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Mercury Sign Meaning: What Is It + What It Says About How You Communicate, Astrologer Explains

Plus how to find your mercury sign!

Whenever you’re asked “what’s your sign?” the obvious response is the sign that the sun was traveling through when you were born, but that’s just one piece of a detailed astrological blueprint known as your birth chart. Your birth chart shows where not only the sun but the moon and every other planet happened to be in the sky from the vantage point of your birth place, and one of the key placements you’ll do well to learn more about is your Mercury sign. 

While your sun sign can tell you about your core identity, self-image and self-esteem, your Mercury sign informs your communication style, approach to information-gathering and sharing, thought processes, decision making and ideal strategies for learning. We tend to associate Mercury, the planet of communication, with its frequent retrogrades, which occur three to four times a year and can throw a wrench in an array of everyday experiences. Understanding what your Mercury sign means can empower you with intel that can make it easier to navigate not only Mercury retrogrades but times when the messenger planet is moving forward. It’s one of the many reasons I wrote Mercury Magic: How to Thrive During Retrogrades and Tap Into the Power of the Messenger Planet All Year Long, a down-to-earth guide to harnessing Mercury to express yourself and connect with others.

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Here, a primer on what your Mercury sign can tell you about yourself, how to figure it out and what to know about each Mercury sign.  

Mercury sign meaning

Mercury, often referred to as the messenger planet, trickster planet or information-gathering planet, oversees not only communication, transportation and technology in astrology. And in your natal, or birth, chart, you can look to Mercury for insight into how you engage with all of these aspects of life. Just as with your sun sign or any other natal placement, you’ll want to start by identifying what zodiac sign Mercury was moving through when you were born (more on how to do that in a moment). From there, you can learn more about the house it is in (which you can read about in Mercury Magic) and how it is connecting or clashing with other placements in your chart. These are all various layers that, altogether, tell a story about your thought processes, how you seek out, absorb and assimilate information and how you disseminate it out into the world, how you share what’s on your mind and your cerebral energy in general. 

Getting a sense of your Mercury sign can be truly validating and confidence-boosting, because you’ll better recognize why you communicate the way you do as well as your strengths and challenges when you’re connecting with others — be that in relationships, at work or simply when you’re out in the world meeting new people. In turn, you’ll boost self-awareness, learn how to express yourself most effectively and even improve your bonds.

How to find your Mercury sign

Mercury is the sun’s closest neighbor, so it is usually in the same sign the sun is traveling through at any given time or in the sign before or after it. For instance, if the sun is in Gemini, Mercury will be in Gemini, as well, or Taurus (which precedes Gemini) or Cancer (which follows Gemini). 

You can also take a look at your birth chart and look for the Mercury symbol (☿), which should sit alongside the symbol of the zodiac sign that it was in when you were born. You can also identify your Mercury sign by plugging your birth info into CafeAstrology’s Mercury sign calculator

Learn about your Mercury sign meaning

Once you have pinpointed your Mercury sign, read on for more details on what your placement says about your communication style. (And if you want to learn even more, you’ll do well to check out Mercury Magic!) 

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Aries

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Aries
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Born with the communication planet in the cardinal fire sign, symbolized by the Ram, speedily is the best way to describe how you think and express yourself. Because Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of action and energy, you tend to be direct, authoritative and to the point when sharing your thoughts and opinions, and you might not be thrilled when someone expresses themselves in a long-winded way or gets caught up in minutiae. And because Mars also happens to be the God of War, it’s no surprise that you have a truly competitive streak, which could result in you seeking out opportunities to debate or one-up others in a war of words. At the same time, because Aries is the first sign and “baby” of the zodiac, you can also be playful and childlike in how you express yourself. 

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Taurus

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Taurus
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With your Mercury placement falling in the fixed earth sign, symbolized by the Bull, you are a pragmatic communicator who prioritizes practical and concrete information over fluff. Taurus is a big fan of reaching their objectives in a slow, steady, composed and grounded way, so this is precisely how you go about taking in information, sharing it and making decisions. In fact, if you’re nudged to think, speak or decide at a pace that’s too fast, you could dig your heels in and take even longer. Because Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of relationships, you’re able to be straightforward and diplomatic all at once. And your friends and loved ones appreciate that they can rely on you for trustworthy advice. You also have a knack for engaging with the world through all five senses: scent, touch, taste, sight and sound. 

