You’ve probably heard that Mercury is the messenger of the gods in astrology, but did you know it’s also connected to homosexuality? Not in a super direct way, but it can be a good sign that someone may experience same-sex attraction or fluidity in their orientation.

As the planet that rules communication and mental functions, Mercury’s placement in your birth chart can reveal a lot about your sexuality and who you’re attracted to. If you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you likely have an interesting Mercury in your natal chart.

The Trickster Planet

Mercury has always been known as a bit of a trickster. As the planet that rules communication and the mind, it certainly enjoys keeping us on our toes. When it comes to matters of the heart, Mercury can encourage us to think outside the box.

Relationships and sexuality are areas where social norms can be particularly rigid. But Mercury pushes back against strict conventions. For those of us who march to the beat of a different drum in love, who are attracted to partners that might raise some eyebrows, Mercury is giving us that extra dose of bravery and independence.

Astrologers look at a few key details of Mercury in the birth chart to get an idea of how it can influence romantic preferences. The sign Mercury was in at birth paints the backdrop, while the house it’s located in gives more context. And aspects Mercury makes to other planets can provide important clues. All of these factors together point to ways someone may experience attraction in a manner that challenges what’s traditionally expected.

Indicators of Homosexuality

Mercury, as the planet of communication, symbolizes the way we think and interact with others. Given its rulership over communication and intellect, it makes sense that Mercury would be connected to sexuality and sexual orientation.

Specifically, Mercury can indicate homosexuality in a birth chart. When Mercury is placed in water or mutable signs like Pisces, Cancer, Virgo, or Gemini, it suggests openness to different ways of thinking and being. These placements often coincide with more fluid understandings of sexuality and gender.

Mercury in aspect to Neptune, the planet of transcendence and illusions, also points to a blurring of boundaries and a willingness to defy social conventions.

Those with Mercury in the 12th house, the house of self-undoing and all that is hidden, may find their sexuality or orientation is somehow obscured or detached from their ego or sense of identity. This could manifest as homosexuality that one keeps private or struggles to fully integrate and accept.

A well-aspected Mercury, especially in air or fire signs, usually indicates an ability to freely communicate one’s orientation and sexuality to others in an open, unapologetic way. When connected to Uranus, the planet of rebellion and individuality, Mercury can signify asexuality or a radical departure from heteronormative expressions of sexuality.

Mercury Placements That Can Indicate Homosexuality

If you have Mercury in a more “feminine” sign like Cancer, Virgo or Taurus, it can indicate homosexual tendencies, especially in men.

Water Sign Placements

Mercury in Cancer or Pisces shows a sensitive, emotional mindset that may relate more to feminine qualities. With Mercury in Scorpio, there is an attraction to intensity and taboo subjects that can manifest as interest in the same sex.

Earth Sign Placements

If your Mercury is in Taurus or Virgo, you tend to be practical yet nurturing in your thinking, appreciating comfort and physical pleasures – this earthy, sensual mindset is common in homosexual individuals.

Aspects to Venus

Mercury in aspect to Venus, especially the feminine signs like Taurus or Libra, shows a mind that is in harmony with love, beauty and relationships. This ease of integrating the mental and emotional can lead to an openness to same-sex partnerships.

Retrograde Mercury

Being born during Mercury retrograde, especially in the water or earth signs, indicates an unconventional mindset. Homosexual people often have a retrograde Mercury, as they tend to think outside the box when it comes to love and sexuality.

Bottom Line

Of course, astrology is not destiny, but for those looking to understand themselves and their sexuality on a deeper level, exploring how Mercury operates in your chart can be an enlightening experience. But when it comes to astrology, Mercury always has a surprise or two up his sleeve.