Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mercury-Uranus Aspects: The Genius

Having Mercury conjunct, square, opposite, sextile, or trine Uranus, in your birth chart, makes you the genius. This isn’t always literally true, even though it’s typical for a person with a Mercury-Uranus aspect to have a high IQ to the point of intellectual giftedness. But, it’s more so a genius in the manner of having a very idiosyncratic, unique way of thinking. Mercury is all about the mind and our comprehensive and communicative abilities. It’s how we think and the ways in which we verbalize our thoughts. Uranus, on the other hand, is an unusual planet, symbolizing innovation and progression, as well as a contrary kind of weirdness or rebellion. So, with Mercury in aspect to Uranus, the ways in which you think (Mercury) are offbeat (Uranus) to the point of brilliance. Accepting this part of your nature and finding ways to channel it is the key with these aspects.

You’d think that Mercury-Uranus people would have it easy in school, flying through their subjects and grade levels, acing tests with flying colors. But, think again. It’s actually more common to hear people with these aspects say that they couldn’t stand school and that they didn’t get the best grades. It’s quite a contradiction as, again, these people are usually highly intelligent. But, the thing about the school system is that it can be confining, to the point of wanting to put all of its students into a little box of thinking and learning. But, Mercury-Uranus people’s minds don’t fit into that neat little box. Therefore, the conflict is established. If you have one of these aspects, you might have seen the classroom, growing up, not as a haven of stimulation but as an oppressive cage. 

Uranus is, after all, a rebel. So, if you have a Mercury-Uranus aspect, you are prone to rebelling on a mental level. This is how you probably dealt with school throughout your upbringing. You bucked and balked against the system, not appreciating being told what to think and what to be interested in. In fact, you might have become deeply misunderstood, as a result. Students with these aspects can stand out in the classroom, for better or worse. Your inability to color inside the lines might have worried teachers, making them feel like there was some sort of disorder or behavior issue going on. Hopefully, you had some sort of particularly friendly teacher to guide you. Mercury-Uranus students are only difficult to handle when you try to make them rigidly conform. But, if you had a teacher who recognized your giftedness and befriended you, showing total tolerance toward your individualistic ways, you felt much more motivated and stimulated in class.

But, all throughout life, there can be an element of you being misunderstood (Uranus) via the way you communicate (Mercury). Some people with this placement have such erratic, left-field thoughts that the things they say often leave people scratching their heads. Others might be easier to understand on a logical level but just difficult to fully reach or gain a read on in conversation. You have a remote quality to the way in which you communicate, as your mind can often seem to be somewhere else. Sometimes, your head is just way out in outer space. You are an unpredictable talker, as well, leaving those to expect the unexpected when speaking to you. It’s a regular occurrence for people to walk away from a conversation with a Mercury-Uranus person saying, “Where did that come from?” This can be regarding brilliant insights, wildly inventive ideas, provocative jokes, and unusual comments that all come spilling out of your mouth.

There is a suddenness to the way that Uranus operates that influences your speech. You might appear to really blurt things out. But, this is the way in which your mind naturally works, as your thoughts manifest like quick flashes of lightning. You must feel like you’re being given the complete freedom to just say whatever’s on your mind. Having Mercury in aspect to Uranus doesn’t make you too encumbered by tact or pretense or politeness. You don’t care too much about how what you’re saying is being received and your detachment from social conventions can be quite startling to some people. Therefore, you might often end up rubbing someone the wrong way or offending them through your speech. Talking to you can feel like sticking your finger in a socket. Your words truly shock people, in some way or another, and you might just get off on doing so.

