Following on with Chiron’s ‘orbit’ between dysfunctionality and heightened sensory skills in personality, lets take a look at Mercury Chiron. The Astrological combination of Mercury and Chiron in the chart presents an interesting perspective between a sense of genius and some forms of Dyslexia.
The Unconscious “Zip It”
Mercury Chiron at first glance is the “wound” of the mind. We will see, hear, read, talk and write millions of bite sized information pieces on a daily basis. It is called processing. Processing and mentalization of sensory experience leads us down many pathways which will ultimately be expressed in some way or not. We process our feelings into logical thoughts perhaps, or create visual representations in the course of comprehending the novels we read. We talk or write about meaningful and irreverent information as a part of our daily experience.
Mercury represents the communication pathways, the doorways and hallways of our neural processing. Mercury denotes the literal measures we take, communicating from one place to another. Mercury symbolizes the verbal understandings in contrast to pre verbal messages in child development. Mercury is the minds eye for sensory interface providing a means for processing information and ultimate distribution of that information down the pathways. At some point in time that information will need expressing in a physical way. Perhaps this can be called the “Delivery”.
The hierarchy as follows
Minds Eye – Mentalizing Factory – Despatch – Delivery
Something Going Wrong Between Mentalizing and Despatch
My own mother has Mercury opposite Chiron with the unlikely synastry match to the degree of my ascendant-descendant axis. Sometimes she doesn’t realise what she is saying to me, at other times “She just can’t talk about it”!
All mothers seem to work with intuitive factors, however the one interesting function of Mercury Chiron is the ability to sense and know the unknowable. My mother has the extraordinary ability as a Bridge player. Like a shark she can pre-empt her target’s position and sense her partners hand in the matter. In one way her mentalizing and reflective process is dysfunctional and on the other she shows a sense of genius. Sadly, my mother experiences Vertigo at the moment and her literal walking down stairs and hallways is dysfunctional.
Dyslexia comes in many many forms, including what is known as CRS or Conversion Reaction Syndrome. Quoting the Internet
“CRS is said to be a subconscious process by which deep emotional conflicts or fears which otherwise would give rise to considerable anxiety are disowned or put aside by converting them into an external expression of some type. This results in a feeling of detachment, which may appear as relaxed indifference – sometimes referred to as la belle indifference. This condition has been found in some dyslexics and in some persons with specific neurological damage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyslexia
So it would seem that the tittle of my blog (and what I am proposing about Mercury Chiron) can also become a means of psychological protection. Of course there are also many people who actually “know” about difficult experiences in their lives, and for some good reasons, they choose to never talk about it. Its a kind of conscious detachment from the facts; a forever holding of information in the Despatch department. I am not sure whether in the long run, that is a healthy process to take.
Dysfunction in The Hierarchy
Verbal Dyspraxia is an interesting form of Dyslexia. It involves the difficulty in the use of speech sounds. You may know a stutterer or someone who might have great difficulty in expressing the sounds of their words. A good old friend who has Mercury Chiron in Capricorn (10th house) cannot for the life of him say “ask” in the correct sequence of word sounds. He can only say “aks” (phonetically sounds like arxe).
My Capricornian friend uses the genius factor of his Mercury Chiron through his photography career. His private photographic work communicates intense and dark craggy rock formations with deeply blackened sky’s of clouds. Usually a dead or leafless tree in the landscape composition draws the viewer into the seemingly turbulent world of its creators mind’s eye. My friend is able to despatch the “processing of knowing his experience” through photographic mediums.
The step between “Despatch” to “Delivery” in the Mercurial hierarchy perhaps, takes on a novel process in Dyslexia. Information packages left at “Despatch” or which have no forwarding address will constantly beg to be opened in my view; Otherwise a great deal of energy is required to constantly “shelve it” there. This place in the mind is an “unknowing” of and perhaps disavowed part of the mercurial highway.
Freight delivery is a complicated system and when “its absolutely got to get there the next day”, Mercury Chiron will find an alternative and novel route.
Although there are significators in Astrology for cognitive and personality dysfunctions, one must consider the overlapping ADHD profile with respect to Mercury Chiron. Depending on the sign Mercury is posited, his motion or direction and possible Saturnian aspects, one may deduce the potential ‘dysfunctional - genius’ scale.
One man I know has Mercury Chiron, was born with deficient chromosomes and he is markedly incapable of self reflectiveness which often landed him foul of the law. The disability is pronounced and he views things in his own unique way. Although he understands the need for correct social integration his actions seem to go according what seems logical for him at the time.
It is widely known that Jamey Oliver has a form of Dyslexia. I believe he has Mercury in Gemini (rulership) with a sextile to Chiron. Tom Cruise is reportedly a dyslexic.
Famous Mercury Chiron’s
Curt Kobain, Billie Holliday, F Scott Fitzgerald, Grace Kelly, Mel Gibson(out of sign), Glenda Jackson, Susan Sarandon, David Williamson, Muhammad Ali, Margaret Thatcher and Gareth Evans.
What ever the form and extent of dyslexia one may experience, it seems there is an alternative or optional quality in life available for them. A novel skill or ability that allows the expression of otherwise dysfunctional thoughts. Mercury Chiron individuals have a great capacity for sensing out different communication methods such as intuition.
Perhaps the function of Chiron in Astrology as described in the “Wounded Healer” symbology also seems to speak volumes when placed with Mercury in the chart. I am constantly amazed at the potential catalyctic effect when Chiron connects with other planetary archetypes.