Mercury is the planet closest to the sun in our solar system. It is also the smallest planet in the solar system, assuming you accept Pluto’s recent demotion to dwarf planet.
Mercury orbits the sun once every 88 days. It is bright, but difficult to see because of its proximity to the sun. Look for it in the morning and evening twilight.
The earliest known mention of Mercury is in an astrological compendium dating from 14th Cen BCE Assyria known as the MUL.APIN tablets.
The Babylonians called Mercury Nabu, after their messenger God.
The ancient Greeks called Mercury Stilbon, meaning ”the gleaming” and later called it Apollo when it appeared in the morning sky and Hermes when it appeared in the evening sky.
The name Mercury was given to the planet by the Romans who associated their messenger God, Mercury, with the Greek Hermes.
The Planet Mercury in Magic
The planet Mercury rules communication, information and networking, travel, trade, merchants, and commerce. Mercury rules Gemini and Wednesday.
Herbs Associated with Mercury
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