To finish up the trilogy of higher octave planets, I wanted to discuss why Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury. As the higher octave, Uranus takes the principles of Mercury and gives them a broader, more universal expression.
On the surface, this connection seems less intuitive. Uranus is associated with Aquarius, while Mercury has no connection with the sign. Uranus is about big changes while Mercury is thoroughly personal. But when you look beneath the surface, the connection becomes clear.
· They break the rules. In traditional astrology, Mercury is an outlier. It is the only planet that isn’t assigned a gender. It’s the only planet that doesn’t prefer day or night. And it’s the only planet that exalts in the sign it also rules (Virgo). Mercury just can’t be put into a box, no matter how hard we try. And Uranus is much the same. Uranus is here to rebel. Uranus comes roaring into whatever situation he touches with a baseball bat, smashing windows and flipping tables. Just like Mercury, Uranus can’t be bothered with the rules.
· They’re brilliant. Mercury rules the mind. Having a well-placed Mercury proffers intelligence and thoughtfulness. It gives us the ability to connect the dots and make inferences. And Uranus takes this to a whole new level. With Uranus, we find sudden flashes of genius. There are no simple dots to connect – instead the whole world is connected. Uranus takes Mercury’s role as a student and expands it to a cosmic level. Uranus is the holy fool, the divine madman. Uranus is a brilliance that can’t be contained.
· They connect the world. Mercury rules speech and communication. Mercury is how we make connections with other people, especially one-on-one. But Uranus is how we connect as a species. If Mercury is a book, Uranus is the printing press. If Mercury is a small-time zine, Uranus is the internet. Mercury connects people, but Uranus connects us as a whole people. Uranus strives to connect every citizen of the planet, consequences be damned. Mercury widens the channels of communication, while Uranus blasts them open with a nuke.
Uranus takes everything that Mercury is and makes it bigger, bolder, and weirder. It is through Uranus’s insanity that we find Mercury’s greatest virtues and most tragic flaws. It connects the world whether or not humanity is ready (and looking at the influence the internet has had on the world, there’s an argument to be made that we’re not). It brings inventive genius and terrible, earth-shaking changes. Uranus takes Mercury to the extreme.
What do you think of Uranus’s influence? Is it genius or madness? Where are Mercury and Uranus in your chart?