Transits – Uranus conjunct Natal Mercury

black-frame-1922When Uranus transits natal Mercury, the mind is stimulated like never before. Uranus is the higher frequency of Mercury and the archetype of ‘higher mind’. You may find yourself receiving cosmic downloads from the universe and flashes of ‘knowing’ pop into your mind out of the nowhere. This influence can feel tremendously exciting and you’re open now to radical ideas.

The purpose of this transit is to change your mental outlook. Over time, we get into a groove of thinking, we communicate with the same people in the same way. Then Uranus comes along and shakes us free, pushing us to consider new perspectives. Your need for independence increases and there could be an inclination to ‘tell it like it is’ or to rebel. Sometimes Uranus can urge disagreement for the sake of it. Thoughts and speech can speed up as you strive to conceive and express new concepts and understanding.

The caution with any Uranus transit is that there can be a tendency to make snap decisions that have long lasting repercussions. It’s possible that it’s absolutely the right time to make a change as this is one of Uranus’s hallmarks. He’s pushing you towards a new path, one that is freer and lighter than before. Under Uranus, we’re unburdened (bear in mind that he is the next planet along after baggage-ridden Saturn) and we can see the future unfolding in front of us. But the difficulty is that there can be a tendency to throw the baby out with the bath water. We can become hell bent on one course of action, especially whilst Uranus is in Aries. Blowing the cage wide open can be a good thing, but not if we blow ourselves up in the process! Revolutionary action can be inspirational or it can create instability. It can be a challenge to listen to the opinions of others whilst Uranus is bearing down on Mercury and any feelings of being boxed in are likely to grate on you. Under a Uranus transit, it’s important to stay grounded.

Instability is the main issue when Uranus is active in the chart. You may feel scattered, like there are messages coming at you left right and centre. Mental instability can be indicated if there is already a tendency towards this in the personality. There may be surprising, shocking or sudden news that throws open new possibilities (wanted or unwanted).

Anxiety can be an issue as both Mercury and Uranus connect to the brain and nervous system and you can feel mentally hyperactive under this influence. Some people have said they feel crazy (negatively or positively). It’s important to step into Uranus mode and be objective about what you see in your mental landscape. With the nervous system over-stimulated, it can be helpful to meditate, take a herbal tonic (check with a herbalist what is suitable for you) and exercise to siphon off excess energy. Restlessness is common and you may have ‘itchy feet’ syndrome where there’s a need to keep on the move. Perhaps you find yourself moving around all over the place due to work, a desire to travel or any number of other reasons. You may feel fidgety and unable to keep still.

Uranus is future orientated. Sometimes the mind can’t catch up with the changes that are happening. Alternatively, your head may be so far in the future, it’s difficult to be present in the here and now which can also trigger stress. Other physical factors to note are Mercury’s rulership of the hands, ears and lungs which may be vulnerable now and problems may be stress induced. The voice too can also be affected. One friend suddenly lost their voice after a bout of tonsillitis. It came back quickly but symbolically it was apt as a lesson to listen.

As Mercury rules sibling relationships, there can be changes in those relationships too. Sudden breaks of contact, a sibling moving away, altered circumstances, changes in the way you talk to each other – these are all possible. A good sibling relationship may not be unduly affected whereas a difficult relationship may require flexibility and compromise in order to establish better interaction.

The changes that are wrought by a Uranus conjunction tend to come from within although can manifest as outward circumstances impacting upon you. When circumstances in the outside world come rushing in and create havoc, it’s possible that you may have been resisting inner promptings that life has grown too restrictive. Change will occur with Uranus and the trick is to roll with it. The more you resist, the more life is likely to push you in a different direction.

But still, excitement is in the air with Uranus conjunct Mercury. Maybe you’re captivated by a new course of study or interest that blows your mind. If you’re studying astrology, this is the perfect time to experiment with techniques and read as much as you can as Uranus rules this ancient art. Perhaps it’s technology, computing or science that calls you or you want to know more about humanitarian efforts or politics. Whatever it is, you may find that it helps to deliberately slow your pace of learning if you can. That said, skim reading can become an art under this transit as you rush to absorb a plethora of material.

