Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn correlates with an individual who has needed or desired to understand the nature of parameters that define his or her structural reality, in order to operate within conditioned reality based on such understanding. What defines reality, what is real, and what is not real? The answer to these questions is always dependent on the nature of parameters. There are different kinds of parameters and there are parameters which are natural or inherent, and parameters that are artificial, man-made, arbitrary, or mere conventions, or that are based on beliefs about the nature of reality. Parameters, and the definitions they condition about the nature of reality, serve as the basis for the dynamic of judgment.
Judgment is a dynamic or operation in which an individual applies a mental content, some pre-existing concept or attribute, to something existing within his or her perceived reality. The dynamic of judgment is inherent to human consciousness, and it allows for the individual to define or establish what is real for him or her, in order to proceed on that basis. All that we know about our concrete or circumstantial reality is based on the structure of judgments, or rather, the individual reality is constructed or built using judgments, which connect in different ways abstract concepts and names to existing, circumstantial objects or situations. At an intellectual level, the abstract concepts and names are connected within the individual consciousness in different ways. Concepts in varying degrees of elaboration are combined within consciousness with opinions, beliefs, realized knowledge or understanding, linear reasoning, emotions, feelings, all of them contained within the individual consciousness according to the existing parameters that limit or condition what contents are accessed by the conscious awareness of each individual. All of these contents revolve within consciousness and articulate themselves in different ways and with varying degrees of flexibility or fixity in each case, regardless of being applied to external objects or existing situations. In turn, reality as it exists in itself, or whatever object or situation existing within reality, is perceived by the individual according to parameters that define or condition the individual point of view. Through the dynamic of judgment, such internal or external objects or situations the individual perceives are related to the abstract contents within consciousness which are thus attributed to the object or situation as defining its actual reality. As an example, if an individual studies or practices astrology, he or she will have within his or her consciousness a combination of astrological knowledge, different types of knowledge about reality, ie. psychology, sociology, etc., and further, intuitions, beliefs, opinions, emotions and feelings, etc. All of this knowledge is abstract and general in nature, as it comprises all possible astrological combinations of symbols the astrologer can find in real life. When it comes to actually reading a birthchart, all or some of the abstract contents within the astrologer’s consciousness are applied to the individual chart or client. The client’s reality needs to be observed, and then understood by creating connections between the abstract symbolism of astrology, and the existing situation. The astrologer then needs to say: ‘this is the case’, ‘this is what these symbols actually mean in this birthchart’. Thus, the actual situation is judged, and abstract contents become specific and define the perceived reality. Judgment combines a series of operations within the astrologer’s consciousness involving different types of thoughts, ie. deduction, induction, intuition, imagination, which at some point result in the judgment.
The basis for any judgment are always relative: relative to the observer, to the existing reality, and to the parameters that define what is real and not real for the observer, by means of limiting or conditioning what contents within the individual consciousness are being accessed by the conscious or egocentric awareness, that serve as the justification for the judgments. Being relative to the existing reality implies that they are subject to change, ie. that they are relative in time, and that they are relative to the existing state of things or circumstances which are being judged. Same time, judgment intends to create a relative stability, or certainty, about that which is judged.
While judgment is a dynamic which is inherent and natural to consciousness, this does not mean that all individuals need to have all of their reality constructed or arranged through judgment. This is necessary only to some relative degree, depending on the existing circumstances of the individual that demand or not to be judged, and to the individual orientation and needs. Generally, only what needs to be defined or understood in its actual reality demands judgment. An example could be someone looking for a job, and needing to define or judge what his or her needs are that will condition or limit what type of job to look for, versus being open to a perpetual or fluctuating reasoning in which the personal reality is arranged in changing ways and would make the job search very unspecific. Other example could be someone being in a relationship in which the individual needs or values are not met, and that, at some point, needs to judge: ‘is this a type relationship I need, is this a relationship that needs to be sustained? Is it healthy?’, etc. At same time, judgment serves to create new knowledge for the individual. An example could be someone who has some knowledge of astrology, ie. general meaning for the archetypes, and who at some point decides to write a book, let’s say, about Mercury. In the process of understanding more fully the Mercury archetype, general contents within the astrologer’s mind, ie. the archetypes, will be applied to understanding one of the specific archetypes, and this will allow the individual to create more knowledge about its specific subject, ie. Mercury.
Given that judgment involves the combined use of faculties in connection with the relative, existing reality to be judged, the dynamic of judgment is dependent on the personal sense of authority, which equals the capacity of judging the individual perceived reality from the own point of view, in order to define what is what for the individual, versus having the own reality defined by someone else, or to judge as a vicarious extension of an external or social authority, values, or ways of understanding reality. The manifestations of these archetypical themes will be very different in each case, and will depend on the overall chart signature, the evolutionary axis specifically, and the evolutionary condition or state of the individual.
