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Mercury conjunct Ascendant

Any planet conjunct one of the four angles is significant, and when that planet symbolizes how you think and communicate it is very significant indeed. Born as the planet Mercury rose in the east, your personality and how you project yourself are strongly identified with its energy, and you serve as a representative of Mercury's vibration on Earth. You identify with your mind, words, wit, hands and physical dexterity in general. Extremely facile and alert, you could easily be a professional speaker, radio or TV announcer, writer, or singer ("singer" is supported if Mercury is also conjunct or trine Venus or Neptune). Your bright wit and talkative streak make you always ready for a conversation. In fact, you may be so ready to jump right in with your ideas that you don't give the other fellow a chance. You can be very preoccupied with yourself, which, coupled with a tendency to being high strung and always on the go, promotes nervous tension. (This is especially true if Mercury has hard aspects to Mars, Saturn, or the outer planets.) And since Mercury is the god of youth, you are probably youthful in appearance, active and busy.

When Mercury is conjunct the ascendant it can be in either the 1st or the 12th house. Mercury in the twelfth house and within 3° or 4° of the ascendant is said to be on the "dark side" of the first house, and it expresses itself in both houses. As it moves even closer to the ascendant while yet in the 12th house it expresses itself more and more predominantly through the first house. Still in the 12th and within about 1°-1˝° of the ascendant it should be considered as being in the first house. This dark side effect is true of all the planets and all the angles.

Famous people with a strong (first house, orb < 3°) Mercury conjunct ascendant are/were Felix Adler, Bunny Berigan, Yul Brynner, George W. Bush, Claudette Colbert, Gustav Courbet, Benjamin Creme, Georges Cuvier, Matt Dillon, Divine, T.S. Eliot, Linda Evans, Jimmy Hoffa, Lady Bird Johnson, Garrison Keillor, Huey P. Long, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Paul Newman, Jacques Offenbach, Jimmy Osmond, Peter Paul Rubens, Jane Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Thorpe, Tom Waits and Colin Wilson.

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