Thinking becomes inventive, progressive, crystal clear. Your mind is awakening to new possibilities and new ways of thinking and you may find unconventional solutions to old problems. Ideas come thick and fast. Some will not hold water whilst others may be the stroke of genius you were looking for. Old patterns of thought are replaced by new as your synapses rewire. Whatever the manifestations of this transit, most likely is that by the time it’s over, your perspective will have significantly altered, liberating you from outworn modes of thinking.


Personal Experience
I’m coming up to this transit personally and Uranus has just stationed retrograde on my Mercury only one degree away so I’ve been feeling the influence. My Mercury in Aries means I tend to mentally SHOUT at myself and I’m feeling hemmed in by certain circumstances in my life that are ripe for change. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I have noticed an increase in anxious feelings so I am working strongly with this, increasing my daily meditation practice, drinking camomile tea, going to bed early, walking every morning etc. in order to channel some of this nervous energy and to have healthy practices in place before the transit perfects next year. When Uranus last squared my Mercury (from the 6th house), I was still in the throws of recovering from a nervous breakdown and did not have the techniques and knowledge necessary then to be able to gain perspective on what was happening to me. I know better now 🙂

My Mercury is at the apex of a perfect yod in my chart and as Uranus natally is part of the pattern along with Neptune, the transit of Uranus over my natal Mercury naturally ramps up some anxiety given the quincunxes involved. Because my mind is moving quickly, I have had plenty of moments where I walk from one room to the other, entirely forgetting why I went in there is the first place. Neptune is playing his part here too! I’ve also noticed an irritating patch of eczema on my hand, also exacerbated by stress and I’ve been experiencing tinnitus.

I have been diving deep into astrological studies and writing as natal Mercury sits in the 9th house of publishing. This will be the perfect time for me to get my ideas out there, especially as Uranus will perfect trines to Jupiter in the same year. Natally, Uranus is in my 2nd house and Mercury rules my 2nd house so making money through astrological work/writing is all starred so to speak.

Mercury also rules my 11th house and Uranus rules my 7th house. The end result of this transit may mean changes in my relationships with others and within my friendship circle as well as changing long term goals (11th house). As I’m single, the 7th house being in play could relate to more client work as the 7th can also symbolise business partnerships or client/counsellor relationships.

Uranus will march towards a conjunction with my natal Sun on the edge of Taurus a year after the Mercury conjunction, so my sense is that I’m being mentally prepared for significant changes in my life during 2018. I will come back to update once Uranus conjunct Mercury is complete and let you know anything else that occurred.

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16 comments for “Transits – Uranus conjunct Natal Mercury

  1. Pamela
    August 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    As Mercury rules sibling relationships, there can be changes in those relationships too. Sudden breaks of contact, a sibling moving away, altered circumstances, changes in the way you talk to each other – these are all possible.
    I am a dbl. Aquarius. With Sun 11dgs, mercury 16dgs, mars 21dgs & part of fortune 26dgs. all in my first house. All trine Neptune 15dgs libra in 8. Mars trines uranus, 26dgs. Gemini, 5th house. So Uranus is transiting my 3rd house. I have recently decided to separate myself a bit from my 5 younger brothers, due to their gossiping. LOL!

  2. Kellene Kulas
    August 18, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Sending love. Thank you for sharing your story and giving such clear insight into Uranus. I hope you have a great and rewarding transit.

  3. August 18, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Thank you Kellene 🙂 I’m quite looking forward to this transit in many ways.

  4. August 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Hi Pamela – Ah yes, Uranus transiting the 3rd can have a similar effect to transiting Mercury. I hope things improve with your siblings now that you have a bit of distance between you 🙂

  5. Lucy
    August 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    What are the dated associated with this transit?