Many individuals with Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn have desired or needed to think or to communicate in terms which are valid and acceptable from the point of view of society. Different reasons can exist for such desires. Some individuals have needed to orientate themselves to socially valid ways of thinking, in order to gain a progressive control over their personal reality, in relation with a social context. Some individuals have desired to apply their intellectual capacities within a social context, or to serve a social role that contributes to the betterment of society. Some individuals have desired or needed to have a sense of personal authority which is validated by society, and thus, have needed to think and communicate in ways that can be understood or validated by society. These desires have created a need to collect information or knowledge about their society of birth, in order to integrate their intellectual capacities within the social field. Because of these desires, many of these individuals have needed to adjust their pre-existing ways of thinking or communicating to socially valid parameters. These intentions have implied the potential for relative degrees of crises, involving the individual’s need to restrict his or her intellectual orientation or focus in order to conform to external parameters and controls pertaining to the consensus of society. The need for this restriction or adjustment, and the potential for crises, can exist at any evolutionary state or condition of the individual with Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn. The potential response in face of such types of crises will be different depending on the evolutionary state, because the understanding the individual can have about the nature of the crisis will vary. The nature of the crisis will also be different depending on the sense of personal authority of the individual, which will condition its orientation to external authority or parameters. And of course, the nature and intensity of the crisis will be different depending on the social or cultural context of the individual, and its relative flexibility.
Because of the desires or needs of the individuals with Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn to communicate or think in ways acceptable for its society, they can be very sensitive about being correctly understood, or rather, to receiving confirmation about the correctness of their thought or language forms. Many individuals with Mercury in this Sign or House have desired or needed to understand the nature of social parameters, which translates into wanting to know about the ways of being, customs, laws, morals and taboos that pertain to their society or culture. This has been necessary in order to gain a progressive control over the individual circumstances within the social context, or in connection with larger forces of social nature. Within this, some individuals with Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn have desired to serve a social role or career, or to contribute to the betterment of their society through the existing social structures, and in order to do this, they have desired to gain a sense of authority, or intellectual authority, which is validated or ratified by their society. This, in turn, has demanded that these individuals operate within an existing framework which is defined and conditioned by their society of birth, and to orientate to forms of knowledge, and ways of thinking or communicating which are accepted by the consensus of their society. In all of these cases, the individual has needed to accept the social limitations or parameters, which have restricted the intellectual focus or orientation, or their ways of communicating. The degree of personal identification with such limitations, again, will be relative to the evolutionary state and situation of the individual. As a general example, an individual within the consensus of society will normally think that his or her socially validated forms of knowledge are the only correct or possible ways of understanding reality. An individual within a spiritual evolutionary condition will normally think that there are many different valid ways of thinking, and that, however, he or she needs to embrace some specific forms of knowledge or ways of communicating, which are part of their society, in order to perform some social role or function. Some individuals have simply desired to apply their intellectual capacities to some relevant social goals, and this has demanded that they learn to communicate with others in ways that can be understood by the consensus of their society. Many of these individuals have needed to create a very determined and consistent orientation allowing to accomplish these desires and goals. Sometimes, this need has been created because of prior experiences of crisis based on not fitting within the ‘system’ or through experiences of not having enough control over the social coordinates of the individual’s reality, translating into being more or less at the mercy of larger forces of social nature. Sometimes this need has been propelled by desires of being in positions of social power, or social leadership. Individual variations of these themes exist in all cases. In all of these cases, though, individuals with Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn have needed to accept being conditioned in varying degrees by the ways of being and the intellectual parameters of their society of birth.
