Mercury sextile Mercury is an excellent aspect to have in synastry.
Mercury is the primary planet that facilitates communication, and because of this, it plays a crucial role when it comes to relationships.
A sextile is a friendly aspect that also creates a complementary relationship between planets.
Mercury Sextile Mercury in Synastry
Mercury sextile Mercury promotes productive communication between people. It also makes them very good advisors for each other.
This aspect is similar to Mercury conjunct Mercury in that it makes it easy for two people to talk to each other. On the other hand, when Mercury is sextile Mercury, the two do not think alike.
Instead, they complement and balance each other in the way that they think. They also have a natural sense of what to say to one another.
This aspect usually occurs between planets that are in complementary elements, Fire and Air or Earth and Water.
When it occurs between Fire (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius) and Air (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius), the person whose Mercury is in Fire will help the one with Mercury in Air to solidify their ideas and take action.
In turn, the person with Mercury in Air will help the person with Mercury in Fire to think before they speak.
When it occurs between Earth (Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces), they will be able to find a balance between compassion and practicality.
The person with Mercury in Water will communicate on the level of emotion, and the person with Mercury in Earth will be more pragmatic and sensible.
In couples, this aspect will tend to make the partners think of each other as their "better half."
Modification of Sun Sign Compatibility
Mercury sextile Mercury is one of the aspects that can modify the Sun Sign compatibility of two people.
Mercury can never be more than twenty-eight degrees from the Sun. This means that in any individual chart, Mercury will either be in the same Sign as a person's Sun or in an adjacent sign.
Because of this, if two people have Mercury sextile Mercury, there is a good chance that their Suns will be in adjacent signs.
In most instances, adjacent signs are considered incompatible.
If Mercury is sextile Mercury, however, the two will be able to talk through their differences. This will often turn an incompatible pairing into a compatible one.
To fully interpret the meaning of Mercury sextile Mercury in synastry, it is important to look at the house that Mercury resides in each other's charts.
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Man's Mercury Sextile Woman's Mercury Relationship
Mercury sextile Mercury is a beneficial aspect that can go a long way towards bringing people together and keeping them together.
In the early stages of a relationship, people with Mercury sextile Mercury will find that they have a lot to talk about. They will enjoy each other's company.
This aspect in and of itself will not bring about romantic feelings. Instead, it will bring an easy friendship and understanding between them.
This will enhance other positive and romantic aspects between the couple.
Mercury sextile Mercury will also go a long way towards mitigating or even eliminating problematic synastry aspects.
This couple will be able to talk through any difficulties they have. If they marry or develop a long-term relationship, they will find it easy to negotiate with each other.
Mercury Sextile Mercury in Friendship
By itself, Mercury sextile Mercury will produce friendly feelings between people.
This aspect signifies that two people can talk to each other about anything. They will enjoy each other's company.
There will be a natural sense of alliance between them, and they will help each other in any way that they can.
As discussed earlier, they will be good advisors for each other. While this is true of any relationship with this aspect, it is especially true in friendships.
Friendships are relationships of choice that do not have romantic or sexual feelings attached to them. This means that a friend can be objective in a way that a spouse or romantic partner cannot.
If a friend also has Mercury sextile your Mercury, they can see your strengths and weaknesses quite clearly.
They are in a unique position to tell you things that you do not want to hear in a way that does not make you angry.
How to Tell if Mercury is Sextile Mercury in Synastry
A sextile occurs when planets are sixty degrees apart. Each sign is thirty degrees long, so signs that are sextile are two signs away from each other.
The chart below shows the signs with their sextiles:
The grouping of this aspect into elements is important because the elements play an important role in how it operates.
For this reason, if two planets are in the signs that are sextile, the aspect will operate to a certain extent regardless of how far about they are by degree.
That being said, the closer the aspect is by degree the stronger it will be. The allowable margin of error, also known as the orb, for Mercury is seven degrees.
Mercury can be within orb of a sextile in synastry from signs that are not sextile. This is known as a cross-sign aspect.
In the case of Mercury sextile Mercury, this operates as a weaker version of the aspect. Mercury wants to connect and communicate, so it will do so any chance it can get, even from the wrong sign.
In synastry, Mercury sextile Mercury enhances compatibility in any relationship.
This aspect promotes feelings of friendship and ensures excellent communication between people.
People with this aspect between them can give each other very good advice, especially if their relationship is one of friendship.