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Mercury in the Constellations - interpretation resources

Post by Jim Eshelman » Mon May 08, 2017 1:29 pm

Here follow notes I've accumulated over the years on Mercury in each of the Sidereal constellations. Other than the specific statistical findings (particularly based on the Gauquelin data), these haven't been vetted or confirmed - in some cases they are just casual observations jotted to consider later.

Writing about Mercury in the constellations is tricky. I need to develop particular language for discussing these. Here are the considerations:

(1) Mercury-sign placements aren't all that important in and of themselves. Even in statistical examinations, the "significant" findings have much lower scores than, say, Sun, Moon, or Mars.

(2) In particular, they are not part of the "character core" of an individual. In the notes following, I may use the same kind of language I would use in, say, Sun-sign or Moon-sign notes, but the words don't mean the same things.

(3) Where they ARE of value is in characterizing the particular Mercury expressions - how the mind works, style of communication, etc. Looked at in this specialized way, they convey quite useful information.

In many respects, Mercury's sign placements stand more as variations on a given Sun-sign. That is, since each Sun-sign can have only one of three possible Mercury placements (the same sign, the one before, or the one after), it may be more useful to think of the Mercury signs as showing three variations on given Sun-sign (E.g., the Virgo Suns with Leo Mercury, or with Virgo Mercury, or with Libra Mercury). Some of the statistical results can be traced to reflections from adjacent Sun-signs - some stand on their own - I've just listed everything indiscriminantly until a more complete treatment can be prepared.

INDEX/LINKS TO MERCURY-SIGN NOTES
Mercury in Taurus http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=86#p504
Mercury in Gemini viewtopic.php?f=13&t=86#p505
Mercury in Cancer
Mercury in Leo
Mercury in Virgo
Mercury in Libra http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=86&p=503#p525
Mercury in Scorpio http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=86&p=503#p527
Mercury in Sagittarius
Mercury in Capricorn
Mercury in Aquarius
Mercury in Pisces
Mercury in Aries http://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=86&p=503#p543
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Mercury in Taurus

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STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: Very high for trait "likes family." High for traits "secret, devoted, energetic."
Other Stats: Second highest (after Cancer) for Tropical astrologers. Much more of a Tropicalist than Siderealist placement. - 7.57% of population (1/13)

Notebook #93 observations: A majority of those known to me are strong on artistic expression, especially the making of beautiful things. (Fine craft more than fine art.)


NOTES:
1. Speech facile, harmonious, and appeasing. Gracious or POETIC expression.

2. Profound and curious mind. Particularly interested in mysteries and the understanding of Life. Given to deep study. (Learning comes easily?) Many astrologers.

3. Curious about life and life-processes (ecology, botany, psychology, etc.).

4. EROS dominates their thinking.

5. High frustration tolerance.

6. Light-hearted manner, pleasantness. Good-humored, entertaining.

7. Interests in ballet and art. Artistically (esthetically) expressive. Pronounced sense of form and design.

8. Dislikes the artificial and phony.
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Mercury in Gemini (home)

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STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: Very high for traits "witty, generous, courageous." High for traits "energetic, active, devoted, charming." Low for traits "dreamer, traveler."
Other Stats: Astrologers with Mercury here are far more likely to be Siderealists than Tropicalists. More likely to be U.S. Vice President than President. - 7.67% of population (1/13)


NOTES:
1. All Mercury attributes are amplified.

2. Restless (versatile) mind - considerable MOVEMENT - both mental and physical quickness - agility, rhythm. (STATS: High for Gauquelin traits "energetic, active.")

3. Good powers of observation. Quick and pragmatic (intuitive?) grasp of every situation.

4. Mentally adept. Talented in math and other technical areas.

5. Fond of MENTAL GAMES.

6. STAHL: "They are interested in the education and welfare of the young and are excellent teachers."

7. Nervous system is highly sensitized - high-strung, sensitive.

8. CAPITALIST. commercially shrewd, sly, cunning, crafty, capable of subtlety in negotiation.

9. Good for writers, thinkers, creators, communication.
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Mercury in Cancer

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STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: High for traits "combative, romantic."
Other Stats: Highest for 100 convicted murderers (Davis-Eshelman). Exceptionally both for 59 Sidereal astrologers and 108 astrologers overall (Eshelman). More likely to be U.S. President than President.
7.95% of population (2/25)


NOTES:
1. Mind strongly influenced by feelings. Difficult to separate intellect from emotions, thus a very subjective mind.

