©1992, 2010 by Richard Idemon
Donna says: Richard Idemon was my main teacher, and his psychological approach to astrology influenced a generation of astrologers. He was a fascinating, witty, and profound lecturer. His death at age 49 was a great loss to the field. The Wessex Astrologer has just issued a new edition of his book, Through the Looking Glass, and has given permission to reprint this brief excerpt.
The Moon in aspect to Mercury is similar to the Moon in an air sign, because what is important here is dialogue and communication. I’ve found that the critical thing for people with Moon- Mercury aspects is some kind of articulation of feelings within the nurturing situation. It doesn’t make any difference what the nature of the aspect is—square, trine, opposition, quincunx or whatever.
I don’t even believe in good or bad aspects, and I don’t even like using the words easy or hard aspects either. I prefer to call them aspects of acceptance and aspects of resistance. I consider the square and opposition to be aspects of resistance, that is, the dialogue between the two planets is worked out through resistance. The trine and sextile are aspects of acceptance: they find the line of least resistance for communication. There’s no good or bad about any of them. The quincunx is a special case, which I refer to as an aspect of paradox.
As I was saying, it is critical for Moon-Mercury people to articulate and verbalize their feelings, to be able to talk about their feelings and what is going on inside them. If they are born into a family in which the myth is that you don’t talk about how you feel, then the child will be in trouble. Another danger for Moon-Mercury is a tendency to detach from the feelings and intellectualize them.
As a planet, Mercury represents the desire to label things. Mercury wants to give everything a name because that seems to make things feel safer. Naming something brings it out of the dark night, out of the dark world into light. Accordingly, I believe that certain kinds of psychotherapies, particularly the talking therapies, are advantageous for people born with Moon-Mercury contacts because it satisfies their need to verbalize.
I myself have a strong Moon-Mercury contact in my chart, and I often comment that I don’t know what I’m feeling until I hear what I’m saying, until I put it into words. So, Moon-Mercury is saying, “If you love me, listen to me. If you love me, talk to me. Tell me what is going on with you. Tell me what you feel.”
Obviously, when we refer to specific aspects, we are talking about bits of a chart and not getting the whole picture. It’s for this reason that I can’t give you an exact formula for Moon-Mercury aspects, because the Moon could also be in aspect to other planets besides Mercury, and the house or houses involved could vary from chart to chart. I can get you started, but you’ll have to put the pieces together and do the synthesizing yourself.
This excerpt from Richard Idemon’s Through the Looking Glass: A Search for the Self in the Mirror of Relationships is reprinted with permission of the publisher, The Wessex Astrologer. This and his other book, The Magic Thread, can be ordered from local booksellers, from Wessex Astrologer Homepage, and in the USA through Astrology et al Book Store & Metaphysical Center, Astrology Books at The Astrology Center of America, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.com.
About the Author: Richard Idemon gained a world-wide reputation for his highly provocative and original teaching style. He established the School of Astrological Studies, was a founding member of AFAN, and was affiliated with NCGR and the Jungian Society. He worked as an astrologer for more than 20 years, living in San Francisco, lecturing in Europe, South America, Africa, Great Britain, and the USA. He died in 1987 at the age of 49. (See Richard’s page at The Astrologers’ Memorial here: Richard Idemon.)
NOTE: If anyone has a tape of one of Richard’s lectures, please get in touch with Liz Houle at the Astrologers’ Memorial so we can hear Richard.