Yet, this can contribute to that mental perspective of being misunderstood. Having a Mercury-Uranus aspect means that your brain just doesn’t work like most people’s. So, thoughts and ideas and opinions that you see as totally normal are often considered odd or absurd to others. It’s the age-old tale of the genius: being so ahead of his/her time that he/she walks a lonely path. Basically, you must get used to the idea that your mind works differently and fully embrace that, without feeling like a freak and without feeling the rebellious need to push others’ buttons, as a result. Many with this placement can continually up the shock value in their conversation, especially those with the conjunction, square, or opposition, which can stem from a certain frustration that comes from constantly being seen as a weirdo or a troublemaker. If this is the case, you must learn how to focus that mental energy on something more constructive. You still might end up being shocking via your speech. But, just don’t try so hard to do so on purpose.

Gifted people often struggle with the process of claiming their giftedness, as society can make them feel ostracized or ridiculous for doing so. The same can be said of Mercury-Uranus people, many of whom fall into the gifted category. You might have spent so much of your life being told your ideas were crazy and unacceptable that you isolate yourself from the crowd and don’t share your ideas, just talking to yourself about them instead. The same can be true of your high intelligence, which can, of course, make you an outcast in a different way while growing up. Mercury can be looked at to pinpoint any issues around the intelligence. With Mercury in aspect to Uranus, your issue might be simply owning up to the fact that you are very smart. That can sound like egotism to Uranus and make this planet very uncomfortable. But, it’s not egotistical if you’re using that intelligence to help advance the world and the people around you. This needs to be Mercury-Uranus’ primary focus.

You have the mind of a true innovator, capable of looking at things from unusual, highly interesting perspectives. That "light-bulb" in your head turns on without warning and you are an avid brainstormer, capable of engaging in a flurry of mental energy and exchanges. Those with the sextile and trine, and sometimes the conjunction, simply prefer to approach things from a totally independent-minded angle, allowing them come up with fascinating ideas or refreshing opinions. Yet, if you have the square or the opposition, you might be rather overwhelmed with your mad-scientist point of view, as your mind doesn’t seem to stop spinning in unpredictable directions. The conjunction can manifest this way, at times, as well. Mercury-Uranus might not just think outside of the box. The concept of a box might not even cross their minds. This is a highly creative combination, though not necessarily like artistic Mercury-Neptune. Your creativity stems from sheer inventiveness and a willingness to go out on a limb intellectually. Therefore, you must cultivate numerous “experiments” in life in order to channel this.

In doing so, you can help open up and progress the minds of those around you. Mercury-Uranus people aren’t content with mundane, small-talk conversation. You want to discuss truly stimulating subjects that will push both you and the other person to really think. You have an electrifying influence in your conversations and people can walk away from you impressed by how unique your observations and opinions are. However, when someone or something bores you, you’re totally disconnected, to the point of seeming to be taking off on a spaceship to someplace much more interesting. This is another reason why Mercury-Uranus people can hate school. You’re much more mentally detached than most when you’re uninterested in something, which could’ve been a few subjects in school. Yet, when you are truly interested, your genius shines through.

You definitely don’t appreciate being told what to think. In fact, that’s the number one rule for getting to know a Mercury-Uranus individual: don’t tell them what to think. No one should just freely dish out advice to you, especially when it’s unsolicited. In your mind, you and you only determine your opinions. Your manner of comprehending things is highly independent, sometimes to a startling degree. It’s rare to find a Mercury-Uranus person who constantly seeks people’s advice. It will be an out-of-the-norm event when you do and, even then, you will still filter it through your own logic. The disapproval of others doesn’t deter you, even if it might secretly bother you. In fact, the more people disagree with you, the more determined you become to stick to your point of view or your decision, like the rebellious-minded individual that you will eternally be.

Because of this, Mercury-Uranus people’s opinions usually go against the normal conventional thought of society. This can apply in many different areas, possibly even just about every area you can think of. You do not readily go along with the herd’s mentality but stop and question things for yourself. Peer pressure is never, ever an issue for you, as you’re far from easily influenced. People with these aspects are generally not prejudiced in their thinking. In fact, they can feel even more isolated, sometimes, due to their ability to not place people in such rigid, stereotypical categories because of their race, sex, class, sexual orientation or anything else. With this aspect, you can see the inherent stupidity of people’s discriminatory thinking much more readily than others. As a result, you find it easy to detach from these perspectives, seeing them as totally illogical, and follow your own broad-minded mode of thought that sees everyone as one and the same.

