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The Basics of Astrology
Mercury and Mars in Dynamic Aspect
Astrological aspects: general introduction
The analysis of a natal chart must be as comprehensive as possible. This is what we do as we make our personalized reports available in our e-shop. It must be borne in mind that many astrologers concentrate on the interpretation of planets in signs and in houses, and of angles, without paying enough attention to aspects. On the contrary, we believe that when aspects involve personal planets between themselves or slow-moving planets, they are of fundamental importance. In all cases, they are at least as significant as the Ascendant or the Sun. This is particularly relevant when the orb is tight (i.e. when the aspect is exact). This is the criterion we apply for this new series of articles which describe how well-known personalities experience certain aspects.
Mercury and Mars in challenging aspect
These personal planets relate to highly important functions, i.e. to think and to act.
Mercury rules the mind (not the intelligence), more precisely, the "style" of one's intellect. The sign where he is posited describes how one communicates, exchanges, reasons, talks, writes, as well as how one demonstrates inventiveness, lightness, eloquence, and subtlety. An ill-natured Mercury possesses all the flaws of the qualities mentioned above. He may indicate manipulation, bad faith, craftiness (in the Roman mythology, he is the god of thieves), excessive superficiality, scatter, or dispersal.
The House where Mercury is posited points to the fields of interest which naturally arouse one's curiosity, the areas to which one easily adjusts, and where one demonstrates cleverness effortlessly.
His action is influenced by the element of the sign where he is in. In Fire signs, intuition and sense of initiative prevail. In Water signs, sensitivity and memory are the driving forces. In Air signs, swiftness, curiosity, and exchanges are the main features. Lastly, in Earth signs, realism, common sense, concern about efficiency and durability are strong.
Mercury goes into retrograde motion three times each year. During such periods, it is advisable to think twice before taking action. On a side note, astrologers often joke between themselves and mention the retrogradations of Mercury to excuse or explain a delay, a misunderstanding, or an error.
As for Mars, he is associated with activity, courage, boldness, and the need to handle things. He describes a valiant character, the typical profile of a go-getter or of a resolute woman.
Mars is also about virility and sexuality in general. By extension, in a female chart, he represents the lover or her conception of her soul mate.
As far as flaws are concerned, it must be said that they are clearly visible, for instance anger, impatience, bad mood, brutality, overdeveloped taste for risk, etc. Everything is noticeable with Mars.
When Mercury and Mars are linked by a dynamic aspect, the signature is perceptible for the same reasons indicated above. Everything unfolds in a very personal manner.
Some people can hardly experience harmoniously the functions of reflexion and of action, which most often creates sociability problems, as well as a propensity to argue and sometimes to behave inappropriately.
Now and then, the person concerned is nervous, irritable, too spontaneous or impulsive. The aspect also inclines to become an activist who shows no mercy.
Words are harsh, and action is chaotic. A challenging Mercury-Mars aspect suggests polemics.
In the case of a square, one is very provocative, and does not hesitate to defy people or a thorny situation in the areas indicated by the position of the planets.
With an opposition, depending on the Houses and the signs involved, one is torn between two contradictory urges, and undergoes the effects of the conflict, except when one of the planets is clearly stronger and tends to prevail.
Anyway, this dynamic aspect provides combativity resources, once the initial problem is solved. It can never be repeated often enough that a dissonance between two planets, even though it is tricky to tackle in daily life in the beginnings, creates a strong energy that one can use as one likes. This is determined by one's level of maturity and one's capacity to turn this challenge into assets to serve one's evolution and fulfillment.
In order to better explain this aspect, we are mentioning several well-known personalities, here Mick Jagger (square), Charlotte Gainsbourg (opposition), Tom Brady (square), and Demi Moore (square). This article deliberately isolates the aspect (a square or an opposition) so as to better describe them. For this reason, it claims on no account to be a psychological analysis of the celebrity in question, for whom many other articles are available in the "Focus" section.
It is possible to find thousands of other horoscopes having Mercury in aspect of square or opposition with Mars (or any other aspects), with the online tool search. The planets, positions in sign and in house as well as the orb, are configurable.
The charismatic lead vocalist of the Stones was born with a challenging aspect, a square, between Mars in Taurus and Mercury in Leo. This highly sensual signature describes a singer whose strong physical presence on stage is acknowledged throughout the world, and who contributed to the emergence of the legend of his group.
However, his talent is not beyond criticisms, for some people think that his performance is too demonstrative, almost excessive. His facial expressions, his poses, and his frenzied body language match Mercury in Leo who seeks the favor of the public, whereas Mars in Taurus is more down to earth and more reasonable in the long run.
After many years of rock 'n' roll excess, Jagger complied with a healthy diet similar to that of athletes, just to be able to perform during his tours on a demanding pace at age 70. This probably required a significant effort for his nature, or the price to be paid by the Sun in Leo whose conception of life is quite hedonistic.
