In medical astrology, Mercury is the natural ruler of the nervous system. Its position in your horoscope is a significant indicator of the health and resilience of your nervous system and how you will cope with stress. The nervous system carries info regarding the condition of the body to the brain. It then processes it and carries back instructions from the brain to the rest of the body regarding function. Mercury oversees the sifting and synthesis of information, and is the common linking factor between the systems of the body. The mechanism of breathing is also ruled by Mercury. Mercury disorders are the nervous disorders, both physical and mental, from neurological disorders where disease affects the brain and nervous system disturbing its normal function, to situations where the ill health is more of a mental nature, disrupting the nervous state of the individual. Neurological disorders range from vertigo, convulsions, paralysis, sciatica, Parkinson’s and respiratory complaints. Nervous disorders tend toward communication and learning problems as well as to anxiety and nervousness. Obviously, Mercury being the planet of connections, there is frequently an overlap between nervous and neurological disturbances.
The sign that Mercury occupies in your natal chart is indicative of specific nervous system weaknesses to be alert for. Its position can also indicate what remedial measures will be most effective in prevention or treatment. Here are what health issues and therapies can be associated with your Mercury placement:
Health Issues and Therapies for Mercury in the Signs
Mercury in Aries: Those with this placement should watch for a tendency toward vertigo, nervous headaches, facial spasms or insomnia. They respond well to exercise, which discharges excess mental energy. (Note: I have Mercury in Aries and also have bouts of vertigo and insomnia. Both are lessened when I up the exercise. — Andrea)
Mercury in Taurus: Those with this placement should watch for a tendency toward throat inflammations, swollen lymph nodes, eating disorders or TMJ. They respond well to aromatherapy, massage and therapeutic touch.
Mercury in Gemini: Those with this placement should watch for a tendency toward carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, bursitis or asthma. They respond well to breathing exercises, playing wind instruments and to exercises involving cross patterning.
Mercury in Cancer: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward gastro-intestinal problems and pains, ulcers, food allergies or inherited nervous conditions. They respond well to comfort foods, water therapy and to learning to listen to their gut instincts.
Mercury in Leo: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward cardiac arrhythmias, pain in the back or crises of confidence. They respond well to sand tray therapy, psychodrama and team sports.
Mercury in Virgo: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward digestive upsets, irritable bowel syndrome, erratic assimilation of nutrients or self-criticism. They respond well to digestive aids, natural diets and to the development of daily meditational practices, and particularly to giving thanks.
Mercury in Libra: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward hormonal imbalance (especially of adrenals), kidney infections or asthma. They respond well to drinking plenty of water, art therapy and to co-counseling.
Mercury in Scorpio: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward endometriosis, rectal spasms, constipation, hemmoroids or ulcers. They respond well to cathartic therapy and to deep-acting homeopathic treatments that take familial predispositions into consideration.
Mercury in Sagittarius: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward liver problems, scattered thinking or sciatica. They respond well to yoga and to exercise regimes, particularly those involving stretching.
Mercury in Capricorn: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward workaholism, melancholia, inherited nervous conditions (may skip a generation) or gout. They respond particularly well to cranio-sacral and chiropractic manipulations and to well-documented traditional therapies.
Mercury in Aquarius: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward nervous eczema, shingles, anxiety attacks or insomnia. They respond well to acupuncture and homeopathic treatment and other energy healing modalities.
Mercury in Pisces: Those with this position should watch for a tendency toward poor motor control in legs and feet, fatigue disorders or hypersensitivity to drugs and/or alcohol. They respond particularly well to visualizations, music therapy and the power of prayer.
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