In Vedic Astrology, Mercury is known as Budha. It represents Earth as an element of Panchabhootas (five elements). Mercury generally, stands for intelligence, wisdom, and communication.
According to Hindu scriptures, it is believed that Mercury was born out of the association of Moon and Tara (the wife of Brihaspati, the Deva Guru). The story is that Moon abducted Tara and took refuse in the Ashram of Shukracharya (the guru of Asuras). After all the gods appealed for the better judgement to Moon he understood his mistake. A remorseful moon returned Tara to Brihaspati with Tara carrying Moon’s child – Budha.
Effects of Mercury in different houses
Generally, if Mercury is strong it produces a good result but if Mercury is weak it definitely produces a bad result pertaining to the below-mentioned pros and cons.
Positive Effect: Mercury in the 1st house, is the room for intelligence and communication. It bestows one with a lively personality. Besides, it helps one to be rich in ideas and information. They possess a very versatile, adaptable, and flexible character.
Negative Effect: Mercury on a negative part may lead one having a confusing life as they want to learn new things every time but don’t give continuity to anyone. They are usually inattentive and have a loud voice.
Positive Effect: As for the 2nd house, Mercury makes the natives likely to have lots of wits, intelligence, and knowledge. Also, these natives are likely to be very good speakers. Besides, the natives of Mercury in the 2nd house will be good with money management and they will use their finances quite effectively.
Negative Effect: Presence of Mercury, in the 2nd house will make them so stubborn that no one can push them into doing anything they don’t want to do. Besides, they rush into making things happen and panic if it doesn’t happen.
Positive Effect: Mercury in the 3rd house, makes the natives be quite, curious & inquisitive and interested in the goings-on in the world around them. They are multi-taskers and very interested in reading, teaching, speaking, exchanging ideas, keeping current with the daily news, and perhaps gossiping as well. Quick to learn, they are also swift to share with others what they know.
Negative Effect: The individual with Mercury in the 3rd house, makes them explore a variety of topics and have various hobbies. In short, they will be a jack of all but master of none. This may lead to frustration.
Positive Effect: Placement of Mercury in the 4th house, will make an individual an extremely imaginative person who dreams up all sorts of unusual ideas and plans. The natives possess good memory power and tend to retain lots of information. They possess a sharp, tricky, critical mind and at the same time, they are good in calculations as well.
Negative Effect: On a negative note, they are not quick to embrace new ideas or plans. They can be quite traditional in their thinking and don’t easily open up with modern thinking and ideas. Also, they don’t like many changes in their life and may often outbursts if they have to adapt to a new routine.
Positive Effect: When Mercury gets into the 5th house, it makes the native very creative. They can become a good teacher as they are very curious about how the people (students) can be molded and reshaped into someone useful and enriching for the humankind.
Negative Effect: When Mercury is negative in the 5th house, it causes one to have a strong ego and can cross the line or be hurtful to others. Besides, the problem is in the artistic conversational skills that can make them an excellent liar.
Positive Effect: The natives with Mercury in the 6th house, are likely to have a highly active mind and they tend to remember things that others often forget easily. Besides, they are very good at sorting things out, organizing and making lists and associations.
Negative Effect: On a negative note, when Mercury enters the 6th house it unduly affects their health. They might have headaches and pains that can get more severe. In fact, many of their health complaints may be due to nervous tension.
Positive Effect: Mercury in the 7th house, bestows the native experience long-term bliss in their lives. Such natives have a realistic view of their relationship, which usually strengthens their relationship to a great extent. Both marriage partners believe in forgiving each other and moving forward rather than arguing on petty things for countless hours.
Negative Effect: The bad influence of Mercury in the 7th house makes individuals lack decision making power. This may hamper their image at home as well as at work.
Positive Effect: Mercury in the 9th house, make the natives be very curious about other people and things. They are very good at analyzing other people and have a highly investigative and penetrating mind. They are excellent at developing strategies, as well as communicating them with others.
Negative Effect: Mercury in the 9th house might generate financial losses. They tend to be very unpredictable in their talks hence, people often misunderstand them. It is also very hard to know them and get close to them.
Positive Effect: Mercury in the 8th house makes the natives very curious, wise, interactive, and inspiring. They love to study and learn and do it not because they have to, but because they want to. They can be especially cheerful, enthusiastic, and even inspiring in their communication.
Negative Effect: Mercury in the 8th house brings a lot of negativity inside the individual. They might have the habit to judge people without knowing the fact and generate a bad impression of people near them. Also, they tend to be quiet impatient in life.
Positive Effect: When Mercury enters the 10th house, the natives are good with language and they use this talent in their profession. They tend to possess a good social reputation. They can be thoroughly professional and intellectual. They are seen as very wise and intelligent people.
Negative Effect: The presence of Mercury in the 10th house is not so good. The individual may spend money on frivolous things. They tend to be overly materialistic and values money more than humanity.
Positive Effect: The natives of the placement of Mercury in the 11th house carry an intellectual approach. They are practically aware of the world and carry real aspirations. Their intelligent understanding and knowledge take them towards good heights of the social & professional arena.
Negative Effect: On a negative note, Mercury in the 11th house is an indication of financial losses. There could be some losses in wealth as well as heath. Further, it leads towards a lack of peace & harmony around them.
Positive Effect: The natives of the placement having Mercury in the 12th house, carry a part of their intellect in their thoughts. They are curious to learn new things in life. They have a practical vision of life and they tend to believe more in science. Besides, they are good at expressing their ideas.
Negative Effect: On a negative note, they could be quite irritating at times and could behave stubbornly at unreasonable aspects. They tend to be more reserved and introverted because of which people may call them unsocial.(Last Updated On: May 11, 2020)