mental interests and abilities
He is a progressive thinker and he is open and receptive to new technologies and breakthroughs in science, and the latest discoveries in any field. Thomas Merton has high expectations and a profound belief that mankind's problems can be solved through the use of man's creative intelligence and inventive mind. Thomas has no patience for those whose conservative, unimaginative outlook limits their capacity to find solutions and envision a better future. Merton also likes to keep abreast of current developments in world affairs, for he instinctively knows that what happens in one part of the world affects everyone. Thomas Merton has a strong humanitarian drive. Practically speaking, Thomas Merton has an aptitude for organization and enjoys being involved in cooperative endeavors or businesses that are contemporary and innovative.
Thomas does not speak up readily, even when he has a lot to say! Also, his mind tends to drift and Merton finds it difficult to study very factual material that does not have much color or imaginative appeal. His intuition and first impressions are likely to be quite accurate, however, and Thomas Merton tends to depend upon this faculty in making decisions.
Thomas Merton appreciates aesthetics and has a fine sense of form, design, and beauty. He could develop great technical skill as an artist, designer, craftsman, or creative writer. Merton could also sell objects of beauty - artistic products, cosmetics, jewelry, etc.
Thomas has the ability to please and harmonize well with others and a talent for assuaging strain in the relationships of other people. His sense of humor, tact, and personal charm are a great benefit to Merton in any work with people on a one-to-one level.
He enjoys philosophical speculation and theorizing about abstract ideas and concepts. Merton is interested in a broad perspective, universal principles and systems, and connecting relationships and patterns - namely, he prefers to see the whole picture rather than the sum total of its components.Thomas Merton has a great respect and thirst for knowledge and education, and is the proverbial "perpetual student". Thomas Merton also has a talent for teaching and sharing his knowledge, and as a teacher, Thomas presents himself as a fellow participant in the ongoing quest for understanding rather than as a figure of authority.
He may become involved in television, publishing or other fields that involve sharing ideas with large groups of people. Thomas Merton excels in areas that require long-range planning and foresight, and can therefore be very successful in business, but he is rather sloppy and haphazard when it comes to implementing his ideas concretely. Thomas Merton should leave the details to someone else. Travel or long-distance contacts and communication will play a major role in his life and work.
Although broadminded and interested in the philosophical or long-range implications of any plan (as mentioned earlier), Merton's mind is clear and practical as well. His wide-ranging ideas and interests are grounded by a sense of realism and order. At times Thomas Merton may seesaw between his optimism and sense of broader possibilities, and his skepticism and need for facts and tangible proof.
Thomas Merton possesses excellent powers of concentration and enjoys studying or deep thinking in solitude. Discriminating and highly rational, Merton gets right down to the bare bones in any discussion and is quick to see the fuzzy thinking or weaknesses in another's logic. He is well-suited to any work that requires organized thinking, precision and a methodical approach. He enjoys working on problems that others consider too tedious, repetitive or technical. Thomas Merton tends to become a specialist in a given field of knowledge and to become engrossed in all of the small details involved, sometimes unaware that only few people share his particular interest, especially to the extent that he does.
Although Thomas Merton's thinking is precise and logical, as described above, at times Merton can be quite the opposite. There may very well be periods of absentmindedness, building castles in the air, or ruminating over mystical, abstract or imponderable subjects, as discussed below.
Vague, confused thinking which can lead to miscommunication and misunderstandings can be a problem for Thomas Merton, and he has to work at being as clear, honest and unambiguous in his dealings with others as he possibly can. Thomas tends, also, to "go off the deep end" regarding spiritual philosophies, imaginative ideas, or theoretical speculation which may or may not have any real relevance or validity. Thomas Merton should try to critically test out his ideas, or seek out a person whose judgment and character he respects, to use as a sounding board.
His mind is deep and penetrating and he is interested in anything secret, mysterious, or hidden, including the deeper recesses of the human psyche. Thomas Merton possesses an aptitude for private investigation, psychology and research work. Thomas Merton is also drawn to esoteric or occult studies.
Thomas Merton has a tendency to show other people that he is someone to be reckoned with. He is inclined to be irritable, easily angered, and quick to take offense. Thomas Merton may also have a sharp tongue and he is likely to have frequent quarrels or disputes in his relationships.
He is very sociable and has a talent for organizing and arranging associations or groups of people. Thomas Merton is likely to have good cooperation between people and he proudly shares his successes with them.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury in Aquarius
Mercury in 12th house
Mercury Sextile Venus
Mercury Conjunct Jupiter
Mercury aspects Jupiter and Saturn
Mercury Trine Saturn
Mercury aspects Saturn and Neptune
Mercury Quincunx Neptune
Mercury Trine Pluto
Mercury Conjunct Mars/Asc.
Mercury Conjunct Jupiter/N. Node