Indeed, in his chart, the stellium of planets in Leo fights Mars who is fond of routine and security. At the same time, capacity for work and perseverance is one of the reasons why the Stones experienced success right from the start.
Jagger is extremely clear-headed and gives a stern gaze to the person he used to be. He came from a good family and was meant to pursue a classical career. To remain on the path to music, he had to use Mars' energy to oppose his parents and to pick several verbal epic quarrels with them.
It seems that Mars in the 12th House is more to be blamed for these internal damages than Mercury, the ruler of the artist's Ascendant in Gemini. We may also consider that this correlates with Jagger's private life, since he has become a powerful patriarch although he cannot control everything. He is believed to have had no less than eight children with five different women; sometimes, he had his back against the wall.
Anyway, what is certain is that the aspect involving the chart ruler (Mercury) and Mars in the 12th House provides energy reserves which never decrease.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Mick Jagger.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Mick Jagger:
Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of very famous parents. She took her first steps in Lemon Incest, a quite ambiguous clip authored by her father, and in the film An impudent girl. It is doubtless that for this shy girl born with the Sun in Cancer, these activities were ordeals.
Against all odds, she managed to follow her own path, showing a real talent and above all, her willingness to be original. In her almost totally harmonious chart, Mars and Mercury are in opposition on the Aquarius-Leo axis. The planet of action is powerful on the Ascendant in Aquarius and prints Gainsbourg's determination to break the codes, or even to be provocative like her father, Serge Gainsbourg, who used to do it so well.
At the same time, Charlotte Gainsbourg was in quest for legitimacy, which is perfectly well illustrated by the position of Mercury in Leo and in the 7th house. Indeed, she strove to communicate without harming anyone, and she paid tribute to her parents.
Thus, she restored her father's mythic house, and she made a film about her mother, Jane Birkin.
Gainsbourg was born in a family of artists, and her private life has not been smooth, since she had to deal with a broken family. On her mother's side, she has two half-sisters born from different fathers (Kate Berry, dead now), and Lou Doillon. Moreover, on her father's side, she has one half-brother, Lucien.
With Mercury, who represents siblings, and Mars, who stands for rivalries, solving the equation is tricky. It was not easy for Gainsbourg who enjoyed the favour of the medias, being the daughter of a couple as famous as her parents. She had a hard time finding her place without putting anyone at a disadvantage.
Therefore, we notice that in her chart, the struggle between the two planets occurs on the relationship axis and describes a positioning problem. She managed to settle it, which enabled her to find her own balance.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Charlotte Gainsbourg:
A sportsman was needed to illustrate a dynamic aspect involving Mars (strength, action) and Mercury (dexterity, skilfulness). With Tom Brady, a very celebrated American footballer who plays quarterback, we have a good example of this configuration.
From an astrological viewpoint, we can even say that Mercury gets the upper hand. Actually, he is not only in domicile in Virgo, but he is also the ruler of Mars, who is in Gemini.
Although his first steps were not too promising, he was the second youngest player who earned a prestigious award, the NFL MVP award (most valuable player).
Professionals in the industry acknowledge that he has an extraordinary swiftness – Mercury's talent – and efficiency – Mars' talent.
Brady managed to make the most of the two planets' potential, despite their challenging aspect. Maybe it was stimulating and not inhibiting. However, his career was marked by a historic rivalry with other footballers like Peyton Manning and his brother Eli, his bugbears.
He also had to tackle the "Deflategate" polemic – a possible cheat – quite typical of an aspect having Mars in the 8th House and Mercury in the 11th House.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Tom Brady.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Tom Brady:
The cult actress of the nineties, the former wife of Bruce Willis, was born with a highly demanding configuration formed by Mercury in Scorpio in the 8th House – in conjunction with Neptune – and in square with Mars in Leo in the 5th House.
These features give the description of a woman who underwent a rough childhood and adolescence, and who realized that for her the only way to salvation is seduction.
Attractiveness here is of the nature of Scorpio, based on sex-appeal and a certain devilish side, but with a tinge of romanticism (Neptune). We all know that Moore exploded in various genres during the last decade of the 20th century. She also formed with Willis a Hollywood couple that many people were envious of.
It was a revenge for the woman who has always bounced back and who had little self-confidence.
In those days, quite clumsily, she demanded to get paid as much as her male colleagues, nowadays an entirely reasonable claim. She became the highest-paid comedian of the moment, but she was thought to be an ambitious and unscrupulous person. She was spared nothing, and success dwindled.
This is one of the financial consequences of Mercury in the 8th House, based on her Mars in the field of leisure activities. More importantly, she has shown her weak spots and afterwards, her remarkable resilience capacity.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Demi Moore.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Demi Moore: