To understand the concept of Mercury Neptune connections, we first have to go back into the past for a moment.
In the early 80s a "new" approach of assessing major themes in a natal chart saw the light by the "invention" of the so-called "ZIP Code."
It was a method invented by Dr. Zipporah Dobyns (hence the name "ZIP Code") and further propagated by her daughter Maritha Pottenger, that made use of the so-called astrological alphabet.
The concept of the astrological alphabet is that astrology deals with twelve basic ways of being, twelve human drives and modes of operation that are all needed in this world.
These twelve sides of life are mirrored in the natal chart by a planet, a house and a sign.
So it is in the astrological alphabet that Mars, the 1st house and Aries all share the same principles (though they are NOT the same!).
Venus, the 2nd house and Taurus also share the same principles and this goes on for the other planets, signs and houses.
What the theory of the ZIP Code or astrological alphabet presents is that certain groups of planet/house/sign combinations share similar themes.
For example: Pluto in Libra or Pluto in the 7th house share the same principles. The 7th house is in mundane astrology a Libra house (wathever zodiac sign is on the cusp of the 7th house in the natal chart).
This system has been enhanced by German astrologers who developed their own system based on the same principles but they converted the signs and houses to their respective planetary rulers.
For example: Pluto in Libra becomes a Venus/Pluto theme because Venus always rules Libra. Pluto in the 7th house too becomes a Venus/Pluto theme because the 7th house is associated with Libra, which is ruled by Venus in mundane astrology.
Also, the ruler of the 8th house (in mundane astrology ruled by Pluto because Pluto rules Scorpio and Scorpio is always the 8th zodiac sign in the natural order of the zodiac) in the 2nd house (in mundane astrology ruled by Venus as the ruler of Taurus) is another Venus-Pluto analogy.
The more we find such analogies, themes or connections between two planets, the more this planetary combination becomes an important part of the natal chart and the life of the native.
To find out the connections or analogies between planets, we take especially into account:
Planets in houses are more important and powerful than the planets in the signs because they work on a more personal and individual level (we use the Topocentric house system which gives almost the same results as the Placidus house system).
When do we have Mercury Neptune connections, themes or analogies?
In most cases, the following configurations are used (there are more though (!) but this would lead us too far and make it more complicated than necessary):
When at least three of the above listed analogies or connections can be found in the natal chart, we have a very powerful Mercury Neptune connection or analogy that will be felt and noticed in the character and life of the native.
What do Mercury Neptune connections signify?
Mercury and Neptune have principles that actually don't blend very well.
Mercury is cerebral while Neptune is intuitive.
Mercury is critical while Neptune is more vague.
However, both are changeable and may combine to a floating or drifting combo.
Neptune is anaesthesia for the brain and mind (Mercury) and that's why this connection is about 'brain fog' or mental anaesthesia.
The stupefying influence of Neptune switches the mind (and the brain) into stand-by mode so that no new information and stimuli can enter the sensitive nervous system when the brain and mind are in a situation of 'overflow.'
This connection is more interested in and focused on images than on hard facts & figures.
People with Mercury Neptune connections are apt to day dreaming.
They should listen more carefully before executing anything because Neptune often acts like a shield that distorts sharpness and makes messages more vague and unclear.
Misunderstandings often are the result.
This connection often results in issues related to some of the senses (especially vision and hearing problems).
People who have Mercury Neptune connections in their natal chart may need to do some effort to bring structure in their way of communicating.
They tend to drift easily, making that messages are not always as clear as they should be.
Mercury Neptune connections are not about a sharp and penetrating mind but about an absorbing mind.
This connection is a more passive and introvert one.
In many instances, people with this connection are born in a family that does not fit in the social environment they live in, a family that is not part of the social environment for whatever reason (language barriers, differences in education or cultural background, ...).
To feel onself (like) a stranger, an outcast, a fugitive or to feel part of a minority group is one of the most predominant characteristics of this connection.
Neptune loves to be anonymous and wants to remain invisible.
In combination with Mercury, Neptune is able to hide one's thoughts to avoid arguments and conflicts.
In a certain sense, Neptune acts like a protective and invisible shield that camouflages one's opinion and intentions.
In other words, this can be a very chameleon-like connection.
This connection represents a certain fear too; the fear to develop a clear-cut personality with an identity that is able to cast a shadow.
While Uranus is the Awakener, Neptune is the Dreamer, stupefying ones senses and protecting them from fear and the harsh realities.
Hence, the Mercury Neptune connection is a soft one and represents the poet, the musician, the magician.
Mercury Neptune connections belong to the ones who can conjure with words or sentences, the ones who can do magic with sound.
Mercury and Neptune also rule the zodiac signs that belong to the zodiac axis of servitude and submission (Virgo-Pisces).
Together they join forces to live their role perfectly in a subordinate and obeying way.
This confirms again, that this connection is a passive one and not an active one.
The Mercury Neptune connection adjusts to whatever it encounters, it absorbs the event(s) with all the senses and filter the harsh stuff out.
In case the own subconsciousness and mental anaesthesia no longer work sufficiently, the native may bring on additional stupefying means through the intake of drugs, alcohol, and the like.
People with this connection are not easy to figure out, because of their chameleon-like traits.
They fare best when working in the background, behind the scenes or in large institutions or corporations.
They should take on a helping role and be of service like a 'servant.'
Because this connection dislikes clear-cut things, it also dislikes formalities and boundaries.
Mercury Neptune connections represent borderless and invisible communication (without words) -- like through the 3rd eye...
That's why they often don't reply to messages.
Though this is not a connection about rational thinking and logic, the natives are very often able to build very sound opinions.
They can be very allergic to certain substances and should listen to their sensitive bodies very carefully.
A running nose, sneezing and asthmatic reactions occur frequently.
Another characteristic trait is a progressive and gradual aversion to learning when growing older and avoiding intellectual work (no more 'strain for the brain').
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