Being Capricorn a cardinal archetype, these intentions have in place within an evolutionary cycle which is relatively new. Because this cycle is relatively new, the implied intentions have not necessarily been accomplished in the past, and this translates in some cases in an evolutionary need in the current lifetime to orientate to these types of goals with determination and effort. At the same time, this can create insecurity for these individual, revolving around their intellectual capacities or competence, as judged from the point of view of external parameters of their society, culture, of family, or the criteria of socially validated authorities within whatever field of knowledge they are focused on. Because an underlying intention concerns the individual need to develop its own sense of personal authority, many of these individuals have needed to create crises with external authority figures within their parental or social reality, or intellectual framework. Many times these individuals will be born into a parental environment in which one or both parents are defined by consensus ways of thinking, and the types of judgments that derive from such ways of thinking. Many times one of the parents or both has been not only judgmental, but also highly moralistic or critical of the individual nature or way of being. These ways of thinking and judgments thereof, have the effect of undermining the natural orientations and ways of thinking of these natives. In turn, this has had the effect of creating intellectual doubts in these folks, which translate into crises about their own sense of personal authority, and their own capacity to judge themselves, others, or reality in general. Thus, these individuals have learned during childhood to be very controlled and tend to be insecure about their own natural ways of thinking and communicating with others, and many time feel that they need to have their own points of view validated by some external authority which is ‘correct’ from a societal point of view. Deviating from these or rules or parameters implies fear of punishment, or guilt when these rules or parameters have been internalized as children. Sometimes one or both parents are also hypocritical, or defined by double standards, which further intensifies a crisis about the nature of authority itself, because the individual can feel that he or she needs to follow arbitrary external rules or parameters which are not consistent or even justified from a rational point of view, and thus the bottom line orientation to authority becomes a need to obey or follow the established or consensus parameters even if not agreed upon. Of course the response to such dynamics in childhood will be different in each case. This response can range from an orientation to a total submission to external authority or consensus parameters, to a total rebellion against social rules, which sometimes reflects a dynamic of needing to be confirmed by opposition by the external or established authority, ie. ‘if I am negatively judged, or persecuted, I must be right’. Within this range, and because of the dual nature of the Mercury archetype, Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn can translate into a dual orientation to rules or authority, where the individual feels that he or she needs to create an appearance of conformity, while secretly rebelling against such consensus parameters and rules, sometimes as a reflection of the hypocritical nature of parental authority in the early environment. It should be noted that these types of responses can exist at different evolutionary states or conditions, depending on the overall signature of the birthchart and the main evolutionary axis specifically. However, the response of submission is the most common response within the Consensus evolutionary state, while individuals within the Individuated state will normally manifest a response based on overt or covert rebellion. Individuals within a spiritual evolutionary state can manifest any of both types of response to external authority, for different reasons.
Because of these dynamics, these individuals can be very sensitive to external approval and can become quite invested in checking the correction of their own thinking process, needing to review once and again the logical links in their thoughts on a step-by-step basis, and however still doubt the correction of what they think, or the implications of the thoughts they share with others based on the feedback received on an ongoing basis. On the overall, many of these individuals can develop an intense intellectual orientation because of the need to analyze the judgments and opinions that have come their way, which have threatened the stability of their intellectual constructions, and has induced desires to develop their sense of personal authority by intellectual means. And, of course, the intensity of such intellectual orientation, and the specificity of its focus, has conditioned the structural nature of their consciousness because they have needed to be so much aware of how they think, implying many times a repression or suppression of other aspects of life such as emotion, feeling, etc. in varying degrees.
The birthchart of Miguel Enríquez, one of the founders of the Chilean political party MIR (Movement of the Revolutionary Left) has Mercury in the 10th House in Aries. This archetype is restated in his birthchart in Saturn being in the 1st House in Gemini, conjunct Mars in Gemini in the 1st House, and the 3rd House ruler being the Sun in the 10th House also in Aries.
With the South Node of the Moon being in the 8th House, in Aquarius, ruled by Uranus in Gemini in the 12th House, Miguel Enríquez promoted social change in his country based on ideals which directly confronted the social status quo, even at the time when the leftist government of Salvador Allende had been elected. He delivered intense criticism against the elected government, because he thought that social reforms were not going as fast as he thought was needed. Because the South Node is in Aquarius in the 8th House, ruled by Uranus in the 12th House, his views about social needs for betterment where not only naturally idealistic and humanitarian in essence, but also quite objective. He felt inwardly called to assume a role of leadership that would help make his society more equitable and fair. However, he directly promoted the use of armed forces in order to accelerate structural changes. With the Sun being Aries in the 10th House conjunct asteroid Eris, and Mercury in Aries in the 10th House, the Sun and Eris being opposed by Neptune Rx in the 4th House in Libra, we can see here a dynamic of identification or contagion with the violence he perceived in the existing imbalances and the social powers that sustained such imbalances. Thus, he assumed the role of a politician and a want-to-be guerrilla fighter, and attempted to give a military and authoritarian, hierarchical structure to his party, which in reality was formed mainly by idealistic intellectuals who lacked any experience or training in the use of weapons, which by the way, were almost unavailable for them in their country. The theme of being a warrior promoting social reform is further indicated by Pallas being in the 11th House, squaring the nodal axis, and of course these