Mercury square Saturn
When Mercury square Saturn you have a big challenge to overcome. The challenge is in the mind and with communication, as Saturn restricts and inhibits these basics of life. This aspect has been associated with lying, verbal abuse, theft, scandal, and slander. But it can also give a subtle, studious, keen, and profound mind, interested in occult or serious subjects. A larger view of the world must replace narrow-mindedness and paying too much attention to minute details. Shyness can be overcome by stepping out of your secure little comfort zone, such as joining the debating team at school or speaking in public. Step by step though, learning how to make friends and gaining confidence on a one-to-one basis is a good starting point. Negative thinking can often be exacerbated by having to deal with too much responsibility all at once or suffering through painful hardships, separations, and loss. These things, plus isolation, loneliness, and insecurity, can often lead to depression which must be addressed via medical help, counselling, or other forms of support. Do not suffer in silence. The more you talk and share your dark thoughts, the lighter the load becomes. With natal Mercury square Saturn, you will tend to attract older, male mentors, whom you will learn to trust and value, even though you may not always show that respect initially. Do not blame others for a rejection or their apparent confidence and ease compared to yourself. Until you master this aspect, you could give off insecure and fearful energy, picked up by others. Any resentment on your part makes your aura darker, potentially leading to nastiness. Replace negative thoughts and words with positive ones by using mantras. Repeat positive phrases about yourself before you go to sleep. This combination signifies a dynamic tension between flexibility and rigidity, stream of consciousness and structure, impermanence and permanence. You may start out constantly oscillating between needing freedom and structure, making real progress difficult. Later, there may be areas of life where you refuse to be tied down at all and still others where a strict routine is observed. A higher integration occurs when you begin to realize that either choice may be applied to any matter at any moment, depending on where the thing itself is in terms of needs and development. Healthy boundaries are semi-permeable, which means allowing some things to flow through and keep most others out. In this way, learning to modulate your boundaries becomes another way of understanding and controlling the amounts of fluidity versus structure that you are working with at any time.
With Mercury Square Saturn you are intelligent, traditional, reserved, shy, hard-working, ambitious, responsible, narrow-minded, pessimistic and, in some cases, scheming and deliberately dishonest. You may have a difficult childhood due to problems with your father, which may make you defensive, suspicious, insecure or depressed. You can be mentally inhibited or too tied to traditional thinking and may be unnecessarily rigid in adhering to discipline and observing law and order. You may have dental and/or hearing problems and shouldn't smoke. This aspect is good for big businessmen and politicians. You tend to work excessively and are too concerned with trivial details. Mercury square Saturn may lack imagination, but when you have an original idea, it doesn't gain acceptance with traditional thinkers. Your education may be rigidly disciplined, but your poor memory causes many problems with your studies. This can be overcome with patience and persistence. Your tendency to be jealous, fear of change and anticipation of danger or failure means you have few real friends. In positions of authority, you may belittle others' ideas. You're likely to get in trouble with written communications and contracts.
An individual with Mercury square Saturn will often possess a decidedly methodical mind and probably the kind which can produce a good organizer or successful businessperson. However, such a person can get stuck on the mental plane leading to frustration and it can indicate some part of learning, communicating or a simple expression of the self through words is painfully awkward. Sometimes it is rudely referred to as the individual who suffering from some kind of “mental constipation.” There also seems to be a strong association with speech difficulties with this aspect such as stammering or stuttering and also with defects of hearing. We often see an individual with Mercury square Saturn as an authority in education, lecturing and learning. Still, the individual has felt challenged in learning how to communicate to others clearly. A sober attitude with a painstakingly patient concentration helps them to achieve their intellectual goals over time. They can be too exacting, feel dissatisfied, frustrated and angry at work. Also, feeling like a ‘wet blanket’ but there is often genuine disappointment with schooling or the feeling of not having had the same educational opportunities as others.
Mercury square Saturn can reflect parental criticism, unfavourable judgments and it has resulted in a constant negative inner voice. A parent could be anxiety filled or depressed and the child picks up this negativity. The mind of the individual with such a contact is often paralysed so they feel unable to make a move intellectually. Notably, this aspect can also be indicative of a compulsive need to control the learning environment. Truth be told, negative emotions are more memorable than positive ones and so early learning challenges or never feeling good enough for parents or teachers approval can be emotions forever etched in memory. The individual’s greatest challenge is coming to terms with this inner critic and learning to master this looming shadow over communication, coping with dark and negative thoughts. For self-mastery, this could mean completing a long-term project, writing a book, something involving organization and structure. The goals are efficiency and the accomplishment of a great work.
