The Planets: Mercury

Mercury is the closest and densest planet in the solar system to the Sun.

Its interior is composed of a huge iron core.

This is thought to be partially molten and acts like a dynamo generating Mercury’s weak magnetic field.

In Roman mythology, Mercury was the god of trade and profit, merchants and travelers.

The god Mercury with his winged feet is known as the messenger of the gods; he symbolizes contact, communication, any transportation, flow, swiftness, playfulness, and flexibility.

The Planets: MercuryMercury, is the natural ruling planet of the astrological signs Virgo and Gemini, deals with our intellectual capabilities, how we sort, collect, classify and interpret information, it also deals with all forms of communications.

The Ancients and modern astrologers, consider Mercury to be neutral, it is neither masculine nor feminine, positive nor negative, it takes on the qualities of whatever aspects it comes in contact with.

As the ruler of Gemini and Virgo, Mercury is clever, facile, adaptable, and represents the mind, intellect, education, writing and other forms of communication, transportation, short trips, siblings, and the immediate environment.

Signs, Symbols, and Seals of MercuryIn magical workings and rituals, the ruling aspects of the planet Mercury are business, buying and selling, cleverness, communication, contracts, creativity, information, intellect, memory, perception, science, wisdom, and writing.

Mercury in its negative aspects is the root of dishonesty, deception.

Mercury is associated with the element of Air, the day Wednesday, the color Orange, the gemstones Opal, Moss Agate, Aventurine, Sodalite, and Flourite.

Of the herbs associated with Mercury, the following are the most common correspondences, Almond, Anise, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain.

The table of Mercury is a Eight square, containing 64 numbers each adding in any direction, to 250 with its sum being 2080.

Astronomical data:Mean distance from Sun: 0.39 AU; 57,910,000 kmDiameter: 4,878 kmEquatorial radius 2,439.7 kmMass: 0.0558 Earth-massDensity: 5.4 grams per cubic centimetreSurface temperature: 800 F to -360 FMean surface temperature. . . 179°CMaximum surface temperature. . . 427°C r> Minimum surface temperature. . . -173°C Atmospheric composition: Helium 42%, Sodium 42%, Oxygen 15%, Other 1%Orbital period: 87.969 daysLength of mercurian year: 0.2408 Earth-years (87.9 Earth-days)Length of mercurian day: 58.6462 Earth-daysMean orbital velocity: 47.89 km/sRotational period: 58.6462Tilt of axis: 0.00°