Sex and The Planets: Mercury

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Concerning the intersection of Sex and Astrology, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to learn more and more every day.  The broader my understanding unfolds, the more I’m arriving at the perspective that sex can be related to many parts of our birth charts in one way or another. Traditionally, Sex is a 5th house concept. However, when looking at the planets as part of one’s sexual profile, I believe that each one can symbolize an important ingredient in the recipe that we all know as sex.

When we specifically look at Mercury and how it relates to sex, we veer off into the realms of curiosity and communication. Mercury is swift, with an amoral quality; doing things JUST for the sake of doing them, trying anything once (and multiple times if they like it); classifying and gathering information. The speed at which the planet moves is symbolic of the penchant of mercurial individuals to keep going, devoid of reflection concerning if what they’re doing is particularly “good” or “bad”, or socially acceptable.

With Mercurial individuals, we have the “tinkering” and experimenting mentality where they’re playing the role of both participant and observer: gathering raw data, analyzing, measuring responses and formulating techniques. The question becomes: “If I do THIS, like THAT, what type of feedback will I get?”

For those involved with “Mercurial” sex individuals, the experience could be particularly pleasurable if you like vocabulary, details, precise descriptions, i.e.; someone explaining what it is that they’re doing to you RIGHT at the moment it’s taking place, or the “play by play”.

Or, on the other side of the coin, one could feel like a “lab rat” of sorts and only there to be another statistic or example of how certain sexual acts can elicit certain sounds or facial expressions.

As I’ve remarked before, where Mercurial individuals and sex are concerned, there could be sexual arousal associated with the sharing of ideas, conversations, linguistics, and people that are considered intellectuals- irrespective of one’s physical appearance.  Also, there may be excitement around “naming” related to specific body parts as related to sex.

When we look at specific sexual scenarios involving Mercury, we make a turn into the territory of things that are cerebral and communication oriented in nature: The writing of erotica, phone sex with detailed descriptions of sexual acts, scenarios like the “bad” librarian or school teacher, the naughty researcher or journalist, situations that involve bisexuality and polyamory, extended foreplay, or sex with multiple partners without a heavy emotional attachment.

In future articles, We’ll cover how Mercury’s combination with other planets flavors these sexual ideas and activities.

 

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Planetary Themes: Mercury, Venus, Neptune

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Mercury, Venus & Neptune combination themes:

The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Unity. Holistic and visionary thinking connected to the synthesizing capacity of the higher mind.  Bridging intellect and intuition. Brain balancing. A mind which recognizes connections and rhythm, or the “dance of life”. Subtlety in thought and communication. “Tuned into” the nonverbal aspect of life. Access to the spiritual and ethereal worlds. Telepathy. Working with symbols, images, dreams and myths. Creative visualization. Empathizing and employing sensitivity. Artful speech and delicate, poetic expression. Film, music, and art. Limitless perception. Disillusionment in thought and relationships. Creating an alternate reality because one doesn’t want to face the current one. Deceit in speech. Trouble distinguishing between true “seeing” and paranoia.

 

Sun-Mercury Aspects

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For those who don’t know, Mercury travels close to the Sun. So, at any given time, the two entities can never be more than 28 degrees apart. I’ve heard of many people who say they don’t “feel” like their Sun sign discovering later that they have Mercury in that sign since the only possible aspect between these two is the conjunction.

With the Sun blended with Mercury, there’s no separation between what provides one vitality and the tools of perception, learning, communication and analysis.  Knowledge of oneself and the world figure heavily in the formation of one’s identity. Thoughts are essential to this person’s life force.

In the Bible, in the book of proverbs, there’s a passage that reads: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”. That sentiment is perfect for this aspect.

However, the difficulty occurs when the individual can’t distance themselves from the opinions that they hold and think that things MUST be a certain way because they say so.

A potential strength which can be developed is cultivating a mind of one’s own and wanting your thoughts and ideas to genuinely exemplify effort toward your intellectual development.

After all, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

 

Mercury-Mars Aspects

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When Mercury and Mars combine in a natal chart, this suggests a blending of one’s intellect with assertion and the application of will. This particular person is intent on using their mental capabilities to compete and win, and sometimes at all costs.

One of the reigning questions which this blend proposes is:

“what can I DO with this thought?”

Using this aspect successfully, one would take what they know and act on it. This is not necessarily what would be considered a ponderous combination as there can be abrupt speech which may even be labeled as rude by some, and an indicator of impatience.

However, there is a certain urgency to learn which may manifest as a request to “get on with it” or “get to the point”. Information or explanations that are “roundabout” in nature aren’t what they’re looking for.

When well developed, this can be the debate champ.  Highly skilled in verbal dexterity with an instinctive sense of where to “hit” in order to drive their points home while commanding attention for their intellectual prowess.

In it’s maladaptive state , Mercury-Mars can manifest as someone who has the audacity to chronically interrupt others because they think what they have to say is so much more important. Or, an individual who uses words as a violent weapon to purposefully injure others.

