Mercury / Venus



Since these planets are never more than 76 degrees apart it necessarily follows that the only aspects that can be formed between them are the Conjunction, Semi-Sextile, Semi-Square, Sextile and Quintile, unless we also count the Decile and Semi-Decile (36 degrees and 18 degrees).  But as the planets are so near together at all times, aspects between them are of frequent occurrence; and I consider that only the Conjunction, Semi-Square and Sextile are of much account.  Even with these, fairly narrow orbs should be used if marked results are to be looked for.

These contacts may be treated under one head, for they do not differ very materially.  They always give some charm to the manners, speech and writings, but with the Semi-Square a certain vanity and effeminacy may be apparent, and sometimes a love of ease and luxury, and an undue sensitiveness.   But the aspect is far too weak to be of much account unless the rest of the map is of a similar tenor.  The sensitiveness of the Conjunction is not marked, and is of the kind normally associated with refinement and good breeding.

The Sextile and Conjunction bestow good spirits, a charming, cheerful, happy nature, with much friendliness and sociability.  There is, as a rule, a liking for young people and the native himself is often juvenile in his tastes: sometimes there is an element of what is called the child-psychology with its harmless, rather superficial interests and lack of real depth of purpose.  This is naturally most observable when the influence of Saturn is not promoted.

These aspects do not of themselves bestow genius, but they are of great value to a writer or orator, for, though they will not indicate a brilliant intellect, they will give a pleasing expression to the native’s thoughts.

In respect of the health it operates very beneficially indicating absence of mental friction and healthy nerves.

It may bring profit through art, writings, speaking and any 3rd house activity, the Conjunction being, of course, always more powerful than the Sextile, which will be much subordinated to the rest of the map.

For some reason that I cannot explain the Conjunction does not seem favorable to the children of the native.  Often indeed there are none; and in other cases there is separation or a lack of common interests.  It seems to tend more to the production of intellectual offspring, such as works of art or literature.  The Sextile also appears to deny or limit the number of children; or there may be a tragic bereavement (Lord Roseberry, Sir Henry Irving), or sorrow of some kind through one of them.  It is said that “Genius is sterile”; but it seems strange that a good aspect of Venus to Mercury should have these results.  Since Venus dislikes pain and responsibility it might incline the native to avoid the having of children, but it is hard to see why it should affect children adversely when they have arrived.  Nevertheless, I refer those who may question this observation to an examination of actual cases.



Harmonious (Sextile)

Isaac Newton, Wallenstein, General Gordon, Prince of Wales, Frederick the Great, Lord Northcliff (in aspect to Neptune)


The Conjunction

Mrs. Eddy, Mrs. Besant, Thomas Hardy, Mary Pickford, Rudyard Kipling (with Mars), Blackbourne (chess champion – with Moon), Morinus (French astrologer), Lindbergh, George Eliot, Anna Kingsford, Chopin, Algernon Swinburne.