Mercury Uranus Aspect: Innovative Ideas

Mercury conjunct square opposite Uranus

This article is especially relevant if you have a natal Mercury Uranus aspect, or are experiencing transit Uranus conjunct, square or opposition Mercury.

MERCURY URANUS ASPECT ARCHETYPES

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MERCURY IS HOW YOU NEED TO THINK

Mercury rules ideas, communication and information.  Mercury isn’t necessarily “the way you think and talk”, but its position and aspect in your natal chart suggests how you need to think and communicate in order to be effective.

Aspects to Mercury can modify what your mind needs in order to feel confident (e.g. Saturn aspecting Mercury suggests a need for practical, structured thought).  No planet is inherently negative or positive, so it helps to explore both possibilities when looking at your Mercury aspect.

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URANUS SPEEDS UP CHANGE

Uranus rules technology, revolution and humanitarian movement.  Uranus is a symbol of future unfolding in front of us.

Uranus disrupts the stagnant status quo by encouraging progress.  When your planet is touched by Uranus, it tends to become highly active (‘electrified’) within your psyche.

What happens when Mercury and Uranus meet?

NATAL MERCURY CONJUNCT SQUARE OPPOSITE URANUS

INNOVATIVE IDEAS

Mercury is naturally curious and enjoys new information, but Uranus brings its tendency to a new level.  Uranus conjunct, square or opposite Mercury fires up the mind’s drive for learning and discovering novel ideas.

At the positive end of the spectrum, Mercury Uranus aspect can suggest that you have the mind of an inspired scientist that loves experimenting with new ideas and come up with new ways of doing things.

The tendency to experiment with new ideas can be applied to any field.  Here are some examples:

  • Martha Graham, a pioneer in modern dance “whose influence to dance was compared to that of Picasso on visual arts and Stravinsky on music (Wikipedia)” had her Mercury opposite Uranus.
  • Jimi Hendrix, one of the most original and influential instrumentalists in the history of rock music, had Mercury Uranus opposition.  On a similar vein, Curt Cobain also had Mercury opposite Uranus.
  • Actor Leonard Nimoy, who ‘invented’ the character Spock in the original Star Trek series had Mercury conjunct Uranus.
  • Writer Franz Kafka had Mercury square Uranus.
  • Mathematician John Nash (featured in the movie Beautiful Mind) had Mercury square Uranus.

You can see that these people made unique contributions to their fields using their ‘out of the box’ thinking.

Going back to “how” you need to think, Uranus Mercury aspect would suggest that you need to keep experimenting with new ideas in order to fully express your potential.

INFORMATION JUNKIE

On a more ‘normal’ level, Mercury Uranus aspect may indicate a mind which constantly hungers for new information.  In this case, your mind races very fast to consume information, but you may not direct it toward any specific goal like the people in above examples.

Even without having a major goal, Mercury Uranus people may exhibit their talent through quickness of thoughts and ability to learn new things fast.  When grounded with patience and experience, such intelligence can be used to help others ‘catch up’ in assimilating new information.

THE DARK SIDE OF MERCURY URANUS ASPECT

To have a hard Mercury Uranus aspect (conjunction, square, or opposition) is like being a driver of the fastest car in the world: Increased speed comes with danger.

Instead of being directed to find innovative solutions, your powerful mind may intensify the negative thought patterns you’ve collected in the past.

This means that if your mental pattern is to worry, then you worry harder than 20 people combined.  If your pattern is criticize or resent others, then this tendency can become out of control within your mind, until these thoughts turn into destructive words and hurt relationships.

If you suspect that there are such negative mental patterns operating within you, then some perspective is needed so you can observe your mind when it goes overdrive on these negative programming.

HOW TO REPROGRAM NEGATIVE MENTAL PATTERNS

A practice such as meditation might be helpful in honing your skills for such observation.  The aim is to eventually reprogram your mind so that its horsepower can be directed toward productive goals.

Affirmations can also prove effective in retraining your mind to think positive thoughts of self-acceptance, rather than the old criticisms you may have received in the past.  For instance, Louise Hay recommends that you mentally repeat “I approve of myself” throughout the day if you have issues with self-criticism or self-confidence.