 

Mercury-Saturn Aspects : “I Ain’t No Joke”

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When our intellectual faculties, as symbolized by the planet Mercury, team up with the taskmaster, represented by Saturn, the potential result is a serious and methodical mind.

If you have mercury-saturn contacts in your birth chart, you have the opportunity to become an intellectual adept.

Blending the mercurial curiosity and inquisitiveness with  “saturnesque” discipline, steadiness and depth.  However, you must earn this through hard work and earnest effort.

Your brain isn’t designed to be lightweight, that’s for sure.

Constructive, practical thought serves as your ally, and your ultimate desire is to see your mental creations manifest in concrete form.

Water cooler conversations probably aren’t something that you look forward to. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to make the effort to engage in some “small talk” in order to loosen you up a bit. Besides, a good laugh never hurt anyone. And don’t worry, you’ll still be able to keep your credibility in tact.

Remember that you’re an extremely competent individual and prepare yourself to offer your thorough insights with no hesitation.

Your clear headed focus and immense powers of concentration are indeed, no joke.

Your theme song is “I Ain’t No Joke” by Eric B. & Rakim. You can listen to it here:

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Saturn-Mercury Transits : “FOCUS”

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During this phase, you’re being asked to consolidate your communication, considering its “weight” and value. In navigating this transit successfully, you have the potential to bring more organization, structure and depth to your thought process.

The current modus operandi is to speak without pretensions: clear, concise and REAL. As da Vinci once remarked: “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

During this cycle, think of thoughts and words as currency, and picture yourself on a budget.

In the midst of this planetary activity, prioritize accuracy over speed and FOCUS over variety. It’s imperative to shoulder responsibility for intentionally refining the areas in which your intellectual time and energy is distributed.

Consider the ways in which a thoughtful, mature vocabulary can augment your personal development. So, in the event that you ARE called to speak- substance and clarity permeate your verbiage.

In the Ancient Egyptian mystery schools, before pupils could even SPEAK directly to the teacher, they were required to undergo a lengthy period of constant listening and observation. Right now, you can be the student who is only concerned about speaking to improve upon the silence. When you do, ponder on your duty to infuse integrity in the material you disclose.

It’s an optimal time to clear cobwebs and fluff out of your mind and think realistically. A disordered Saturn-Mercury transit suggests crippling doubts and fears of inadequacy concerning one’s mental capabilities. Whereas the SAME hook- up between the ringed planet and the messenger can indicate a cerebral, “steel trap” retentiveness, intellectual humility, and the conveyance of ideas with authority.

Serious and critical reflection as a labor of love, can aid tremendously in your psychological development and your results will undoubtedly reflect your efforts, in exact measure.

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The Astrological Relationship Quartet: The Moon, Mercury, Venus & Mars in Partnership

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Lets make no mistake about it: embarking on the quest of analyzing the many forms of human interaction can be a Herculean task.

With all of the rich variations of personality and shades of behavioral nuance to take into consideration, deriving chemistry, whether in friendships, work situations or partnerships is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

The focus of this article surrounds intimate relationships. In Astrological language, the appropriate term to describe the art of comparing individuals’ birth charts for the sake of compatibility is called synastry.

Often, when compatibility is discussed in popular magazines and similar publications, the focus

is strictly on Sun signs, a.k.a, the sign that were all familiar with. While this emphasis provides valuable information concerning our aspirations and what type of fuel we require to sustain our vitality, much more needs to be taken into consideration when deriving a complete picture of how two people mesh. Ideally, in a fully functioning relationship, we incorporate all of our planetary energies to some degree. For this piece, I would like to explore what I call the relationship quartetin partnership Astrology, better known as the Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars.

All of us have these planets placed in our birth charts in one of the 12 zodiac signs. The style in which that planetary energy would most likely manifest, or be distributed is suggested by the particular sign which finds its home there. When one persons placements are compared with another, we start to derive a clearer picture of what the energy exchange” may look like.

The Moon: “Love is a House

If you ever need warmth or comfort, darling I’ll be here to hold you near. All I demand is you be my security. Love is a house, and you got the key.

– “Love is a House by The Force MDs.

In partnership Astrology, the Moon symbolizes our deepest emotional needs. Its one of the planets, along with Venus in the “intimacy network. When considering lunar dynamics between people, questions arise such as: Do I feel safe with you? Can I relax and be at home with you? Or even, “Don’t I know you from somewhere?

Our Moon signs say much about how were able to navigate the terrain of feelings and adjust ourselves to the instinctual fluctuations and reactions, to lifes ebbs and flows. Additionally, how

we nurture others, and the type of care that we require. Comparing Moon energies between two people raises questions surrounding sensitivity and responsiveness to the inner life of the participants, living arrangements and overall feelings of security and emotional compatibility.

