To understand the concept of Mercury Venus 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: Mars in Libra or Mars 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: Mars in Libra becomes a Mars/Venus theme because Venus always rules Libra. Mars in the 7th house too becomes a Mars/Venus theme because the 7th house is associated with Libra, which is ruled by Venus in mundane astrology.
Also, the ruler of the 1st house (in mundane astrology ruled by Mars because Mars always rules Aries and Aries is always the 1st 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-Mars analogy.
The more you 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 zodiac 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 Venus connections, themes or analogies?
In most cases, the following configuartions are used (there are more though (!) to define Mercury Venus connections 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 Venus connection that will be felt and noticed in the character and life of the native.
What do Mercury Venus connections signify?
When Mercury, the communicator and messenger and Venus, the beautifier, blend, we get a combination of a very enjoyable speaker.
This may be because of the story-telling abilities but also because of the beautiful voice.
There is a huge interest in languages (translating), reading, writing or talking.
Venus cannot stand disputes and conflicts and wants peace and harmony.
Mercury on the other hand is about communication so that the Mercury Venus connections are found in charts of very good mediators.
In many cases, they don't want to be in the spotlight and rather keep a low profile.
Unfortunately, they are more interested in 'window dressing', outer appearances and conflict control than in resolving issues to the bottom.
They automatically mask, hide or repress any uncomfortable situation.
They have it difficult to look behind the curtain or masks because they fear to encounter the hard reality and the painful truth.
The truth cannot always be told and conflicts tend to be swept under the carpet.
Mercury rules mutable signs and is thus quite mobile, loves to wander, loves small trips and 'coming and going.'
This restlessness is reflected by the wandering influences and the fact that Mercury Venus connections are less anchored in the family or don't really enjoy a family life.
If other astrological configurations add to it, this connection or analogy marks a lot of changes of the place and different changes of residence.
People with predominant Mercury Venus connections tend to work in the fields of Cosmetics or Tourist Information Centers.
They remain quite superficial in their encounters and don't bond easily on an intimate level.
They also don't like competition or demonstrative behavior.
Keeping up appearances is important and they will do whatever it takes to show their most beautiful side and cling to it.
The Mercury Venus connection may point to a certain inferiority complex or co-dependent behavior.
Mercury rules dual Gemini and Venus rules hesitating Libra denoting that the Mercury Venus connection needs a lot of pondering, thinking and cerebral activity.
They may have it difficult to choose.
The Mercury Venus connection is less interested in sexual experiences, except when the native knows for sure, there is no emotional bond possible or there remains a distance.
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