themes had already existed in a series of his prior lifetimes. Because Pluto is conjunct the North Node in the 2nd House, in Leo, ruled by the Sun in the 10th House trine Pluto and the North Node, and conjunct Mercury in Aries in 10th House, which is ruled by Mars in Gemini, the evolutionary intention was to relate in a new way to social reality, which demanded to operate in new ways within existing social structures, and to use existing structures in order to improve them gradually, by means of disseminating new ideas, values and ideals through vehicles such as education and the arts. These implied the need for existing structures to survive. However, unresolved emotional states which have been repressed or suppressed, and rage against the ‘system’, which had created prior-lives traumas, lead him to re-create the same type of trauma in his current lifetime. Mercury in the 10th House Aries would have demanded to embrace a need to analyze how unresolved emotions, anger, and rage, conditioned his intellectual orientation and the ways in which he communicated his ideas, in order not to become a threat to the existing powers of his society. His Soul advanced in this direction because he gravitated to the healing professions, becoming a medical doctor and a neurologist-South Node in Aquarius, ruled by Uranus in Gemini, ruled by Mercury in the 10th House, etc. He had the chance to become a leading figure within the medical field in his country, based on his intellectual capacities in combination with desires for social betterment. Instead, he chose to become a destabilizer element for the government of the Popular Unity coalition, and after the military coup of 11 September 1973, he was one of the most sought individuals by the Pinochet’s agents. He had a quick death, however, and was assassinated in a massive operation in which he was shot ten times, with one bullet in the head. Quite a graphic correlation for Mercury in the 10th House Aries. And of course, most of the upper members of the revolutionary movement he had founded and leaded were captured and also killed, many of them in pretty more horrifying ways. Because these types of experiences had occurred in prior lifetimes of his Soul, we can also see in Mercury in the 10th House, and Saturn being in the 1st House, a pattern of guilt coming from prior lifetimes, crated by these dynamics, which his Soul needed to address and analyze, in order to create emotional self-knowledge that would allow for new orientations to manifest to social reality. Further, we can see that his Soul was essentially naïve in what concerns the authoritarian nature of social structures in his country, and the nature of military force that has served to preserve the privileges of people in power, ie. parameters and limits that condition how social change can actually occur in his country. As historian Mario Góngora has pointed out, the military constitutes the spinal column of Chilean institutions. This can be seen in the ‘birthchat’ of this country which has the South Node in the 5th House in Aries, ruled by Mars in Leo in the 10th House. It is interesting to note that Miguel Enríquez’s Sun perfectly conjuncts the South Node, and his Pluto/North Node conjunct the natal Pallas in the 9th House Leo, with his Jupiter in Leo also being within the 9th House, in the birthchart of Chile, thus, symbols of being caught by the same underlying ideology of authoritarianism, and overt and covert violence, which underlies the society he wanted to improve.
Because the 10th House and Capricorn correlate with the nature of judgments, many individuals with Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn have been exposed in prior lifetimes and in their early environment to the impact of opinions and judgments based on consensus moralities or beliefs. In turn, given that the 10th House and Capricorn directly correlate with the phenomenon of guilt, induced or artificial and natural guilt based on transgression of natural laws, and further, because Mercury naturally rules Virgo, which correlates with the psychology of atonement, Mercury in this House or Sign can signify in some cases that guilt exists within the Soul, which has created desires to atone, eventually translating into a masochistic, sadistic, or sadomasochistic response. In these cases, the evolutionary intention of Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn is to allow for a linear understanding of the feelings of guilt, and how they are based on the impact of negative judgments the individual has received, and to allow a discrimination between induced guilt and natural guilt within the Soul. This distinction between natural and induced guilt is quite important from an evolutionary point of view, because induced guilt based on artificial morals or beliefs can be removed from the Soul or liberated and healed, while natural guilt originating on transgressions of natural inner laws cannot be liberated from: instead, it remains within the Soul in order to serve as a reminder for the individual that induced a need to understand how the guilt has been created in first place, so that the transgressions of natural laws don’t need to be repeated. This distinction can be critical at some key evolutionary points, in which the Soul naturally has desires to liberate from conditioning factors, which many times can lead to desires to liberate from the felt, though natural guilt, this then leading to repeating the transgressions of natural laws which have created the natural guilt in first place, thus, increasing the guilt within the Soul. The reasons for the guilt can be directly related with the very symbol of Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn. A detailed analysis needs to be made in each case based on understanding what the causative dynamics have been which have led to creating the guilt, as reflected on the overall chart signature and the evolutionary axis specifically, relative to the natural evolutionary condition of the Soul, in order to discriminate when needed between natural and induced guilt. Let’s look at one examples in order to understand these ideas.
In this example, Mercury in the 10th House is in Capricorn conjuncts the 11th House cusp and the Sun in Capricorn in the 11th House. Pluto is Rx in the 7th House in Virgo, New phase conjunct to Uranus and Pallas, and opposed by Chiron in the 1st House in Pisces; the South Node is in the 8th House in Libra, ruled by Venus in Scorpio in the 9th House, conjunct the Moon and Neptune in the 9th House Scorpio. The South Node is conjunct Ceres in Libra and Juno in Scorpio, both within the 8th House. The North Node is in the 2nd House, in Aries, ruled by Mars in the 12th House, in Aquarius. Mars is square to the Moon within the Disseminating phase; square to Venus, within the Last Quarter phase; and square to Neptune, within the Crescent phase. Mars is also Gibbous inconjunct to Pluto Rx in the 7th House and First Quarter trine to the South Node in the 8th House. The 10th House Mercury is square to Saturn in the 2nd House in Aries within the Disseminating phase, and trine to Jupiter Rx in Virgo in the 6th House. Vesta in the 11th House in Capricorn is square to the nodal axis. The observed evolutionary condition of this male individual is within the 2nd stage of the Individuated stage.
