On Thursday, September 17th, Mercury stations retrograde in Libra for the next 3 weeks, bringing with it the tendency for “things” of a mercurial nature to behave unpredictably. For those who are sensitive to the change in energies, it is likely you have already felt this shift, since Mercury entered its shadow period on August 28th. As Mercury slows to station retrograde, logic becomes harder to access and life feels fuzzy. However, in addition to Mercury stationing retrograde this week, we are still in the midst of the eclipse zone, caught between last weeks Solar Eclipse in Virgo, and the September 27th Lunar Eclipse in Aries. The energy of the eclipse zone is very different from that of Mercury retrograde. During the period between eclipses, there is a feeling of acceleration through life. It is a time to really integrate change and has the potential to lock in new habits while eliminating others. With Mercury stationing retrograde during this time, we are likely to feel a sense of time warp. We also may find ourselves feeling a bit more emotionally erratic than usual. Pay attention to what you are feeling. Reflection is the goal here, as it is not the best time to act on one’s emotions.
As Mercury traces its path backwards through Venus ruled Libra, it is likely we will again be forced to deal with and re-consider issues pertaining to Venus’ recent retrograde. Many of us have found ourselves making adjustments to our relationships and / or work life, we have been reviewing our values and our relationships with people and things we treasure most. Perhaps you’ve decided to pursue dreams that involve changing careers, maybe even going back to school. Maybe you’ve finally acknowledged a call from within to express your creativity. Maybe you have been struggling with imbalance in relationships – exerting more energy than your friends or partners – and have therefore decided to spend more time on you. Either way, getting to this point or realization has not necessarily been a walk in the park, and with Mercury retrograde triggering these issues in Libra – we may find we are not quite done processing and re-designing our new plan.
Libra is the sign associated with the Scales of Justice. Libra is gracious, fair, and has the uncanny ability to see things from multiple angles. There is a sense of serenity and great beauty associated with Libra. There is a need to create and project balance and aesthetics into the world. Venus retrograde had us re-aligning our heart with our souls intention, and now Mercury retrograde is here to help us re-align our mind with our heart and soul. The process of getting things into alignment can be tricky, as those of you familiar with Mercury retrograde can attest to. For those of you less familiar with the details surrounding Mercury retrograde, here is an excerpt from an older Starface Astrology blog:
Mercury retrograde is an Earthly “optical illusion” where Mercury appears to be moving backwards, for 3 weeks, 3 times a year. During these times, one may notice “things” of a mercurial nature tend to go a bit awry.
As Mercury rules communication, we may find issues arise in all the many forms we use to communicate today, as well as with all those we communicate with. Mercury retrograde will affect everyone differently, however those who have strong Virgo, Gemini energy or highly aspected Mercury in their charts, may notice these periods of time to feel particularly frustrating. [Additionally, with Mercury in Libra, those with strong Libra, Taurus or highly aspected Venus are likely to be more sensitive to this retrograde.]
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As Mercury slows to station retrograde, our logic and abilities to reason may slow down with it. Most will notice their thoughts become sluggish, while at the same time creating a scatterbrained effect. It is common for listening and staying focused for extended periods of time to prove more difficult than usual; and to find that in the midst of a conversation you lose your train of thought. This often accompanied by the thought/feeling that “nothing is going right or according to plan.”
As legal agreements and contracts also fall under Mercury’s ruling, it is best not to sign or commit to anything new during these times. Retrogrades are ideal for re-visiting ideas, jobs, or relationships from the past, but attempting to begin or commit to new endeavors during these periods can backfire and is not recommended. With the constant change and the rather peculiar way of Mercury retrograde, it can be hard to predict what the outcome of situations will be. There is the tendency for whatever was agreed upon in said contract to change once Mercury goes direct.
