Mercury (बुध ग्रह)

Parashara describes mercury as being "The handsome, The Best, uses words with double meanings, has a sense of humor, make jokes, is interesting and charming, and has mix of all three doshas"

Understanding and Remembering the raw Qualities & Attributes of Planets and what energies they exchange in between each other would have been almost impossible to comprehend and remember. So ancient & intelligent sages of India Personified them, Gave them character with likes, dislikes, doshas, Just like human beings. This way it became very intuitive and easy to comprehend and remember their qualities.

It's important to understand Purusha Energy (Male/Husband) and Shakti Energy (Female/Wife) in Indian Mythology.

PURUSHA is consciousness, the masculine principle.
SHAKTI is the feminine principle, the activating power and energy.

Whenever a power becomes active, and wherever energy exists, Shakti is working. Other terms for these primal principles are PURUSHA and PRAKRITI; Purusha is consciousness and Prakriti is nature.

Lord Shiva is generally portrayed holding a trident, which represents the trinity of Īshwara, Purusha and Prakriti .

Īshwara is the omnipresent, eternal, formless divine principle; Purusha is the Ātmā and Prakriti is the manifestation, nature. An electric light can be used to explain their relationship. The electric current, which is the source of the light, is Īshwara; the light is Purusha, and the object that is illuminated is Prakriti.

SHAKTI (or Prakriti) means energy, power, movement, change, nature. It is the maternal principle – the provider, abundance. In the human as well as in the animal kingdom the mother offers nourishment, warmth and security. There is no greater love than the love of a mother. The mother carries and nourishes the child in her own body. When it is born she provides it with mother’s milk and raises it at the sacrifice of her own self until it becomes self-reliant.

The Story of Mercury is that it is the child born out of the illicit relationship between the Moon and Jupiter's wife, Tara. Moon is the feeling, emotional level of existence, jupiter's wife is the power(shakti) of wisdom & intelligence. Together they create a child who represents the thinking , logical & discriminating level of existence that makes decisions. Moon being father has soft corner for budh but budh being illicit child Hates moon.

Did you notice how easy it was for us to remember qualities of budha and its relation with moon, by means of this story.

Mercury is a Rajas Planet with lots of energy. Mercury relates to business, trade, commerce and the business world. Mercury has business skills, is good at organising and management. Reading, Speaking, Writing and all forms of communications are ruled by Mercury.

Gender : Neutor
Element : Earth
Rank : Prince
Varna : Vaishya
Praktriti : Vata, Pitta, Kaffa
Sthirta : Mixed
Numbers : 5
Direction : North
Vegetation : Trees with sweet smell
color : Green
Stone : Emrald (Panna)
Metal : Bronze (kansa)

The mean distance of Mercury from Sun is 58 x 106 kms. Due to its closeness with Sun, it is difficult to be observed with naked eye. It travels at a speed of 48 km per second. Its mass is 0.054 times that of earth’s mass, diameter is 4868 kms and density 5.2 gms per cubic cms. Its sidereal time is 87.969 earth days. It has no satellite. It does not go beyond 280 from Sun.

Hindus regard Mercury as God Keshav, Narayan, Madhav etc. In other words it represents protective agency. It is a prince in planetary cabinet. So like a child it does not act independently and borrows the characteristics of the planet with which it is associated.

Its chief domain is over mind, memory, intellect, intelligence, perception, knowledge, reason, fertility of resources, commerce and education, powers of speech and writing, ability for editing, art of painting and sculpture. It gives the person ready wit, an easy acquisition and command over many languages, taste for and competence in philosophy, mathematics and accountancy. It rules over central nervous system. It is a planet of intelligence and is responsible for retentive power and reproductive ability. It makes one talkative, witty and learned.

Mercury is studious and good at Learning, Teaching or Lecturing.

Some differences between Jupiter and Mercury are very suttle. Jupiter represents the vast ocean of knowledge and wisdom, while mercury is the departmentalisation of colleges and universities that teach the information in a structured Format. Jupiter gives kindness, wisdom, enlightenment and knowledge while Mercury will give strategy, tactics, intelligence & logical thinking required to accomplish any task. Jupiter relates to higher Spiritual Knowledge that feeds the soul while mercury relates to worldly knowledge that has practical day-to-day application.

Mercury is a variable, convertible, feminine, neutral and dualistic planet. Mercury is the lord of north direction and governs ‘Sarad’ Ritu (October- November). Its color is green. It rules our business, correspondence, bookselling, hygiene, deities, food, literary pursuits, paper money, bank balance. Mercury is the chief governor for education and uncle. It is a planet of oration and speech.

Mercury gives the native a green tint and native is full of veins. Native is pleasant in speech and fun loving. Native has long and red eyes and has well formed limbs. It makes the body tall and slender. Native is of average height with eyebrows curved with much hair. Parts of the body ruled by Mercury are nose, brain, hands, tongue, lungs and nervous system. It is also lord of skin.

When Mercury is afflicted the native will be clever, cunning and mischievous, anonymous petition writer. His tongue and pen will work against those whom he does not like. He will be gambler, liar, conceited and showy person. He will be talkative, eccentric, unprincipled, inconsistent and boastful. He will work according to his whims. Native will have stammering speech, lack of memory and fluency, having too many occupations, propensity for lying, spreading scandals.

When Mercury is beneficial it makes the native intelligent, having quick grasp and good retentive memory. It gives ability for oratory and for mastering many languages, increases mental ability and argumentative power. It gives power of enquiry into many subjects including literature, collecting every kind of information and enhances business ability. It gives intuitive ability and native works with speed and accuracy and is successful in all enterprises.

The diseases indicated by Mercury are insanity, mental aberration, loss of speech, impotency, defective tongue, deafness, leucoderma, headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, giddiness, convulsions, hysteria, spasms etc.

The products represented by Mercury are betel leaves, walnut, spinach, plants in general, nut tree, medlar, willow, quince, male fern, caraway, ghee, other oils, green color pulses, green colored clothes etc.

Mercury represents animals like dog, goat, ape, weasel, fox, parrot and reptiles.

Places represented by Mercury are universities, colleges, schools, all commercial centers, and fields for playing games and sports, hunting places.

Precious metals/gems represented by Mercury are bell's metal, quick silver, emerald, limestone. Native whose lord of ascendant is Mercury can wear the ring of emerald in silver/gold in little finger in the constellation of Mercury.

Things/Features/Portfolio of Mercury to Remeber :

Teenager, Playfullness,Intelligence, Education, Memory

Playing Hall, Musical Instrument, Music,

Business, Writing job, Accountant, Broker

Skin, Breathing Pipe, Intestine,

Vat-Pit-Kaff Mix, Impotency, Cold,

Green color, Moong Dal, Moong

Maternal Uncle (Mama)

North Direction