Saturn connected to a personal planet in hard aspect has a censoring effect on the planet involved. With Mercury square Saturn, whatever the person says and writes is self-censored to some degree. It’s hard for these people to pour out their emotions, no matter how emotional or needy they feel on the inside. This is because they are always aware of what others might think of them with what they say. They are not necessarily deliberate talkers or thinkers. In other words, they don’t always pick and choose their words carefully or speak slowly. However, they are careful with what they reveal to others. They make plenty of disclaimers, and often come across as negative or sarcastic without intending to. These are people who review conversations they’ve had with others, and who often kick themselves for saying something they didn’t intend to, or for not saying something witty. Saturn tends to have a hobbling effect, and when it’s attached to the planet of communication in hard aspect, there can be some feelings of insecurity about how we speak and communicate in general. Mercury square Saturn people tend to worry about what they’ve said and how they could have said it better.
Mercury square Saturn tend to think heavy thoughts. So heavy, in fact, that if you're not careful they can weigh you down and drop like granite blocks into casual conversations with others. Yet, your ponderous nature suits you well for activities that require you to be exacting, thorough, clear, and certain. You're often serious, yet incisive. You don't necessarily do as well with more imaginative or free forms of thinking. You want to get things right, and you think other people should too. And that's where life often seems to go wrong. With Mercury square Saturn, there's a rigidity to your thinking that sets people (and you) on edge, especially if they disagree with you or try to be more interpretative of rules and codes than you are. Then you can become needlessly fussy over details, when there's a larger, more harmoniously emotional moment happening. Soften the razor-sharp edge of your intellect and measure more what's happening from your heart. Mercury square Saturn combination signifies a dynamic tension between flexibility and rigidity, stream of consciousness and structure, impermanence and permanence. You may start out constantly oscillating between needing freedom and structure, making real progress difficult. Later, there may be areas of life where you refuse to be tied down at all and still others where a strict routine is observed. A higher integration occurs when you begin to realize that either choice may be applied to any matter at any moment, depending on where the thing itself is in terms of needs and development. Healthy boundaries are semi-permeable, which means allowing some things to flow through and keep most others out. In this way, learning to modulate your boundaries becomes another way of understanding and controlling the amounts of fluidity versus structure that you are working with at any time.
Some older astrology texts suggest that there can be learning disorders or “slowness” with the Mercury square Saturn aspect, but this is rarely the case. In fact, many people with this aspect are very strong academically. The flow of their communication is blocked in some manner, however, and this is due to an automatic “self-censoring” tendency. Self-consciousness and hypersensitivity is experienced with regards to their intelligence and ability to get ideas across to others, especially in youth. These people need plenty of positive feedback from others in order to feel more confident and less “blocked”. Under Mercury square Saturn, you need to recognize that you are most likely harder on yourself about how you communicate than others are. Ask people close to you for an objective point of view. Chances are, they find you to be astute, intelligent, and an effective speaker or writer. We often tell our kids “don’t worry about what others think”, but telling this to a person with a hard Saturn aspects is not enough, nor is it realistic. They will worry. Instead, I have found that the best way to handle difficult Saturn aspects is to get objective feedback from others. Mercury square Saturn people don’t accept compliments whole-heartedly, yet they crave them and need them. Others around them tend to stop complimenting them, feeling that they either don’t need compliments or don’t want to hear them. Nothing can be further than the truth. With Mercury square Saturn, be sure to exercise caution in entering into contracts. Don’t overlook the important details that can boomerang against you later. It may be best to hire an attorney or other advisor to help you with these tasks. You might find that you are the victim of “red tape”, mix-ups, and communication problems more than most. You sometimes come across as more stern or harsh than you actually are. There is likely to be a negative or sarcastic style to your speech that you may not always be aware of, but that others pick up quickly. You will find that others often misunderstand your intentions rather easily, or that you misrepresent yourself unwittingly. You often kick yourself for saying (or, more often, not saying) something after a conversation is over.
Low morale, lacks substance, resentment, melancholy, frequent criminal appearance, dry heart, fanatic, suspicious, hard-headed, used to constantly suffering from depression, terribly pessimistic, reserved, withdrawn, extremely introverted
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