 

TRANSIT URANUS CONJUNCT SQUARE OPPOSITE MERCURY

INTENSIFIED THOUGHT PROCESS

When transit Uranus forms a conjunction, square or opposition with your Mercury, your mental activity is intensified.  This may suggest that you are about to tackle a huge project that requires a lot of mental energy.

Would this be a useful transit if you’re about to take on a challenging course of study?  You bet.  What if you’re about to launch a major campaign for your career or your business?  You definitely could use the intense mental focus of this transit to pull it off.

EXAMPLE: John F Kennedy had transiting Uranus conjunct Mercury during the year of his presidential campaign.  His charismatic communication was instrumental in his winning the election.

UNCONVENTIONAL IDEAS

Uranus breaks with the traditional status quo, and you may channel some of that energy during transit Uranus Mercury period.  During this transit, your unconventional words and ideas might electrify and inspire some people, while shocking others.

EXAMPLE: Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) electrified the media world when she debuted her new, female name and image on June 2015.  Transit Uranus was exactly on her Mercury.  Her unconventional announcement was met with huge social media success.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

In theory, Uranus Mercury transit would activate the houses ruled by Mercury, suggesting a great deal of mental activity in the areas those houses represent.

In practice, most likely such intensified mental energy will be directed to fulfill your main life goals or needs at that moment in your life (which may involve your Moon.)  If you don’t have any particular goals, then the energy might be directed toward hobbies, entertainment or social activities.

QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING URANUS MERCURY TRANSIT

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself during a Uranus Mercury transit:

  • Where do I feel stagnant and in need of a fresh idea?
  • What patterns in my life am I fed up with that I keep repeating over and over?
  • What thought patterns keep me trapped?
  • What are some new thought patterns that I’m willing to experiment with?
  • What area of my life am I willing to change, through seeking out new ideas?
  • Who is most likely to give me the fresh ideas that I need?
  • If I open myself to a new idea in that part of my life, what could be the result?

 

Do you have a natal Mercury Uranus aspect?  Or are you going through a transit Uranus conjunct, square or opposite your Mercury?  How is that reflected in the way you think and communicate?  Feel free to share your experience and insights in the comment section.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: Hiroki@hniizato.com or Phone: 727-470-4056 to ask a question or schedule a consultation.

Comments

  1. I have Uranus square my Mercury in natal chart (Sun square Uranus as well).
    What I noticed about myself is that I have a dispersed focus, it’s difficult for me to concentrate on one thing only (unless it’s absolutely necessary but that’s not often). There are hundreds of things I think about in the space of one day and so many I’d like to put into action but forget or don’t have time to.
    I see you didn’t mention the “good” aspects in your post – at the moment Uranus in Aries is sextiling my Sun and Mercury in Aquarius.

    • Hi Ines, thank you for sharing your experience with natal Mercury Uranus square! Dispersed focus is definitely understandable, as the mind races to find the new exciting information one after another.

      Regarding sextiles and trines, they’re much more sedate compared to the hard aspects, so you can think of it as innate potentials to tap into with conscious effort. In this case, not much may happen without some clear goals to direct your mental energy.

  2. Why there’s no Mercury Trine Uranus?

    • Hi Greg, Mercury trine Uranus tends to be much more sedate (‘stable’) compared to hard aspects, so you can think of it as innate potential you can tap into with conscious effort.

    • “…innate potential you can tap into….” Yes, I find that to be very true, with Uranus trine Mercury in my natal chart. It’s also full of surprises, shocks, unexpected things. I never understood that part, but from what you say, I’d guess that it is what stirs the imagination and prods the creative streak into showing itself. Does that sound close to what you meant?

  3. I have natal Mercury trine Uranus and I definitely feel like I need to think holistically and I have a scientific bent to how I think.

    • Hi Boa, thank you for sharing your experience! You can see that the trine aspect also benefits from similar tendency (although it tends to be more sedate compared to hard aspects).

  4. Hi Hiroki, another insightful and clear post.

    I send you this comment because I do have some natal connection between Mercury and Uranus: they are both in Libra and, even if the orb is wide, 10 degrees, maybe because Mercury is conjunct the Sun and also because Uranus lies in/at the midpoint between Mercury and Mars; I feel this connection. Right now, I have Jupiter just “over/on” Uranus! Also, right now Uranus is opposing Mercury…just wanted to let you know your post has helped me a lot in understanding the archetypal dynamics of both energetic principles. I do tend to disconnect from the mundane (a lot) with this configuration, going to a promised land mental place (and escape)…I am starting to ground this energy – entering and engaging Aries and Taurus. As for the transit, it feels difficult to concentrate in just one thing, as if I had many threads that open up and no mind and body being able to catch up and ground them. Maybe engaging in this Libra_Aries axis and communicating and sharing could help in coping with this tendency?

    Thanks,

    Iratxe

    • Breath slowly and deeply. Feel your feet and love the aspects.

    • Hi Iratxe, thank you for sharing your experience as you go through transit Uranus opposite Mercury. ‘Difficulty concentrating’ is definitely understandable, as the mind races from one thing to the next, looking for exciting and new information. The practical focus and grounding will need to come from other parts of your personality.

  5. I love to read your articles. very clear and concise. This last article didn’t touch on Uranus rising 27 ,12th house trine Jupiter in Aquarius. sounds good but Uranus rising?? nervous wreak all the time.
    What do you know?
    Thank you,
    nancy

    • Hi Nancy, thank you for the kind words. This article deals with Uranus Mercury aspects, but looks like you want to ask about Uranus on the Ascendant that trines Jupiter. Briefly, it’s an accentuation of the Uranian need for independence and innovative self-expression.

  6. I have 3rd house Mercury (and Sun) opposite Uranus and I’m an information junkie! I always have to be learning new things, new skills, new languages (Japanese, right now :)))) … but the problem is I sometimes feel like a jack of all trades but master of none. I often feel like I’m drifting from one fascinating topic to another but there is no focus … this one-pointedness talked about by Buddhists. Right now, Uranus is on my Mercury by transit and approaching Sun. I feel myself drawn more and more into politics, social justice issues, etc. … I’m exploring authors who have spoken out against the powerful of this world, from Orwell to Assange, and people are coming into my life who seem to be sharing the same outlook. It’s like we’re being pulled together at a fast speed, sharing our ideas and, of course, discussing endlessly. Will it grow into something more enduring or is it just a phase …? We shall see. And yes, one more thing … I need to meditate from time to time. Without it, my mind would go into complete overdrive :)

    • Hi Alice, thank you for sharing your experience (for both natal and transit Mercury Uranus aspect!) It’s interesting how many others with this aspect are mentioning this feeling of having multiple focus.

  7. Sherry Hanson says:

    Hello Hiroki,

    I have Uranus/Mercury/Pluto conjunct in Virgo, in the 2nd and 3rd house.
    Uranus Mercury at 4 and 6 degrees. I read very fast, always elicits a surprise reaction in others. I love to scan information from the web.

  8. Mercury is in my 10th house but it rules my 7th. I’m bored by my partner, will I seek a new and exciting partner. Uranus will oppose my Mercury from 2017 to 2019.

  9. Michael nunn says:

    Hi Hiroki

    My name is Mike. You may remember I wrote to you recently on your Mars Square Saturn page. Hi again, and I hope life is being kind to you. When I read your newsletter today you were writing about Mercury/Uranus aspects and I felt compelled to share some insight into this as I have a very close (6th house Gemini) Mercury – (8th house Virgo) Uranus square.

    What triggered me to write this was the part where you mentioned that John Nash from the movie A Beautiful Mind had this same aspect. Well, interestingly, I have been diagnosed by two psychiatrists as being delusional. The first one said I was suffering from Fixed Paranoid Delusions, and the second one said that I was suffering from Delusional Behaviour (which is why I’m not working and, unfortunately, can’t afford a Personal Consultation, at the moment). You may think, “Cripes! That sounds awful”, but, to be honest, I just think they’re out to get me. They’re obviously diagnosing me from a psychiatric viewpoint and not from an astrological one, so they are missing the 6th house Mercury in Gemini being sextiled quite nicely (thank you, God) from both sides by Saturn and Jupiter. I feel that this little planetary revelry has the ability to slice through to the core of any delusional behaviour and separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. But that’s just my own opinion…which, under the circumstances, may not be that reliable.

    My younger years were pretty difficult socially and I kind of bluffed my way through for the most part. I spoke very quickly and stumbled over my words all the time, but I have slowed down as I’ve aged, and rounded off my rather haphazard behaviour (flitting from one thing to another and never sticking at anything) – to a point.

