Mercury Stations Direct 9/21, Sun Enters Libra 9/22: From Perfection to Balance

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On Wednesday, September 21st, Mercury will station direct in mid-Virgo after spending the last 3 weeks retrograde. Mercury is associated with communication and the way in which we receive information. It is also associated with our thoughts and with our ability to listen.

Mercury retrograde is an “Earthly” optical illusion, where Mercury appears to be going backwards in the sky. During this time, things associated with Mercury tend to act unpredictably.  Life usually feels a bit slower, plans tend to fall through or not pan out accordingly, miscommunications are on the rise, while details often slip through the cracks. Mercury retrograde also has the tendency to fog our thoughts, distract our minds and sometimes, depending on where Mercury falls in ones’ chart, can trigger a bit of depression. The goal of the retrograde is not to bring you down or make you feel crazy, but to get you to slow down enough to objectively look at your situation and make some changes. Living in a fast paced world, it is easy to get so caught up in what we are doing that we neglect to actually direct ourselves or make sure we are in alignment with where we intend to go. Mercury retrograde helps us to self-reflect and grow, by causing us to pause, to re-think and to re-adjust our perspectives and lives.

In addition to the typical inconveniences associated with Mercury retrograde, it is likely that this retrograde through Virgo also marked a period of self-refinement and skill-tuning. It turned our focus inward, as we worked on self-integration and self-acceptance; resulting in a new awareness of the separate parts of us: our thoughts and dreams, experiences and feelings, as well as our physical body and spiritual light. These parts of us are like puzzle pieces, and with this transit, perhaps we have found a new appreciation for our own personal puzzle or in some cases figured out a new way to put the pieces together, re-inventing ourselves as we discover what we are made of.

As Mercury stations direct, we are sent into the 2-week long final phase of the retrograde, the storm period. As Mercury slows to reverse its direction, the wacky retrograde energy comes to a peak. Information that has been kept secret or lurking beneath the surface tends to reveal itself. Issues regarding commitments or agreements made during the retrograde, wherein the fine-print was not noted, become more apparent. Though Mercury is now moving in the right direction, we are not quite out of the retrograde cycle yet, and as we examine the rest of the chart – it appears there is still more change, up ahead.

Looking deeper into the chart, Mercury stations direct in the 4th house, associated with home, family and roots, amid forming aspects to the Gemini moon, the Ascendant, and Pluto. With this, we are feeling somewhat emotionally detached and somewhat emotionally strained. There may be the need to discuss matters related to home or family, address things from our familial past, and/or pressure to make some domestic changes.

The Gemini moon conjunct the Ascendant, opposing Saturn in Sagittarius, suggests the need to make your emotional information useful, especially when it comes to relationships. Though it seems obvious, as humans, we have the tendency to fall into patterns and allow them to dominate our mode of function. We take our emotional information and toss it out the window. Maybe we get our hearts broken over and over again, or we have the habit of surrounding ourselves with people who are untrustworthy, or who really don’t have our best interests at hand. Or, maybe you have a tendency to be moody and lash out at those close to you, to manipulate others, or take advantage of those who care for you. Whatever the case may be – your emotional intelligence is a valuable tool and resource. Be mindful of your ways. Pay attention to the feelings this retrograde has triggered within you.

How can you learn from and effectively use these feelings to grow?

Let your emotions fuel and educate you. Whether they seem positive or negative, there is the need to really listen to your body and self; to recognize that your emotions are there to guide you, to help inform your rational mind about what you’re intuition is experiencing. Acknowledge what you feel and trust in yourself.

On Thursday, September 22nd, less than 24 hours after Mercury stations direct, the Sun will reach the Autumnal equinox, and join Venus and Jupiter in Libra. At the time of the equinox, the amount of daytime and night time is relatively equal. There is a sense of balance in the air, as the amount of light and darkness in our days begin to level out. With the Sun entering Libra, comes a sense of calmness and the ability to see things from a more objective position. As the anxious energy of Virgo begins to subside, our attention moves from perfecting to achieving a sense of inner peace. The Libra need for balance and equilibrium becomes more apparent in our days and thoughts. Life begins to feel lighter and less rigid.

The Sun’s energy combined with that of Jupiter and Venus in Libra creates the right environment for manifesting that which is needed in order to achieve a sense of internal stability. This trio is also associated with pleasure-seeking and a sense of generosity. Be open to the gifts life has to offer, look for the little things, and appreciate the synchronicity that weaves its way throughout our experiences.

