by Lina Elisabeth Preston 3 min read

The meaning of Mercury (Buddha) in Vedic Astrology“Believe nothing,
no matter where you read it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.”

In Vedic mythology Mercury is a child of the Moon. Both Mercury and the Moon have an influence on the mind. However, while the Moon observes and feels, Mercury evaluates and discriminates. Mercury represents the intellect.

As the ruler of the intellect, Mercury has a passion for learning. He governs education and is good at remembering facts. Mercury is a youthful, intelligent, and curious planet with a good sense of humor.

A planet for writers and educators, Mercury rules over all matters of communication. Even telephones, the internet, and short journeys are means of communication and are thus expressions of Mercury.

Mercury also represents commerce and trade where his ability to evaluate and discriminate is needed. He is also good with numbers and rules accounting and record keeping.

A well placed Mercury will give enthusiasm and an ability to communicate well. However, when Mercury is under stress he may be restless and fearful.

Mercury is the discriminating intellect that helps us on our journey towards truth and self knowledge.

Should You Strengthen Mercury?

On a physical level, wearing a gemstone for Mercury can have a calming effect on the central nervous system. Mercury also rules the skin, lungs, throat and neck, and a strong Mercury strengthens the lungs and improves the condition of the skin.

Strengthening Mercury improves speech, writing and other forms of communication. It will also facilitate learning and the use of our discriminating faculties.

A positive Mercury develops analytical thinking and the discriminating aspect of the mind. Mercury enjoys being on a path of knowledge. Wearing a gemstone for Mercury may also assist us in working with healing energy and Prana.

Please note that every planet has positive and negative qualities. Mercury can also have harmful side effects if it is not well placed in your chart. It is important to determine if a gemstone for Mercury is of benefit to you. Have your birth chart analyzed by a Vedic astrologer before you wear an astrological gemstone.

Gemstones For Mercury

Tsavorite Garnet
Green Tourmaline

Jewelry For Mercury

Colors For Mercury

Green colors, especially emerald green, will increase the energy of Mercury and are healing for body and mind. Mercury also likes calming earth tones and neutral shades.

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How To Wear A Gemstone For Mercury

Gemstones for mercury are usually worn on the little finger of either hand because that is the finger associated with Mercury. The middle finger has a compatible energy and can also be used especially for those who might be more active where a ring worn on the little finger could get damaged.

Metals For Mercury

Mercury is a flexible and changeable planet that adapts to the energy of the surroundings. Mercury is often worn in yellow gold but can also be set in white gold or silver. Setting mercury stones in a cooling white metal is especially important when Mercury is agitated and influenced by too much heat as can be seen from other astrological indications.

Mantras For Mercury

Om Budhaya Namaha

Om Sri Budhaya Namaha

Om Hreem Budhaya Namah

Strengthening Mercury In Your Daily Life

  • Express yourself through writing

  • Write, read and communicate

  • Study a language

  • Work with your hands, do a craft

  • Study scriptures

  • Continue to educate yourself

  • Do math and accounting

  • Develop your discrimination

  • Be involved in a trade or a business

  • Practice mantras

  • Remember to relax and allow yourself to be silent

Sign Ruled By Mercury – Gemini

People with important planets in Gemini will often have a variety of interests. It is not unusual for a Gemini to multitask and to have different projects needing... Read More

Sign Ruled By Mercury – Virgo

Virgos' ability to discriminate allows them to pay close attention to detail. Their sense for detail and analytical thinking lends itself well to... Read More


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Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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