Mercury Transits: Houses
Mercury Transits: Through the Natal chart houses
Mercury Transiting the
Houses of the Horoscope
Techniques for Preparing for the Future and Understanding the Past
Mercury's transits through the houses of the horoscope are
relatively short. Because many charts are drawn with unequal houses, and because
Mercury is sometimes retrograde, the length of Mercury' stay in a
house varies. Mercury acts to rationalize the areas of life ruled by the house
Mercury Transits to the Houses
Mercury Transits the First House
This is a period in which you are most inclined to speak up about matters
that you previously were only mulling over. Your disposition is more
intellectual than usual now, and self-expression comes easy. You are sharper
than usual--more observant, and more inclined to "live in the head".
Relationships with siblings, neighbors, classmates, and casual friends may
become more prominent in your life now. It is likely that you will initiate
discussions during this period, evaluate your appearance and the impact you have
on those around you, and make contact with others rather than stay chained to
any one place or activity. This is the time to be direct and to communicate your
needs and interests. You are more inclined to talk about yourself and your
personal past now. This may also be a restless time when it is difficult to turn
the thinking process off when it would be better to relax! It is an especially
fruitful time for any endeavor that requires dealing with words, ideas, and
facts and figures. Your demeanor is more youthful, perhaps mischievous,
lighthearted, and non-threatening so that others may be more inclined to turn to
you for advice or pleasant conversation. Using the power of words to attract
what you want or to further your interests works best for you now.
Mercury Transits the Second House
This is a strong period for analyzing your cash flow, income, and earning
power. You are more practical and rational in your approach to finances now.
With your conscious mind focused on money and possessions, as well as personal
values, this can be a strong period for gathering new money-making ideas.
Alternatively, it could be a time when you tend to fret over your finances.
Conversations tend to be practical rather than frivolous now. Financial gain may
come through communications.
Mercury Transits the Third House
Mercury is right at home in the third house, and offers a natural curiosity,
facility with words, and the ability to multi-task successfully. More time spent
on the phone, writing emails, in the car making short frequent trips, chatting,
running errands, communicating with neighbors and siblings, visiting friends and
relatives, and doing paperwork is likely now. There can also be a tendency to
fuss over insignificant matters now, however. Also, "information overload" is
also a possibility. This may be a busy time with neighbors, classmates,
siblings, and community affairs. Your interests are especially varied now, and
perhaps scattered. It's an ideal time to pick up information from your
environment and the people in it, as your tendency is toward a certain level of intellectual
detachment just now. Your mind is often distracted, particularly when
circumstances call for you to stick to routine, so this is not the best transit
for focusing on one task or project. Your mind is especially inquisitive during
this cycle, when learning, short trips, and other forms of communication and
making connections, appeal strongly. Some are fidgety or nervous during this
cycle, perhaps due to increased errand-running, phone calls, and the like.
Others enjoy the challenge of tackling a variety of subjects. As well, talking,
writing, and studying can be good ways to handle stress.
Mercury Transits the Fourth House
This is a time during which you can enjoy increased powers of concentration. You may
require solitude in order to get mental work done during this cycle. Your memory
is more retentive than usual, and your thoughts often turn to personal matters,
family, and loved ones. You might particularly enjoy discussions about your
early life, the past, or family matters during this cycle. In fact, it's a great
time to open up conversations with loved ones, as you are more rational when it
comes to personal matters now. Your mind often wanders to domestic concerns, and
issues surrounding your home, family, and personal past. On the other hand, this
transit sometimes indicates an especially busy, and perhaps hectic, period on
the domestic scene. For example, you might take home work or find that people
drop by your home often during this cycle.
Mercury Transits the Fifth House
During this cycle, there is a powerful mental connection with your creative
self-expression. You are proud of your ideas, and very good at expressing them
to others smoothly now. Your thinking is more creative than usual. You tend to
entertain others with your conversation; and your sense of humor (and of
mischief!) is especially strong. Your thoughts turn to children, pleasures, or
romance during this expressive cycle. You might enjoy researching speculative
ventures now. You especially enjoy games that involve competing with others on a
mental level. You have a stronger need than usual for intellectual stimulation.
