The Prince and the Planet of Communication
SIGNS:   Mercury rules Gemini (May 22 – June 21) and Virgo
(August 24 – September 23)
COLORS:  Light blue, white

STONES:  Emerald, fire stone, citrine
METALS:  Mercury
PLANTS:  Lily of the valley, marjoram, valerian, fern, lavender, fennel,
anise, bergamot, peppermint, thyme, dill, lemongrass
PARTS OF THE BODY :  Brain, lungs and respiratory system, nervous system

KEYWORDS:  Business, travel, catalysts, networks, communication,
language, humour, mischief, magic, change, understanding, trade
CHARACTERISTICS:  Quick, curious, agile, intelligent, witty, expressive, adaptable
ROLES:  Sibling, youth, thief, inventor, businessperson, journalist, teacher

The Prince and the Planet of Communication
Mercury is the smallest and youngest planet of the solar system. It represents the qualities like intelligence, cleverness, wit and humor. It is the planet of communication and symbolizes the voice of the native. It is a benefic planet and composed in nature. It represents trade, accounts, software engineers, writers, astrologers, teachers and media people. It is associated with Communications and Telegraph departments.

Mercury rules the 3rd and 6th Houses in the horoscope and owns two zodiac signs; Gemini and Virgo. It gets exalted in Virgo at 15 degrees and gets debilitated in Pisces at 15 degrees. It rules the constellations Ashlesha, Jyeshtha and Revati. It represents sisters, maternal uncle and aunt, north direction, green color and Wednesday. It stays in one zodiac sign for approximately 25 days and completes one orbit cycle in 10 months. Its friendly planets are Sun, Venus and Rahu while Moon is its enemy. It remains neutral with Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Its Vimshottari Mahadasha period lasts for 17 years.

It rules the skin, arms, ears, lungs and nervous system in the body. If it is afflicted or ill placed in the horoscope, it gives diseases related to skin, brain, indigestion, stomach, liver, intestines etc. Weak Mercury affects the communicating ability and intelligence of the native. It might create problems related to education, speech and arguments.

If Mercury is well placed in the horoscope, it makes the native well-versed in communication. The native has a soft voice with a slice of wit and humor in the speech. It bestows the native with success in exams and profits in business. Mercury gives logic, reasoning and analytical ability to the native. The researchers receive special benevolence of Mercury. It propels the native to accumulate wealth through ethical means.

Mercury is one planet which gives better results if it placed with other planets. If it is the lord of 6th, 8th or 12th Houses or placed there, it fails to deliver good results. Its association with Sun forms “Budh-Aaditya Yoga”, which adds sheen to the personality of the native and help in achieving professional success.

Remedies for Mercury
Green emerald gemstone is recommended for reducing the ill-effects of Mercury.
Natives are advised to keep fast on Wednesdays.
The worshipping of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna and Lord Ganesha gives relief to the
people who suffer from the bad placement of Mercury in their horoscopes.
Chanting of Sahasranama Stotra pleases Mercury.

Mercury’s Mantra
Om Bram Brim Broum Sah Budhaya Nama