Mercury Square Ascendant

Mercury Square Ascendant Natal

In Jungian psychological terms, the ascendant represents the persona or what is also called “the revealed self.” The persona contains all the bright shiny parts of our personality that we want people to see and like. In direct contrast to this is the shadow or the “concealed self,” which contains all that we wish to keep hidden, for one reason or another. Mercury’s square to the ascendant reveals a tension between the revealed and concealed parts of yourself and a need for constant conscious awareness of necessary adjustments between the two. This might play out in terms of a tension between your personal and professional lives, or between the inner and outer worlds. At first, these choices could trigger a stress response, when you could be unconsciously motivated toward “fight, flight, or freeze.” Once you learn to classify situations more quickly, a smoother and more fluid response to choose either revelation or concealment as the situation demands will become a natural part of your personality.

Mercury Square Ascendant Transit

This transit represents an opportunity for conscious adjustment between the public and personal parts of your life or between the inner and outer worlds. You may face a choice either to reveal something and activate the consequences or to look the other way and live to fight another day. This transit is generally quick in nature and occurs twice per year, but every six to seven years or more often as rarely as 13 years apart, Mercury will make a series of three squares with the middle one occurring during the retrograde. This is a more significant transit that suggests a substantial choice and subsequent major adjustment in the way you present yourself to the world. You may have to weigh privacy issues and personal freedom against gaining more visibility and authority along with responsibility.

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