I know I am going to get flak for this one, but I specialize in truth, as I see it, of course. My mother has an exact combust of Sun conjunct Mercury in Aquarius. It happens to be an exact conjunction to my Chiron and name asteroid in the 4th House. If you don’t know what that means, that is OK. I am going to explain the combust and why I feel as I do. If you have a combust, take what I say and apply what speaks to you. One must face all of one’s chart, the good and the bad, the ease and the struggles.
The combust of Mercury and the Sun is a very distinctive aspect, in that it confers certain distinct attributes on the native. Let’s break it down, a bit. The Sun is one’s basic sense of identity–The I Am. When you think about your most, basic and distinctive sense of self, it is the Sun. Think about your ego, the sense of “I”. I do not use ego in a pejorative way. Each person needs a health ego, and it is to this I am referring. That is why you can tell people’s Sun Signs. The energy of the Sun radiates more than the other planets, in the solar system and in the person.
Mercury is one’s mind. From the mind, we communicate. We speak and write. The mind is a function of the person, separate from the ego. The thinking process does it’s own thing and the ego does it’s own thing. The ego is responsible for making you feel you are separate from others. To be healthy, this sense of separation is necessary and crucial. Without it, you are mentally ill. Mentally ill is not being grounded in reality imo
Hence, with the exact combust, the person’s ego is wedded to his mind. There is no separation, so what is supposed to be two functions becomes one. This has very far reaching consequences, to which the person does not know, in all cases I have seen, The person cannot know because the combust prevents it. I come to one of the main problems with the combust. the person lacks objectivity about himself and his relationship to others and the world. Moreover, he does not KNOW that he does.
To view the combust, in a practical setting, I will give a few examples. We, all, get insulted. We, all, get dissed. The person with the combust jumps in, feet first, punching. This is the case because the person cannot pull back and asses the situation. The combust person reacts, very fast, to insults. Hence, it makes it hard to have a relationship with this person because you have to walk on eggshells. For the combust person, it is worse, than for the other person, because this level of reactivity is like a prison sentence.
Now, I must say that degree is everything, here. The exact combust is that to which I refer. Everything else is a lesser degree of this situation, until you hit 5 degrees and the combust ends. Then, you have the conjunction of Mercury and the Sun, which is an incredible blessing. It confers brilliance, as the Sun basks Mercury in it’s light, but does not burn it up.
Before I leave this article, I must say that mental illness is a complex situation, in the chart. There are many aspects which are linked to it. One is Mercury square Uranus, which I may write about, later. This is a classic aspect for mental illness. Neptune can play a role, too, as Neptune is the planet of fogginess and deception i.e unreality. Mental illness is living in unreality, to hone it down to a sentence. My heart goes out to anyone who is struggling with emotional and mental illness. I had sexual abuse, so understand deep struggles. I do not write these articles to disparage anyone, but to offer help. Truth is real love.