Therefore, your friends and romantic partner are best appreciated now if they
are intellectual types. You're more willing to take risks on a mental level now,
so take advantage of the increased spontaneity and creativity that comes with
Mercury Transits the Sixth House
This is a good placement for Mercury, as it is the natural ruler of the sixth
house. It's an excellent period for sorting out the details of your daily
existence. You are inclined to make to-do lists, pay bills and sort out clutter,
and to do detail work on the job. Health matters are most certainly on your
brain as well, and you could be thinking of scheduling check-ups or busy
researching ways to improve your health. You may also show a keener interest in
improving your basic skills. Your approach to work during this cycle is
pleasant, happy, and logical for the most part, unless you allow worry or
scattered energy to enter the picture. You are inclined to want to learn new
work skills, or to improve your skills and output in terms of work. There is
likely to be more activity, movement, contact, and communications with
co-workers now. You tend to take more interest in organizing your working
environment--and this is an excellent time to do so, as you are especially
objective and intelligent when it comes to getting a handle on your daily
affairs and all of the "little things" that contribute to a feeling of
efficiency and competency. Menial tasks become more prominent. Watch, however,
for tension or idle chit-chat interfering with your work output during this
Mercury Transits the Seventh House
You tend to weigh the pros and cons of every issue during this cycle, taking
into account others' needs as well as your own. Some indecisiveness is possible
now, simply because you naturally entertain opposing viewpoints. You have a
strong desire to cooperate and communicate with others now. You feel most
comfortable spending time with people on a one-to-one level, or with those with
whom you share a personal history. Your own thoughts become clearer through
dialogue with others. You may be doing public relations work, counseling,
negotiating, or arbitration during this cycle. There is a lot of emphasis on
communications with partners and best friends at this time. You can use the
power of words to advise others or to make peace with people in your life. You
are more diplomatic than usual during this transit.
Mercury Transits the Eighth House
You are more intuitive now than usual, picking up all of the hidden cues from
people around you and reading between the lines. This is an excellent cycle in
which to do some financial planning and strategizing. Research is also highly
favored. It's also easier for you to approach sensitive, intimate, and personal
matters with rationality and logic. As such, this is a great time to open up
conversations about topics that normally might cause waves, such as those
revolving around the sharing of power, intimacy, and finances.
Mercury Transits the Ninth House
Not content to focus on mundane, practical affairs just now, your mind turns
bigger visions, thoughts, and ideals. You are open to expanding your knowledge
base during this cycle, and communications from or with someone far away may be
part of the picture. You are putting everything into perspective now, rather
than compartmentalizing. Instead of simply shooting the breeze, you are more
inclined to discuss broader philosophies now. Your inclination during this cycle
is to think about the "big picture" rather than the mundane circumstances and
details of your life. Missing appointments and other forms of forgetfulness
could be part of the picture now.
Mercury Transits the Tenth House
You are likely thinking a lot about your career and business matters, or your
career requires more communication than usual during this cycle. You speak with
authority during this period, and you are more accountable than usual for what
(and how) you communicate. Your ideas may come into public view now. Use the power of
words to influence authority figures. This is an excellent period for developing
career and professional plans or strategies. You may be turned to for advice or
for your opinion on important matters. Although approachable and ready to
communicate, you are less inclined towards chatting about frivolous matters now.
You tend to think about your position or standing on a professional level more
frequently during this cycle. You are likely doing some multi-tasking regarding
career and business matters. Negative use of this influence would be to worry
unnecessarily about your reputation and responsibilities.
Mercury Transits the Eleventh House
Your mind is bright, alert, and active during this cycle, and you have the
ability to come up with unusual and inventive ideas. Sharing your thoughts with
others is a prime interest. Others tend to particularly enjoy your conversations
during this transit--you are willing to listen as well as add your own thoughts.
As well, your ability to grasp unusual subject matter and to intuitively
understand what others are trying to say win you some brownie points! You could
also do a lot of thinking and musing about your own happiness and long-term
Mercury Transits the Twelfth House
Your mind is focused on private matters and past issues during this cycle. This
is a time when you are least likely to speak out of turn or to express yourself
freely. You're searching behind the curtain, and examining the past for answers.
This is a good time for research, quiet contemplation, and meditation; but do
avoid being dragged down by issues that have outgrown their worth and purpose.
Examining the past in order to improve the future is certainly worthwhile, as
long as you don't waste your energy on guilt. Creative endeavors could prosper
now, particularly those that draw upon the emotions or that require creative
visualization skills, such as poetry, art, acting, and other such activities.
You are likely to require a certain amount of solitude in order to get your
thoughts together or to be mentally productive. You are less likely to chat
indiscriminately during this transit, and tend to be a little secretive or
tight-lipped for the time being. This may be important, in fact, because this
position is sometimes associated with the uncovering of secrets, so discretion
may be in order.
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Interpretations written by Annie Heese, unless otherwise noted.
References & suggested further
How to Predict Your Future: Secrets of Eastern and Western
by James Braha. This is an excellent resource for outer planet
transits: Jupiter through Pluto.