Mercury-Jupiter Aspects: “Mr Big Stuff”



Today’s blog, and it’s title is dedicated to the memory of Dwight Arrington Myers, better known as Heavy D, who made his transition on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at the age of 44. He served the hip- hop community as a vibrant, positive and inspirational figureHis presence will be sorely missedMay his artistic contribution live on as well as his expansive, generous spirit. Hev is truly “Mr. Big Stuff.”

In astrological symbolism, the planet Mercury represents the rational mind. It’s what we think about; the processing of information. Mercury is speech, writing and the formation of our opinions.

Jupiter symbolizes the higher mind. It’s the largest planet in our solar system, and whatever Mr. Big Stuff touches, he expands. In some cases, Jupiterian contact can even indicate an exaggeration of sorts.Jupiter infuses meaning, significance and wisdom.

If there’s a Mercury-Jupiter aspect contained in your birth chart, your mind has the potential to see the world from a wide lens view. If you’re able to develop this aspect, the results can manifest in someone who gathers information like a cook compiles ingredients for a recipe. Not only can you know all of the parts, but you’re intuitively adept at baking the whole cake. The gift of synthesis can be yours.

Mercury-Jupiter people have the capacity to enthusiastically examine a subject or situation and all of it’s inherent possibilities. This aspect reminds me of a scene from the movie “Love Jones”, when Nina asks Darius:
” So you just have all of the answers, huh?” and he replies: “No, just all the questions.” What we’re dealing with here is a wide ranging, philosophically inclined mind seeking to derive profound meaning from thought.



The typical challenge for the Mercury- Jupiter individual is practical application of lofty ideals. What people with this aspect need, arguably more than anything is clarity. If it’s absent, they may find themselves spouting sweeping generalizations based on a morass of unorganized information.

You’re not fully capitalizing on this planetary contact if you’re sitting in a smoking room with four other college professors or “intellectuals”, wearing your tweed jacket (complete with elbow patches), pipe in hand, pontificating about why we’re on this earth, with no structured plan in sight.

Mercury- Jupiter can negatively materialize as the person who thinks they know more than everybody. Accumulating knowledge for it’s own sake. Neglecting to prioritize relevance. The self-righteous pseudo-scholar striving toward blowhard status.

The relationship between these two planets is used most constructivelywhen you’re able to share your vast reservoir of wisdom with others, inspiring their minds to greater heights, igniting the spark of noble activity. Through your understanding, both yourself and others are able to generate efforts toward tangible worldly achievements.

Because of the orientation of your mind, the eclectic approach to learning can and will surely be employed. However, meaning must reign supreme. If one remains consistent in this view, a natural expansion of mind will occur, through the extraction of enlightenment from diverse systems of thought in order to create a comprehensive personal philosophy.

Mercury- Jupiter: your elevated ideals are held in high esteem.  Just remember that your keys are on the coffee table, gas is what makes the car go and reading by candlelight is out of vogue.


How To Work With Squares in the Birth Chart : Building Strength Through Tension


Amongst the sea of Astrological writing in books and on the internet, there seems to be a continuation of the view that when it comes to Astrological aspects: conjunctions are “neutral”, trines and sextiles are “good”, while oppositions and squares are “bad”.

I even notice when the “hard” aspects are written about in Astro cookbooks, the author seems to always head in the direction which doesn’t outline the developmental potential between the meetings of planets, but rather reels into a bleak and dismal fate to which we must resign ourselves regarding our relationships, communication skills or our identities.

I would like to offer another view on squares and put forth the theory that very little gets accomplished without the tension which the aspect suggests. When the word “tension” is used, this somehow triggers an anxiety filled image in people where they think something will be hoisted on them that they won’t be able to handle.

Let’s close our eyes for a minute and picture a trip to the gym for an exhilarating exercising of our muscles. Think about what your body feels like when you murmur to yourself:

“That was a damn good workout.”

We feel invigorated and empowered through the challenges we were able to face in the gym because we summoned the intestinal fortitude necessary to confront the obstacles that the workout provided.

In our natal charts, squares are there to test our capabilities. What we need to understand is: if we face up to what’s being presented to us concerning the principles that the planets in question represent, we can become a much more skillful navigator through the terrains of those energies. Another thing we need to realize it that this takes WORK. No one is saying that this is an easy ride, or there won’t be periods of time where we may feel defeated or stuck.

However, this doesn’t have to be the final outcome and there are several people, who have achieved to great heights in which squares are prominent in their birth charts, to illustrate this point.

Tension allows our “muscles” to become stronger and enhances their capacity to recover more quickly. These muscles can be those of the body, mind, heart or spirit.

Mind you, if you’re the type of person who seeks to take the path of least resistance or avoid anything which demands MORE than a minimal effort from you, there may be a problem.

If we’re truly looking to develop our capacities, as illustrated in our natal charts, to their fullest, it’s advisable that we re-examine the idea of an “easy” life. If what we desire is meaning and fulfillment, it’s important to consider that some of us may have to go “to hell and back” to discover it, but those excursions may provide a much richer existence than accepting a fabricated fate that “things are just going to be how they are.”

Please consider that the squares contained in your birth chart can be a tremendous asset to keep you motivated. You may have a bundle of energy that just needs to be released in an appropriate direction in order to assist you in providing the life that you deserve.

For those of you who are determined to make the most out of squares in your birth chart, your theme song is “Superman” by Diamond D. You can listen here:

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