Mercury / Neptune




Neptune being more nearly connected with the imagination than with any other human faculty, the aspects of these two planets suggest the fertilisation of the mind by the imagination, which, in its higher forms, is the creative imagination and the inspiration.

In ordinary maps the effects of the Harmonious aspects are probably rather obscure, being somewhat akin to those of Mercury and Jupiter, but tending to art rather than to purely intellectual manifestation.  There is kindness and gentleness, and a dislike of rough conditions and harsh conduct, for Neptune sensitizes all that it contacts.  Hence, the nervous system is delicate and the senses are able to appreciate the rarer shades of colour, sound, touch and meaning.  Often there is a gift of whimsical and fanciful writing, and the sense of humour is usually well-developed.

It is an influence which is very helpful to a journalist, for the delicacy of touch enables the native to “feel the pulse of the public” very successfully.  It may be contrasted with Mercery-Uranus, which is always the obvious and declared leader, while Mercury-Neptune infiltrates the public mind, and, some would say, sometimes very successfully debauches it.

It is a fine position for actors or film-artists.

Its delicacy of perception enables it to scheme successfully, seeming to read its opponent’s mind and anticipate his actions.  Hence it is a by no means rare feature in the successful military map, and in the maps of financial leaders.  It has a definitely practical side and is by no means necessarily Bohemian or dreamy, as is sometimes supposed; it may be considered on the whole a more successful aspect that Mercury-Uranus, being less eccentric and individualistic.  Nevertheless it seems to have its self-willed side, but it is inclined to proceed gently and subtly rather than openly, as does Uranus.  It is more adaptable or elusive, and will seek to win a commanding position by maneuvers before venturing to declare itself: when it does do so, it is commonly found to be already in possession of the field.

It is usually kind and idealistic.

There is sometimes an inclination to spiritism, occultism and similar pursuits; at any rate, the native is rarely unsympathetic towards such things.



This appears to be an uncertain influence capable of acting in apparently very diverse ways.  I have known people with it (in 9th) who were kind, gentle, credulous and idealistic; on the other hand, there are several known cases wherein the native has committed terrible murders.

It occurs in several clairvoyant investigators, as to the value of whose work each must form his own opinion.

Probably the root-effect is to sensitise the feelings abnormally, so that the native is subject to delusions and uncontrollable impulses, unless the map is a strong one, in which case the mind may be of a very high order indeed.

There is often marked musical ability and also a love of, and aptitude for, aquatic pursuits.



The configuration usually indicates an astute and cunning type of person, capable of deep scheming and in fact generally hardly able to avoid some degree of deception, though not necessarily for evil purposes.  Sometimes the deception is of a quite innocent order.

It is probable that this characteristic arises from the delicate perceptions of the aspects which enable the native to divine what others will do or try to do.  It is employed in this way in the more positive types of map (such as Bismarck).  In negative types the same sensitiveness leads to a retired life, often combined with an amiable disposition.  The Square of Mercury and Neptune occurs in the maps of both the nuns given in 1,001 Nativities.  Benjamin Haydon, who shot himself through chagrin, had the same configuration.  Sometimes it leads to easy discouragement and lack of self-confidence, because the native is too thin-skinned and worries unduly.  Sometimes the same sensitiveness causes fierce outbursts of resentful anger.  Like all Neptunian aspects, it is not easy to say in what precise way the contact will manifest; much will depend on the Rising Sign.  It is clear that lack of real self-confidence may easily induce a person to resort to deceit.

In the case of Vaillant, the French anarchist bomb-thrower, Mercury is in Square to Neptune, as well as to Jupiter and Saturn.   The violence in this case arises from the Moon rising in Scorpio and Mars in that sign contacting all four of the above planets.

Active imagination and the insight into motives that results from sensitive perceptions may be invaluable to a man of genius or even a man of practical sense; but in the case of persons of weak judgment and understanding the same things may lead to all kinds of foolish and morbid fancies.




Clemenceau, Ford, Shaw, Hahnemann, Wolsely, Northcliffe, Bernhardt, Mary Pickford, Lindbergh, Sir Henry J. Wood (conductor), Havelock Ellis.


The Conjunction

Dr. Steiner, Sumangala, T.B. Macaulay, Lenin



Bismack, Ebert, Lord Elgin, H.P. Blavatsky, Lord Oxford (H.H. Asquith), Rommel