Taurus Ascendant & Planet Mercury
Taurus Ascendants have potential to shine in intellectual brilliance. Mercury the natural karaka for intelligence, rules the 2nd and 5th houses governing intelligence and mental acumen. It is a benefic planet for Taurus Ascendant. When Mercury is powerful these natives have an ingenious streak.
Werner Erhard is an independent thinker and modern day philosopher who has used his intellect to create modules for individuals, groups and corporations. He rose to fame during the 70's and since then he has been an inspiration for millions of people to undergo transformational experiences in self empowerment. Although his formal education was not impressive, his innate academic talents have astonished many.
In his chart Mercury is nicely placed in the 5th house in its own sign Virgo giving him a powerful mental organizational analytical ability and strong dexterity with it being in the constellation of Hasta. Hasta's lord Moon is neechabhanga and conjunct the logical planet Mars in the 7th house in Scorpio giving rise to intuitive power. Mars in fact is considered weak in the chart because of its early degree and debilitation in navamsa, which indicates that a lot of Erhard's underlying abilities arises from some psychic intuitive realm, (Mars occupying watery signs) rather than linear logic. Also Ketu, the psychic planet occupies Mercury's sign in the 2nd house of foresight in a very expansive and limitless constellation Purnavasu increasing his ability to draw knowledge from intuitive realms.
Although not all scholars agree on this being the correct chart for Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, it is generally agreed that he was born with Mercury placed in the 5th house in Virgo. Mercury is the representative planet for Vishnu and Lord Krishna being the most intelligent being in the universe exemplifies the power of Mercury for Taurus Ascendants. In this particular chart Mercury is also a benefic lord from the Moon and getting favourably aspected by Jupiter in Pisces from the 11th house.