Mercury enters Libra: Learning through Relationships

On August 30, 01:10 AM ET, Mercury left its home sign Virgo and entered Libra. Mercury will be here longer than usual due to its retrograde cycle, starting on September 27 and lasting until October 18. The planet of thought and communication will enter Scorpio on November 5.

During Mercury’s extended stay in Libra, we will seek diplomatic exchanges of opinion and become more aware of the role of politeness and kindness in our conversations. As we listen and learn from each other, we refine our communication and explore different ways of perceiving reality.


Mercury’s Transits: Shifts in Our Mental Orientation to Reality


In Astrology, Mercury is associated with the learning process, the thinking mind, logic, and the left brain. The planet, named after the mythological messenger of the Gods, rules communication, commerce, transportation, and crafts. It reflects our way to make sense of the world and mentally process the information we receive from the environment, reflecting our thinking and communication style. When Mercury changes signs, it corresponds to a shift in our perception of reality, our thinking patterns, and our communication habits.

Mercury in Virgo is analytic, sharp, and focused on details: during this transit, we seek to solve problems efficiently and practically, while a substantial amount of our attention is turned inwards and dedicated to self-analysis. As Mercury enters Libra, we learn from understanding how other people think, speak, and perceive reality.


Mercury enters Libra: Learning through Relationships


Libra represents our endless quest for balance, in particular between the energy invested in ourselves and the energy invested in relationships. One of the characteristics of Mercury’s transit through the sign is an ongoing search for harmony and peace, both in our inner thought processes and in our communication with others.

Mercury enters Libra

Relationship matters are likely to be prominent in our minds during the upcoming weeks. While the planet of thought is in Libra, we strive to reconcile opposites, both inwardly and outwardly. Conflict is not appealing for this Mercury, which may sometimes be too accommodating. Opinions and thoughts are exchanged in a diplomatic way, and we strive to solve any disagreement that may occur through negotiation and mediation. We enjoy hearing all sides of a story before forming an opinion and we are not quick to judge, as we naturally try to understand reality from other people’s perspectives.


Mercury square Pluto: Journey through the Subconscious Mind


During its journey through Libra, Mercury will square retrograde Pluto in Capricorn three times. The first exact alignment occurs on September 22, while Mercury is in direct motion. The second one takes place on October 1, shortly after Mercury has stationed retrograde. The last square happens on November 2, when Mercury is direct again.

This cycle of squares brings up information from our subconscious, facilitating psychological and emotionally charged information to surface, potentially leading to a new and deeper awareness of the unconscious patterns and dynamics at play in our relationships. During this time, there might be fear around communication or a feeling of being held back from speaking our truth, controlled, silenced, or censored by people in positions of power and authority.

Mercury square Pluto may reflect verbal confrontations and psychologically charged conversations: the purpose of these alignments is to promote a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. There can be a danger of emotional and psychological manipulation and the temptation to use our mental abilities to gain power over others.


Mercury opposite Chiron & Mercury conjunct Mars


Mercury in Libra opposes Chiron in Aries on September 8, highlighting the possibility of feeling misunderstood and rejected by other people when trying to communicate with them, and difficulties integrating the awareness of each other’s reality. This may trigger old wounds around our worth, and make us question how much space we allow ourselves to get in relationships.

On October 9, Mercury retrograde will join Mars in Libra, inviting us to reassess, review, reevaluate, and reconsider our way to communicate, express our desires, assert ourselves, and ask for our needs to be met by others.

When Mercury stations direct on October 18, it is just one degree away from another exact opposition to Chiron. Themes that first come up during their first alignment will emerge again: we will be encouraged to elaborate on the insights that came up during the retrograde and make conscious decisions with the new information we have gathered.


Mercury trine Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius 


Trines are 120 degree angles: they are aspects of flow and ease that promote a supportive connection between celestial bodies. Mercury will trine Saturn once, on September 5, and Jupiter three times, on September 20, October 4, and November 1. Mercury trine Saturn supports our mental abilities, increases our capacity to focus, and facilitates our ability to speak and think in a structured and clear way.

