Mercury as Chart Ruler: How You Let Your Brilliance Shine

Your chart ruler plays a vital role in your natal chart and also in the ongoing saga of your life. Because it rules your rising sign, its placement and condition assist in forming your identity. Pretty important! So if your chart ruler is Mercury, what influence may it have on your life and how others see you?

If your rising sign is Gemini or Virgo, Mercury is your chart ruler. Mercury represents how you collect information from the world around you, process it, and then communicate it to others. As chart ruler, its placement in your natal chart helps mold your character and the mask you show the world.

Read on to find out how the placement of your chart ruler, Mercury, in each sign could “flavor” the way in which others may view your personality and what this may mean for you!

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Mercury’s Influence on Your Ascendant

Many astrology buffs know what their rising sign is. Your rising sign is the sign of the Zodiac that your 1st House, also known as your Ascendant, sits in. The Ascendant in your chart, shaped, in part, by your rising sign, is one of the “Big 3” in astrology because of its importance.

The Ascendant can be described as the “mask you wear.” It can also be thought of as the “lens” that you view life through and how you interact with the world.

Because your Ascendant falls into either Virgo or Gemini, Mercury, their ruling planet, is considered your chart ruler. Where it is placed in your chart, its sign, house, and aspects, will help to shape and add more detail and complexity to how you experience your Ascendant.

Keep in mind while you are reading, however, that we are pulling out one feature of your chart, your Mercury chart ruler, to investigate in this article. Your chart is meant to be read as a whole, taking the entire system into consideration, and there are many other important planets and angles to examine. But, the following descriptions can begin to give you an understanding of how the placement of your Mercury chart ruler could add additional influence and inspiration to your Ascendant.

Mercury Traits and Desires

  • search for knowledge
  • adventurous
  • follows curiosity
  • logical
  • needs to communicate
  • travels
  • quick mind
  • analytical
  • social
  • teaches what it knows

Mercury as Chart Ruler Through the Signs

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Every Zodiac sign comes with needs and tools that, if acted out in a healthy way, can add more contentment and joy to your life. Below is a quick snapshot of how your chart ruler, Mercury, could be influenced by each sign.

Keep in mind that this is just examining one factor of your birth chart and it doesn’t take into consideration houses, transits, aspects, or free will! These aren’t rules written in permanent ink. The descriptions can, however, offer a general sense of how each sign could paint your chart ruler in a slightly different hue.

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Mercury as Chart Ruler in Aries

If your chart ruling Mercury is in Aries, others may see you as someone who loves a good debate. You may attract those who can handle strong opinions and who will even challenge your arguments. You may, however, repel those who prefer to discuss “civilized things in a civilized manner.” There is a good chance that you have no time for that!

The people around you know that you will speak the truth, or at least your truth as you see it and that you won’t tiptoe around issues. With so much Mercurial energy in Aries, it isn’t that you want to impose your opinion on others, you just see no reason why others would need to shy away from a healthy debate about it.

Your family and friends know that if there is some new idea or groundbreaking news, you may be the person they can ask about as there is a good chance you have already done your research. You are great at handling differing opinions, just make sure you aren’t taking the debate past the point where you have a willing participant and simply trying to impose your position on them.

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Aries shapes Mercury to be:

  • enthusiastic
  • intense
  • independent
  • physical
  • assertive
  • impulsive
  • passionate

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Taurus

With your chart ruling Mercury is in Taurus, people may see you as a thoughtful thinker who is great and cutting through all of the “fluff” in an idea and just getting to the heart of it. Simple ideas may speak to you the most. This isn’t to say that you are simple, however. Not at all! You may just have a great way of seeing something that others may find to be very complex and are able to boil it down to pull out the most important parts.

Your friends and family may know that a discussion with you will be refreshing and relaxing as they can speak freely without worrying about being interrupted. You’ll let them finish their thoughts and you also appreciate others allowing you the same courtesy.

When others come to you for advice, they know that you will give it to them only after you have put in plenty of careful thought. With Taurus helping to shape your chart ruling Mercury, you may never just offer a rash opinion off the cuff. There is a good chance that you appreciate practical, time-tested ideas, but just make sure that you aren’t ignoring new ideas completely as change fosters personal growth.

Taurus shapes Mercury to be:

  • peaceful
  • simple
  • reliant on companionship
  • consistent
  • stable
  • sensual
  • seeking comfort

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Gemini

If your chart ruling Mercury is in Gemini, others may see you as a brilliant communicator who loves nothing more than an intellectual conversation. In its dignity, Mercury loves being in Gemini and you may be quite skilled at speaking, reading, listening, gathering information-it lights your fire.

The people in your life may see you as someone who is terrific at getting what you want because no one can out-negotiate you! They also know that spending time with you will rarely be boring as you may love to constantly be learning new things and then discussing and sharing those ideas with others.