With Pluto being Rx in Virgo within the 7th House, and the South Node being in the 8th House in Libra, the individual is within a new evolutionary cycle, in which the Soul has intended to initiate new types and new patterns of relationships with other people. The individual has been learning to relate to himself and others in new ways, and to present himself to others in new ways, which reflect his true nature, which the Soul desires to discover and actualize. Uranus being New phase conjunct to Pluto in the 7th House correlates with an intention to liberate from past identity association coming from society and other people who have not reflected the individual inherent nature. Thus, the individual has been attracted to a series of relationships with other individuals who are also liberating or rebelling against consensus ways of being in general, and consensus ways of being in relationships. Pluto/Uranus in Virgo in the 7th House, ruled by Mercury in the 10th House in Capricorn, square Saturn in Aries in the 2nd House, reveals that the individual has experienced relative degrees of persecution and has been harshly judged in prior lifetimes based on consensus ways of thinking and moralities. Because the South Node is in the 8th House, ruled by Venus in the 9th House, and Jupiter is Rx in the 6th House in Virgo, trine to Mercury, the nature of these judgments has been based on a quite intense exposure to religious moralities of Catholic or Judaic types, which have been extremely repressive of his natural sexual nature. During this current lifetime, the individual in fact tried to live within various religious or spiritual communities and Catholic monasteries. However, the guy created intense crises in his relationships with other people in these monasteries or communities, including crises based on sexual reasons. The nature of these crises can be seen in Mars in the 12th House, in Aquarius, inconjunct Pluto Rx in the 7th House, and squaring the 9th House planets, Neptune, Venus and the Moon. Because of sexual repression coming from prior lifetimes, an intense need for sexual liberation has been in place in which the individual has needed to seek different types of relationships that would serve to explore different ways of being sexual. Because of sexual repression based on consensus and religious types of moralities, the individual has associated sexual desires with impurity and ‘sin’ in the past. Here we can see a reason for acquired or induced guilt existing in this individual’s Soul: negative judgments and persecution because of the individual’s orientation to sexuality, and overall sexual nature. This is demonstrated in various symbols in the birthchart: Pluto, Uranus and Pallas in Virgo, with the South Node in the 8th House in Libra, ruled by Venus in the 9th House conjunct Neptune, with Jupiter, the natural 9th House ruler, being in the 6th House in Virgo; Mars in the 12th House, the natural Pisces House, inconjunct to Pluto, and forming a square to Neptune. Saturn, the natural 10th House ruler, in the 2nd House, in Aries; Chiron in the 1st, Mars House, in Pisces, in opposition to Pluto; the south node of Mars in Sagittarius in the 10th House, squaring its ruler, Jupiter in the 6th House; the south node of Venus also in the 10th House in Sagittarius, and square to Pluto and Uranus in Virgo; Saturn in Aries conjunct the north node of Mars in the 2nd House Aries; Chiron in Pisces, in the 1st House, conjunct the North Node. Because of the intensity of sexual repression existing in this individual’s evolutionary past, and the created conflict about sexuality itself based on man-made ideals of purity, sexual energy has been detached and alienated from, creating cycles in which the individual’s sexual energy is quite intense, and other cycles in which the sexual energy is almost non-existent. There have been lifetimes in which the individual has tried to be celibate. In turn, there have been other situations within these lifetimes, and other lifetimes, in which the individual has desired to be sexual in all possible ways. This is a reflection of a deep ongoing process of redefining himself a sexual being, and a reorganization of the sexual energy of the Soul that has been repressed and distorted on its evolutionary past. This is reflected in Mars being in Aquarius in the 12th House, the 2st House cusp being Pisces, ruled by Neptune in Scorpio in the 9th House, and forming a square to Mars; also, Chiron is in the 1st House in Pisces, opposing Uranus, and Vesta in Capricorn is the 11th-Aquarian-House, squaring the nodal axis. These are also symbols of experiences of sexual abuse in prior lifetimes, including sexual abuse in religious contexts. In the current lifetime, desires to be sexual in all possible ways have also translated into homosexual desires and orientation. During his childhood, the individual suffered physical and emotional abuse by his father, and emotional and sexual abuse by his brothers-with the father’s approval-on a repetitive basis. This can be seen in Saturn in Aries in the 2nd House trine the south node of Mars in the 10th House, and conjunct the north node of Mars in Aries in the 2nd House, with Mars being in the 12th House square Venus and the Moon, Venus being the 3rd House ruler, and Mercury being square to Saturn in Aries (Saturn, Capricorn and the 10th House is the archetype that correlates with the father figure; Mercury, Gemini and the 3rd House, correlates with siblings; the Moon and Saturn correlate with the family). In the current lifetime, again, the individual was admitted in various Catholic or Christian monasteries and communities, even after he had became aware of his intense sexual needs and his sexual orientation. Of course being a monk at a Catholic monastery demanded enforced celibacy, an unnatural state for this individual. Within the monasteries he would avidly seek intense human contact, and would create intense psychological and emotional manipulations and confrontations with other people, a pattern of relatedness coming from prior lifetimes as demonstrated by Pluto in the 7th House, the South Node in the 8th House in Libra, and its ruler, Venus, being in Scorpio. He would present himself in various ways, ie. various constructed personas that he would act out upon depending on the circumstances. At times he would be the humble, devote