Mercury in Aries, makes the native quick, fiery, impulsive, antagonistic or contentious, addicted to disputes, good in an argument as far as continuity is concerned. If Mercury is in strong aspect to Mars, he or she will be addicted to falsehood or great exaggeration, quick in anger, fluent in speech.
Mercury in Taurus, gives a happy and pleasant disposition, very fond of the opposite sex, pleasure and recreation; loves music, art, etc.; good judgment, persevering, obstinate, and a good reasoner, but lacks energy and ambition, unless strongly aspected to Jupiter.
Mercury in Gemini, makes the native very ingenious, sympathetic, good natured, quick witted, a good orator, a shrewd lawyer, fond of reading, good at figures; will generally meet with success in science or literature; loves speculation, good ability for business, but loses through generosity; eccentric and fond of science, especially the occult, in which he will be very successful; loves traveling, especially on the water.
Mercury in Cancer, makes the native very discreet. faithful, good-natured, but somewhat flexible and easy influenced; very changeable and often meets with temptation, and unless careful gets into trouble through deception or scandal; is of a very restless mind and is religiously inclined.
Mercury in Leo, gives a mind which seeks to govern at all costs; very ambitious, determined, obstinate, fiery, quick-tempered, but dignified and confident; will seldom stoop to low actions, unless Mercury is afflicted by Saturn or Mars; at the same time is inclined to be conceited. If in strong aspect to Venus, will love music and have a talent for music and art, and will be a good orator; the same if in strong aspect to Mars, but will be very contentious and quick tempered.
Mercury in Virgo, gives the native good intellect and a superior nature; taste for literature and poetry, mathematics and occultism; inventive power and a splendid memory, eloquence as an orator or writer; power of persuasion, a good scholar and linguist; capable of any undertaking requiring great ability.
Mercury in Libra, gives the native a just and tender disposition, and aptitude for delicate mathematical work, mathematical sciences, inventions; a good and broad mind, a lover and promoter of learning, having great natural abilities, often musical.
Mercury in Scorpio, gives a bold and reckless nature, but ingenious and studious; very careful of his own interests; extremely fond of the opposite sex; partial to company and merry making; often has treacherous friends; meets with many dieappointments in life.
Mercury in Sagittarius, gives the native a passionate disposition, inclined to govern those whom he comes in contact with; ambitious, but lacking in energy; he is generally wise, capable and just, loves the beautiful in nature; very fond of pleasure, animals, etc., and is inclined to be of a roaming disposition, although he loves a home and family.
Mercury in Capricorn, makes the native very acute, sharp and penetrating, but inclined to be peevish and fickle, suspicious and cunning, very uneasy and restlees; conetantly busy about something; not contented unless very active; at the same time it gives scientific ability, good in literature and in chemistry, philosophy and divination; is easily influenced by kindness, etc.
Mercury in Aquarius, makes the native love science in general, especially the occult; very good in mathematical work; they love study, and have good reasoning faculties, and good powers of observation, but love solitude and the company of learned and aged persons.
Mercury in Pisces, makes the native easy going and fond of pleasure; he has many ridiculous and absurd plans, but considerable good intellect, numerous capabilities; loves traveling, especially on water; often changes his employment.
From Guide to Astrology by Fredrick White
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