Your friends and family may see you as someone who is safe to talk to about things you may disagree with because you don’t shy away from being able to discuss both sides of an issue and more than likely can keep emotions out of it. You may even be able to change your own mind! Even though you are a master communicator, with Gemini helping to shape your chart ruling Mercury, just be sure that you don’t overwhelm people with discussion who may not be in the mood. Be sure to read the room.

Gemini shapes Mercury to be:

  • extra curious
  • quite restless
  • adventurous
  • a fantastic communicator
  • very quick-minded
  • intellectual
  • charming

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Cancer

With your chart ruling Mercury in Cancer, others may see you as someone who is great at being able to express what you are feeling, but also what they may be feeling and have a hard time putting into words. You may filter ideas and thoughts through your emotions first.

Because we can remember things easier when tied to an emotion, you may have a great memory. Your friends and family may see you as someone who cares a great deal about others because you may bring it up often in conversation. When you hear about an issue on the news, your first thought may be how it must feel for those affected, not the details of the issue itself.

With Cancer helping to shape your chart ruling Mercury, you may put mental energy toward thinking about the needs of others, and those around you appreciate you for it, but just make sure that you don’t push it to the point where you ignore your own needs.

Cancer shapes Mercury to be:

  • compassionate
  • protective
  • a homebody
  • intuitive
  • selfless
  • moody
  • imaginative

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Leo

If your chart ruling Mercury is in Leo, people may describe you as someone who usually says what you’re thinking. Whatever thoughts are in there must come out. You may love to share your thoughts and ideas with others and actually may find it impossible not to.

The way in which you communicate is probably never dull as you may feel as though you are sharing something important from within, so it should be expressed in a way that makes it interesting, at least. Your family and friends may know that even though you love to express yourself and hate being interrupted while doing so, you are also a fantastic listener when it comes time for them the share what is on their mind and will give them your undivided attention, as well.

With your chart ruling Mercury in Leo, you may love to interact with those who share their ideas with zest, but be careful that you aren’t overlooking the thoughts of the more quiet souls around you because they also have a lot to contribute, even if it doesn’t come in as flashy of a package.

Leo shapes Mercury to be:

  • grand
  • organized
  • magnetic
  • expressive
  • appreciative of attention
  • generous
  • passionate

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Virgo

If your chart ruling Mercury is at home in Virgo, others may see you as someone who is a terrific listener as you may pay attention very well to whoever is talking to you, even every last detail. You more than likely aren’t daydreaming during a conversation!

Your friends and family may see you as someone who has a warm and nurturing heart, but who doesn’t feel the need to attach emotions to ideas or mix too much emotion into conversations. Instead, you may be more analytical, leading with your head. In the workplace, your boss may see you as someone they can offer constructive criticism to who won’t have a meltdown afterward. In fact, you may welcome it as a great opportunity to improve your skills in your career.

With your Mercury chart ruler in Virgo, when speaking with someone, you are rarely impressed by flowery language. Instead, you may be much more impressed by the level of knowledge the person brings to the table, not how they present it. You may love figuring out the details of an idea or a situation, but just be careful that you don’t lose sight of the big picture.

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Virgo shapes Mercury to be:

  • concerned with details
  • hard working
  • mature
  • practical
  • self-improving
  • never satisfied
  • sensual

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Libra

If your chart ruler is Mercury and lies in Libra, others may view you as someone who is great at always “giving people grace.” That is, you truly try to understand the ideas and motivations of others without placing judgment on them. You understand that people are all different and would then, naturally, see things differently.

Not only are you not threatened by discussing thoughts that oppose you, but you may even welcome it. Your friends and family see you as someone who will not leave them upset or frustrated after a conversation because always being kind and respectful in your communication with the people in your life is very important to you.

With Libra helping to shape your Mercury, there is a good chance that you were a born diplomat as you are always aware that there are two sides to every story. You can take two ideas that seem opposite and explain how they could both be right. While having positive and harmonious relationships is incredibly important to you, don’t forget that sometimes difficult discussions are necessary.

Libra shapes Mercury to be:

  • peaceful
  • diplomatic
  • reliant on partnerships
  • charming
  • indecisive
  • strategic
  • appreciative of art and aesthetics

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Mercury as Chart Ruler in Scorpio

With a chart ruling Mercury in Scorpio, you may not be the kind of person that can put on a “happy face” at a gathering and have the polite, but shallow, conversations that everyone else is having. However, your family and friends know that if they have upsetting news or need advice about an embarrassing or emotional situation, you are the one that they can talk to who will be able to handle it without getting emotional yourself, and without placing judgment on them.

Your natural inclination is to be honest at all times, no matter what that truth may look like, and no matter what environment or situation you are in. Being naturally curious, with your chart ruling Mercury in Scorpio you may question the “morals” society has put in place and think deeper about why they were put there in the first place.

