Mercury / Mars




This contact powerfully strengthens the mind, and gives great vigour to its faculties, especially the more practical and positive ones.  It is untiring, incisive, alert and singularly capable of detecting weakness in the positions of its opponents, and of instantly taking advantage of them.  It is common in the maps of people who have engaged in successful struggles, such as military or naval commanders, politicians, financiers and reformers.   It has been stated that contacts of some kind, usually malefic, were always found in the maps of pacifist conscientious objectors during the Great War

The position is courageous and often rash, so that even the good aspects do not tend to personal security, although naturally the effects are not likely of themselves to be very serious.

It tends to literary work and is often childless in a physical sense, its books being its offspring.  At the same time there is often much fondness for children and their society.

The disposition is usually good-natured, but sometimes the native is centred in his own interests and there is as a rule, more practical common sense than sentiment in the character.

It is excellent for debaters and disputants, being very quick in argument and retort and never at a loss for an answer; it loves a fight, either with the spoken or written word.

It is probably good for all trades and occupations that have to do with traffic and engineering work that is connected with locomotion.

With regard to health, it strengthens the nervous system and gives quickness of hand and eye, but it is apt to cause the native to like to run risks and seek the sensation of danger.



This seems upon the whole a desirable position, for it gives very great mental energies, especially of a controversial and disputative kind.

It is virile, aggressive and satirical.

In a bad sign or when badly aspected by other bodies it may cause breakdown from over-work, quarrelsomeness, discontent and the making of many enemies.  But it never lacks energy and courage, and it is entitled as a rule to respect for its sincerity and downrightness.

It is an excellent position for a writer, especially for one who has to do with Martian topics or people (e.g. Rudyard Kipling and his tales of soldiers and animals).  It is good for all kinds of polemic writing.

It is interesting to note that so vehement an orator as Cicero is said to have had this contact, and it will be recollected that tradition says that after his death his tongue, was pierced with a bodkin by the wife of Mark Antony, whom he had attacked.

The same position occurs in the map of Mr. S.F. Edge, the racing motorist.



These contacts have a bad name among astrologers.  They are certainly very frequently found in cases of crime and of insanity – indeed, it is probable that they are more frequently present in these classes of nativity than they are absent.  But in judging their effects care must be taken to consider the other factors that may modify these evil results.  For example, good sign-position or the intermingled rays of benefic planets.  In regard to the latter, even bad aspects are better than none.

The general effect of the combination is to increase the mental energies, sometimes to the extent of causing danger of mental or nervous breakdown.  With their exercise much of the Martian influence is mixed, so that the native is either combative, fault-finding and self-opiniated himself, or he encounters the opposition of others who possess that character.  It must be agreed that usually the former condition is the nearer to actuality, for aspects of Mercury seldom fail to affect the native’s own disposition.

If the map as a whole is benevolent, then the native will attack what he conceives to be abuses, but if it of a malevolent type, then he will assail others either out of greed or ill-nature.  As a rule the combination is not acquisitive in the way that Mercury-Saturn can be, but it has the name of being a thief, and writers with it are sometimes plagiarists.

In some cases it attacks the nerves, and makes a person irritable in the way that nervous people commonly are.  The temper is seldom of the best, and the native is rarely a favourite, for the tongue is sharp and not always controlled.  There is an element of ill-nature and a tendency to backbite.   In children there is often impertinence and rudeness.  Adults are sometimes unnecessarily outspoken and rough-tongued; sometimes it goes with the type that affects to consider politeness as a mere form of hypocrisy, a vice to which this combination is but little prone.

In low types of maps it may indicate “pure cussedness” or the spirit of unvarying contrariety.

It is rarely if ever lacking in intelligence, but rather tends to fail in using its brains sensibly and advantageously.

It is not good for the native’s children, who are usually few in number and subject to dangers.  Very often there is childlessness.

From the standpoint of moral character the most needful lesson is, as a rule, to learn to appreciate the values of opinions and types of character different from one’s own; and to realize that we are all sometimes mistaken.




W.T. Stead, Cecil Rhodes, Lord Brougham, Duke of Windsor, Clemenceau, Wolsely, Jay Gould, Mary Pickford, Victor Hugo, Sven Hedin, Sarah Bernhardt, Coue, General Grant, F.D. Roosevelt.


The Conjunction

Zola, Thomas Hardy, Kipling, Ruskin, “Bullfighter,” H.P. Blavatsky, Cicero(?), Primo de Rivera (Spanish dictator).



William Blake, Prince Consort, Louis XIV, Swedenborg, Dante, Byron, Richard Wagner, Thomas Moore, Baron von Richthofen (famous German “ace”).