Mercury is the way we think and communicate, but it can be much more than that. Mercury is logical and analytical. It can take the little bits and pieces of information available and put them together for the sake of something bigger.
Mercury can tell us how we solve our problems using the analytical mind to get the job done. The sign Mercury is in will tell us just how that happens.
Your Mercury sign will always be the sign of or only one sign away from your Sun Sign, so if you don’t know you can go to astro.com and pull up your chart, or read all three descriptions and see which one you resonate most with.
If you do look your Mercury sign up, or if you already know it, you can also check to see if your Mercury is Retrograde.
Mercury goes retrograde three to four times a year, so it can be quite common to be born under Mercury Retrograde. When this happens, your problem-solving abilities are going to be a bit different than what is listed below. A retrograde planet sends the energy inward first to be worked with, before bringing it outward so you may notice a couple extra steps involved in your process. You may relate on some levels to the description, but only after you really work with things, or you may find that you relate to the description of the sign completely opposite your Mercury sign, which can be common too. Read around, and see what works for you. Mix and match, and as always, take what you need, and leave the rest.
Mercury in Aries
Mercury in Aries solves problems by being very direct, bold, and brave. They may not always know the right solution, and their first instinct may not always be the right answer, but their ability to make a move and try something out anyways can take them so much farther. Their main priority is independence and a sense of self. Aries Mercury may not even always process it, but as long as they are the ones who get to make the decision, they can feel pretty confident and good about what they’re doing, and with that attitude, they can just keep trying different things until they find something that works.
Mercury in Taurus
Mercury in Taurus solves its problems by being patient. They are pretty commitment oriented so they take that into account too. They aren’t one to jump into anything quickly, but rather ponder their options and feel them out to see which choice is the most valuable. There can be multiple ways to approach a problem, but into a Taurus Mercury, only one is going to be the best. Whatever seems like the most worthy contender, they pick and then they commit to it with no intentions of changing things up, so they aren’t going to make any decisions lightly. Their main priority is stability and consistency. If their solution isn’t practical, it isn’t their solution.
Mercury in Gemini
Mercury in Gemini solves its problems through communication. It knows variety is the spice of life and not everything you know is everything to know. They have no problem trying different things out, talking to other people, or changing things up to get to the bottom of whatever is going on and to find something that works. At the end of the day, as long as whatever is a problem doesn’t cause them too much grief, they truly won’t be too bothered by it. If the problem gets in their way to move around, having fun, or communicate though, they may have a bigger issue and will bring their efforts back to figuring it out, asking the right questions, and seeing what works.
Mercury in Cancer
Mercury in Cancer is intuitive and private. If they are facing a problem, they may be able to just trust their intuition and follow where that takes them. Usually, it’s their gut reaction that knows what to do if they are just willing to listen. If that doesn’t work, Mercury in Cancer is all about being comfortable. Going to someone they can rely on or trust for some much needed and loving advice or help may be more of their route. Or, if that doesn’t work either, a little reflection on the past, what worked then, and how they can apply it now may be more up their alley and can end up working wonders.
Mercury in Leo
Mercury in Leo solves its problems through creativity and self-expression. Like Aries, they may not always know the right solution, but they know with a little fun, creativity, and inner child energy, they can come up with something that will work, or worst comes to worst, they can take their problem to the people who love them most, and with a little bit of persuasion, can find some help through them. They may approach their problems in a dramatic way at times, but they know how to get things fixed and have fun in the process, so what’s so bad about that?
Mercury in Virgo
Mercury in Virgo is the epitope of literal, logical, and detailed oriented. They are analytical and love to break things down into the appropriate pieces before looking at them in a very practical way. From there, they look at how best to approach things and put things back together to solve the problem. They also like lists, organization, and structure. If the problem is a bit complicated, expect them to create a solid plan before they begin, even if that plan is to just wing it. If the issue is something minor that’s causing a big issue, like a kink in a hose, their keen eye will be able to see it. If the issue is something much larger, they may stand to miss it. At the end of the day though, a Virgo in Mercury cares about the results. Did they do their job? If so, they have nothing to worry about. If not, back to the drawing board.
Mercury in Libra
Mercury in Libra will solve their problems by bouncing off ideas with other people. They aren’t the type of people to make a decision lightly and being able to get another perspective can really help. In fact, they may be even more hesitant to act without it. They often don’t even like making the decision in the first place, but they have no problem supporting the plan once it’s in place and if they agree with it. Even if they don’t take the advice from the other person, just getting it can help them be sure of what to do. They are all about the scales though, so if something doesn’t feel right or an option is too extreme, chances are, they aren’t going to go for it. Something more balanced is more their style.
Mercury in Scorpio
Mercury in Scorpio can get a bit obsessive about whatever is going wrong, so their first instincts will to be to dig deep to see what the issue is and what they can do about it. If they have any internal fears, it’ll be important for them to first put these to the side with a little reassurance that they got this. They may also get a lot of benefit from coming together with someone else, or even hiring someone else to get the problem fixed. At the same time, they can often struggle with letting go of control to do this. They like to hold the power, and the results of their power, in their own hands, but often times, it’s the joint process that becomes the most successful.
Mercury in Sagittarius
Mercury in Sagittarius likes to look at the big picture and keep things pretty light in their approach to solving problems. They like to use wisdom from past experiences, mentors, or things they have studied to come up with their idea for the best solution and then they go from there. They may find though, that if the problem isn’t affecting anything on a big scale, it really isn’t much of a problem. They can be pretty laze-fair in their approach to things in life and are really good at just going with the flow. These people tend to be opportunistic thinkers and problem solvers, so what works for them, just works. If something is going wrong, they recognize, it may be because something else is meant to go right.
Mercury in Capricorn
Mercury in Capricorn brings a very disciplined approach to their problems solving. They reflect a lot on their reputation and the integrity of how they solve what they solve. While it may take a bit longer for them to decide what the best route is for them to take, once they know, they are pretty ambitious and effective at applying the solutions. At times, they can make things more difficult than they need to be, but they’re forward thinkers. It may be more beneficial to them to come up with a solution that takes care of the problem for tomorrow, not just for today, even if today, it requires more work from them.
Mercury in Aquarius
Mercury in Aquarius solves their problems in a very innovative way. They are the inventors who can come up with solutions that nobody else would ever think of coming up with and they are not afraid to embrace that. They have no problem with trying something unexpected and even though they can’t always explain how they do it, one way or the other they come up with a solution that works. Talking to friends or acquaintances can often help too, but really, they can work with whatever they have to get the job done, included ideas, resources, and people to help.
Mercury in Pisces
Mercury in Pisces is the type to think in energy rather than words so solving problems may be a little bit atypical for them. They may not always be able to explain their process, but when they let what feels right, or what they think feels right lead the way, they can really hold their own. It’s their intuitive vibes that guide them to the answers and when they embrace this part of who they are, they can truly rock their world, but only if they want to. If for whatever reason they are still struggling to figure things out, taking some quiet alone time or doing some meditative thinking may be just the solution they need. Or, letting their imagination drift. We often get messages we need from dreams, why not from daydreams too?