Individuals with Mercury-Uranus are future-oriented minds. They are ready to take us into a whole new age of thinking and have probably been ready their entire lives. With this aspect, you are always two steps ahead of the pack, in one sense or another. However, it’s difficult for you to realize this until the others catch up and you see how much faster you are than them. If your Mercury is in Aries, Gemini, Virgo, or Aquarius and in aspect to Uranus, then your thinking is even more exceptionally quick, to the point where you might need to curb a tendency to suddenly jump to conclusions. But, you will never be able to slow those brilliant brainwaves down too much. Because of your quickness, you are usually the first person in the room to get the joke. It takes someone who’s as fast on the uptake to keep up with you when you’re in a humorous mode, as you not only have a very quick wit but can go off on crazy riffs and tangents that seem to take on a life of their own. And of course, your sense of humor always has that edginess, that feeling of no one knowing exactly what you’re going to say. And most wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Mercury conjunct Uranus: Due to the conjunction, you are a complete mastermind, full of an inventiveness that few people can match. But, there's definitely a potential for you to take the perverse approach, constantly seeking to subvert everything and everyone around you with your unconventional speech and your left-field approach. You possess an odd kind of intuition, as well, as even you can be puzzled as to how you seem to just brilliantly comprehend things like you do.

Mercury square or opposite Uranus: You are the most likely to speak and think in erratic, bizarre ways. Having the square or the opposition can make you more of a frustrated genius, as it can be difficult for you to translate those extraordinary ideas into a sensible reality. This can be difficult and make you feel even more isolated in your outlook. But, when you find a healthy balance between common logic and wild inspiration, you are capable of putting your unique intelligence to good use. 

Mercury sextile or trine Uranus: With the sextile and the trine, rationality and unconventionality blend to the point where you're just enough of a kook to stand out but not so bizarre that you don't make any sense. In fact, your individualistic mindset often ends up sounding refreshingly logical to many. You are just as nonchalant about people's approval as the others with this aspect, though, and might have to watch for a tendency to be so detached in this way that you don't care whose buttons you push. 

30 comments:

  1. I have this. Every single word rings true. Innovating is a way of life for me. My Uranus conjuncts Spica even. The solutions I can think of are not only practical but also scalable. Naturally, I'm a startup founder.

    Great article. I hope more people would develop the conscious awareness to align their physical existence with the cosmos around them.

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  2. This is the best fucking article i have ever read about this particular aspect. Wow. I am so impressed with your knowledge and depth of information. Thank you for being a wonderful writer, sharer and Astrologer. You are one of the best i have come across, and i love all your articles in fact i am quite obsessed with them. Thank you for sharing your perspectives :)

    I have my Mercury in Cancer in Opposition to my Uranus/Saturn/Neptune in Capricorn. My Mercury also Trines my Pluto in Scorpio.

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    1. Thank you! I have Mercury trine Uranus, so this article's pretty close to my heart. :)

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  3. Hello you have the trine nice! I have mercury square Uranus and Mercury square Pluto with my sun moon rising in Scorpio I guess my Venus trining Pluto and Uranus helps smooth this square energy out. Your article is on point!

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  4. I have Mercury/Pisces trine Uranus in Scorpio
    I never really did well in school or university, but I always thought I had an innate brilliance- may be I was just arrogant???

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  5. Oh my god.. im speechless... im a gemini born on the 16th of june and this is all so true like...

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  6. This is a great article ! Thank you so much for such a detailed and precise description . I have my Mercury in Gemini in opposition to Uranus and this article is 100 % to the point!

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  7. Waw! I have a grand trine in water houses : Mercury in Cancer trine Uranus in Scorpio trine moon in Piesces .

