What Mercury in Scorpio/the 8th house reveals about your chart

All about Mercury in Scorpio or in the 8th 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 Scorpio or the 8th House

Passion, mystery and intensity! With Mercury in Scorpio or the 8th house, you are drawn to the esoteric side of life.

Traits of Mercury in Scorpio

A natural detective, Mercury in Scorpio people are fascinated with figuring things out, dissecting people’s motives and unpacking the inner workings of their psyches. Whether developing your hobbies or building social networks, you do nothing halfway. You’ll stay up all night helping a friend through a crisis or obsessively researching your latest topic of interest. You hate to be interrupted though! Create a private cocoon for productivity where you can work without distractions.  

With its mystical and spiritual connotations, this Mercury in Scorpio placement makes you the intuitive one, showing up as the resident oracle wherever you go. You’re super-sensitive to the energy and unspoken power dynamics in a space—you can “read a room.” You’ll naturally suss out the hierarchy and hidden network of relationships in a group, and strategically position yourself as an ally and advisor to the VIPs.

At times, you may feel like you’re “too much” or “too deep” for others, picking up on subtleties in body language and tone. When it comes to your inner circle, you don’t bond easily. While many people consider you their close friend, you only REALLY trust a tiny handful of people. True friends must share their vulnerability while also creating a safe space for you to open up without feeling judged.

Some secrets may never escape your vault, but you can pay a price for holding things in, sinking into self-effacement or depression. This Mercury placement may do well with a therapist, spiritual advisor, or impartial counsel that you can “confess” to without worrying about your admissions impacting your social or business life.


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