Sun / Mercury


These two are never more than about 28 degrees apart, so that only the Conjunction and parallel aspects can occur.


It has often been stated that a close Conjunction is of an undesirable nature, the mental faculties being liable to suffer detriment.  This is especially the case, it is supposed, when Mercury is combust, or within 5 degrees.  I have never seen any suggestion made as to the possible difference between a superior and an inferior Conjunction of Mercury or of Venus, but there may be a distinction in values.


In Raphael’s Guide it is said that the author does not agree that the Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury impairs the native’s faculties “so far as business or literary ability is concerned, but for clear sound intuitive perception and deep contemplation Mercury is best away from the Sun.”  Against this one may point out that the philosopher Kant had the exact Conjunction.


I would rather suggest that the real loss is one of flexibility and impartiality.   The native is inclined to be dogmatic, stubborn and sometimes conceited, with little mental receptivity.  The feelings impair the clarity of the mind, and there may be prejudices.  The abilities are certainly less than with the Luni-Mercurial Conjunction, which can, however, also be prejudiced, especially by racial and family influences.


It is clear that there is some advantage in having the two bodies in different signs, since this must increase the range of responsiveness.


In some cases, where the planet appears to predominate, the intellect subdues the animal nature, and there is an ascetic tendency, though a kindly one.  More often the animal passions and spirits seek to control the mind, and the native is self-indulgent, usually in a wild, healthy-animal way.  In few cases will he brook interference or counsel.


The mind is generally practical and worldly, seeking objective results even when stimulated by religion.  It is self-assured, categorical and independent in a way reminiscent of Uranian action.


Probably the truth that lies in Raphael’s assertion is that the mind is not sufficiently detached from personal feelings, except, of course, when occupied with pure abstractions – which in this case will rarely happen.


The mind is usually healthy and robust, optimistic and vigorous.


It is a good position for actors and artists generally, for there is a sense of the colourful; it is also good for the exercise of authority of a set and established type.


Psychologically the mind will benefit by the cultivation of adaptability, and by reflections tending to humility, and the advantage of not taking oneself too seriously.



The Conjunction

Kant, Edison, Gladstone, Gambetta, Mussolini, Ford, Rudolf Valentino (film actor), Goethe, Sarah Bernhardt, Louis XVI, Charles I, James I, J.P. Morgan