What does it mean when you identify yourself (Ascendant) with your words (Mercury)? Let’s ask Taylor Swift! She is famous for writing songs about the highs and lows of her own personal experiences in the dating arena. She achieved such a strong reputation for this that she actually swore off dating for a whole year, favoring more time with her girlfriends.
Taylor has Mercury in Capricorn, the sign of ambition and making a mark in the world. Unlike other singers her age, she has the patience and discipline (Capricorn) that is needed to be a successful songwriter. And identifying so personally (Ascendant) with her songs is also unique.
There is more to the story with the Mercury however! Most of her material comes from life experiences in dating, and it comes as no surprise that Jupiter is conjunct the Descendant (relationships) and exactly opposite this ambitious Mercury. Jupiter gives us that feeling of enthusiasm and faith in life. Her Jupiter is in Cancer, so her faith is instilled in situations that give her emotional security. Being on the Descendant, these situations mainly play out in her close relationships. Sweetness with someone one day, and then boom! A breakup and in comes the tidal wave of emotional inspiration!
As a Sagittarius, inspiration is the primary fuel that she runs on, so this Jupiter is further elevated. And on the opposite end, Mercury is surrounded by Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Uranus intensifying her drive to work hard (Saturn) and incorporate her imagination (Neptune) in her writing pursuits.
Her Moon is in Cancer as well (conjunct that powerful Jupiter), which really drives home that need for emotional “rightness”. She is famous for having a lot of friends, one of which is writer, Lena Dunham, a very mercurial girl! There it is again: faith from emotional bonding solidifying an identity as a words girl, with another words girl!
Taylor grew up on a Christmas tree farm. I love that detail with her Sun Moon combo: Sagittarius exuberant spirit serving a sweetness-craving Cancer Moon. Can we not practically see a lit up Christmas tree take form?