not do it. But beej mantras are the easiest and the most potent, so perfect.
The fastest remedy thus would be reciting the beej mantra of Mercury once, thrice or 108 times on a Wednesday. ‘Om braang breeng broung sah Budhaya namah’ Om.
But there are so many tiny things you can do to increase or regulate and balance Mercury’s energies in your life. Some of which I have written in my previous post on boldness. Here are few more such tiny things.
- Be aware of your mouth, teeth and tongue, Mercury is communication, your mouth and throat. So best is brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day. It may sound silly but it works.
- Breathe. Do some breathing exercises like pranayam for a few minutes everyday.
- Wear a bit of jewellery made from copper, silver or gold.
- Mercury likes analysis, so if you feel drawn to it, solve puzzles. There are so many apps which offer innovative puzzles. Do a puzzle a day.
- Read about the colors, smells/fragrances and food tastes linked to the planets in these posts. If you feel inclined, try to them in your life
Mercury is often ignored, but he is in a way, the other face of the Moon. The Moon gives him the data from his unfathomable depths and he uses this data meaningfully to gain insights and learn. Mercury tells you how to use the things you have.