2. Planners, interested in schemata, systemmry, and complex structures.

3. Executive talents, great organizing ability.

4. Eager to learn - fond of study - probably good memory.

5. Writing style is imaginative and full of imagery.

6. Edits, modifies, and embellishes ideas - can't "leave them alone," but always "polishing" them and rehashing.

7. STAHL (traditional): "Skilled in trading."

8. Likes to give advice - much of it worth hearing.
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Mercury in Leo

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STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: Low for PAINTERS. High for trait "original." Low for trait "likes family."
Other Stats: Highest for 108 astrologers, but not unusual in any way when Tropicalists and siderealists are studied separately. (Thus probably a common-denominator for "astrological thinking" overall, in some way.) See points 1, 2, and especially 5 below. - 8.33% of population (1/12)

Notebook #93 observations: Bright people who apparently pride themselves on their learning, and can honestly be said to derive stature, dignity, and strength from their intellects.


NOTES:
1. INTELLECTUALLY PROUD. Refusal to be intimidated by facts. (Dogmatic.) Never self-effacing.

2. Dislikes "common thinking" and obvious stupidity.

3. Effectively self-expressive. Natural flair for stylish expression and drama. Impressive.

4. Meticulous consideration of detail. Clear and poignant perceptions. (STATS: High for Gauquelin trait "original.")

5. PHILOSOPHICAL. Mentally attuned to a special level of significance in everything the mind touches, thus contemplative. (STATS: Low for Gauquelin character traits "romantic, dreamer." Thus pragmatic?)

6. Highly resourceful and gifted with a knack for organization. (Does well in business world?) Patient.

7. STAHL: "The ability to forestall the sly and cunning attempts of his enemies to dispose of him."
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Mercury in Virgo (home, exalted)

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STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: High for POLITICIANS and JOURNALISTS. Low for PHYSICIANS, WRITERS, CHAMPIONS [too mental to be body-oriented?]. Note the preference for the populism of "journalists," in sharp contrast with other writers. High for character traits "generous, poetical," low for traits "original, idealist, kind."
Other Stats: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices (5 out of 17). Very low (second to Cancer) for 108 astrologers overall., but not unusual when Tropicalists and Siderealists are studied separately. Subjective examination indicates that most of them lack either a sustaining interest or the capacity for persistent application to the study. - 8.72% of population (2/23)

No U.S. Vice Presidents, despite a spike in Libra.

Notebook #93 observations: Quiet, almost soft-spoken, good-natured, maybe a little too passive, but willing to speak out on important issues when it’s warranted – sometimes the only ones who will speak up!


NOTES:
1. CURIOUS. Acute powers of observation. May overemphasize the details, and thus miss the whole. Concentrated mental application.

2. Ability to come directly to the point of a matter under discussion. Precise in communication. Thorough. (STATS: High for JOURNALISTS, low for WRITERS.)

3. LOGICAL, ANALYTICAL, STRATEGIC (methodical).

4. Mind is "mechanical" rather than "aesthetic."

5. Wants to have all the facts before making a decision. Objective mind tries hard to consider all facets before coming to a conclusion. (Typical 'Earth' sign intellect.)

6. May undervalue others' opinions when they contradict his/her own "supported" opinions. Obstinate, self-willed, opinionated. (cf. Gauquelin trait "unkind.")

7. Ability to organize. Routine-oriented. Ability to make and implement plans.

8.Takes life too seriously - needs to learn to play.
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Mercury in Libra

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NOTES:
1. Courteous, polite, well-mannered expression. Capable of gracious, poetic expression; persuasive, pleasant. Generally tactful but can be quite sarcastic. (Covert, secretive.) (STATS: High for trait "sociable.")
2. Masters of finding common denominators and mediating crossed perspectives. (STATS: Low for trait "combative.")
3. Intense mind capable of considerable power. "Visualization of stark reality."
4. Sober thinking. Shrewd, skeptical, crafty.
5. Mediators, negotiators, peace-makers, diplomats (more world heads of states and PMs than any other Mercury placement).
6. Finance-conscious, competent in business.


STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: Low for MUSICIANS and ACTORS. High for traits "sociable, dreamer, idealist," low for traits "combative, courageous, sentimental."
Other Stats: Highest for 54 Tropical astrologers. Astrologers with Mercury here are much more likely to be Tropicalists than Siderealists. Strikingly high for U.S. Vice Presidents, despite no Virgo placements at all.
9.00% of population overall (1/11)
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Mercury in Scorpio

Post by Jim Eshelman » Mon May 08, 2017 1:42 pm

Notebook #93 observations: Outspoken, opinionated.


NOTES:
1. Needs INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM. Mentally claustrophobic. Doesn't comfortably accept mainstream ideas or institutionalized thinking.

2. Mind alert. Native is infatuated with current problems. Mind forceful, dynamic, rapid. Strategic.

3. Extreme curiosity - a new idea which is unusual is seen as an adventure and is fascinating, rather than threatening. [RECENT OBSERVATION: This may be more complicated than my note reflects. I have one vivid example where out-of-bounds ideas are indeed quite threatening to the person, and this understanding partially solves a key mystery about the person. In general, I think Mercury in Scorpio fearlessly embraces such ideas with curiosity, but the threat (or threat-management) issue may be a more complicated story than that.]

4. Sharp analytical abilities. Mechanical ability.

5. Enjoys mental/verbal competition (arguments or humor). "Endurance and perseverance in the pursuit of difficult problems" (Ebertin).

6. Verbal daredevils. Speech impulsive and blunt. Speaks directly rather than "beating around the bush." Doesn't waste words. (At the very least, they are habitually candid.)

7. Irritability, fault-finding, obstinacy, opinionation.

8. Tendency to overlook small details. Very possibly, Mercury in Scorpio has an "impressionistic" or "hysterical" perception mode.

9. Both physical and mental responses are fast. Person probably quite active. (STATS: Low for trait "energetic.")

10. May draw heavily on nervous system - much NERVOUS ENERGY expended. Excessive nervous irritation. (cf. alcoholics).

11. Can certainly earn a dollar well!

12. "A test of strength of power carried through calculatingly."

13. Good singing voice.


STATISTICS:
9.10% of population (1/11)
Gauquelin: Low for POLITICIANS. Very high for traits "witty, nice, kind." High for trait "secret." Low for traits "sentimental, traveler, energetic, devoted, generous."
Other Stats: Alcoholics (Bradley).
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Mercury in Sagittarius (detriment)

Post by Jim Eshelman » Mon May 08, 2017 1:49 pm

STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: Very high for traits "authority, stubborn." High for trait "optimistic."
Other Stats: High (along with Leo) for 108 astrologers; but in no way outstanding when Tropicalists and Siderealists are examined separately. Therefore, probably a "common denominator" principle of the astrological mind. (Cf. Mercury in Leo traits with Mercury in Sag traits 5 & 6.) - 9.00% of population (1/11)
Observations: Uncommon for composers.


NOTES:
1. Natural "way with words" (but academic coloration to speech). Oratorical. Speech is cultured and refined, often bearing the marks of a good education. Tactful.

2. Coherency in thinking and exposition is marked.

3. High intelligence. "Gift of inspiration." [NB - Probably isn't a mark of intelligence, but clearly gives the airs and apparency is education and "thinking person's" mind.]

4. STRATIFICATION & HIERARCHY are the bases for their mental and decision-making processes.

5. MYTH-PRESERVING. "Systems oriented." Conscious of the structure of thought (its form).

6. Involved with philosophy, academics, and sciences.

7. Rich powers of perception and visualization.

8. Optimism ("big-talkers"). Good-tempered. Quiet, reserved (reclusive?). (STATS: High for trait "optimistic.")

9. Can often do well in world of business. Commercially ambitious. Urge to acquire wealth. [??]

10. Much traveling.
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Mercury in Capricorn

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STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: High for CHAMPIONS (probably a Sun in Aquarius derived effect, Strong for character traits "active, traveler, poetical, charming." Low for trait "idealist."
Other Stats: Weak early studies exist (originally done in the Tropical and translated as best we could) suggesting this is infrequent for composers and is "least accident prone" Mercury placement. - 8.72% of general population (2/23)

Notebook #93 observations: They all have a quiet (almost playful) pride in their anomic opinions and autonomous ways of thinking. A strikingly good Mercury sign for occult work.


