This quote from one of my favourite books beautifully illustrates the difference between Saturn and Mercury consciousness. Each needs the other. If you are all about the Saturnine stoicism, you miss out on the Mercurial flights of genius. If you are purely “doing” Mercury, you can fail to apply yourself to score sufficient traction. Of course, if Saturn and Mercury are in beautiful aspect in your natal birth chart energies, you are ahead. No? Wait till Saturn and Mercury are favourably aligned in the sky (see the Horoscopes for this moment) and then riff off that.
Saturn Dreams Of Being A Mercury
“In the last book Italo Calvino wrote, he meditates on Hermes and Mercury, Europe’s old quick-witted gods, (the ones with wings on their shoes), the ones whose statues still adorn the train depots), and Calvino confesses that he always looked to their speed with the jealous longing of a more methodical craftsman.
‘I am a Saturn who dreams of being a Mercury, and everything I write reflects these two impulses,’ he says.
Saturn is the slow worker, the one who can build a coin collection and label all the envelopes in a neat script, the one who will rewrite a paragraph eleven times to get the rhythm right. Saturn can finish a four hundred page book. But he tends to get depressed if that is all he does; he needs regular Mercurial insight to give him something delicious to work on’ ”
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