Mercury / Uranus




The contacts of these planets indicate some degree of original talent; they usually give a quick and capable mind, with a considerable degree of independence.

The native is very often clever in certain special directions, and he works well so long as he is fond of his work.  Other matters, outside the range of his interests, often do not enter his vision at all; he is indifferent to them, and may seem very stupid in relation to them.  Hence the contacts are not useful for the common affairs of life.  The native may be brilliant rather than sound, intuitive rather than logical.

It is a common aspect in the maps of astrologers.  We find it also in the natus of Senator Marconi (published in Astrology, March 1930).  It seems to occur less frequently in the maps of natural scientists, and appears to have an affinity with the finer forces of nature.  There is a weak Sextile in the case of Edison.

It is sometimes oratorical; the native is able to express himself well and has a dramatic sense.  It inclines also to make the native popular.   He may coin striking phrases, or, if a writer, he may invent characters that seize the popular imagination.  It is often classical, while Neptune is more democratic and modernist.

It is an influence of mental dexterity, adroitness and appositeness.

The memory is often exceptionally good.



This is also common in astrological maps – witness Morinus, Chaney, Sibley and Lilly.

It is a powerful, self-willed combination, varying from the wayward and stubborn type to the enlightened and talented.   Generally speaking, the influence is not exceedingly marked, because the two planets are not dissimilar; but the will-power of Uranus is added to the intellect of Mercury, and there is a more colourful, dramatic, forceful mentality.   It is independent, sensitive, proud and sometimes secretive; but these effects are much modified by the sign occupied.  The native almost always lives his own life and resents interference very fiercely.

In undeveloped characters the influence is not good, and there is often little to show for it except pride and touchiness.  Sometimes there is considerable eccentricity and conceit, and talent that cannot be properly utilized because of the native’s self-will and lack of adaptability.



These must be considered as serious obstacles to success, chiefly by reason of the unpopularity that they engender, this being often due to the native’s brusqueness and lack of tact.  The native is often exceedingly outspoken and lacking in direction, and makes enemies unnecessarily.  He is often stubborn and self-willed.

It also indicates strange beliefs, usually of the self-exalting kind; the native may easily be persuaded that he or she is a chosen prophet, messenger or representative of those on high; the self-esteem is generally considerable, and the native readily accepts anything that panders to this vanity.

The abilities are often great – greater, perhaps, than with the Trine and Sextile – but they are often used injudiciously, either in foolish causes or in a manner that occasions trouble.  Measureless conceit and self-will appear to be the basis of most of the errors, the native persisting in his illusions in the face of all opposition and reason – indeed these often seem to increase the stubbornness.

In some cases the effects are mainly external, and in such examples we find the native the target for more or less unmerited attacks of a bitter character, as for instance the slanders directed against the Prince Consort in the time of the Crimean War (*).

It is perhaps most fair to say, in this and similar cases, that the native’s opinions will be at variance with those of his associates and others; but it is not always easy to judge astrologically which view is correct.  In some instances the beliefs of the Mercury-afflicted-by-Uranus native are almost universally rejected, as, for example the alleged supernatural revelations of Josesph Smith, the Mormon prophet, and the claims to special divine protection made by the ex-Kaiser.  In other cases posterity may justify the native as against his assailants.  As a general rule, I think, this type of affliction denotes definite wrong-headedness at least on some matters.

It is sometimes a criminal influence, apparently sufficing to turn the whole tenor of an otherwise not particularly evil map into the wrong direction.

            (*) The horoscope of this gifted and conscientious man is likely to be a puzzle to those who use cut-and-dried interpretations, for he had his ruler, Mercury, in major affliction with all four malefics.  I am inclined to think that a “Grand Cross” is much less evil than is supposed, at all events for the character.  Just as the Grand Trine is admittedly less benefic than might be expected.




Abbas Effendi, Marchese Marconi, Duchess of York, Joseph Chamberlain, G.B. Shaw, Lord Oxford (H.H. Asquith).


The Conjunction

Pasteur, Camille Flammariron, Lord Rosebery, William Lilly.



President Ebert, W. Gornold (“Sepharial”), Mrs. Besant, A.J. Balfour, Frederick the Great, Victor Hugo, Henry Irving, Oscar Wilde, James Coates (mesmerist), Gassendi, Francis Bret Harte, Marie Bashkertseff, William I and William II of Germany, Hindenburg, John Burns.