NOTES:
1. Hesitancy to communicate openly. (Usually give the impression they are withholding something.) Fear of not being heard or properly understood.

2. Brevity in expression. Conservative with words. {?}

3. Thinking processes methodical, logical, routinized. Able to organize and "format" information in orderly arrangements.

4. Mind inquisitive, progressive, enthusiastic, with occasional fits of inspiration or discovery. Skeptical.

5. "Inconstancy of mind and philosophy of life."

6. Resistant to having mind changed. Obstinate, sometimes narrow-minded, refusal to be convinced. {!}

7. A sense of the macabre overlays their minds. May enjoy "shock value" of spouting unusual ideas.

8. Easily discouraged but probably very talented and efficient mentally.

9. Least accident prone placement of Mercury - suggests innate caution.
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Mercury in Aquarius

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STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: High for WRITERS, JOURNALISTS, CHAMPIONS. Very high for trait "idealist." Low for traits "kind, charming, nice" (in this sign placement, probably boils down to: Doesn't mince words!)
Other Stats: Along with Aries, high for 59 Sidereal astrologers. High for 100 convicted murderers. - 8.33% of general population (1/12)

Notebook #93 observations: A strikingly good Mercury sign for occult work.

NOTES:
1. MENTAL ORIENTATION. Mind is unfettered by formality and standard practice. Lack of rigidity in scholastic matters.
2. IMPERSONAL thinking allows clearer judgments ("personal equation" interferes very little). Objective, astute character judges, with intuitive insights.
3. Unconventional mind. INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM. Witty, clever.
4. Originality and sparkle in the speech. Dares to speak up without regard to consequences. Hardly ever at a loss for words.
5. Nervous problems? (Alcoholism?)
6. Varied interests could lead to either well-roundedness or dissipation. Ability to integrate many subjects into a consolidated understanding.
7. Interests in astronomy/astrology. Leans to investigative and "futuristic" fields. SCIENTIFIC, INVENTIVE, ANALYTIC.
8. Musical ability.

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLES:
Pres. Grover Cleveland, Pres. Abraham Lincoln, Pres. James Madison, Pres. William McKinley, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pres. John Tyler, VP Al Gore, VP Dick Cheney, Otto von Bismarck, King Fuad I, Queen Mary I, Louis XV, Napoleopmn II, Napioleon IV
Sen. Edward Kennecy, Rep. Dick Gephardt, Gov. Mitt Romney, Cesar Chavez
Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts
John Travolta, Anita Bryant, Glenn Close, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Dirk Bogarde, Jackie Chan, Dakota Fanning, Michael York, Christopher Meloni
Jimmy Hoffa, Karen Silkwood, Thomas More
Placido Domingo, Enrico Caruso, Leontyne Price, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Andy Gibb, Kurt Cobain, M.C. Hammer, Chaka Kahn, Nina Simone, Mike Love, Vicki Lawrence, Herb Alpert, Lisa Marie Presley, Stephen Sondheim, Franz Schubert, Maurice Ravel
George Abell, Linus Pauling, Galileo
Charles Lindbergh
Patty Hearst
John Rechy, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Betty Friedan, Erica Jong, James Joyce, Jack Kerouac, Jules Verne
Edgar Cayce, L. Ron Hubbard, Rupert Murdoch
Ansel Adams, Auguste Renoire, Michelangelo
Bobby Fischer
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Mercury in Pisces (fall, detriment)

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STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: Low for JOURNALISTS. Very high for traits "secret, likes family." Also high for trait "original" and low for "energetic, witty, poetic, optimistic, stubborn."
Other Stats: Astrologers with Mercury here are much more likely to be Siderealists than Tropicalists (Eshelman sample). - 7.95% of general population (2/25).

Notebook #93 observations: Willing to dive in and take on work (such as making things).


NOTES:
1. Subjective mind and perceptions. Apt to consider themselves quite rational, but the Piscean form of irrationality overlays this so that a rationality/irrationality battle is continually waged.

