Mercury in Goethe’s Oct. 19, 1794 Moon-to-Sun Return


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.










About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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One Response to Mercury in Goethe’s Oct. 19, 1794 Moon-to-Sun Return

  1. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology.


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