Mercury conjunct Mercury: This is an indication that the two of you have similar thinking processes and ideas or opinions about the world. It is an aid to communication and reduces misunderstandings.
Mercury trine or sextile Mercury: This is essentially the same as the conjunction but probably more favorable for the exchange of ideas because the difference in signs makes for variety of approach and perspective which is helpful in making things interesting.
Mercury opposite or square Mercury: This is an indication that the two of you often have different perspectives or opinions about the same subject. This can bring about debate and dialog, but by itself, it is not usually an indication of not being able to get along. The two of you can combine minds and solve problems more effectively than most. Misunderstandings happen occasionally but not usually enough to limit the effectiveness of problem solving.
Mercury aversion to Mercury: This is a roadblock to communication. You may find that the two of you have no common frame of reference for the comparison of ideas. There is little disagreement or argument but also very often, little interest as well.
Mercury conjunct Venus: This configuration makes it easier for these two people to express their feelings to eachother. Romantic interest is common. The Mercury person is usually infatuated with the Venus person. In friendships, this is an indication that they have a variety of interests in common. Communication between these two people is courteous, easy-going, light hearted and usually informal.
Mercury trine or sextile Venus: This is essentially the same as the conjunction, so you should read the description above. There is less liklihood that the Mercury person would become infatuated with the Venus individual, however.
Mercury opposite or square Venus: This aspect can create an awkward or tense atmosphere in a relationship where the two parties do not quite know how to approach eachother. The Mercury person may feel especially put-upon to ease the tension or break the ice. The Venus person should watch a tendency to treat the Mercury as a personal caterer.
Mercury aversion to Venus: If this configuration is reciprocal, then it usually means that the two have little in common that they can talk about. When they talk about what they consider fun or entertaining, it usually falls upon deaf ears.
Mercury conjunct Mars: This can be an exhilirating combination or it can lead to conflict depending upon other aspects. The Mars person often acts as a prod to the Mercury individual. This usually works out if the Mercury individual is seeking action, adventure and excitement. If the Mercury individual is more reticent or prone to seek security, this combination could lead to arguments or resistance.
Mercury trine or sextile Mars: This creates excitement and common interests. The Mercury person often draws up the plans and the Mars person is eager to carry it out. Adventure is a common theme in this relationship and it is unlikely that it would stay routine for very long.
Mercury opposite or square Mars: Often, the ideas of the Mercury person are at odds with what the Mars person thinks is a good course of action. Debate and argument are a frequent result. If this relationship is going to work, there needs to be alot of room for compromise.
Mercury aversion to Mars: Here, there is greater liklihood that the actions of the Mars person goes unnoticed. There is a tendency for Mars person to act without consulting the Mercury person. The Mercury person may have plans but does not tell the Mars person. This configuration should be avoided if teamwork is needed.
Mercury conjunct Jupiter: This is a very positive configuration to have in student/teacher relationships. The Jupiter person has the effect of expanding the perceptions of the Mercury individual and can be a very effective teacher. The Mercury person often thinks highly of the Jupiter person's abilities. A master/guru feel is often present in this relationship.
Mercury trine or sextile Jupiter: This is essentially the same as the conjunction, except not quite so strong in its effects, so you should read the description above.
Mercury opposite or square Jupiter: These two people have differing philosophical points of view. If the two individuals involved have tolerance for eachother, then they can learn a great deal from eachother. If they tend towards dogmatic assertions, then it is likely to bring disagreement and conflict.
Mercury aversion to Jupiter: This may indicate a lack of a common perspective. The Jupiter person is unlikely to be an effective teacher to the Mercury individual and the Mercury person often does not feel he/she has much to learn from the Jupiter person. The master/guru feel is likely to be lacking in this relationship.
Mercury conjunct Saturn: This combination can have a variety of outcomes. On the positive side, the Saturn person can act as a test audience for the Mercury person's ideas. The Mercury person is able remind the Saturn person of what he/she tends to neglect. However, if the Saturn person tends towards insecurity, then the Mercury person will be seen as meddlesome and disagreable by the Saturn person. In this case, the lines of communication are often shut down.
Mercury trine or sextile Saturn: This is a very positive combination, adding to clarity of communication and an ability to work together. This aspect brings out all of the favorable traits of the conjunction without bringing in the negative. The Saturn person is able to help the Mercury person achieve something of lasting substance.
Mercury opposite or square Saturn: This can be a debilitating aspect. It tends to create mistrust, fault finding and jeolousy between the two parties. Usually, the Saturn person finds it difficult to rely on the judgements of the Mercury person, sometimes disparaging his/her efforts. The Mercury person in turn has a tendency to find fault in the Saturn person.
Mercury aversion to Saturn: This can be a fairly positive configuration because it indicates that the Mercury person ignores the Saturn person's faults and vulnerabilities and the Saturn person does not try to belittle the Mercury person's ideas.
© 2001 Curtis Manwaring