|Paul Newman: Mercury in Capricorn conjunct Ascendant|
Communication is symbolized by the planet of Mercury. So, having Mercury conjunct the Ascendant gives you a persona that is often like a talk show host or a public speaker or a teacher. You get the idea. This placement can often bring even the more reserved Mercury sign placements out of their shell, pushing their energy forward with a desire to talk, talk, talk. In fact, this desire might be so powerful that you find yourself overwhelming others. It might be hard for people to keep up with a Mercury rising individual. You’re like the modern-day version of the actual god Mercury, zipping back and forth, as quickly as the wind, to deliver one message after the next. It’s wise to seek some grounding in these behavior patterns of yours and not spread yourself too thin. You’re the type to instantly seek stimulation and if your Mercury gets bored, you’re pretty quick to move on to the next thing.
The aura that you have around yourself might be quite chaotic, especially if Mercury is in a Fire or Air sign. You like to cultivate an air of being constantly exciting and interesting. There might never be a dull moment around you but be wary of just plain exhausting people, as well. Mercury conjunct Ascendant folks usually have an appearance that fits their restless, curious manner. Your facial expressions are highly inquisitive, as if you’re just dying to know more, and you give off the impression of always having something to say, even when you try your best to shut up. There’s always that little twinkle in your eye. Mercury also signifies a certain duality, so this might play a big role in your appearance, as well. Many people with this placement have an androgynous look. The guys are often more metrosexual and the girls more tomboyish. But, the same girls can easily switch to very feminine and the same men to very masculine. You might also be able to rock casual and professional with equal aplomb.
Diffusing your interests and activities can be a hard pattern for you to recognize if your Mercury is in the 12th conjunct the Ascendant. Though this behavior will play a powerful role in your life, it might take some serious stepping back for you to realize exactly what you’re doing. The up-side of this placement is that it blends the communicative and intuitive abilities to the point of virtual psychic powers. Those with Mercury in the 1st House conjunct the Ascendant will more easily own up to being scatterbrained or chatterboxes. But, it’s this quality that becomes your greatest strength, in the end, if you use it constructively. You develop a persona for yourself that’s a salesperson of the first order, able to chat anyone up and persuade them to come around to your side of thinking.