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The sign in which Mercury is posited in your natal chart provides valuable information on your intellectual process and, based on the aspects the planet forms with the rest of your chart, it describes your modes of thinking and of communication. The position of Mercury in house, on the other hand, indicates in which area your intellect is best expressed or particularly outstanding.
In this article, we provide the meanings of the position of Mercury in the twelve astrological houses. As always, they should be understood as “pure”, i.e. with no strong afflictions or exceptional phenomenon such as a stellium, etc.
You can instantly get the position of your Mercury in sign and in house. All you need to do is locate the violet glyph of Mercury (symbol of Venus with horns) in the house area outside the zodiacal wheel. Then you can check the accurateness or the resemblance between your personality traits and the relevant text in the paragraphs below.
Your intellectual trend does not lessen the deep motivation indicated by the house position of the Sun. As all the other planets, Mercury is at the service of the Sun. Mercury's hues and the areas in which his characteristics apply are only two among the numerous facets which constitute the diamond of your human and temporary incarnation. It is as if your soul dressed up in very specific clothes before going out for several decades...
What is the finality of these « clothes »? What is their link with your true self? Why are these very clothes chosen? Stop! A metaphysical website would be more appropriate for such questions. The why starts where the how ends, but the why is beyond the scope of our astrological website.
Mercury in the 1st House
Your intellect and your communication abilities are not directed towards any particular field. Indeed, you are by nature curious, lively, and mobile, and you generally adjust remarkably well to your surroundings.
Your versatile personality prompts you to get interested in many things, and it is not exaggerated to say that your intellect and your flexibility constitute strong assets in life. In some cases, your entourage may think, rightly or wrongly, as a shallow person because of the adaptability and cleverness - sometimes too opportunistic – which are among your strong points.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 1st House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 2nd House
You have your feet on the ground and a particularly well-developed practical good sense. With you, no excessive emotions or fuzzy, abstract thoughts: you know where you are heading to, and your sharp and clear intellect usually enables you to efficiently manage your personal affairs.
You may be stubborn and concerned about your earnings and your success, particularly in the financial area where your intellectual abilities are remarkably exploited. You manage to get out of a tight spot thanks to your logical mind and clear vision.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 2nd House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 3rd House
Communicating, thinking, and moving: all these activities match your natural tastes, sometimes to the detriment of concrete results in which you are not too much interested. That said, you excel in activities where communication, reflection and mobility - in the literal and mental meaning of the term - are required: teaching, law, journalism, human resources, transportation, etc.
Knowledge acquisition and sometimes, mastering the art of writing are among your favourite pastimes. You are happy as long as your mind is in turmoil, and even then, you need to have a lot of people around you listening to you, unless you are the one to glean for yourself, here and there, the intellectual food you are so fond of.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 3rd House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 4th House
It is usually in the private sphere that you can communicate and think for your best interests. Your family is of tremendous importance, and your intellectual interests incline you towards real estate matters, asset management, family business, etc.
You may also work at home, and in any case, you are generally more outgoing when you are in a safe and private environment. When you are outside, you come across as unobtrusive, either because you don't pay much attention to events that are not directly related to you, or because you are just shy and on the defensive when it comes to worldly things or public domain.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 4th House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 5th House
Your thoughts are irresistibly attracted to hobbies and entertainments, or you may be particularly oriented towards creation if you are dealing with something amusing.
Your way of communicating is often pleasant, charming. You are the type who blends humour and charm in your speeches and who can spend many hours telling about your hobbies and detailing them with fire. This state of mind is favourable for love affairs or children's education. Your playful spirit often amazes children.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 5th House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 6th House
It is at work that you can release your mental power full steam ahead. What's the point of racking one's brains if it's not to show one's professional value, to climb the social ladder, to earn one's colleagues' esteem, and to improve oneself every day. You adjust very well to your work environment or at least, this is one of your main concerns.
Your intelligence is rather practical or concrete. You are often interested in health and sometimes in pets, and you are very keen to turn each day into a source of intellectual stimulation.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 6th House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 7th House
Communication is your forte. You use your entire intelligence efficiently in order to achieve agreements, compromises, or contracts. You are a born negotiator, or at least, that's what you try to be because you are not mentally self-centred and your thoughts are more aimed at others rather than at yourself.
With this thinking process, you may be dependent on others and somehow, too adaptable... Flexible, chatty, and outgoing when you communicate, you lose in charisma and in convincing power what you gain in quick, efficient, but sometimes light, compromise. Matters related to marriage are sometimes dealt with thoughtlessly but cleverly.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 7th House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 8th House
You need to understand, to explore the unknown, to shed light on mysteries, and to immerse yourself into the hidden fields of the unconscious or the afterlife, actually, into whatever escapes you. You are not content with what seems obvious because you are on Earth to evolve and not to stagnate or remain in a mindless state and a lack of understanding.
Interestingly enough, astrology connects the spheres of death, after-life and mysteries with the spheres of other people's possessions, investments, inheritances etc. This analogy probably comes from the fact that in those two fields, everything remains inaccessible right away. It might be the reason why such mysterious topics are so attractive to you.
Your investigative mind enables you to easily express your feelings and to explain the inner mechanisms of your whole being, almost as if your own self was a specimen to study, without modesty and with the only motivation to go as far and as deeply as possible.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 8th House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 9th House
You have a roaming mind, in the best sense of the term: you are interested in higher knowledge, whether in the moral, spiritual, political or religious field. You are attracted to what is far away and you want to travel to discover new horizons. It is possible that, early in your life, there was a kind of rebelliousness against preconceived ideas and sometimes, against the education within your family.
You have broad and open ideas. No petty or too concrete thoughts for you! Going further and higher is what matters to you. In accordance with your childhood aspirations, as an adult, you are a great traveller, both in mental travels and physical ones. In all cases, the foreign world's riches stimulate you.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 9th House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 10th House
Your lively and conciliating mind is at the service of your career. Your natural mobility enables you to constantly adjust and to get the positions you want. Your professional achievement is often the result of your ability to understand that the key to success is in changing.
With your extreme flexibility, you may be interested in many simultaneous occupations. In any case, it is unlikely that you remain in the same company or the same sector all your life, unless the said sector is full of variety, human rapports and travels.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 10th House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 11th House
You are intelligent and brilliant as soon as you have identified a goal and you have partners to work with you. You are less inclined to undertake strictly personal projects. Your mind and your curiosity include friends and collective projects. You believe that your particularly well-developed sociability is an asset for them.
Collective works, customers and public domain appeal to you, and you feel that you can achieve in those fields. Your negotiating skills are paradoxically stronger when you face the anonymity of a group than in intimate individual exchanges, may be only because you have no real interest in your own projects, for several reasons.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 11th House (around 1500-2000 people).
Mercury in the 12th House
Your thoughts remain often secretive, and you communicate in a discreet and sober way. The reasons may be your upbringing or your temperament. Actually, you may be interested in noble and compassionate goals, and of course, you don't advertise them.
Your strength lies in your steady concentration and your adaptability to ordeals. You are quite mysterious, interested in humanitarian issues. Your intellectual vision is strangely tinted with some form of mysticism and individual withdrawal.
Let's say that you enjoy communication and thinking, although you don't want others to notice it. The power behind the throne, somehow.
Here is a selection of people having Mercury in the 12th House (around 1500-2000 people).