2. "Patterned" thinking, fond of schemata and systemmry (including science and math).

3. Chauvinistic. Likes to think of self as an "independent and true thinker."

4. Hyper-responsive to exogenous factors. Accentuated sensitivity.

5. Unfamiliar and vague hold a special attraction for them. Psychic, or interested in mystical matters.

6. Uncanny powers of retention bordering on "photographic memory." They have a "paranoid style" of perception.

7. Rapid learning - they just "soak it up."

8. Poetic, creative, musical, visionary. Imagination; an artistic sense. (but... STATS: Low for Gauquelin trait POETIC. None that I presently know are markedly poetic.)

9. Dreamers who can enthuse others with their dreams. Can convince someone of almost anything. Enthusiasm!

10. Sympathetic and compassionate understanding of others.

11. Most accident prone Mercury placement (common for race drivers, too). Indicates possible carelessness or misjudgment mixed with an adventurer's streak.
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Mercury in Aries

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Notebook #93 observations: There seems a tendency to keep secrets, not from a deceptive perspective, but rather to play things "close to the vest." When they express personal opinions, they come on very intensely (usually well thought-out and having a strong force of conviction).


NOTES:
1. Outspoken (oratorical), opinionated, verbally and intellectually bold, harsh-tongued, critical, excited in speech. Verbal challengers, boldly stating their views with an intent to persuade.

2. Inclined to frankness more than diplomacy.

3. Stubborn. Slow to retreat or recant. Sensitive to criticism of own ideas.

4. IMMEDIACY of the mind. Impatient. Mentally active.

5. Very competent and practical mind. Mechanical ability. Finance-minded.

6. ANALYTICAL, UTILITARIAN, PRAGMATIC. Manual skills. common sense reigns and practicality may be the primary criterion in decision-making most of the time.

7. Thinking along independent, unusual lines.

8. Born detectives?? Research-oriented??

9. Politically effective.

10. Possibility of excessive nervous irritation, restless (insomnia?). (Cf. alcoholics.)



STATISTICS:
Gauquelin: High for MILITARY. High for MUSICIANS (N.B. cf. mathematicians). High for traits "sentimental, sociable, nice, inactive." (Admittedly, these don't sound like Aries traits!)
Other Stats: Low for 100 convicted murderers (Davis-Eshelman). Alcoholics (Bradley). High (with Aquarius) for Sidereal astrologers - much more a Siderealist than Tropicalist placement (Eshelman). - 7.67% of population (1/13)
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Re: Mercury in the Constellations - interpretation resources

Post by Jim Eshelman » Mon May 08, 2017 1:53 pm

RedCairo wrote:Thank you for this, it's very interesting.

Why is Mercury 'less' an effect than Mars?
I see that Mars is more massive, though Mercury is more dense.
Mercury is closer to the sun, though; if we are sun-centric instead of earth-centric in measuring then wouldn't that bring it into more import?
Is the highly irregular orbit of Mercury relevant to astrology results?
Or is this comparison based on just observation?

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Re: Mercury in the Constellations - interpretation resources

Post by Jim Eshelman » Mon May 08, 2017 1:53 pm

RedCairo wrote:Why is Mercury 'less' an effect than Mars?
The main reason for the statement is observation, including large scale statistical examination.

But if you are asking for theory: (1) Mercury and Venus signs are constrained by the Sun-sign. Mars is the first nonluminary planet that can theoretically have any sign position for a given Sun-sign. (2) The nature of Mars is egoic, assertive, will-expressive, etc. It resembles the Sun in several ways.
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Re: Mercury in the Constellations - interpretation resources

Post by Jim Eshelman » Mon May 08, 2017 1:54 pm

dustinandrewjackson wrote:I've noticed that Mercury in Aquarius shares some traits with Mercury-Uranus aspects. Is this due to Uranus being the planetary ruler for Aquarius?

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dustinandrewjackson wrote:I've noticed that Mercury in Aquarius shares some traits with Mercury-Uranus aspects. Is this due to Uranus being the planetary ruler for Aquarius?
Yes, exactly. That's the primary key to interpreting a planet in a sign: as if it were conjunct the ruling and exalted 'magnets
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