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Sep 21 – Oct 9, 2018
Mercury is patron of economics, travel, communication, perception and the human mind. He is also an orator, poet, soothsayer, healer, lucky star and underworld guide. With magical caduceus in hand, Mercury led freshly discorporated souls from the lower to the upper worlds.
When Mercury joins the sun and/or Venus in the same constellation, the mind (Mercury) aligns with outward manifestation (sun) and the heart (Venus). The day before this transit begins (Sep 20), Mercury and the sun will be at the exact same degree in Virgo; this is called a conjunction, with two planets in the same place in the sky, as seen from Earth. This will be one of the most copacetic, productive days of the month. Mercury and the sun will then cruise together in Libra for this entire cycle.
Mercury emanates from the throat and mind; Libra speaks to our interpersonal life. Mercury in Libra reviews our partnerships. Are you surrounded by the right people? Or are your relationships unhealthy, be they romantic, professional, platonic or otherwise? This transit is a master class in diplomacy, what it means to relate, to express, to co-exist. Be assertive. Step boldly, speak honestly. Who do you want to be in the great lattice of humankind?
Libra falls right in the middle of the zodiac wheel. She represents compromise – meeting halfway – pacification of polarities. But the scales vacillate wildly. Though Libra hates rocking the boat, she does it constantly, unintentionally. The scales are not level until the end. As such, watch for acute indecision and poor communication.
Under Libra’s influence we will be surrounded by others at all times, which means endless opportunities for karmic release! I cannot emphasize enough the importance of standing up for yourself. If you stay silent, you will be trampled. That’s the situation. Libra is ruthless and I do not recommend testing her. Avoid clinging to illusions in order to avoid reconciling opposition, or seeking validation at all costs. It is possible to accommodate others while still respecting your own needs.
Libra spreads peace, love and union, but she also specializes in the destruction of partnerships which are not built to last; there may be bitter fights, divorce or two-faced behavior. But there is also marvelous potential for true love to bloom during this time. After all, Libra is ruled by Venus, Goddess of Love.
One element of Libra’s identity rarely discussed is that of the mystical crystal-gazer. It is she who prepares us to enter the waters of Scorpio, and this transition from activism and social justice to scorpionic depths — where otherworldly surprises are not surprises at all, and the idea that we might see and create the future is a given — is not so abrupt once we familiarize ourselves with Libra’s supernatural attributes.
Libra comes from the founding oracle Themis, Greek goddess of divine law. What happens when we disregard her psychic wisdom? Nemesis, goddess of retribution, pays a visit. In English we use the word nemesis to describe someone who is an enemy, but those we consider problematic are apparently sent to us because we have ignored the counsel of demiurges such as Libra/Themis.
Mercury in Libra teaches the importance of right communication. When the Scorpio cycle arrives, we are then (ideally) partnered with healers and angels, not energetic vampires. Scorpio transits are advanced inward expeditions. As such, we cannot risk company incapable of wading beside us.
Animals associated with Mercury include the rooster, ram, goat and tortoise. In Libra it is the rooster who shines from Mercury’s breast, proud and poised. As ruler of beauty, aesthetic and art, Libra is known for her taste and style. She worships value and quality. This is the perfect time to clean, beautify or rearrange your living space.
It looks like the skies are going to be quite tense around the full moon of Sep 24, so I would exercise caution at that time, especially the day before, during and after. Similarly, on the quarter moon of Oct 2, Mercury will form his own square to Pluto – prepare for emotional volatility. Lastly, Venus Retrograde begins on Oct 5, so we’ve got some serious interpersonal turbulence coming our way.
Bring balance to your life with Libra Yoga. Give special attention to your abdomen, pelvis and sacrum. In meditation, focus on the sacral chakra. If you were born with Mercury in Libra, these couple weeks are your Mercury Return. To find your personal Mercury sign, click here.
Mantra: I listen