Sun Conjunct Mercury ~ Quicksilver Mind

Sun conjunct Mercury generally gives a sharp, quicksilver mind and tongue. These people live by their wits and have the ability to shine with words. They are often social chameleons. Their restless mind can be faddish and an over-active imagination often gives rise to odd quirks and phobias. A good few of the examples below had multiple marriages (3 and over!). Health seems to be an issue and this could come from their highly-strung nerves. It may be hard for them to separate their ego from their thinking, taking it far too personally when anyone disagrees with their opinion. They can be masters of spin. Mercury being the neuter planet can account for a tendency to androgyny and bi-sexuality, or a certain childlike asexual charm.

But there is also the question of combustion to consider. The Sun is never more than 28 degrees from the Sun, so the likelihood of Sun being combust Mercury (Within 8º) is quite high. Some forward thinking traditional astrologers have considered reducing the orb and raising the limit for Cazimi which I think would be worth considering when you look at the list on page 2.

I would consider giving under 30’ orb cazimi for Mercury myself (instead of 17’ ). This would bring prolific songwriter Carole King into the cazimi category. Despite the combustion there are many writers and composers with this aspect. Mozart is also considered a genius and has Mercury combust Sun. He was obviously gifted but you can still see the combustion in operation in the relationship he had with his father.

Sun Conjunct Mercury ~ Combust

Child prodigy Wolfgang Mozart was utterly groomed and overshadowed by his pushy stage-father Leopold (Sun/Saturn). A good example of the Sun (His father) absorbing his child (Mercury). Mercury being so close to the Sun can find it difficult to have its own mindset separate from the father or father figure.

The problem with cookbook astrology is that there are anomalies where the whole chart needs to be considered, especially when you consider traditional methods. Sun combust Mercury can work like cazimi in some cases.  Mozart’s Mercury was his chart ruler and in a mutual reception by triplicity with Saturn, which was also conjunct his Aquarian Sun opposite musical Neptune. At the same time this cookbook research has its uses, as you can clearly see the great intellectual vision and gifts of the cazimi Sun conjunct Mercury in the examples below.

Sun conjunct Mercury may have had a hard time getting heard or being taken seriously by authority figures as children and were probably constantly being told to shut up. To gain attention they could well have played the clown or fallen into thinking that if what they say is “silly” then they might as well take that silliness to the extreme. As adults then, they will tend to rebel from conventional society and support causes that are deemed ridiculous by the general public. They may be drawn to alternative movements, conspiracy and the like and become quite aggressive or zealous in their protests against “fathers” in the wider world.

Militant feminist Valerie Solanas is a good example of this. It can be very hard to debate with Sun combust Mercury because their ego/mind fusion may just not see that there could be a compromise between the opposing thought forms. Things are very black or white for them. Sun cazimi Mercury on the other hand sits in the heart of the sun and seems to have a deep wisdom that permeates from other dimensions and out through their soul. These people radiate wisdom and often become advisors and gurus to the elites.

Sun Conjunct Mercury Natives ~ Cazimi

Sun conjunct MercuryBill Hicks (13’) is a supreme example of stand-up comic genius. His humour was dark and satirical, covering a huge array of topics including social issues, religion, philosophy and politics. “He criticized consumerism, superficiality, mediocrity, and banality within the media and popular culture, which he characterized as oppressive tools of the ruling class that “keep people stupid and apathetic”.[1]

Annie Lennox (16’) is a gifted singer songwriter and also famed for her androgynous look in the 1980’s. Her myriad of provocative stage personas ensure her ongoing status as a gay icon. Italy’s most successful fashion designer Giorgio Armani (13’), employed cunning with his Machiavellian style business strategies to amass a personal fortune of 5 billion. He is openly bi-sexual. Other Cazimi’s; Writer, mentor, critic, and art patron Gertrude Stein (02’), Joseph Campbell (08’), writer and mythologist who coined the term “follow your bliss”, 8 times married Elizabeth Taylor (10’), visionary quantum-biologist Bruce Lipton (11’).


Carole King (24’) the prolific songwriter behind many of the biggest hits of the 1960’s. Her emphasis was on lyrics. It seems she wrote for others because her nerves reportedly gave such severe stage fright, she very rarely took to the stage. Benito Mussolini’s (32’) odd quirk was that he feared hunchbacks, cripples and open umbrellas. Deeply superstitious he also kept a St. Anthony statue about his person at all times. Oliver Stone (35’) used the power of spin for his opinionated films that deal with so called ‘conspiracy theories’. Stone has often been criticized for historical inaccuracy. Using several film formats in a single scene he gives a collage of information for you to make of what you will.

Others with Sun conjunct Mercury include; Christopher Reeve (35’), Wolfgang Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Dimitri Shostakovich, William Lily, Valerie Solanas, Hans Christian Anderson, Eric Gill, Alan Ginsburg, Titanic Hits Iceberg, Tatum O’Neal, Rudolph Valentino, Omar Sharif, Cary Grant, Keanu Reeves, Denzil Washington, David Tennant, Oliver Stone, Joseph Mankiewicz, Sonny Bono, Sean Lennon, Pattie Boyd, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Larry King, Max Clifford, Marcel Duchamp, Madeleine’s Abduction, Miriam Stoppard, Amy Winehouse, Lena Zavaroni, Joan Baez, Edith Piaf, Liv Tyler, Frank Sinatra, Andy Gibb, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Jennifer Lopez, Jeff Buckley, James Bulger, Helmut Kohl, Eva Braun, Oliver Cromwell, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Nancy Regan, Giles Villeneuve, Chris Evert.

1. Bill Hicks on Austin Public Access. October 1993

45 thoughts on “Sun Conjunct Mercury ~ Quicksilver Mind

  1. I know someone with exact combust – not just to the minute, but to the second! Oliver is the second son of a brilliant, famous surgeon, his elder brother followed in the family business so Oliver inevitably felt unfairly hallenged in the family hierarchy. But he was brilliant – he’d learned two foreign languages off his own bat by the time he’d left university, where he’d studed law. Everything was going fine, stellar legal career on the horizon, but then he took his other long-standing interest in things occult/spiritual a step further and went out to spend three months studying under a well-known guru at an ashram in India. Because I didn’t mention that his exact combust lies in Pisces. It proved to be his undoing. He become obsessed with his guru (I imagine he projected his complicated feelings about his father onto him) to the point of mania. In his delusions, he came to believe that he had to kill God, because in fact he was the real God and had to take HIs place! Then came the first of a long series of shattering nervous breakdowns. That was ten years ago, since when the doctors have been medicating him but admit they don’t know what to do with him, he’s even been given electroshock treatment several times.
    A mind burnt by the Sun, indeed.

  2. VERY interesting! Yes I think the sign it is in greatly affects the combustion. Do you know what degree it was on because then there is the fixed star to consider also. Achernar at 14º Pisces is associated with guru’s and success in ecclesiastical matters (If used in the right way!)

  3. I like your method of judging a Cazimi at 30′. I think these people can have moments of brilliance in communication, and moments of failure to communicate. It all depends on several factors. I have actually struggled explaining this to some in the mainstream astro communities. I’ve even seen it claimed that Mercury doesn’t count for a cazimi because it’s too fast…this frustrates me. My Gemini Sun 19*30 conjunct Mercury 19*06, this puts me frustratingly on the edge of/but not quite cazimi. Your examples are great. I have experienced moments where I dazzle with my words, and times when I am totally misunderstood. I think there is another level of conjunct, between 17′ &1*. If you ever have further thoughts on Sun conjunct Mercury I’d love to read them.

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