The cycle of trines between Mercury and Jupiter broadens our minds, promotes learning experiences, and opens different communication channels. These alignments will support encounters with like minds, enhance the importance of teamwork and collaboration, inspire us to reevaluate our role in groups and communities, and whether or not we are truly on the same page with them.


Mercury enters Libra: Deeper Understanding of Self and Others


Mercury’s journey through Libra offers us plenty of opportunities to reflect upon how we communicate and express our needs, opinions, fears, and desires with others, but also how we verbalize them in our own minds. The retrograde timeframe, in particular, calls for a reevaluation of how we relate to other people. It is an invitation to find constructive ways to get our point across, finding common ground, and healthy compromises that represent a positive solution for everyone involved.

Mercury enters Libra

Gaining a deeper understanding of how other people think and perceive reality leads to better strategies for communicating with them. This transit allows us to increase our self-knowledge and gain a better understanding of how our minds work through the awareness of others’ mental processes and ideas.

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Mercury and Venus in Libra: Harmony & Conscious Relating

On October 27, both Mercury and Venus enter the sign of Libra. The two planetary events are literally happening within minutes, at 9:34 PM ET and 9:41 PM ET. These transits put the spotlight on compromise and healthy relating, and invite us to reassess the ways we think and communicate, how we interact with other people and their values, how we perceive ourselves, the world around us, and interface with it.

Mercury will be in the sign of the Scales until November 10 and go back until 25° Libra before stationing direct on November 3. Its retrograde phase will help us understand the best way to communicate our experience of reality to others. The retrograde is a phase of reflection, introspection, and reviewing of our perception, our way of thinking, and our mental processes. Our minds are likely to feel clearer as Mercury stations direct: we will have new ideas around how to move forward and the direction we want to take.

Venus will be in Libra until November 21. During the transit of Venus in Libra, we learn about our personal values through comparison with other people and their values. We define ourselves through contrast with those around us, we often understand our needs by becoming aware of what we don’t want and what we don’t need.


Mercury Retrograde in Libra: Reviewing our Thought Processes


Mercury is all about details: it rules our everyday lives, the things and tasks we do every day, how we think, the words we use, how we gather information and data, how we learn, how we communicate what’s on our mind, and how we perceive what others are trying to tell us.

Mercury entered Scorpio on September 27 and stationed retrograde on October 13. The planet ruling the left brain, communication, and logic is now coming back to Libra to make sure we learned our lessons before entering the deep Scorpionic waters again on November 10.

This transit is likely to bring us back to September and to the themes and issues that first showed up then. Before Mercury goes back to Scorpio, there is something unresolved we need to take care of. This retrograde phase through Libra is about making sure that we have created a balanced foundation for our relationships, that the way we communicate with others is open, honest, and clear.

Mercury and Venus in Libra

Mercury retrograde in Libra offers us huge opportunities for our personal growth and for the evolution of our relationships. The retrograde internalizes Mercurial functions: we will think more deeply and thoroughly about how we show up in our love and family life, in our friendships and business partnerships. We will reassess and review how we communicate our needs, how we listen, and how we perceive others.


Mercury Retrograde in Libra: Generating Harmony in Our Minds


The purpose of Mercury in Libra is to help us come up with solutions that make everyone happy, that generate harmony and balance both in our minds and in the world around us. The fact that Mercury is now in retrograde motion emphasizes the fact that we need to restructure, reassess, and revisit the way we deal with something: we have the opportunity to improve and make meaningful changes in how we express all mercurial functions.

As the Libra archetype is involved, this process includes our everyday relationships. We will feel drawn to reflect on how we show up in all our social interactions, how we seek a balance between what we give and what we take, how we communicate our needs and desires to others, how we create equal energy exchanges, how we negotiate, compromise, and try to generate conditions of fairness and harmony.