and pure religious type defined by desires for spiritual contemplation-Pluto in Virgo, Mars in the 12th House. Other times he would be the totally misunderstood individual victimized by life, appearing as a needy individual only seeking to be accepted and loved-Pluto in Virgo, Mars in the 12th House, South Node ruler Venus being conjunct Neptune and the Moon. Other times he would be the rationally and philosophic orientated, master-mind individual rebelling against all that is false or dogmatic, and desiring to forcefully uncover the personal truths of those around him, including his own projected sexual motives or desires-Pluto/Uranus/Pallas in the 7th House Virgo, North Node ruler Mars in the 12th House Aquarius square to Venus in the 9th House Scorpio, ruling the South Node in the 8th House Libra. When in operation, these constructed personas would appear as a total personality. This is a reflection of psychological fragmentation existing within the Soul, reflected in various symbols in the birthchart we have already mentioned, specially the Pluto/Uranus/Pallas conjunction in the 7th House, Mars in the 12th House Aquarius, Vesta in the 11th House squaring the Moon’s Nodes. The fragmentation itself has been caused by prior-lives traumas of various types, including the types of sexual traumas already mentioned. At the same time it is also a reflection of the individual’s conflict about the nature of its own desires. In some situations, the individual would present himself in some ways to some people, and in other ways to other people all living together in the same monastery. As an example, he would appear one night at another fellow monk’s cell, acting out his victimized persona which had been triggered because of memories of childhood abuse he had shared with some of his mates. He asked permission to sleep in his mate’s bed, claiming that he was in a state of total despair and devastation, which his mate accepted. The next day, he would tell other monks in the community that the monk he had slept with had sexually abused him during the night. He in fact began an intense relationship with that monk, to whom he declared that the nature of the relationship was based on pure friendship and shared spiritual desires. At the same time, he would expose the nature of the relationship to other monks telling them that it was based on mutual sexual desires. The two versions only met after several months, when the individual had already fled from the community, and was quite traumatic both for him and for the other monk who had trusted the declared motives for the relationship. Even after many years had passed since that incident, the individual was unwilling to accept that his friend was not sexually interested in him, and that it was not a matter of latent or hidden homosexual desires that he were unable to admit-Pluto in the 7th House, South Node in the 8th House, Venus in Scorpio in the 9th House, Moon in Scorpio in the 9th House, ruling the 5th House, Neptune in Scorpio in the 9th House ruling the 1st House, Sun in Capricorn conjunct asteroid Hybris. Thus, the individual would continue to embark on his attempts to uncover his friend’s ‘true desires’, based on his own projections, triggered by fears of rejection, compounded with fears of being wrongly judged or persecuted because of his sexual orientation. Again, the exemplified dynamic is based on projection of unresolved psychological motives coming, a dynamic coming from prior lifetimes in which the individual did not present himself to others in ways that reflected where he was really coming from, what where his desires and intentions, and which also resulted in traumatic experiences for others and for himself. Because the individual has been essentially oriented to being in relationships-Pluto 7th House, South Node in Libra-this has created quite a deal of complications, a causal factor in prior lifetimes being situations in which the individual was not totally honest about his desires because they conflicted with relationships with people defined by beliefs and opinions of the social consensus, thus creating duplicity-the South Node ruler Venus being in the 9th House Scorpio conjunct Neptune, Jupiter Rx in Virgo in the 6th House trine Mercury in the 10th House Capricorn. With Juno in Scorpio and Ceres in Libra, both in the 8th House conjunct the South Node, and the Moon conjunct Venus and Neptune in the 9th House Scorpio, the individual would have created relationships and families based on an apparent consensus heterosexual orientation, and then would have created diverse degrees of trauma when the nature of his other types of sexual desires were discovered or found out by those families. This is another reason of the guilt pattern the individual needs to understand and discriminate through Mercury in the 10th House. That the individual has felt victimized in these types of situations can be seen in various symbols, Pluto in Virgo, Venus and the Moon conjunct Neptune, Mars in the 12th House, etc. This victimization has created intense levels of anger and rage, which the individual has projected on other people. Further, the nature of the rage has also compounded the sexual desires at times, creating sadomasochistic types sexual dynamics within some of his relationships, which the individual has thought about, though, as reflecting needs for liberation from prior repression. These are other reasons for the guilt existing in the Soul. With the Pluto polarity point in the 1st House, the North Node being in the 2nd House in Aries, ruled by Mars in the 12th House Aquarius and squaring Venus in the 9th House within the Last Quarter phase, a bottom-line evolutionary intention this individual has at a Soul level is to discover its own personal and sexual nature from within himself, and to initiate a new cycle of personal discovery that is independent from needing to be defined by other people, in order to embrace and integrate his desire nature as a whole. This would allow for a new orientation to relationships that in turn reflect the individual’s nature and desires. Further, this would allow for a responsible and constructive rebellion, versus a need to cyclically rebel against everything or anything-the Mercury in Capricorn conjunction with the Sun in Capricorn in the 11th House, relative to the Pluto/Uranus conjunction in the 7th House.