This doesn’t mean that you have no morals! You are just able to think about every topic from a brutally honest perspective without limiting your thoughts to those deemed acceptable by social standards. Just be careful that you don’t allow yourself to only concern yourself with the dark truths of life. There are light truths that are just as valid and bring joy.

Scorpio shapes Mercury to be:

  • intense
  • passionate
  • emotionally deep
  • honest
  • moody
  • tenacious
  • empathetic

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Sagittarius

If Mercury is your chart ruler and sits in Sagittarius, your friends and family may know that you are the “go-to” person to talk to when they are feeling down and need a pep talk. Your optimism is contagious you may be great at convincing others that they will be alright and everything is going to be ok.

Others may see you as someone who is very open-minded and you feed this through constantly learning about new ideas, and especially, different ways of thinking. The way you learn may be through education or books, but it may also simply be through the school of life, experiences, and meeting new people.

With Sagittarius helping to shape your chart ruling Mercury, you may not allow your thoughts to be constrained by the norms of your own community and try to understand the norms, morals, and philosophies of all cultures. Because of this, you may be fantastic at “reading a room” and understanding what kinds of behaviors, topics, or style of humor may be received well within the group and what would fall flat, like a chameleon that can fit in anywhere. There is a good chance you are a big picture thinker, but remember that sometimes the details are quite important and shouldn’t be overlooked completely.

Sagittarius shapes Mercury to be:

  • extra adventurous
  • passionate
  • restless
  • independent
  • philosophical
  • enthusiastic
  • open-minded

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Capricorn

If your chart ruling Mercury is in Capricorn, others may see you as someone who is a great listener and won’t interrupt you constantly during your conversation. You are patient and wait until the right time to speak, listening well and then gathering your thoughts after.

There is a good chance that your mind loves to find a meaningful challenge that it will focus a great deal of energy on, and you have the self-discipline to actually achieve it. Your friends and family know that you aren’t someone who is going to tell a long, drawn-out, flowery story full of exaggeration and theatrics. However, you are great at communicating in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step way that is perfect for giving directions.

There is a good chance that your soul is looking for something important to master. With your chart ruling Mercury in Capricorn, once you stumble upon what that is, there is no stopping you. Just be sure you take a breath once in a while and stop to smell the roses!

Capricorn shapes Mercury to be:

  • extra analytical
  • practical
  • mature
  • hard working
  • not dependent on others
  • patient
  • stoic

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Aquarius

If your chart ruling Mercury is in Aquarius, your friends and family may see you as someone who can’t help but “tell it like it is.” This isn’t meant as a negative whatsoever. It is the truth, the real truth, and not what society tells you is the truth, that is important to you.

More than likely, you are able to be very unbiased and don’t attach emotions to ideas. Because of this, you are able to see the truth for what it is and entertain non-traditional ways of thinking without feeling uncomfortable, even when the ideas are not socially acceptable.

With your chart ruling Mercury in Aquarius, others may see you as someone who is open-minded and who has a way of asking them questions about their long-held beliefs that leave them in a state of self-reflection and questioning their own ideas! You may love being around people who think outside the box and may be open to, what society would see as unconventional friendships. New ideas are vital for the growth of a society, but just remember that our ancestors are who got us this far, and not everything old is bad.

Aquarius shapes Mercury to be:

  • self-sufficient
  • unique
  • concerned with fairness
  • idealistic
  • imaginative and inventive
  • quite analytical and logic driven
  • honest

Mercury as Chart Ruler in Pisces

With a chart ruling Mercury in Pisces, you may form opinions based on your “gut feelings.” Others may see you as someone who makes decisions based upon what feels right, regardless of the facts or logic involved. However, your intuition may be very sharp and this strategy may have surprised people by how effective it has been for you.

You may have a very creative imagination and think in pictures, which you are able to remember easily, supplying you with a great memory bank. Some of your best ideas may have “struck you” when you least expected it, like when sitting in traffic and spaced out, in the shower, or first thing in the morning before you have even gotten out of bed.

Your friends and family may see you as someone who is very warm and great at validating their feelings when they need a shoulder to cry on. But, with your Mercury chart ruler shaped by Pisces, just be sure that you don’t absorb the worry and burden of others and internalize it as your own.

Pisces shapes Mercury to be:

  • compassionate
  • instinctive
  • devoted
  • imaginative
  • mystical or spiritual
  • seeking others to connect with
  • vulnerable

Your chart ruler is only one piece of your birth chart puzzle, however, and while it is a major player in your chart, know that there are additional players, such as the other planets, houses, and aspects, that help paint the picture of your natal chart as well!

*What do the quadrants in your birth chart indicate about how you may experience life? Find out in our article here all about quadrants in astrology.

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