Goethe’s transiting Moon to natal Sun Return of Oct. 19, 1794 features both natal and transiting Mercury at the chart’s angles. This brings us a significant message — actually, it presented Goethe with a significant focus on all that Mercury represents: organization of one’s thoughts, the act of communicating through talk or letters, writing and documents (t/Mercury conjoins n/Saturn). We should focus our attention on this important chart feature.
The n/Mercury is ten degrees behind n/Sun, symbolizes Mercury’s role in gathering the Sun’s experiences in life and then sorting out all of those views and organizing them. The Sun shows where we put our attention and energy in life. Goethe was known, among many attributes, as a natural scientist. He observed and he thought. He developed basic precepts and then built upon them. He constructed mental concepts and then observed life to see how actions and people’s efforts fit with those concepts. In this sense, he was like Einstein who often created mental situations (like two trains passing each other, and how an observer on one train would see events happen on the other train).
In this Return chart of Oct. 19, 1794, a week before reading Schiller’s essay and conceiving of his fairy tale, we find transiting Mercury 15 degrees ahead of the Sun. This position of transiting Mercury signifies a thinking process that moves beyond his own experiences, but includes them, and creates new concepts of a broad nature. This Mercury approaches a contact with natal Saturn (bringing concepts into a firm structure) and later with natal Ascendant (expressing those developed concepts).
Since n/Saturn plays a role in this interpretation, we can shift our attention to the transiting Saturn which conjoins natal Part of Fortune. Saturn equals structure, and the natal Part of Fortune represents ones proclivity to welcome ‘change.’ Playing out this hopping of one symbol to another, we find this t/Saturn-n/PoF opposite n/Pluto whcih signifies upheaval and restructuring of basic concepts. This is as far as we need to follow this path.
To summarize, this two week period of this cyclic chart will be marked by significant thinking, writing and literary work. Ideas will be formulated and given a ‘finality’ of the processes leading up to this point. It seems important to give clarity (Sun) that organizes the challenge (square) of spiritual and social views (n/Neptune). As we now know, this was a milestone week in Goethe’s life.