    Digressing slightly for a moment, but still with the theme, my progessed Mercury, which was retrograde for most of my life, turned direct about eight years ago at the same time as Pluto crossed my Acendent. Well, I’ll tell you what, it feels like I’ve been possessed by some kind of infernally driven spiritual entity. My life circumstances have taken on a kind of detached, serendipitous flow and I have practiced Taichi everyday, now, for nearly ten years (so it maybe the spirit of an old Taichi Master). About three years ago my body went through a profound and dramatic change internally (my internal body-energy, down to what feels like the cellular level, has turned into a thick treacle-like substance), which my teacher has informed me is because I’m now working at level two. I seem to have an unquenchable thirst to learn more and more about Taichi and I do find that my mind and body assimilates these movements and subject knowledge very quickly.

    Another little quirk that I’ve had for the last eight years is that I’ve read a passage from the Tao De Ching and The Hua Hu Ching consistently, and chronologically (and probably obsessive-compulsively) every three days, so I have read through these books completely five or six times, now, and still ongoing today (8th house Uranus?). I think that Pluto crossing my Acendent and my progressed Mercury changing direction have had an incredible effect on me giving me the drive, patience and perseverance you were speaking of in your newsletter that would help someone to channel and harness the raging energy of a Mercury/Uranus square.

    I have tried to be as open and honest about myself as possible here in order to give you a true insight into this aspect, but if I’ve learned anything from this challenging placement it’s that it sometimes leaves people scratching their heads thinking, “What the hell is he on?” So I’m sorry if this wasn’t quite what you were looking for, but if you have any other questions about my behaviour that may give you more clarity, then please feel free to ask. I’m not worried about this being a public forum as it may give others some insight into this aspect, too.

    Best wishes, Hiroki
    Mike

    • Hi Mike, thank you for sharing your experience having natal Mercury Uranus square. Interesting to hear you talk about tai chi – I’m sure it helps to ground the intense mental energy into the physical body and help you find balance.

  10. Michael nunn says:

    Hi Hiroki

    Yes, it does anchor me greatly, as I really don’t feel connected to this world. I’m not sure if that’s because of the Mercury/Uranus issue or a mixture of different aspects, but that discipline has had a very grounding effect on me emotionally, and the strange thing is I feel like it has come to me, or has been given to me as a kind of spiritual lifebouy by the universe. I’m not sure what will happen to me if I ever lose a leg, though.

    I reread my message today and I realised how much I wandered off topic, so again, I’m sorry if the content was a bit vague or irrelevant. You say here to ‘Speak Your Mind’ and that’s exactly what I did, so at least you’ve got a true lyrical portrait of a Mercury square Uranus mind to scratch your head over.

    Good luck
    Mike

  11. Jeanette Han says:

    Hello Hiroki, and thank you for your website, which I have only recently discovered and think it’s the best one I’ve read!

    To add to your other readers’ comments; I also have natal Mercury (conjunct Sun) square Uranus (conjunct Jupiter). In addition, my natal Mercury is in opposition to natal Neptune (no, I’m not a deceitful person as one astrologer once suggested!) I find that, yes, I do get confused but also have been gullible in my life (I’m 61 now). Nevertheless, sporadic writing has been my saviour, and getting published in unusual and surprising ways have benefited me (not financially, but spiritually).

    Recently, I have felt the urge to learn and / or write again, but without anything specific in mind. I am a ‘serious hobbyist’ when it comes to astrology, and 2017 will see Uranus transit conjunct my natal Mercury in the 11th house. Saturn transit will also be sending a trine from my 6th house to Mercury in the 11th (and, of course, to my natal Sun). I have been considering working towards my astrology exams, although a bit nervous about it all. At the same time I would like to write something again. It’s been too long. Your remarks about ‘worrying’ and negative self talk are spot on. Despite having a easy-going nature, people would never know how my mind rattles on. I meditate most days, even when it’s difficult. And I have just read Louise Hay’s book again, You Can Heal Your Life’, and was delighted to read that you also mention her suggestion of ‘self approval’ and affirmations! I don’t know what 2017 will bring, but that’s the wonder of Uranus. Many thanks for providing such a fantastic astrology website! :)

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