Moon conjunct Mercury can be very naughty or very nice, this is the trickster we are talking about after all. At best, the combination of logic and intuition gives great common sense. A lot depends on the house placement, sign and the fixed star these are on because this is a shape-shifting combo. If the chart as a whole has a lunar feel then rapid mood swings and a whimsical thought process will prevail. The subject might find it hard to get to the point, but be very smart at observing the small details of every day life. If the subject is more of a Mercurial, logical nature, then the Moon will do a great job of adding empathy and soften the tendency to Nerd-out. These people should be clever at spinning a yarn, and Mercury/Moon serves comedians very well, since much comedy is based on truthful observations of everyday human habits.
Float Like A Butterfly…
The conjunction can work as a hard aspect and the Moon with Mercury makes for quite an odd fit since the Moon can be quite clingy and nostalgic while Mercury is flighty and ever youthful. What they both share though is the tendency to meander through life and change with the tides. In a very mutable chart this might be a person who finds it hard to stick at anything and is given to fads. At worst this person can be a cheat and someone that you couldn’t trust as far as you could throw them.
The archetype has the feel of the magician about it. Thoughts are things and this person could conjure themselves up a beautiful domestic arrangement if they can focus on their dreams for long enough. A Mercurial flavoured Moon gives a great sense of humour, charm and instinctive timing. Actors do well with this aspect and it can make a person a great mimic.
This person also loves to chat, chat, chat! They need to talk about their feelings, family, day-to-day life to anyone that will listen, it is often hard to get a word in edgeways. They are great entertainers though, so if you invite them to your dinner party you know your guests won’t get bored! They can also be great campaigners, speaking out on behalf of the general public. There is also something very childlike and naive about them, as parents they often act more like a sibling to their child.
Moon conjunct Mercury Natives
Muhammad Ali is a great example of the super-planet created by this conjunction. Ali was very vocal in his objection to the Vietnam war, the boxing champion was stripped of his title for draft evasion. Ali had a unique style of boxing for a heavy weight. He did not carry his hands high to protect his face, instead he relied on quicksilver fancy footwork to avoid punches. The man describes this manner beautifully in his most famous phrase. ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a Bee’. Very Mercurial. He also used the power of words to intimidate his opponents with his ‘trash talk’. Ali was famous for his pre-match hype in which he cleverly used rhymes to stir up the crowd in his favour.
Also: Alan Villiers (03’), John Phillips (16’), Robert Redford, Ringo Starr, Peter Finch, Carl Wilson, Lyndon B Johnson, Hugo Chavez.