Because Mercury correlates with the nature of parameters, and structures, it correlates with the structure of consciousness, the structure of consciousness within the human form, and the structure of human incarnated form. Thus, it relates with the phenomenon of space-time, finitude, death, and mourning. It correlates thus with limitations that need to be considered in order to create whatever structure or social work or role. Further, it correlates with the phenomena of structures that become rigid or crystallized and prevent further evolution or change. In consequence, Capricorn and the 10th House correlate with what we call reflection, and what we call depression. Depression induces reflection, and reflection allows to find out what has become crystallized and needs to change, and further, allows to create a determined orientation that can allow to create whatever needs to be created, honoring the existing limitations and parameters the individual cannot change. Individuals with Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn can be highly reflective, serious and introspective, or capable to focus their mind on topics or issues that are serious or important. Albert Einstein had Mercury in the 10th House, in Aries, conjunct Saturn, and ruled by Mars in the 7th House in Capricorn which is conjunct the North Node in Aquarius in the 8th House. In his birthchart, Pluto is in the 11th House in Taurus, the South Node is in the 2nd House in Leo, ruled by the Sun in the 10th House in Pisces. The South Node, again, is in the 8th House in Aquarius, ruled by Uranus Rx in the 3rd House in Virgo, inconjunct the South Node and Mercury. Mercury is conjunct Saturn and Pallas in Aries in the 10th House. Neptune and Chiron in the 11th House Taurus are square the nodal axis, and Mars in Capricorn in the 7th House is conjunct the North Node. These symbols indicate that Einstein would need to apply his intellectual capacities to relevant goals pertaining to its society or to humanity as a whole, and that he would need to be very discriminating about finding the correct ways for his ideas or knowledge to reach the right people for right uses of such knowledge or capacities.
With Pluto, Ceres, Neptune and Chiron in the 11th House in Taurus, with the South Node in the 2nd House and the North Node in the 8th House in Aquarius, this is the signature of an individual who is inherently concerned with the survival of humanity as whole. Einstein was a pacifist. We can see in these symbols that his Soul carried deep Soul wounds and traumas from prior lifetimes related to the survival of large groups of people. With Mercury, Saturn, Pallas, and Venus in Aries, and the Sun in Pisces, all in the 10th House, his Soul felt an enormous responsibility about the right use of knowledge. With all these planets in Taurus in the 11th House, and the South Node ruler being the Sun in Pisces in the 10th House, and Jupiter being in Aquarius in the 9th House, he would be naturally withdrawn into himself in order to effect contemplation of ideas relating to the inherent fabric of phenomenal reality. We need to understand here that the 11th House, Aquarius, and Uranus archetype represents the higher octave of Mercury, and correlates with what is called the ‘Higher Mind’, or the ‘master plan’ for all Manifested Creation so to speak. With Pluto and all the 11h House planets in Taurus, which, further, is ruled by Venus in the 10th House, and the South Node being in the 2nd House ruled by the Sun in the 10th House in Pisces, it is clear this is a Soul that has desired for many lifetimes to understand the inner structure and inherent laws of physics. Also, because of this abstract orientation of his mind, the individual has been essentially detached from mundane circumstances. Within this theme, we can see that one reason why the Soul has been detached and alienated from mundane circumstances relates to prior-lives traumas of disillusionment based on having witnessed wrong uses of knowledge in egocentric or self-interested ways, and the impact of this on the survival of groups of people which is also a past life reason for guilt exiting in the Soul-Neptune and Chiron in the 11th House in Taurus square the North Node of the Moon in the 8th House Aquarius, relative to the Pluto polarity point in the 5th House Scorpio, with Neptune being the ruler of the 10th House Pisces, the Sun in Pisces in the 10th House ruling the South Node in the 2nd House, Gemini in the 12th House and Saturn and Mercury being in Aries in the 10th House ruled by Mars in Capricorn. In the current lifetime, though, all these same planets in the 10th House being in Aries, ruled by Mars in Capricorn in the 7th House, and the North Node ruler being in the 3rd House in Virgo, an implied need existed to initiate a new cycle in which the Soul was required to embrace the social significance and practical applications of his inner contemplations. At another level, and given that the 10th House and Capricorn correlate with the phenomenon called gravity, and with time-space, we can see how the Soul would come to discover how space and time are modified by gravity, and how universal laws are modified by the relative point of view of the observer, and that physical laws as understood at that time were valid only in relative