Mercury, fleetness of mind

Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. In astrological terms, Mercury represents how we communicate, our thoughts, ideas and words.

Gerard Baden-Clay has Mercury in the zodiac sign of Virgo (it’s all in the details, man) and resides in the second house of his chart (the money/values house). It is not surprising that, as a young man, he should choose to study accountancy.

In relation to Mercury aspects in his birth chart Baden-Clay has a quindecile aspect (see the navigation menu) between Mercury (in Virgo) and a minor planet, Chiron (in Aries).  I would not normally bring a minor planet into a profile unless it were in such a position as this.  Chiron is recognised as ‘the wounded healer’ and in astrological terms has strong karmic meaning (the place where we can heal our wounded selves.)

Chiron shakes us according to our character, as revealed through the symbols of the natal chart. A person with strong Mars will more than likely turn to violent action, or aggressive behaviour in order to avoid the truth; someone with strong Venus will smother in pleasure; one who has a powerful Moon may become drug or alcohol affected; Jupiter will turn to gambling; Saturn to overwork and so on for all the planetary types.

Mercury in Virgo would indicate a neurotic obsession with the details of his thoughts, words or ideas. The Chiron in Aries is fiery and associated with Mars, the planetary ruler of Aries. Baden-Clay has Mars in a strong position in relation to his ego, however Mars discussion is for another day.

Midpoints galore

This person has midpoints galore!  I don’t think we will need to explore beyond the aspects of conjunction in order to get a fair idea of what’s going on under the covers.

There are no less than ten conjunctions between natal planets and midpoints in this chart.

Sun=Mars/Pluto; Moon=Uranus/North Node; Mercury=Venus/Ascendant (nb Asc. is my rectification); Venus=Sun/Moon;Venus=Uranus/Neptune; Mars=Mercury/Asc;Jupiter=Sun/Moon; Uranus=Sun/Venus; Pluto=Sun/Uranus; Pluto=Jupiter/Asc.

I don’t want to try to explain astrology here but give a general outline. So for the interpretation method:

(focus)= (the what and how the focus operates)

ie: Sun=Mars/Pluto reads as the Sun (what it represents is the focus) equals Mars/Pluto (what the focus is and how it operates)

So briefly:

Sun=Mars/Pluto   The ego definition=assertive power surges, can be intimidating or even violent

Moon=Uranus/North Node  The emotional fulfilment needs=an innovative relationship with the public (nb: unfortunately this can also extend to his relationship as an accused murderer fulfilling this need at least as long as a trial, if there is one, is in the public arena).

Mercury=Venus/Ascendant (nb. Asc measurement is by rectification) The communication method used=based on image consciousness to the point of vanity

Venus=Sun/Moon The social and relationship needs=to be in the spotlight/centre stage

Venus=Uranus/Neptune The social and relationship needs=exist in a fantasy/are concealed

Mars=Mercury/Asc  The use of energy=self serving thoughts

Jupiter=Sun/Moon  Public recognition=be in the spotlight/centre stage

Uranus=Sun/Venus  Individualistic expression=illumination of relationships (to be seen to be …)

Pluto=Sun/Uranus The power needs=feelings of superiority/‘above’ the rules’

Pluto =Jupiter/Asc  The power needs=an over-inflated ego


Sun/Moon midpoint

Staying with the natal chart of the accused Gerard Baden Clay and in the realm of the luminaries (the Sun and the Moon) there is a midpoint in particular to take note of.

In astrology it is called the Sun Moon Midpoint, a mathematical point midway (or exactly halfway) between the Sun and the Moon in a horoscope.

The Sun/Moon midpoint represents a point of “inner marriage” of your needs and your wants. It symbolises the close personal relationship of these psychological basics. This point is very important in any kind of relationship analysis, as well as the natal chart. This is the strongest point of individual need fulfillment, and thus it has to do with relationships and self-acceptance on a deep level. The Sun/Moon midpoint reveals your motivation, your driver in a horoscope.

Whenever we write of a midpoint of any planets it is indicated by the slash symbol as in ‘Sun/Moon’ or Venus/Moon etc

The accused, Gerard Baden-Clay’s midpoint Sun/Moon is at 02 Scorpio 55.  His natal chart reveals that at the time of his birth Venus was in conjunction with this midpoint as was the planet Jupiter. Now that’s a bunch of info! Straight off the top of my head reads ‘Scorpio – hmmm sex as a driver; this motivator together with Venus – a ‘ladies man’; ditto motivator together with Jupiter = lots of social activity.  My instinct tells me that we are talking about a ‘pants man’ here. Sure that’s easy to say considering the following:

Mainstream media reported:  At the time of the murder GBC had one mistress whom he has promised to leave his wife for, plus at least two other recent casual affairs on record.

To return to the classical astrological interpretations however, Jupiter conjunct Sun/Moon equates with the need to have successes as the focal point. When a person has Sun/Moon together with Jupiter they feel best when able to be directing, leading or guiding others at whatever level and that they won’t be happy in the role of ‘subject’.  So we have an instigator with the motivation of success.

A man with Venus in Scorpio to start with peaks my interest! These men have a strong need to control their partner, although this won’t be immediately apparent, and they may not ever admit to this. Depending on the moment, this male Venus in Scorpio will shoot you one of those piercing glares or totally blow up. Whichever style they choose, a slighted Scorpio lover is not a pretty sight. These people can be jealous of all of your attachments including your children or any other family members, but few will admit it. They’re not afraid of being underhanded in matters of the heart.

As to the midpoint significance, Venus conjunct Sun/Moon, well Venus is the focal point and the midpoint as you know is the fundamental driver. Rather than repeat myself, I think you can form your own opinion by combining the Venus in Scorpio together with Venus=Sun/Moon…  I think this confirms my initial instinct and that is just the Sun/Moon conjunctions. I haven’t discussed any further angles of interest yet!  Stay tuned as they say…

Sun and Moon combo

The first thing I look at with this horoscope for Gerard Baden-Clay is the combination of a Sun in Virgo and a Moon in Sagittarius.  This would produce a dreamer who thinks in large broad terms; a Virgo who consistently belies the nature of the sign. Virgo by nature is usually quite practical.

With this luminary (Sun and Moon) mix he would be capable of doing things that he probably disapproves of (morally or ethically) for the sake of adventure, romance, and excitement. He is definitely not a classic Virgo possessing a focused mind. IMO – many of the thoughts that run though his head bear little connection to everyday life.

Instead of looking inside himself, he seems to hold preconceived notions of what he is or would like to be. GBC can be so idealistic at times that it will be hard for anyone to meet his expectations.

He can spend a good part of his life just daydreaming so his present incarceration provides plenty of time to fulfill this need.

The accused’s challenge will always be to control his restless nature and concentrate on things that have true relevancy. He would have a tendency toward bluntness in dealing with other people and often they would take a tactless comment much more personally than was intended. Human sensitivities are something that he has difficulty understanding.

He can be very dramatic in all his actions, and likely has a good talent for acting. This being second nature to him would make his assessment within the Arthur Gorrie Corrective Centre a challenge for the prosecution’s team of behavioural psychiatrists and psychologists.