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Gemini

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Gemini
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Born when Mercury was moving through Gemini, the mutable air sign, symbolized by the Twins, you’re a super-social lifelong learner who thrives when on the go. After all, Gemini is one of two signs that Mercury rules, so your communication style benefits from the planet’s energy and strengths. You love soaking up new information, whether you’re reading the news, diving into a novel or scrolling social media and you’re also a fan of sharing information with others, a pro at engaging in lively, mentally stimulating banter. Given just how strong your Mercury is, it’d be no surprise if you lean on your communication skills even more than others in everyday life, perhaps by working in technology or media. And you’re happiest when you’re able to check out and engage with information on a wide variety of subjects. Being stuck working on one kind of project would definitely be a bummer, given your soaring curiosity. You can also tend to be mercurial, clever and adaptable. 

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Cancer

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Cancer
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The messenger planet was in the cardinal water sign, symbolized by the Crab, when you were born, making you sensitive, nurturing, funny and highly emotionally intelligent in how you express yourself and receive information. Because you are so deeply feeling, you tend to run everything you learn and say through an emotional filter. This could mean that conversations with friends, coworkers or loved ones might take on the tone of whatever mood you happen to be in. And because emotionally challenging situations can cause you to retreat into your “shell,” you might hold off on engaging with others until you’ve worked through whatever has come up for you. You also see the world through the lens of a natural born caregiver with a huge heart, given that Cancer is ruled by the moon, which oversees intuition and emotions in astrology. And you’re naturally funny and even a bit goofy, often endearing yourself to others with perfectly timed quips and punchlines.

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Leo

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Leo
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Born with Mercury, the communication planet, in the fixed fire sign, symbolized by the Lion, you take in information and share it in a buoyant, self-assured, naturally authoritative and charismatic way. Leo is ruled by the vitality-bringing sun after all, which imbues your communication style with lots of confidence and even a flair for the dramatic. You can be a little exuberant and over-the-top in how you express yourself, which lends itself to being an impressive storyteller. And you usually approach decision-making and thinking through big picture plans with action-oriented optimism. Leo also prefers to run the show, so you might parlay your communication skills into leadership positions. You might notice that, because you are especially proud of the strengths you bring to the table, if you feel like you’re not being heard or taken seriously, you’re quick to check out and find a more appreciative conversation partner or audience. You’re also creative and captivating! 

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Virgo

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Virgo
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Because you were born when Mercury was moving through one of two signs it rules, the mutable earth sign, symbolized by the Maiden, you’re a supercommunciator who cares deeply about researching and finding the most relevant information that will prove useful to others. For example, it would come as no surprise if you’re the friend or relative your loved ones rely on to figure out the best spot for a catch-up dinner. You have a knack for pinpointing helpful key details that others might gloss over, and you truly enjoy learning. Given your especially strong Mercury (the sign is considered “exalted,” or able to function at its strongest in Virgo), you may very well be a writer, bookworm or work in communication or technology. And because Virgo is an earth sign, your cerebral energy and approach to decision-making tends to be down-to-earth, rational, analytical and pragmatic. You could find this placement might lend itself to overthinking at times, which is a case for honing your mindfulness skills. 

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Libra

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Libra
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Born when the messenger planet was moving through the cardinal air sign, symbolized by the Scales, you’re social, beauty-loving and highly diplomatic. Libra prioritizes peace-keeping and harmony above all else, in great part because the sign is ruled by Venus, the planet of art, romance and relationships. So you likely shy away from conflict whenever you’re interacting with others and are highly adept at smoothing over any rockiness that crops up. You’re also in your element when pairing up with a friend, loved one, significant other or business partner to research, discuss or make decisions. Negotiations and mediations are also your forte, given that Libra is deeply concerned with justice and balance. The Venusian influence of this placement also makes you the host with the most, often curating memorable social gatherings, and you know what’s best in terms of the finer, pleasurable things in life. 