  6. August 18, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Lucy – It will depend on your individual chart. Uranus is currently at 24 degrees of Aries so if you have Mercury around those degrees then you will be experiencing this transit.

  7. Mia
    August 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

    uranus in aries is in my second house and mercury is in simialr degrees at 23 in my 7th with a cluster of other planets in my 7th..so how might it affect me ? generally what might the theme be?

  8. August 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Mia – Uranus transiting the 2nd house is awakeing issues connected around financial freedom, liberating your resources, awakening to issues connected to self esteem. There may be tension (opposition) around communications in relationships as Mercury is in the 7th house connected to this. To understand the full implications of this transit, it would be necessary to see it in context with the rest of the chart. If you would like to explore this further, I offer readings here http://www.leahwhitehorse.com/readings

  9. Francesco Romano
    August 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I am now confused about the word “conjunction” since Uranus is in Aries and Mercury is in Virgo they have 150 degrees aspect.

    This week Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will be in conjunction in Virgo, are you planning on writing an article about this aspect?

  10. August 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Francesco – This article is for those people who are experiencing transiting Uranus conjunct natal Mercury in the birth chart rather than looking at the planets in reference to each other in the sky now. You are right that in the sky now, Mercury is in Virgo and Uranus is in Aries 🙂 I won’t be writing about the triple conjunction specifically although I do write a daily post inspired by the daily transits on my site here https://thecosmictides.wordpress.com/

  11. Nancy
    August 21, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    In 3 yrs. or so, Uranus conj Mercury transit (T- square Merc/Uranus/Neptune). I try to look at the positive transits going on that can balance things out at the same time. I have so much anxiety now w/ Saturn return coming up soon(and opposition to Moon) that I can’t even think of that one!!

  12. August 22, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Thankyou Leah for your courageous personal account. Though I am not in the current firing line for any transit Uranus-to natal Mercury activations, the next one for me will hopefully be a benign Taurus-Pisces sextile in 2 years – I appreciate what you have written as it is easy to think of others who will get the hit of a fiery conjunction in Aries or one of those challenging squares to a natal Cancer or Capricorn Mercury [ = let go of all those familial, parental, managerial, care-giver excesses & take time for yourself!] I have been experiencing the Uranus opposition to Neptune -not only 2016, but also due 2017, 2018 – and Neptune is another “mind” energy -esp when it rules my Mercury – but in general Neptune is the meditative, clairvoyant, dream-like, spiritually attuned and subconscious mind states being zapped by lightning when Uranus is in contact. So far, excellent for my imaginative photography revival but possibly too much of a romantic fool as well 😉

  13. August 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Hi Tamzin, thanks for your comment. Ah yes, Uranus and Neptune when they get together can produce some amazing visionary insights! Great you’re channelling this into creative work!

  14. Christina Gladney
    August 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

    My natal Mercury sits at 13 Aries. I experienced this transit around 2012. Profound transformation of my inner thoughts resulting in a 180 degree change in all life goals, which had seemed firmly set in concrete before this transit. I also had an accident during this time, breaking all fingers on both hands. I did not know until reading your article that Mercury rules the hands! Astrology leaves me in awe at times.

  15. Christina Gladney
    August 23, 2016 at 11:50 am

    My natal venus sits at 28 Aries, so a Uranus conjunction lies just ahead. This seems to relate to creative inspiration. As an artist, I look forward to that. And I hope this transit won’t involve broken bones!

  16. kate
    August 25, 2016 at 9:17 am

    wow what excellent timing. i’ve been kind of welcoming/dreading this one, as my mercury/venus are conjunct at 26 aries, and they square my mars in cancer at 26 aries and trine saturn at 24 leo. i think i’m definitely feeling the uranus/saturn trine now that i think about it.

    anyway, as always i love your posts and you are so right about staying grounded. my mind is going a mile a minute (faster than usual 😉 ) and yoga/walking/nature really helps.

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