conditions defined by the Earth’s gravitational field. Thus, Mercury in the 10th House in Aries correlates with ‘new parameters’ that would forever change the understanding of physics. All of this discoveries made by Einstein were essentially abstract. On 12 July 1939, few months before the beginning of World War II, when fellow European physicists met with him and told him that it was possible that Hitler’s Germany would be able to develop atomic bombs before the Americans did, his immediate answer was “I had not thought of that”. Transiting Pluto was conjunct his South Node in Leo, and transiting Mars was exactly conjunct his North Node. The transiting South Node was in Taurus, conjunct his natal Neptune and Chiron in his 11th House, squaring his natal Nodes, with the transiting North Node in Scorpio in his 5th House, while transiting Uranus approaching to conjunct his natal Pluto in Taurus within 3 degrees. These transiting symbols make it clear this was a pivotal moment in Einstein’s Soul evolution in his current lifetime. Because of the danger that Hitler could develop atomic bombs, Einstein agreed to sign a letter directed to the US President at that time, Roosevelt, warning him of the implied risk that the Nazis could avail such unprecedented power for destruction. This set in motion the Manhattan Project by the US government which resulted in the atomic bombs which were later dropped over Hiroshima and Nakasaki three months after Germany had surrendered to the allies. Even though Einstein’s direct contribution to the project had been very limited according to historians, and that atomic fission used in those bombs was only indirectly connected with Einstein discoveries and theories, ie. that matter contains enormous amounts of energy within (E=MC2), the use given to the atom bombs triggered intense feelings of guilt in his Soul. He publicly condemned that the bombs had been used against Japan. Five months before his death, Einstein summarized his feelings about his involvement in the creation of the weapon saying: “I made one great mistake in my life… when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification – the danger that the Germans would make them”. From the point of view of his birthchart, though, the Neptune/Chiron skipped steps in the 11th House Taurus reflected that the desires for non-involvement that were combined with his pacifism, had created an evolutionary limitation his Soul needed to address by means of merging his Soul capacities and knowledge with larger forces, ie. humanity as a whole-the skipped steps resolving via the 8th House Aquarius North Node, ruled by Uranus in the 3rd House- and allow the necessary confrontations with those who could make wrong use of such types of knowledge. Thus, Mercury in Aries in the 10th House, ruled by Mars in the 7th House Capricorn reflect that he in fact needed for individual and collective evolutionary reasons to contribute to a pacifist use of nuclear energy, which he intended to do.
In order to advance in its evolution, Mercury in the 10th House or Capricorn needs to embrace its polarity: the 4th House or Cancer. This means to develop a focus that serves to understand the conditioning factors existing in the family of birth which have shaped the existing intellectual orientation and the need to be validated by an external authority or by society. It also implies promoting ways of thinking which are oriented to understand oneself and the own ways of being independent of any social position or role. This involves embracing an understanding of the own emotional life, in order to discover an inner source of validation in general, and of the own ways of thinking. For this to occur, an conscious intent and orientation to think about oneself is demanded, which can create a counterpoint that allow the individual to view him or herself as an entity which is independent of its social persona, and to ask him or herself questions such as ‘why am I so concerned with my prestige?’ or ‘why am I so concerned about how others think about me within society?’. The 4th House, Cancer polarity implies a need to produce inner thoughts that allow to redefine the self-concept and self-image in new ways which are totally independent from any external source of validation, and that can serve as a vehicle to process the unresolved emotional states which have create a rigid intellectual orientation which perpetually needs to maintain a focus on being socially valued, and which creates or recreates dynamics of guilt. Embracing the emotional nature of the 4th House and Cancer will further allow the individual to recover memories that have been repressed relating to experienced that have shaped the pre-existing intellectual orientation, and overall orientations. This counterpoint will serve the individual to redefine its points of view about everything, and about him or herself, in ways which become personal and self-including instead of being based on desires to conform to external parameters and ‘should-bes’. In turn, this will allow the individual to develop its own sense of authority, and for new orientations to manifest into the social role or career in ways which are ever more reflective of the individual’s nature.
Famous people with Mercury in the 10th House:
Mirra Alfassa (The Mother)