    I get compliments like this: I love the way you talk.

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  8. Awesome article, but it's also accurate with regards to the semi-sextile which I have exactly. Thanks for putting this out there. One of the best articles I've read on Mercury-Uranus aspects!

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  9. Awesome article, but it's also accurate with regards to the semi-sextile which I have exactly. Thanks for putting this out there. One of the best articles I've read on Mercury-Uranus aspects!

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  10. xD Well... this was very interesting. Thank you. I think because I have Mercury trine Uranus, Mercury in Virgo and Uranus in Aquarius, I'm pretty chill about the whole "being a bit of an oddball". I definitely enjoyed your article.

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    1. Dude your mercury doesn't trine uranus...you have a square between your two planets and that means,your mind is out of the place!!

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    2. They probably have an out-of-sign trine going on. Either Mercury in Virgo is in the last degrees of Virgo or Uranus in Aquarius is in the very early degrees of Aquarius. But, either way, it wouldn't be a square because Virgo and Aquarius don't square.

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    3. Wow.. you completely nail it.I have mercury trine uranus, with mercury in LEO and uranus in SAGITTARIUS.
      It’s a regular occurrence for people to walk away from a conversation with a Mercury-Uranus person saying, “Where did that come from?” This can be regarding brilliant insights, wildly inventive ideas, provocative jokes, and unusual comments that all come spilling out of your mouth.
      THIS two sentences truly describes me that really made my day xD .Reading your article made me realize why many people including my parents,siblings and friends misunderstood me a lot.The most interesting thing is that teachers find it hard to answer all my inquisitive questions, sometimes they gave me a weird look!

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  11. I'll second the semi-sextile comment above. Brilliant article.

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    1. I love your name! I don't see it often. I have a 13 year old son and his name is Ronin, he has the sextile aspect of Mercury and Uranus, I have the square. We have some awesome conversations that go beyond superficial and we just get each others mental idea play!

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  12. Wow! I have Uranus in Sag square Mercury in Aquarius and this whole article resonated so strongly. I've always felt misunderstood - this all made so much sense. Thanks you so much.

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  13. Great explanation of odd ball Uranus. I have Mcy conjunct Urus in Virgo and Urus trine Moon in Sag... I love been different. I had a very difficult time at school and I found it boring. Also have pluto conduct Mercury...Jupiter conjunctMC in Pisces snd Saturn in the 8th in Aquarius.... so yeah im trying to figure it all out.... but, Im very much on my own in doing so!

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  14. I have the Mercury conjunct Uranus aspect in my chart and well as Mercury conjunct Neptune and the Galactic Center aspect. The way I think and perceive the world and tie together thoughts concepts and inventions has been so outside the mainstream my entire life that I've felt ostracized, outcast, and stupid. Reading this article is validating. It even makes me want to cry. It reminds me that "no, I'm not crazy" and I need to keep hanging in there, "own" my intelligence and share it because it's valuable. Thank you! :) Reading this made my day and I will return to it when I need that reminder next time someone calls me "delusional".

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    1. Yeah I am sure your mind is really far out! I have my Mercury trine Uranus and Neptune. That is powerful enough. I can only imagine what the conjunction from both feels like! But it is good to know that you're not wrong and this is just who you are. :)

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  15. This article is great!! My husband has Mercury in Aquarius square Uranus. He never liked school and always learns by his own rules. His sense of humour is amazing, extremely witty and quick and he sometimes shocks me with his insights when we talk or debate. Sometimes he argues for the sake of argument or playing devil's advocate, he says the same thing I am saying he just wants to give it his own touch. Often our conclusions are the same, only that he wants to rephrase everything in his own way. He rebels against all rules and never judges people based on race, sex, nationality, etc. He seems detached most of the times, but lucky me that i'm not the emotional type otherwise I would have felt ignored..haha.

