Curious about a natal Mercury in the first house? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this placement.
Mercury is one of the quickest celestial objects. Have you heard the word mercurial? This expression describes people who have Mercury in the first house very well.
Someone who has Mercury here can be described as talkative, intelligent and curious. Mercury in the first house people have an innate need to share what’s on their mind and express themselves. This is a good placement for public speakers, writers, journalists, actors, or people who share their thoughts and work in the limelight.
Keep reading to learn more about this interesting placement in the birth chart!
Meaning of Mercury in Astrology
First of all, what does Mercury represent in astrology?
Think of this planet as a bridge between you and the world. This bridge is made of words.
Mercury governs communication, reading, writing, learning, analytical thinking and reasoning abilities. This planet is what makes it possible to share your thoughts and understand what others want to tell you. Mercury makes life fun.
An afflicted Mercury in the natal chart suggests hardships in communication. A well-aspected Mercury on the other hand tells that the person is intelligent, has a way with words and has good communication skills.
The closest planet to the Sun, and the quickest and smallest planet at the same time, Mercury is always on the go. A prominent Mercury in the natal chart gives a busy mind.
Every planet rules a zodiac sign. Well, Mercury rules two: it’s the planetary ruler of Gemini and Virgo. If it is located in one of these signs in your birth chart, it can operate very well.
When analyzing Mercury in a natal chart, you should pay attention to its house, sign and aspects. The sign where your Mercury is shows how you communicate the best, while the house tells you in which life areas.
If you want to learn more about this planet, read this article about Mercury in astrology.
The First House in the Natal Chart
Every house rules certain life areas in astrology. The first house is associated with:
- your personality
- physical appearance
- personal style
- how you come across
- early chlidhood.
As you can see, the first house is all about you, the chart holder. It describes you in many aspects.
The cusp of the first house is called the ascendant, and it is one of the most important components of the natal chart. It’s also called the rising sign, because this sign came up on the eastern horizon, as seen from the time and place of your birth.
If Mercury is conjunct in your natal chart, pay special attention to it, because any planet on the ascendant has a huge influence over you.
If you want to read more, click here for an article on the first house in the chart wheel.
Now that you know what Mercury and the first house stand for, let’s proceed to actually interpreting Mercury in the first house!
Natal Mercury in the First House: Quick Wit
When Mercury is placed in the first house, it suggests an extremely smart person. They are intelligent and have a very quick mind. This is one of the first things you notice about them.
The brain of a person with this placement is a powerful machine. It’s always running, gathering and processing information. One of the benefits of this is that you notice opportunities and make good use of them.
This placement is often found in the charts of writers, philosophers or intellectuals in general. One thing is sure if you have your Mercury in the first house: you think a lot. Mercury is genuinely curious. It wants to know about anything and learn as much as it can. It doesn’t have to be in a school environment, but you love learning with this placement.
Mercury in the first house usually gifts you with a great sense of humor. You have a sharp eye and notice tiny details that spice up your stories. You know how to engage the audience and people love listening to you. Mercury in the first house suggests that you are a great storyteller. It’s a blessing for the world that you like to share what’s on your mind.
With Mercury here, you enjoy both talking and writing. This is a very rethorical placement, you know how to talk so that others will listen. Your communication style depends on Mercury’s sign, but in general, you are very straightforward. People who love you appreciate that you will say it as is. However, improving your tact will get you far in life.
Mercury in the first house values education. People with this placement are often well-educated, no matter if they have a degree or they learned on they own.
This placement suggests big potential in life.
Mercury, the Thinker and the Talker
Mercury is the planet of communication in astrology. This placement suggests that you are talkative, and find the common denominator with everyone. Mercury here gives an extroverted person.
You can utilize Mercury in the first house in professions where you are in the limelight and work with people, or professions that give you an opportunity to express yourself, such as writing or journalism. You make an excellent public speaker.
One thing you should work on is thinking before talking, because this can be a potential issue with this placement.
A Mercury here tells that the you are adaptable and versatile. And restless. Mercury, especially when close to the ascendant, is always thinking, talking, watching, gathering information.
The downside of Mercury in the first house is the continuous mental pressure. Your mind is working all the time, but this has a price. A person with Mercury here is often nervous. Their extreme sensitivity and hunger for information is not easy for their nervous system to cope with.
A short attention span is another weakness if this placement, except if other planets or the sign of Mercury help you concentrate better (and longer).
The first house is the house of self in astrology. Mercury here suggests that you are sometimes too self-oriented and have a hard time seeing the other person’s point of view, or noticing if you talk too much. A Mercury in the first house loves to talk, which is fine, especially because they do have a lot to say, but sometimes the audience grows tired of listening for a long time.
Mercury Conjunct the Ascendant
When Mercury is placed in the first house, it can happen that it’s located close to the ascendant. Most astrologers allow an orb of 8-10 degrees when the ascendant is in question because it is such a powerful point in the natal chart!
Planets on the ascendant have a big influence over what you look like. If you have Mercury conjunct your ascendant, it gives you a youthful glow even when grow older. This planet can also make you short.
This placement enhances all the Mercurian qualities in you, like intelligence, good communication skills, a quick mind and formulating your thoughts well.
Mercury conjunct the ascendant often gives hand dexterity. Mercury governs the hands in astrology, and when it touches such a personal point, the person often has good fine motor skills.