There are a lot of connections between astrology and tarot. One of them is the fact that each planet which is significant in an astrological chart is associated with a few tarot cards.
Mercury is the planet of communication and exchanges, rationality, mental processes, adaptability, and flexibility. Its motto is “I think”.
Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo and the 3rd house. The Major Arcana card associated with it directly is The Magician, and the cards associated with it as a result of the signs it’s the ruler of are The Lovers and The Hermit.
The Mercurial aspect of The Magician talks about one’s ability to process their environment, gather the necessary elements from it by adapting and analyzing options, and put them together in order to manifest one’s desire. It’s the energy of communicating with The Above in order to manifest it in The Below.
The Mercurial aspect of The Lovers comes through in one’s ability to take in events, situations, connections, and opportunities and make decisions between sets of options.
The Mercurial aspect of The Hermit involves one’s focus on analyzing oneself, internalizing lessons, and dealing with the inner work necessary in order to adapt to the current situation or task at hand.
Let’s look at what Minor Arcana cards are connected to Mercury.
The Mercurial aspect of Eight of Wands (Mercury in Sagittarius) talks about swift changes or events happening, or exchanges of ideas, messages, and communication, by and large.
The Mercurial aspect of the Three of Cups (Mercury in Cancer) talks about the ability to deal with third party influences (family members, friends, lovers, coworkers, higher-ups) on any type of partnership or connection, both identifying and managing it so it doesn’t become a deciding factor.
The Mercurial aspect of the Six of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius) talks about the ability to find inner balance and move from troubled waters to calmer tides, using diplomacy, tactfulness, and mental distance in order to keep or gain a balanced perspective.
The Mercurial aspect of Five of Pentacles (Mercury in Taurus) talks about handling a sense of being left out or deprived of resources, connections, achievements, and moving on from that point with the help of your mental resources in order to manifest abundance.
The Mercurial aspect of Ten of Pentacles (Mercury in Virgo) talks about the ability to pass on abundance and create connections through time and space.
As ruler of Gemini and Virgo, there are some other Minor Cards that Mercury is also connected to.
The Mercurial aspect of Eight of Swords (Jupiter in Gemini) talks about the potential to become lost in one’s head and thoughts, losing sight over the facts or realities at hand.
The Mercurial aspect of Nine of Swords (Mars in Gemini) talks about the potential to become haunted by thoughts, ideas, or mental patterns that get out of hand and focus solely on negative things.
The Mercurial aspect of Ten of Swords (Sun in Gemini) talks about the mind’s ability to process endings of phases and initiate new ones.
The Mercurial aspect of the King of Swords talks about the ability to analyze, evaluate, strategize, and decide based on rational processes and clear rational facts and evidence.
The Mercurial aspect of Eight of Pentacles (Sun in Virgo) talks about the ability to adapt to and accumulate new information and knowledge and use it to improve one’s skills and standing.
The Mercurial aspect of Nine of Pentacles (Venus in Virgo) talks about the tenacity to make the most of opportunities that come one’s way, strategizing and acting in order to achieve abundance.
The Mercurial aspect of the King of Pentacles talks about the mental acumen used in order to strategize and manage exchanges of any kinds in order to make a profit.
With its ability to influence mental processes and its role in communication and exchanges of all kinds, and also travel, Mercury is a planet that is very present in the tarot deck and in our everyday life.