What Mercury in Sagittarius/the 9th House Reveals about Your Chart

All about Mercury in Sagittarius or in the 9th House

Mercury is the ruler of information, communication and our intellectual processes. Whatever sign and house Mercury was occupying at your time of birth influences the topics you love buzzing about and how you are most likely to articulate ideas. This may be an area of life where you easily speak up or have strong opinions. Where do you feel most comfortable socializing or with who? Interactivity is Mercury’s domain, showing the types of friends to which you gravitate.

How Mercury influences your chart

Natal Mercury or Mercury sign

Whatever zodiac sign and house Mercury was orbiting through at your time of birth determines your “natal Mercury” or “Mercury sign.” More specifically, this will guide you in the following ways:

  • Communication: What’s your conversational style? How do you articulate thoughts?
  • Mobility: Plane, train or automobile—how do you like to get around?
  • Systems: How do you organize data and stay on top of the moving parts?
  • Thought processes: How do you process ideas and make decisions?
  • Social life: What sorts of people do you easily click with?
  • Hobbies: What do you enjoy doing in your extracurricular time?

Mercury is one of the inner planets, along with Venus and Mars. Because of its close proximity to the Sun, it zips through all twelve zodiac signs in 88 days, spending an average of three weeks in each one.

What’s your Mercury sign? 

Use our cosmic calculator to discover what zodiac sign and house Mercury was in when you were born. To accurately determine the house, you will need to know your birth time.

What if the zodiac sign and house are different?

This is common! Read both the sign and house description below. Do these interpretations pull you in two different directions? That’s not unusual. We human beings have range. Astrology is an interpretive dance, a tool which provides a fascinating layer of self-discovery. Do some “astro mixology.” Reflect on how you can work with both energies to enhance your life.

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Special positions of Mercury


Mercury turns retrograde 3-4 times every year for a span of three weeks each time, so it’s not unusual to be born with this planet in reverse. You may have to work harder to muscle through its lessons, but once you nail this planet’s energy, your additional effort may actually lead to a rock-solid mastery of working with Mercury in your life. 

Domicile: Gemini  

The planet’s home base, an easy flow if placed here in the chart 

Detriment: Sagittarius  

Opposite sign of home base, may need to work harder to integrate the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart

Exalted: Virgo 

The planet’s most powerful position; indicates ease and added fortune with using the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart

Fall: Pisces 

Opposite sign to the exalted position, can indicate struggles with utilizing the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart

Mercury in Sagittarius or the 9th House 

What’s the big idea? With Mercury in Sagittarius or the 9th you’re an eternal student of life, forever researching and expanding into new philosophical terrain.

Traits of Mercury in Sagittarius

Naturally wise and idealistic, you have both an old soul quality and a refreshingly youthful curiosity. Both Sagittarius and the 9th house are associated with travel, diversity and cross-cultural connections, which gives you a knack for learning foreign languages or picking up quickly on a multitude of dialects.

Friends flock to you from all walks of life. You love having a rainbow coalition as your crew. You may be the ambassador of your squad, bringing together people from varied backgrounds who don’t have your ease with bridging differences and breaking the ice. 

Fiercely independent about your opinions, nobody tells you Mercury in Sagittarius what to think or believe! While you can get your people pumped with little effort, it’s easy to get carried away by your own enthusiasm. You’re a raconteur who can hold an audience captive with your stories

Mercury in Sagittarius is savvy and entrepreneurial

In moments you can exaggerate wildly, make impossible promises, or overshoot the mark. Careful not to do this or people may lose faith in you. Naturally funny, you may use physical comedy to share an idea and push the envelope. There’s also a tendency with Mercury in Sagittarius to put your foot in your mouth, speak without thinking, blurt tactless comments, and you’d rather beg forgiveness than ask permission.

Savvy and entrepreneurial, Mercury in Sagittarius may have a lot of irons in the fire. Since you love to share your wisdom, you could become a motivational speaker, expert or personal development coach. You process information best in a “laugh and learn” way: fun and humor must be part of the equation. To maximize your productivity, take lots of classes, join discussion groups––make life into an endless study hall. Just make sure you also have a defined purpose. When you know WHY you’re doing something, you feel connected to the vision—and that makes you unstoppable.


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