Mercury: Tell Me If You Want Me To

But to my great surprise, ever since Ive looked in your eyes, I had one question for you…Tell me if you want me to, give you all my time….I want to make it good for you, cause you blow my mind. I promise boy that I’ll be true, youre the perfect find so tell me if you want me to

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When it comes to overall compatibility, Mercury is an extremely underrated planet. As much as said about a meeting of the minds” and being on the same page, the winged messenger doesn’t get nearly enough of its just due. In plain language, Mercurial compatibility asks: Whats the vibe when we talk? Whats the subject matter of our conversations? Whats the style of the mutual process of exchanging ideas and information?

Understanding how Mercury functions in your chart as well as your partners can give you much needed insight as to why one of you wants to discuss feminism and the other NASCAR, and why this is or isn’t problematic. Also, why one of you may be the best listener in the world and the other can’t get a word in edgewise.

Venus: Come Share My Love

And I’ll give you all I have to give, all the love/all the joy/ my heart can give…hoping you will share the same with me. -“Come Share My Love by Miki Howard

Venus is the second planet in the intimacy network, and sharing is caring could definitely be the phrase that pays when describing the dynamic of its energy.

Venus is about relating to another person. Accommodating, inviting, charming and alluring. Its related to what we find beautiful and pleasing and what we enjoy. When we start to examine Venusian energy between partners we ask:

Do I like being around this person? Do we have fun together? “Is this a fair and equal partnership? “Do I find you attractive?What are the shared values in this relationship? Or equally important: “How do my partners values differ from mine?

How many of us know someone who said they weren’t a good match with someone because their tastes didn’t match? For this: check Venus out.

Mars: “Lets Talk About Sex

Lets talk about sex now/to the people at home or in the crowd/ it keeps coming up anyhow Dont be coy, avoid or make void the topic, cause that ain’t gonna stop it.

-“Lets Talk About Sex by Salt-NPepa

Passion. Heat. Raw, primal energy.

These are the themes which emerge when delving into the symbolism of the red planet.

Martian energy suggests the application of will, action and going after what we want. Mars’ sign provides clues on our different styles of doing this. The sexual energy level is also related to Mars, so if you want to explore if and how your partners libido cranks up, peep the planet.

Philosophically, we ask: Whats the sex game like? “How do we get angry and fight? Whats the m.o. for pursuing ones desires?

Along with Venus, Mars tops off the erotic potpourri, or as Astrologer Stephen Arroyo states:

The harmony (or lack of it) between ones own Venus and Mars energies and the Venus and Mars attunements of another person might be described as interpersonal emotional/erotic energy exchange.

Yeah…. It might be a long night.

Along with the relationship quartet, we have other planets and factors which make a significant contribution to synastry through augmentation, intensification or amelioration in both charts. Astrology should be understood holistically, as the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. This article is just a mere piece to the complex and ever unfolding puzzle called human chemistry.

Mercury-Venus Aspects

When Mercury and Venus team up in a birth chart , the potential of the “smooth operator” is born.

These planets can never be more than 75 degrees apart in a natal chart, so therein lies the possibility of three different aspects: the conjunction, semi-square and sextile.

The “gift of gab” is a strong possibility, and yes…. using this aspect constructively, Billy Dee would be proud.  The potential ability to use words in their most beautiful and refined form is highly pronounced.  Pleasant vocal tones don’t hurt either.

Mercury-Venus contacts suggest that one instinctively understands the intricacies of the “love language” and you could turn their distribution into an art form through writing or speech.

(Relationship Astrology) Mercury-Mars Contacts: Dead Prez’ “Mind Sex”

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In the realm of compatibility, when Mercury and Mars combine, it’s time for some “mind sex”, “but we don’t have to take our clothes of yet, we can light an incense and just chat, ” as said by the hip hop duo “Dead Prez”.

Mercury symbolizes the realm of thought. the inflow and outflow of information, the exchange of ideas, perceptions, and our communicative functions. Mars is the application of our will. The manner in which we assert ourselves and how we pursue what we want as well as the level of the sex drive.

When Mercury-Mars energy is shared by two people, the intellectual functions can be stirred and stimulated to the point of arousal.

Mind you, this doesn’t just have to be sexual, but there’s a shared dynamic of passion and “heat” which has the potential to be ever present in conversation. If there’s anything which requires joint mental assertion, there’s a good chance that these two people could tackle it together.

Often, even though couples may have been together for a considerable period of time, they know very little about the true desires of the other. Using the potential in Mercury-Mars contacts, you can change that.

Constructively, the open expression of desires, sexual or otherwise can be promoted and encouraged. Both the intellectual and primal “push” is present to realize them. Who knew that you had your own personal trainer and porn star all wrapped up in one??

The flip side of these contacts is that Mars energy can be rash. Combined with Mercury’s factual bent, which doesn’t really consider “right and wrong”, or “good or bad”, the partners may be ducking vicious verbal blows.

How you handle the areas in which you clash are of paramount importance.