However, in today’s world, it is difficult to stop from functioning and living in a “forward” motion. Many people find themselves in situations or careers where they must sign agreements or initiate new projects, life happens and deadlines are set, waiting until Mercury goes direct is not an option. It would be wise to be extremely cautious when/if you do find yourself in these situations, that all facts are thoroughly discussed and all fine print is carefully gone over (and over and over again). Though there are many inconveniences of its nature, (re-doing things over again being one of them) Mercury retrogrades can serve as a time for slowing down and really taking a good look at what is happening in our lives and how we can redirect things and make them better. There is no reason for fear or withdrawal from life, (though you may feel a bit more introverted during these times) but there is the need for heightened awareness, clear intentions, patience and preparation.
When Mercury is retrograde, it is a good time to expect the unexpected. Delayed flights, traffic jams at odd hours, computer/electronic malfunctions and miscommunications are often a very obvious part of the experience. Preparation is key to avoiding and overcoming such obstacles during this time. Some ways one can prepare are: allowing for more time to get from point A to point B, making copies of important documents, backing up computer files and double checking details you wouldn’t normally think twice about. When Mercury is retrograde, plans seem to never quite be set, life feels wobbly and uncertain. Leaving room for error and time for backtracking is helpful, while being uptight and trying to “fight” against the current will likely prove a waste of energy. Though we may consider these things to be inconvenient to our daily lives, they serve to help guide us. Underneath the mental fog and distractions is opportunity. Practice going with the flow.
While Mercury is retracing its path, there is increased mental ability to use retrospect in a positive way. To reassess the way we have done something, to revisit old ideas and thoughts- things that we didn’t commit to at the time but find new reason to appreciate now. There is support for reconnecting with old friends, rekindling old flames as well as the likely hood that current relationships will be under scrutiny and review. It is common for old relationship issues that have been brushed aside to rear their head, and it is likely that with the flux in communication, it will be difficult to deliver the message so both in conversation are on the same page. It may be necessary to confirm that your message is heard and comprehended by the other party in the way in which you intended, and to make sure that you are hearing and understanding others correctly too. It is important to note, that this is really not the time to take drastic measures. Do not do anything that you cannot undo – if necessary.
In addition to the usual quirks of Mercury retrograde, as Mercury backtracks through Libra it will continue to highlight our relationships. Any unresolved issues that are still lingering around since Venus stationed direct will require our attention. There is a need to achieve balance, to relieve unnecessary stress and find peace. However, with Mercury retrograde in diplomatic Libra, we may find our ability to play fair under strain. Continuing to address issues that have been causing us stress and occupying much of our attention over the last 2 months gets old, and patience may be wearing thin.
Some may find they are tired of acting diplomatically and trying to remain even keeled. In this case, it may be time to re-evaluate how you’ve been handling your emotions in regard to this situation. Have you allowed your needs to go unmet? Emotional outbursts and strong feelings of anger, may indicate you have not been honestly or effectively communicating your needs. Re-consider your methods and revise your message. On the other hand, the Libran ability to see things from more than one perspective may allow others to awaken to the fact that perhaps they’ve been the one taking their partners, friends, etc. for granted. Maybe you are typically angry and argumentative, but feeling rather empathetic and understanding. This may serve as a time for you to better see where your partner is coming from, in turn helping you to realize that maybe the scales are not as balanced as you thought. Remember, it is necessary to own up to one’s actions and habits in order for the scales to balance evenly. The sooner we take responsibility for ourselves, the easier it will be to successfully navigate this retrograde.
In addition to Mercury stationing retrograde and the eclipses, the opposition between Neptune and Jupiter will be exact, further blurring the lines of reality. Make sure to double check everything and to read the fine print. If something feels too good to be true, investigate deeper. This is not a time to over look facts and minor details.
Saturn makes its official journey into Sagittarius, after re-visiting the last bit of Scorpio over the last 3 months. Despite the fog that is likely to fill our heads over the next 3 weeks while Mercury is retrograde, Saturn in Sagittarius is driven and focused. Saturn requires we work hard, but provides us with the discipline and boundaries necessary to achieve whatever we put our mind to. Keep your head up and your eyes on the prize.
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