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send me an email!

 

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Venus and Mars Conjunction, Ingress Libra: Embracing Wholeness

On Thursday, November 12, Mars transitions from Virgo into Libra. Following closely behind Venus, who shifted into Libra on November 8 – the ingress of both of these inner planets from earthy Virgo to airy Libra suggests a lightening and brightening of the energies, a coming together of what may have felt like fragmented pieces.

For the last 4 months there has been lots of attention focused on Venus energies. Venus brings with it a feminine flare and is associated with our values, money, beauty and the things we love most. However, since the beginning of the year, there has been an interesting dynamic between Venus and Mars taking place, a series of 3 exact conjunctions spanning from the end of February through the first week of November, right before Venus changed signs.

The merging of strong, assertive Mars, and Venus who has been busy helping us reevaluate our relationships and values, may have presented itself in many different ways. One of the ways it may have manifested, is as the need to assert oneself over goals, possessions or positions that are considered important. Whether it be work, school or pursuing any passion or intent – there is a need to identify this desire, to embrace it and to stand up to it and for it. For every action, there is a consequence, and to not stand by one’s goals or dreams, to ignore one’s soul purpose is essentially a slow suicide.

Similarly, it may have presented itself in such a way that one’s regularly passive aggressive personality, or one’s rather controlling and highly assertive personality flip flop. It is likely that it has become easier to incorporate a little bit of the opposite energy into our way of being.

At its core, what the merging of Venus and Mars bring to the table is the merging of our inner masculine and feminine energies – helping us to embrace both sides, to find balance and to acknowledge the yin and yang within. Though most of us identify ourselves as either man or woman, we are all born with both male and female sex hormones and we all possess some of what we consider to be traits of the opposite gender. We live in a world where we are told things are black and white, but the truth is not so. The lines are blurring, there are no need for labels – their meanings have outgrown their stigmas. It is possible for a woman to be powerful, strong and lead just the same as it is possible for a man to be kind-hearted, warm, and more domestic. We can be as we are and love every part of it, every part of ourselves. The more we embrace this, acknowledge and recognize our rhythm, the more we are able to find balance and find our wholeness. However, this evolutionary cycle which finished in critical Virgo may have felt more like a battlefield than a pleasant awakening. And for some of us, there may still be some post-war cleaning up to do.

With Mars moving into Libra, the painful self-scrutiny we are likely to have felt while it was in Virgo, will transcend. It is no longer necessary to pick ourselves or each other apart, to dwell or worry on that which is out of our control. Mars in Libra encourages us to take action and to do whatever is necessary to create harmony in our lives. It is easy to get carried away in the negativity that is so prevalent in our society, but it is important to notice and appreciate the beauty and love that allows for a sense of positive contrast.

The hate which runs deep within the blood of many allows us to appreciate the beauty and purity of those who love even deeper. One makes a mistake and learns what not to do the “next time”. The darkness of space allows us to recognize the magnificence and wonder of our luminaries. A loved elderly passes, a new life is birthed. There is a balance between the good and bad, the happy and sad, the ups and downs. A balance so intertwined with our life and all life that it is hard to distinguish ourselves from it. With Mars in Libra, we are embracing this exchange of energy, this give and take.

Though Mars is typically known for stirring up trouble, in Libra, Mars is a problem solver, balance seeker and mediator. There is a deep urge for equality and fairness. Mars in Libra wants to make things beautiful, to make art and to make music – a nice change in pace to the anxious, duty-fulfilling ways of Mars in Virgo.

Also in the chart for Mars’ ingress to Libra, we find Mercury about to make a conjunction to the Sun in Scorpio, and the Moon about to make a conjunction to Saturn in Sagittarius. With the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, we will likely find ourselves in conversations of a Scorpio nature, where we are talking about life and death, serious situations, acting sarcastically or even perverted. The dark, sexual energy of Scorpio dominating our communication. At the same time, with the Moon approaching conjunction with Saturn in Sagittarius, there is a sense of responsibility and being limited by emotional burdens. Stick to your word, even if every bone in your body is telling you to do otherwise. Impulsive actions will likely cause setbacks or unexpected consequences. Be honest with yourself and strive for sincerity in all that you do.

