©6-25-2010 by Donna Cunningham—and YOU!
Mark this date in your ephemeris. Somebody brilliant is going to be born today, maybe a whole Who’s Who of geniuses.
Mercury is conjunct the Sun at 0° Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn and squaring Uranus and Jupiter in Aries on one side and Saturn on the other in a formation called a Cardinal Cross. Imagine how unusual and complex that mind will be—it might even be the one that invents the technology to help us save this planet.
Today we’re continuing the process of analyzing Mercury aspects to the slower-moving planets. Mercury-Uranus aspects can be quite brilliant, but in a whole other way than the methodical and disciplined Mercury-Saturn scholars we were looking at recently.
Uranus, however, is about being independent, and so this is a DIY post. It’s Do It Yourself time, folks. These Skywriter articles aren’t just aimed at giving you another aha moment about your own aspects or another canned interpretation to memorize for the next time you see it in someone else’s chart.
We’ve all heard that Native American saying, “Give a man a ___________ and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to __________ and you feed him for a lifetime.”
What I’ve been doing, little by little, in this series of articles about Mercury, is demonstrating how to gather and assemble the pieces that go into making an aspect or house placement what it is. If you’ve been following them, hopefully, you’ve been absorbing the method behind them.
What I propose to do today is to present the pieces that pertain to Mercury-Uranus combinations and ask you to put them together and share your interpretations in the comment section.
Writing interpretations is an excellent method for learning interpretation. One of my early astrology gigs was doing written interpretations for the chart service at American Astrology Magazine. It was so helpful in learning how to articulate the pieces for clients because I could type a bit, go away and think about it, and then write some more.
If you’ve wanted to become an astrologer, you might start by doing written interpretations for family and friends as keepsakes. I still have a 25 page hand-written interpretation of my chart that my mother did about 45 years ago.
Pieces You Need for the Mercury-Uranus Puzzle
These are the ways that you might see a Mercury-Uranus influence in your own chart, listed in order of their strength:
- Mercury-Uranus hard aspects (conjunction, square and opposition)
- Uranus in the 3rd, especially within 10 degrees of the IC
- Mercury-Uranus trine less compelling, minor aspects just a smidgeon
- Mercury in the 11th
- Gemini planets in the 11th
- Mercury in Aquarius
- Uranus in Gemini
- Aquarius planets in the 3rd
- Aquarius on the 3rd cusp, no planets there
- Gemini on the 11th, no planets there
Here are some of the major meanings of Mercury and the 3rd house:
- How we perceive things—all 6 senses and which ones dominate
- Our thinking and reasoning patterns
- Speaking, listening, writing and other forms of communication
- Learning patterns—how we learn best
- Education through high school, short-term coursework
- Sisters, brothers, and their influence on us
- Aunts, uncles, cousins, and other near relatives
- How good we are with our hands
- Our sense of humor
- Neighbors and how we relate to them and our immediate surroundings
- Short journeys, commuting, and day trips
Issues for Uranus and Uranian types: Individuality, finding your uniqueness and where you fit into groups, friendship, eccentricity, inventiveness, technology, independence, freedom, sharp, sudden breaks with the past, becoming your own authority, adolescence, pop trends, shock value, political and social movements, especially radical ones, freedom, equality, science and technology.
How Uranus’ Sign modifies the picture: It modifies the picture in significant ways, showing where the person with it strongly featured is unique and likely to deviate from the norm, yet to become an innnovator. Uranus in Leo, for instance, has lots of showmanship and charisma with a unique style.
At the same time, the sign has a collective significance, determining some of the issues the collective is wrestling with, and where the individual might take a maverick or rebel stance. The Uranus in Sagittarius generation is likely to have experienced disruption in higher education or disenchantment with stale, old academic styles and to establish methods of self-education through the internet and sharing digital textbooks and information.
Worldly matters associated with Uranus and Aquarius: Social and political movements, especially radical or extremist ones, freedom, equality—and elitism, revolution, rebels, counter-culture, splinter groups, sudden social change, divorce, earthquakes, lightning, and electricity, science and technology, pop trends and fads, especially those designed to shock, computers.
Examples of Uranian occupations: astrologer, astronomer, aviation, computer programmer, engineer, group leader, electronics specialist, industrial design, inventor, scientist, telecommunications worker, x-ray technician, webmaster.
Matters related to the 11th house: Friendship, relationship to peer group, group membership, networking, social consciousness, activism, aspirations
“Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…”
…is to pick one or more of the Mercury/3rd house functions and combine it with various qualities of Uranus. Figure out for yourself how a person with Uranus in the 3rd or aspecting Mercury learns best, thinks, and communicates. Consider what kind of siblings the person had and what the effects were. Or, explore any of the other functions of Mercury or the 3rd that intrigue you. Then, write an interpretation and share it in the comment section. Are you in? Don’t hang back if you’re new to this–we only learn through having the courage to try.
As a model, here are links to more Posts about Mercury Aspects:
- Understanding Mercury-Saturn Combinations
- Understanding Mercury-Pluto Combinations
- Viewing the 3rd House through Neptune’s Lens
Other Related Posts on Skywriter:
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Mercury? Here’s the Score!
- Four Kinds of Smart–Which One Are You?
- Readers Ask: Q & A about Mercury, Gemini, and the 3rd House
- The Incredible Vulnerability a Stellium Creates (11th house stellium)
Recommended Reference: Uranus in Aries: Claiming a Self-Reliant Future is a collection of articles on CJ Wrights’ Auntie Moon about Uranus and its role in the transiting Cardinal T-square. It includes several articles about Uranian forms of communicating and connecting like Second Life and Facebook.
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