For the most part, the Sun conjunct Mercury is a mildly positive aspect in synastry. It is highly variable, however, and can be negative in some circumstances.
The Sun represents who we are on a deep level. In a relationship, it can also represent our ego and desire to shine. It has the tendency to overpower planets surrounding it.
Mercury is an extremely important planet when it comes to relationships because it represents how we communicate. Mercury’s nature is extremely malleable, and it will take on the characteristics of the sign that it is in and the planets that surround it.
A conjunction occurs when two planets are close to each other. In synastry, it shows how two people are the same as each other.
Sun Conjunct Mercury in Synastry
The influence of the Sun conjunct Mercury in synastry depends on a lot of factors. This is the case with all aspects, but it is particularly the case with this aspect.
On its own, it is a positive aspect, and it tends to promote good communication.
On the other hand, Mercury is easily overpowered by the Sun, which, in some cases, can make it hard for the person whose Sun is involved to truly listen to the other person.
Much will depend on the sign that is involved and the other synastry aspects between the two people.
One of the most important considerations is the sign that this conjunction falls in.
Gemini, Virgo, Libra, and Aquarius
The Sun conjunct Mercury is best in signs in which Mercury is stronger. In these signs, the person whose Mercury is involved will have strong communication skills that will not be overpowered or overwhelmed by the other’s Sun.
This will allow the two to talk about anything and will promote good feeling between them.
Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, and this aspect is particularly good in these signs.
The Sun is debilitated in both Libra and Aquarius, but Mercury has some minor dignity in all of the Air Signs. This means that the person whose Mercury is involved can be helpful to the other. They will be particularly helpful with Solar-related issues, such as lack of self-confidence or excessive pride.
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, and Pisces
In these signs, the Sun conjunct Mercury can be a barrier to communication. It can even become a slightly negative aspect in synastry.
At a basic level, the person whose Sun is involved will have a difficult time listening to the other. The person whose Mercury is involved will have likewise have a hard time in communicating in a way that they will be heard.
The Sun rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. This makes it quite strong in these signs. Mercury does not have any special dignities in these signs, which means it will be easily overpowered by the Sun.
Mercury is particularly weak in Sagittarius and Pisces. This will impair its ability to speak up in a manner that will be understood.
Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Capricorn
Neither the Sun nor Mercury have any special dignities or debilities in these four signs. This means that this aspect will work as expected.
There is some risk that the person whose Sun is involved will have difficulty hearing the other person. For the most part, however, there will be good communication between the two.
Mercury can never be more than twenty-eight degrees from the Sun. This means that one or both of the people involved may have a difficult situation in their natal chart which is known as combustion.
A planet is combust when it is less than eight degrees from the Sun in a person’s chart. This weakens the planet and can cause all sorts of personal difficulties.
If this is the case for one or both of them, there will be things about the relationship that trigger the other’s personal issues.
Like Mercury, there is a limit to how far Venus can be from the Sun in someone’s birth chart. For Venus, that limit is forty-five degrees.
This means that there are very likely to be several other aspects involving the Sun, Mercury, and Venus between the two people. These aspects must be considered along with the Sun conjunct Mercury.
In addition to the sign and other aspects involved, it is also important to consider what houses this aspect occurs in each of their charts.
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Man’s Sun Conjunct Woman’s Mercury Relationship
When a man’s Sun is conjunct a woman’s Mercury, there is an increased chance that he will have trouble really listening to her.
He will want to talk with her and be with her, but she will also tend to touch upon his pride and ego with what she says.
This may or may not become a problem. A lot will depend on the other factors discussed above, such as the sign the conjunction is in, the other aspects between them, and whether his Mercury is combust.
If it does become a problem, the solution is for him to make the effort to set aside his ego and listen, and for her to have enough confidence in herself to keep trying to communicate.
Woman’s Sun Conjunct Man’s Mercury Relationship
In this situation, the aspect is more likely to promote positive communication than when the genders are reversed.
Because of the nature of societal expectations with respect to gender roles, she is more likely to set aside her ego enough to really listen to him.
This is not necessarily a given, however. As is the case when the genders are reversed, much will depend on the other factors involved.
Sun Conjunct Mercury in Friendship
Sun conjunct Mercury is more likely to manifest in a positive way in a friendship than it is in a romantic relationship.
While communication is important in any type of relationship, there is more room to maneuver when it comes to a friendship.
There is still the risk of one person’s Sun overpowering the other’s Mercury, but it is less likely to lead to long-term problems or resentments.
On the other hand, the person whose Mercury is involved can be an excellent advisor to the other. Of course, the person whose Sun is involved needs to be willing and able to listen.
How to Tell if the Sun is Conjunct Mercury in Synastry
If one person’s Sun is in the same sign as the other’s Mercury, at least some of the influence of this aspect will be present.
The allowable margin of error, or orb, between the Sun and Mercury is twelve degrees. This means that the aspect can be considered at full strength if the planets are in the same sign and within twelve degrees of each other.
As with all other aspects, the closer the Sun is to Mercury the stronger it is. Yet, with the Sun conjunct Mercury, there is a bit of a twist.
The closer the aspect is the more likely it will impede communication. The further away it is, the more likely it will prove helpful. This is because the further Mercury is to the Sun, the less likely it is that the Sun will overpower it.
The Sun and Mercury can be within twelve degrees of each other from adjacent signs. If this is the case, this aspect can be mostly ignored. If anything, the two will be able to communicate a little better than might otherwise be expected from their charts.
More than many other aspects, the influence of the Sun conjunct Mercury depends on a variety of factors.
In some circumstances, it can enhance communication between two people. In others, it can hinder it. A lot will depend on the relative strengths of the two planets and other synastry factors.