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Venus in Virgo 10/8, Mercury Stations Direct in Libra 10/9 : Coming Full Circle

Over the past couple of months, we experienced both Venus and Mercury stationing retrograde. Venus stationed retrograde at 1° Virgo on July 25th, and backtracked through the latter half of Leo, where it stationed direct on September 9th. On October 8th, Venus reaches Virgo again – likely, bringing to closure on some level, many of the issues we have been addressing since it stationed retrograde, as well as in a sense bringing us back to “where we were” around the end of July, with a fresh perspective and likely a change in values.

For more on Venus retrograde through Leo, check out Leaving The Comfort Zone

With Venus moving into Virgo, we are able to finally move forward beyond the ties to this most recent retrograde. Revisiting Leo allowed us another glimpse at the “big picture” in regard to our relationships, our finances and our values. Now in Virgo, we are able to fine tune the details – to work out all the kinks and REALLY integrate and seal in these new ways of being; tending to our seeds of intent, knowing that soon we will reap what we have sown.

Whereas Venus in Leo thrives on the attention and dramatics of the situation, Venus in Virgo is more about being validated and genuinely appreciated. Venus in Leo is fun, loving and always looking to play, but Venus in Virgo is critical, hard-working and looking to serve. There is a time to play, but there is also a time to work and with Venus in Leo for the past few months, it may have been easy to overlook our daily obligations. However, with Venus in Virgo making a square to Saturn in Sagittarius, play time is over for now. It is time to acknowledge our commitments and responsibilities; to practice integrity and sticking to the new values and goals we have created for ourselves.

Additionally, Virgo is associated with our health and our daily routines and habits. With Venus here it is important to take care of ones’ health. If you have been putting off getting something checked out or over-indulging in particularly unhealthy habits – health issues may begin to rear their head. Be sure to stay on top of your well-being: physical, mental and spiritual.

Early on the morning of October 9th, Mercury stations direct in the 1° Libra. Mercury’s recent retrograde through Venus ruled Libra hit on many of the same issues we had been sorting out with the Venus retrograde, but likely shed a new light on them. One that is more contemplative and analytical and less about the heartfelt connection. With Mercury stationing direct in 1° of Libra, we begin the storm phase, our journey back to where Mercury stationed retrograde. As Mercury slows to station direct and begins to head in the “right” direction, we will likely endure a bit more of the wacky retrograde energy before we are entirely in the clear.

Here is an excerpt on Mercury stationing direct from an earlier Starface post, Staying Dry Through The Storm:

“When Mercury stations direct, it appears to stop and slowly begin to move forward again. As Mercury is a quick moving planet – it doesn’t take long before it appears to pick up momentum and increase in its forward motion. It takes Mercury about two weeks to finally get up to speed, and it is this period of time we refer to as the Storm phase. Storm can make it sound scarier and more intense than it really is. Just as Mercury retrograde should not instill fear, neither should the Storm phase. Awareness, however, always comes in handy. There will be no hurricane, no massive flooding. Maybe some thunder and lightening, but I suggest thinking of it, at least metaphorically, as a downpour of rain, washing away the past, hydrating plants and life. It may be dark and dreary, visibility may be low and we may not quite know where we are going – but after we are left with rainbows, blue skies and beautiful greenery – refreshed with a sense of clarity.”

For a re-cap on Mercury retrograde through Libra, check out Re-Calibrating the Scales

As Mercury moves ahead in Libra, we will likely feel the tug of ourselves pulling away from older traits and ways of being, and moving fully into this “new” version of ourselves. We will notice our communications slowly improve, as well as the tension, doubt and feelings of instability slowly beginning to melt away. However, with Mars and the Moon forming a conjunction in Virgo, the tension in the air is re-enforced a bit longer, and we may find it hard not to act on emotions and/or to be critical of others. Whereas during the retrograde it was not the best time to act on ones feelings, Saturn making a square to the Moon, Venus and Mars suggests that now is the time. We have re-evaluated our thoughts, our ways, our wants and our needs and have arrived at some sort of solution as to how we are going to move forward from here. Now, with both Venus and Mercury direct, we take our first step.

With Mercury direct and Venus back in Virgo – we are ready to move forward, to get on to the next project, and/or for things to go back to “normal”. However, with the Sun approaching an opposition to Uranus, we are re-defining what our “normal” mode of function is, as we come full circle in this retrograde cycle.

Meanwhile, Neptune in Pisces opposing the stellium of planets in Virgo reminds us of the importance of incorporating true creativity and heart into everything we do, while at the same time reminding us to be real and honest with ourselves as we begin this new journey.

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Mercury Retrograde in Libra 9/17/15 – 10/09/15: Re-Calibrating the Scales

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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