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Scorpio

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Scorpio
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The planet of communication was in the fixed water sign, symbolized by the Scorpion, when you were born, which means you’re intuitive, magnetic, private and acutely aware of the emotional subtext of any given interaction. Scorpio has two planetary rulers: its traditional ruler Mars, the planet of action, and its modern ruler Pluto, the planet of transformation and the underworld, both of which fire you up to get to the bottom of hidden truths and to discuss and learn more about topics that might be considered taboo or kept under wraps by others. There’s also a secretive element to your self-expression: You hold your cards close to the vest, preferring to share your most deep-seated thoughts and opinions with only your most trusted confidants in your own time. And once you do open up, you tend to present your experience in a cool and commanding manner. You’re also a natural at investigating just about any mystery or puzzle.  

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Sagittarius

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Sagittarius
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Born when the messenger planet was moving through the mutable fire sign, symbolized by the Archer, you’re an upbeat, at times boisterous, enthusiastic and adventure-seeking communicator. Jupiter, the planet of abundance and the largest celestial body in our solar system, is your ruler, and in turn, you’re a big believer in going big or going home. The more thrilling, bolder and broader the concepts you’re engaging with, the more fired up you’ll be. Independent-minded and passionate about pinpointing and sharing “the truth” and championing boundary-less self-expression, you might often find you’re stepping up on a soapbox to express your unfiltered opinions. And actually, distinguishing between your opinions and just the facts can be a challenge at times! You are innately entertaining and tend to make people laugh with your penchant for over-the-top, cheerful, engaging self-expression. And you could also be full of wanderlust, as Sagittarius can’t help but daydream about soaking up knowledge by experiencing life all over the globe.

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Capricorn

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Capricorn
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Mercury was moving through the cardinal earth sign, symbolized by the Sea Goat, when you were born, so your communication style is industrious, practical, achievement-oriented and methodical. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the taskmaster planet that oversees boundaries, commitment, structure and hard work, so it’s very important to you that you prioritize and engage only with reputable, credible information that serves a pragmatic purpose that ideally aligns with your goals. As one of the cardinal signs, you are a visionary, adept at coming up with  big picture ideas and then taking slow, steady steps to reach the peak of the mountain. This MO applies to how you go about making decisions and expressing yourself. Systematic and logical, you want to and have the ability to appear authoritative and tend to avoid small talk. You can channel these strengths into being incredibly productive and earning well-deserved recognition. 

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Aquarius

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Aquarius
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Born when the planet of communication was moving through the fixed air sign, symbolized by the Water Bearer, you’re a rational, science-oriented, friendly and proudly eccentric communicator who loves to march to the beat of your own drum. You tend to take a keen interest in anything that isn’t conventional or mainstream (like indie music your friends haven’t heard of yet). Although you’re deeply humanitarian and future-minded, you do tend to take in new information with a bit of cynicism, and you might find that you like to play the contrarian when engaging with others in conversation. You’re most comfortable working as part of a team and thinking about what’s best for the greater good, and you excel at nurturing platonic bonds. In fact, you likely have a wide circle of friends and can strike up a mentally stimulating conversation with just about anyone. Individualistic and innovative, you tend to be a total trendsetter!  

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Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Pisces

Mercury sign meaning for Mercury in Pisces
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Because you were born when the messenger planet was moving through the mutable water sign, symbolized by the Fish, you’re a deeply empathic, emotionally perceptive and compassionate communicator. You can easily pick up the emotional tone of any interaction, and you tend to respond in a gentle, heartfelt way that puts other people at ease. Spiritual-minded and even a little bit psychic, you’re a dreamer and might get lost in the clouds at times. You would prefer to let your imagination run wild and to get swept up in vivid daydreams than bother with the nuts and bolts of everyday life. In turn, you’re innately artistic and might find channeling your thoughts and feelings into creative, self-expressive undertakings. Your mutability can make it challenging at times to make decisions, as you can easily get caught up in weighing how you feel about all of the potential options. Practicing self-compassion can help you feel more comfortable with this trait and make it easier for you to work with it. 

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