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

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