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  16. This article put to rest all anxiety and insecurity about being such a weird thinker and speaker. All my life I couldn't fully understand way people would describe me as "crazy". Mercury in Pisces square Uranus in Sag. Thank you taking the time out to help people like me make good use of this extraordinary gift. I feel so much better!

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  17. This is really helpful - thank you! A friend sent me your work after doing my chart. I'm Mercury trine Uranus and was a big success in school & always gifted in the arts, but I now teach science. I find I have more trouble fitting in with colleagues (as a teacher) than I ever did as a student and am often misunderstood. People act as if I'm autistic, but I'm not at all - I simply do not recognize the hierarchy they use as scaffolding for what is politically correct; it's invisible to me. I offend without knowing what line I've crossed, which is frustrating. I need to work around people who are creative & tolerant or I'm going to keep running in circles with this. Thanks for shining a light on the dilemma!

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  18. hey i love all of your articles, you were born to do this. you are helping humanity a lot in a butterfly effect sort of way that is not comprehensible!!
    I have neptune and uranus opposition mercury in fourth house with saturn at the29thdegree of aquarius in the fifth house.
    I wanted to say that I consciously ask people for their advice. just people who i really trust . i like to see how someone who thinks 'normaly' would think on a matter for a measure against my own thoughts. but this is a conscious thing and astrology has taught me a lot about myself and I keep myself grounded by consulting grounded people. even if i dont agree with the other persons perspective, i take it seriously as sometimes i can act out quite rashly and so i guess I find it cmforting when I know another person would do the same thing as me <3

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  19. Sorry for my english : i'm french ^^
    I have Uranus/Mercury conjonction in Libra, 12th. And my Saturn in the square, Cancer, 9th.
    Now, Uranus in Aries opposites my Uranus/Mercury conjonction and in the meanwhile, Pluto (I'm a Virgo, Scorpio is my ASC) in the 3rd, opposites my natal Saturn.
    Well, it feels like there are storms and ligthening in my head. I'm so exhausted!!! Jupiter in libra helps a little but I just don't know what to do with that configuration.
    So, Thank you for your articles. Ciara Hayes has right : you are so helpfull.

    Astrologers have the power to change mentalities and awaken consciences. This is our only chance to accompany the world to a better tomorrow. For me, this is the meaning of the Pluto / Uranus aspect in the world. Politics have failed and Churches are too stuck in their dogmas. Both are useless or inefficient to our societies (at least in France). Astrology opens the way to different interpretations: one can then choose one's path according to one's intuition, one's experience, ... Astrology helps to positive each experience, each trial. But consultations are expensive so people choose the easiest: drowning his questions in a glass of alcohol or in the vapors of drugs. However, people want to understand, they want to do something. They just do not know what to do or where to look.

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  20. Thanks for this great article which explains a lot about my way of thinking. I have natal Mercury in strong aspects, as the head of a kit, part of two grand trines and a grand cross, as well as squaring Uranus. It's also ahead of and conjunct the Sun. I have always been exceptionally intuitive and a free thinker, now I understand why and I'm celebrating!

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  21. Scorpio Mercury RX conjunct Uranus in the first house opposite moon! My friends and family thinks I'm bat shit crazy lol. You described me perfectly. I had difficulty in school. I remember my 3rd grade teacher dug her nails into me and shook me out of frustration. However it took my aunt 15 mins to tutor me how to solve fractions lol

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  22. Hello,
    I have Mercury conjunct Mars, Uranus, Neptune, sextile Pluto and square Ascendant. Needless to say you read me for filth. Thank you for validating me and my unconventional thoughts.

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  23. Great article but Is it ok to say that I'm smart but not a genius! People love having conversations with me. I'm not that good in speeches and I'm not weird or exceptional even though Mercury conjunct Uranus in sagittarius in house 1 along with Neptune and Saturn. Can anyone tell me please why ?

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  24. I have the conjunct in Scorpio.. it can be so frustration at times. this article rings true for me, but it feels like its been doubled with the Scorpio aspect.

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