Signs of a weak Mercury are lack of intelligence, poor communication skills, speech defects, weak memory, inability to calculate, immaturity, childishness, foolishness, lack of self-control, addictions, and dependencies. The individual may be slow, dull, daydreaming, or irrational. The mind may be out of control.
Physical factors are the weakness of the nervous system, nerve pain, tremors, anxiety, insomnia, palpitations, dry or itchy skin, hypersensitivity of the senses, nervous indigestion, and allergies. The lungs and heart may be weak. The individual will easily suffer from pain and anxiety.
If Mercury in astrology is weakened by aspects from malefic (like Saturn, Rahu, Ketu, the Sun, and Mars), by being in its fall (Pisces), and by a residency in difficult houses (the sixth, eighth and twelfth).
Mercury planet is a generally benefic planet for Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, and Aquarius ascendants. For such charts, we can apply the remedies for Mercury to increase the higher Mercury qualities like discrimination, intelligence and power of communication.
The main gem for Mercury is an Emerald Gemstone. It is a way as to how to make mercury strong in astrology. It should be at least one and a half carats in size, set in gold, and worn on the middle finger of the right or left hand. Sometimes it is recommended to be worn on the little finger, as it is the finger of Mercury.
Substitutes are peridot, jade, green zircon or green tourmaline. Such Gems can also be worn as pendants or strands, hanging down to the region of the neck. As rings, they should be at least three carats whereas in pendants it should be at least five carats.
They should be put on first on a Wednesday, when the Moon is waxing, and preferably when Mercury is strong, in friendly signs, its own sign or exalted.
Gems for Mercury are relatively safe, harmonious and balanced. They have the Mutable nature of Mercury, however, and so we should be careful wearing gems for Mercury with those of malefic like Saturn, Mars or the Sun, as they may amplify their malefic influences. We must be careful what influences these gems may pick up or may have had when we first got them.
Astrological factors are Mercury as a malefic lord, particularly for Aries or Scorpio ascendant, especially when aligned with Saturn or Rahu.