When a person has his natal Mercury in Aries, the sign will grant a big part of its attributes to everything that Mercury represents in his chart. As Mercury is generally governing our intellect and communication, Aries energy will make the native’s expression quite fiery and dynamic.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and has planet Mars as its ruling celestial body. Aries is also the natural ruler of the first house, which rules our ego. This will make Aries Mercury people promote their ego through their speech, and sometimes even force themselves and their ideas on others. The hot temperaments of Mars make the mind function quickly or even hastily. An Aries Mercury person tends to speak before thinking, and does not like being somehow restricted concerning what he has to say. The native with such a placement may have a loud voice, and his verbal or written expression just cannot pass unnoticed. The energy of Aries may make him quarrel a lot, and frequently raise his tone of voice. Such people like to order others, and their voices usually are of the military stereotype. They can be blunt and abrupt, but at the same time laconic in what they speak.
In the sign of Aries, Mercury is in peregrine condition. Peregrine is a rather neutral condition, where a celestial body does not function neither very potently (as it does when domicile or in exaltation), nor is very weak (as it does when in detriment or fall). Yet, we should not forget that Aries is rather dry and fiery, making Mercury rather impulsive, aggressive and hasty in its reactions. Nevertheless, the raw Martian energy can be beneficial if assisted by other planetary positions, and definitely makes Mercury very active. More information about the Mercury’s potency while being received in the signs you can read in the article about Mercury’s Essential Dignities.
We should note that Mercury needs less than a month to move to a next sign, and is the quickest moving planet, as it is located very near to the Sun. Also, it cannot be more than two signs away from the sign, and has three times per year a period of retrograde motion, where it moves backwards for apparently 20 days in the natal chart. Mercury is impersonated by the ancient Greek god Hermes, who was the messenger of the gods and protector of commerce. The planet governs intellect and trade, data and communication, while also transportation. In addition, the darker traits of Mercury include rulership of lies, swindling and theft, which are also definitely an archetypal part of commerce. Mercury is a hermaphrodite planet, with a balance between its masculine and feminine side. For this reason, it is rather well-received in most signs, as it can adopt quite easily to any possible surroundings.
This placement is ideal for people that are involved in occupations that require alertness of mind and body, such as athletes, trainers, the military, firemen and other similar types. It can grant leadership abilities, as other people tend to submit to the native’s spoken orders. This aspect is perfect for someone who needs to shout or speak out loud the orders in order to establish good teamwork. It can also be very helpful for people who organize masses, especially through dictating them what to do. People with such a placement will simply love events where they can shout, such as sports games in stadiums, concerts and more. This is a quite frequent natal placement of sports fanatics, who like aggressive slogans and songs. For them, this is a great way to express this violent Martian energy, and it is wonderful if they just use it as a way to discharge aggression. On the other hand, this placement includes the danger of creating people who indulge in hate speech and extreme ideologies, joining military-style political organizations and use unhealthy ways of violent expression.
A positive trait of Mercury in Aries is honest communication. The native with such a placement usually responds quickly and without processing his thoughts, which leads to saying exactly what he thinks. Of course, this is not always accepted by other people, and may lead to misunderstandings. In addition, nothing can guarantee that the personal opinion of the native is an obsolete truth. Yet, in case someone wants a clear opinion, coming straight from one’s subconscious, then an Aries Mercury person is the correct individual to ask.
This fiery Mercury makes natives enjoy winning arguments, and will not hesitate entering intellectual competitions. We could say that this aspect is perfect for rappers, as it involves quick speech which can include rather aggressive subjects, even connected to criminality and violence. A person with this placement will prefer to decide quickly, even if the outcome of it is not what they would want. Yet, they simply cannot remain patient; they prefer to move to the next steps. Of course, making many mistakes can bring a special type of wisdom, especially as the native matures. This, in turn, can become a real blessing, as they eventually may do right decisions without spending a lot of time and stalling in dilemmas.
Natal Mercury in Aries can make the native a multi-tasker, yet this also will take time to evolve to a positive trait. During their young ages, the aspect will mostly manifest as a chaotic whirlpool of unfinished tasks, erratic patterns of jumping from one project to another, while also quite a lot of irritation. As youngsters, they could have problems in school; teachers were probably considering them as hyper-energetic and even rebellious. Yet, a transit by Saturn or Pluto can stabilize this tendency and teach the native how to use his impulsive Mercury in a more organized way. This transit can be a difficult one, but he will definitely learn a lot and make the best out of his abilities.
Another very interesting power that this natal placement grants is the ability to understand mechanisms and how they work. People with Mercury in Aries can become good engineers, especially concerning practical issues – such as fixing motors and other machinery. In addition, they can also understand well how weapons function, and can excel in repairing them, using them, or even creating them.
When a native’s Mercury is in Aries, it will make him a huge enthusiast of new projects. He likes pioneer ideas, and feels rather excited in starting something new. Boredom is one of his biggest enemies, and so he will constantly seek for something fresh to do. This can of course become a problem when he gets bored with an unfinished project, as it starts feeling as a burden.
If you need a motivator, then a Mercury Aries is exactly what you search for. These people have an overabundance of energy, which they are willing to pass to whoever they consider as their trainee. It is probably the best aspect that a gym trainer can have, as it may really empower the people he trains. His voice and words become that extra push that one needs to complete his physical goals and not give up.
When a woman has this placement in her natal chart, her mind tends to operate as a man’s. She may have been a tomboy in her young years, preferring to hang out with boys than girls. Thus, she has developed a masculine way of thought, making her more robust and less emotional. One of the things she will mostly enjoy in her life is winning arguments against men, and she usually obtains a type of respect from males that no other women do.
When an Aries Mercury is well aspected in a natal chart, the native can indeed excel in the life area that the sign of Aries rules. This powerful combination grants an abundance of energy, making the native be tireless in his efforts. In addition, good aspects guarantee an active and pioneering mind even when the native becomes of old age. On the contrary, bad aspects to Mercury can bring quite a lot of disturbance and a rather nervous nature. Also, when the darker traits of Mercury are awakened by difficult natal aspects, the person may have also a mischievous side. We should not forget that god Hermes and Mercury are also ruling liars, thieves and all types of semi-legal or illegal activity.
In case you have this natal placement, try to find techniques for controlled expulsion of your aggression. All Martian activities can help, so find some active hobby that keeps your mind stimulated. Sports and such activities is a wonderful way to feed your Mercury with the energy he desires. At the same time the physical action helps all nervousness and Martian aggression channel into your surroundings, instead of being kept inside you and turning you into a boiling casserole.
Every Aries Mercury has a different effect, depending on which house it resides in. In order to find out where your natal Mercury is located, you can make your natal chart.
Also, examine the aspects that Mercury forms with other planets of your natal chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that Mercury has in your horoscope.