In Sanskrit Mercury is known as "Budha", which is the root of the word 'Budhavara' meaning Wednesday. Budha is also connected to the name "buddhi" which is our faculty for discernment.
Mercury, therefore, governs the intellect, agility of mind and our ability to understand things, controlling learning in general and our capacity to make sense of the world.
Mercury is a fast-moving planet which, concerning intellect, represents quick comprehension and the ability to multi-task, enabling a fast interchange of ideas and information. Mercury has a thirst for knowledge and study specifically in areas such as writing, poetry, architecture, accounting and trade. Craftmanship is a vital trait for Mercury, giving people dexterity and the skills become great artisans.
Mercury is a youthful planet, representing childhood, especially the stage between infancy to adolescence. Those with a strong mercury are often young in spirit, even as they age, they remain young at heart and often look younger than they are.
With a witty with a sharp sense of humour, Mercury has a mutable and flexible personality so can adapt to many situations and people with ease. Often Mercurians are labelled "two-faced" or "split tonged" because of their ability to mutate and change depending on the company they keep. However, Mercury's playful manner makes them enjoyable to be around; they can put people at ease with their excellent communication skills.
Mercurians are often great speakers, diplomatic and eloquent with the spoken and the written word in both public and more personal settings because Mercury governs speech and communication.
Computers, the internet, television, radio and telephones, these are all forms of communication that are paramount in today's modern world of technology and ruled by Mercury, along with travel, short journeys and transport.
Overall, Mercury is a benevolent planet, practical and objective it seeks equality and fairness.
Physically Mercury rules the skin, the nervous system, the thyroid and the tongue. A well-placed Mercury will bestow health in these areas. A weak Mercury can cause sensitivity to the nervous system resulting in skin disorders, tremors, or impede one's speech.
So on a Wednesday, Exercise your creative side by reading that book you meant to start, write in your journal or communicate with a long lost friend. Eat roasted root veggies and ground the nervous system with some tulsi camomile tea.