Moon square or opposite Mercury creates a synergy or conflict between the rational mind and gut instincts. The restlessness creates a very driven personality who is constantly in a state of flux like the tides washing in and out. This can make for a very creative, self-purifying individual with a huge need to communicate their fluctuating moods to a wider audience.
These people work well in the mass media and communications industries. The parents can be their mentors and teachers. Moon square or opposite Mercury may come from an intellectual family where heated debates are encouraged. Artistically this aspect shows itself as paying close attention to the small details of their subject whether it be clothing, architecture, visual appearance or behaviour.
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It’s those little, personal observations that give poignancy to Moon/Mercury in hard aspect’s work. As individuals however, they may gain the reputation as being overly pedantic, picky or being too much of a dilettante. Moon opposition or square Mercury may know their own neighbourhood inside out, but be wary of travelling further afield.
This is a very nervous aspect, so there is a danger of needing to self-medicate in order to calm down. If there are other indicators in the chart, self-medication can result in addiction.
All in all, though, these people are survivors because of their ability to adapt chameleon-like to their environment and the experience they gain from the constant change feeds their creative products also.
Moon opposite Mercury can manifest as a magic wand once the native has come to peace with themselves and tamed the mind to work with their intuition.
These people are highly strung so they do need to put their energies into something creative through which they can channel their restlessness.
Moon square Mercury poses more challenges in the way of obstacles related to children. This could be a difficulty in conceiving children. Symbolically this can be the need to endure suffering in order to inspire artistic creations.
It can be a painful birth for Moon/Mercury, but the creative product is more than worth it. Moon square Mercury can also become popular through the use of criticism and sarcasm. In the most negative manifestation, this can be just outright cruelty or plain bitchiness.
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Moon Mercury Hard Aspects
Moon Square Mercury
Mary Shelley; short-story writer, novelist, travel writer and dramatist. Mary is most famous for her novel Frankenstein which was inspired by nights of ghost story-telling at the Villa of Lord Byron. Mary’s life has all the Moon square Mercury hallmarks. She was the daughter of intellectuals; political philosopher William Godwin and one of the first feminists Mary Wollstonecraft.
Sadly Mary never knew her mother who died just a month after Mary was born. Her father became her tutor taking her on educational trips and allowing her to explore his vast library at her leisure. Mary:
“received an unusual and advanced education for a girl of the time. She had a governess, a daily tutor, and read many of her father’s children’s books on Roman and Greek history in manuscript.” ~ Wiki
It was through mixing with her father’s political followers that Mary met her husband-to-be, fellow wordsmith Percy Bysshe Shelley. Unfortunately, Percy was already married at the time. Despite this, Mary fell pregnant with Percy’s child during their travels. This pregnancy caused them both to be ostracised, be in constant debt and finally caused them great sorrow when the child was born (Moon) premature (Mercury) and died.
Moon/Mercury also shows the dual situation of Percy having two women in his life. Mary’s rival, Percy’s wife Harriet ended up committing suicide and the Shelley’s married shortly after. Mary was to lose two more children with Percy when finally, one a boy they named Percy survived. Mary suffered still more sorrow in her domestic life when her husband Percy drowned in a sailing accident.
As a child, Mary also had to contend with a stepmother rival whom she detested. More Moon/Mercury themes are that her father had a publishing business selling children’s books, stationery, and games. Mary’s mother was very much a liberal, believed in free love and had an illegitimate child brought up as Mary’s half-sister. Her father had many debt problems through unsuccessful businesses. (Mercury rules commerce.).
Mary’s half-sister (Mercury = Siblings) also committed suicide. Many scholars claim Frankenstein was influenced heavily by Mary’s lost children and her mother’s early death. “the novel is a “birth myth” in which Shelley comes to terms with her guilt for causing her mother’s death as well as for failing as a parent.”
Shelley scholar Anne K. Mellor suggests that, from a feminist viewpoint, it is a story “about what happens when a man tries to have a baby without a woman … [Frankenstein] is profoundly concerned with natural as opposed to unnatural modes of production and reproduction”. ~ Wiki. The Moon is actually Mary’s chart ruler. To cap it all, Mary died of a suspected brain (Mercury) tumour aged 53.
MORE MOON SQUARE MERCURY: Oscar Wilde, Mae West, Orson Wells, Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Russell Crowe, Yul Brynner, Courtney Cox, Telly Savalas, Terence Stamp, Bela Lugosi, Tina Turner, Barbara Streisand, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Mika, Patti Smith, David Icke, Charles Manson, John Hinkley, Jimmy Hoffa, David Tennant, Joseph Stalin, David Cameron, Benazir Bhutto, Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, Debra Winger, Steve Marriot, Willie Nelson, Adam Ant, Lemmy, Sheena Easton, Sir William Hamilton, Rory Bremner, Andre Breton, Francisco De Goya.
Moon Opposite Mercury
Visual artist Cindy Sherman (23′) is a good example of the mimicry and the attention to detail. Originally working in paint she said “I was meticulously copying other art and then I realized I could just use a camera and put my time into an idea instead.” cindysherman.com
Sherman uses herself as the model for most of her work, photographed playing many different parts in various costumes. She does her own hair, clothes and makeup which is part of the artistry. Sherman’s work centers on the theme of how the media portrays women.
In Cindy’s provocative photos she has appeared as a centrefold, a distraught housewife, an abused woman, and as various medieval historical figures. She has also portrayed herself as male, female, transgender, older, younger and pregnant. A true chameleon she succeeds in looking completely different and unrecognisable as herself in each photo.