This transit has the potential to help us reconnect with ourselves and with our truth: the Mercury retrograde cycle through Scorpio was all about uncovering and exposing lies, secrets, and unconscious patterns of behavior. Its influence can allow us to reflect upon whether we are totally honest with ourselves and others, and, if we are not, to understand the reason why.

Mercury coming back to Libra permits us to apply the insights we gained while Mercury was in Scorpio, encouraging us to introduce new patterns of behavior in our lives, and to rebalance our mental state according to that information.


Venus in Libra: Knowing Ourselves Through Others


On October 27, Venus too is entering Libra, one of her home signs. The planet named after the Greek Goddess of Love represents the relating function and the ways we relate with both ourselves and others. Libra is the archetype related to the Yang side of Venus, energetically oriented towards the external world, towards our love and social life.

Venus in Libra is naturally elegant and graceful. Social manners, tact, and kindness become emphasized during this transit: we want role equality, balance, and fairness in all our interactions. However, we need to be careful of not being afraid to say ‘no’. During this transit, we have to avoid doing something that we don’t feel like doing, that drains our energy, or makes us feel uncomfortable, just for the sake of being accepted by others or of making someone else happy.

Mercury and Venus in Libra

The purpose of Venus in Libra is to help us discover our sense of self through our interactions with a variety of people. By relating with others, learning their preferences and taste, we understand what we enjoy and what we don’t enjoy, what we value and what we desire, how much energy and attention we can give, and how much energy and attention we need to receive. During this transit, we need to remember to show up for ourselves and to assert our necessities healthily and honestly.


Venus in Libra: Reclaiming our Needs


Throughout the journey of Venus in Libra, we need to be careful of not losing our sense of self, of not losing ourselves in the other. Venus in Libra reminds us to find a balance between our needs and desires and others’ needs and desires. However, we need to be mindful of not forgetting our individuality, our needs, desires, and passions in order to be accepted, approved, or loved.

Venus is also the planet related to money, to material resources, and to values, in a broader sense. One of the risks of this transit is to value ourselves only to the extent that other people value us. We should not forget that we are inherently worthy, no matter what we do, that our feelings are valid, and we deserve to be happy.

On November 15, 16, and 19, Venus will square Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn in Capricorn. These squares can inspire us to find a deeper sense of self-worth that is independent of what other people think about us, of what they believe we should be, should say, or should do. These alignments will remind us to value and love ourselves for who we inherently are, even if we don’t meet the cultural and social expectations, someone else’s expectations, or their standard of ‘success’ as it has been defined.


Mercury and Venus in Libra: Exploring Negotiation and Conscious Relating


During the transit of Venus and Mercury in Libra, we can be so attuned to other people’s realities that we can easily become overwhelmed by their experience, their needs, and their desires. We may struggle to distinguish between their necessities and ours to the point where we lose touch with our own reality and perspective of the world.

This energy may drive us to extremes: Libra is not an inherently balanced sign but rather it is trying to learn balance. During these days, we may find ourselves alternating between too much social interaction and too much isolation. The phase of excessive interaction includes the time we spend on our phone, on the internet, and on social media. We need to find the right balance, a balance that works for us, that may not be the same balance that works for the other people in our lives.

The deeper purpose of the transits of Mercury and Venus in Libra is to help us shift our perspective of reality and realign with our true values. Harnessing their energies can bring us back to an inner state of peace and harmony: only after finding peace and harmony within we can find balance, fairness, and equality in all our interactions with other people.

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Mercury in Libra: Creating Win-Win Solutions

On September 5, at 3:47 PM EST, Mercury enters Libra, leaving his home sign Virgo. Mercury will transit through the sign of the Scales until September 27, inviting us to create win-win solutions that make everyone involved happy and satisfied.

During the upcoming weeks, the Cosmos will invite us to seek harmony, balance, and compromise in all our relationships and social interactions. Diplomacy, tact, and negotiation are the keywords: this is a great time to work on establishing healthy and respectful communication habits.


