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Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun, so it is never more than 28 degrees (one sign) away from that position. Mercury deals primarily with communication, through speech, writing, telephone, email etc. Mercury is the planet of the mind, and rules the hands. The position of Mercury in the chart shows how we start learning. Mercury moves quickly so it is used as a "timer" in predictive astrology. Mercury rules Gemini, Virgo and the Third House.