Mental Chemistry in the Birth Chart
by Bob MakranskyLife is like bodysurfing: Most of the time, you’re just standing there, waiting for the rightwave to come; then when it does come, you have to hurl yourself into it at precisely thecorrect moment and ride it to shore. If you’re a little too slow or a little too fast — or if itwasn’t the right wave — you’re left standing right where you were.Dr. Marc Edmund Jones came up with a simple technique that indicates whether a personis too slow, too fast, or just right in grabbing and riding the waves of life.1 He called it“mental chemistry,” and it is shown by the combination of two horoscope factors:1. Whether the Moon is relatively slow or fast in its daily travel;2. Whether Mercury rises before or after the Sun.The Moon’s relative speed shows a native’s perceptual capabilities: how a person processes information, whether his or her perceptions are alert (fast Moon) or deliberate(slow Moon). The Moon’s daily travel is simply the difference between the Moon’slongitude at midnight (or noon) Universal Time before birth and its longitude at midnight(or noon) UT after birth. Because this averages 13°10’ (13.37°) per day, we will define anative’s perception to be alert if the Moon was moving faster than this on the day of birth — and deliberate, if the Moon was moving more slowly than this.In the words of Al H. Morrison: “The ‘fast’ Moon … scans rapidly with a wide-opensearch pattern. If there is anything going on, anything new or unfamiliar, anythingdifferent from expectation, it is instantly perceived. In a complex environment, as mostsocial environments are, there are so many details and processes to notice that the ‘fast’Moon native has his mind receiving an avalanche of input, fresh data.”2On the other hand, “Where the Moon is slow in its apparent motion, the native’s perceptual capabilities are focused, or directed toward observing whatever the native ismotivated to seek, or has been conditioned to pay attention to, or whatever he fears. Other information is simply not perceived, not observed. This leaves the mind relatively lightly burdened, with minimal input of perceived data to process.”3The Moon’s speed, however, does not merely symbolize how fast information is gatheredand processed; it also describes how people gather themselves together and girdthemselves for action. The natives whose perceptions are alert move quickly to get on topof a situation: Their immediate impulse is to attack. They like things to be clear anddefinite and aboveboard, so they are nonplused by subtleties. When they have a bee intheir bonnet, they have no patience for any other point of view, nor are they interested inexploring possible consequences and ramifications — they don’t even want to hear aboutsuch things. They move by impulse and instinct; they make up their minds immediately,and once their minds are made up, they cannot be budged or moved to reconsider. Inconflict, they try to take their opponents by storm, to overwhelm them, to give them nospace in which to move. Their actions and reactions are quick and decisive.