Mercury: Communication, Rationality, and Critical Thinking


In Astrology, Mercury is considered the planet of communication, rationality, and critical thinking. He is related to the left hemisphere of the brain, to the way we make sense of what happens to and around us.

Mercury corresponds to our perception of the world, and to the way we share with others what we see, think, and feel. The natural ruler of both Gemini and Virgo, this small planet represents the way we manage details and handle the tasks of everyday life.

Mercury corresponds to the way we learn, process, and integrate new information; he correlates to the words we use when we exchange our thoughts and perspectives with others.


Libra: Cardinal Air


Libra is the seventh sign of the Zodiac: a Yang, Cardinal, Air archetype. As a Cardinal sign, its function is to initiate something new, that has never been done before. The mission of Libra is to initiate relationships with others, ideally based on conditions of balance, fairness, and justice. Being an Air archetype, it correlates to intellect, rationality, and interconnectedness; it is naturally changeable, logical, and idealistic.

Libra is the opposite sign of Aries, the archetype representing the birth of the Self. Aries is all about immediate action, spontaneous instincts, impulses, and desires. If we consider the natural order of the Zodiac, we can say that from Aries to Virgo the focus is on developing and discovering our sense of Self. Others enter the picture only through Libra, which kicks off a phase of evolution, culminating with Pisces, involving social interactions.

The function of Libra is to create relationships based on equality: for this to be possible, we need to take into consideration other people, their needs, and desires without forgetting about ours. Indecisiveness and procrastination can be shadows of this archetype. These traits emerge as the result of worrying too much about others’ points of view, necessities, and opinions, and not giving enough importance to the spontaneous impulses emanating from our consciousness.


Libra: The Yang side of Venus


Venus is the planetary ruler of both Libra and Taurus. Taurus corresponds to the Yin side of Venus, correlated to the relationship we develop with ourselves, our bodies, our resources, and our values. On the contrary, Libra is ruled by her Yang side.

The Venusian energy, in this case, is directed outwards, towards the external world and other people. The Libra side of Venus is famous for its social grace, politeness, and natural elegance, while the Taurean side of Venus is more primal, earthy, and instinctive.

Mercury in Libra

Venus, Taurus, and Libra correlate with beauty and art, with our aesthetic sensitivity. The transit of Mercury through the sign of the Scales represents an auspicious period for artists, writers, poets, and anyone who enjoys experimenting with the creative use of the voice, of words, or with any artistic activity involving the hands, the body part ruled by Mercury.


Mercury in Libra: Reconciliation of Opposites


Mercury in Libra strives to create conditions of equality and fairness, accord and symmetry, endlessly looking for the reconciliation of opposites, negotiating for agreeable deals that satisfy everyone.

If we harness the energy of this planetary event, we have the opportunity to communicate our self-identity to others in a way that allows them to easily understand who we are and where we are coming from.

Yet, in our search for peace and justice, we need to be aware of the danger of being too polite and developing people-pleasing tendencies. During this transit, be mindful of not sacrificing your needs and desires for others, seek the real middle ground. Don’t expect everyone to like you: it is not possible. Be yourself, don’t worry too much about how others see you: ground in self-honesty and authenticity.

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Mercury in Libra: Creating Win-Win Solutions


Mercury in Libra enhances our capacity for team effort and our ability to work together as a group. He supports our analytical skills as well as our sensitivity to each other: during this transit, we can easily create synergy and mutual empowerment.

As Mercury keeps traveling through Libra, we will feel naturally drawn to cultivate more tact and kindness in our verbal exchanges, seeking compromise and win-win solutions. Our perception of the world will include increasing awareness of others’ needs and desires: it is going to be easier to see things through another person’s eyes.

Mercury in Libra

Mercury in Libra represents a wonderful chance to hone our communication skills and to create a more profound understanding with others, based on empathy, equality, and a sense of belonging. This transit invites us to cultivate leadership qualities based on the awareness of everyone’s needs, capacities, and desires.

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