Mercury retrograde in Libra: How do you partner?
While the year flashes through, I notice that each month has a very unique and distinct energy astrologically, and how it plays out for people. August was very uranian, unpredictable, and chaotic. September has been a time of a lot of release and endings with a powerful Full Moon in Pisces just a few days prior to the Fall Equinox. It is also a huge time of reflection, as all of the outer planets are retrograde. Mercury, which is a personal planet that signifies communication and information, entered its shadow on September 6, 2021 and added to the reflective tone of the month.
On September 6, 2021, Mercury reached 10 degrees of Libra, which is the degree at which it will station direct on October 18th. Since the very end of August, early September, each of us has been working with the Mercury retrograde tale. Libra is a Cardinal sign that is ruled by Venus, and it is the seventh sign of the zodiac. Libra is a sign of relationships, partnerships, justice, equality, love, beauty, and diplomacy.
What is interesting about this particular Mercury retrograde is that it triggers the Venus retrograde tale from the fall of 2018. Venus retrogrades in five signs in our lifetime. In a few cases, it retrogrades back to the prior sign. Every eight years, Venus retrogrades in the sign of Scorpio and stations direct in Libra. On October 5, 2018, Venus retrograded at 10 degrees of Scorpio and stationed direct on November 17, 2021 at 25 degrees of Libra.
This current Mercury retrograde in Libra speaks back to that time & triggers that Venus retrograde story. Venus represents what you love, how you can be creative, what you value, how you partner, and what makes you happy. Venus is one of the two benefics of the Zodiac, and it rules the fixed earth sign of Taurus and the Cardinal air sign of Libra.
In the fall of 2018, Venus and the Sun met up on October 26, 2021 at 3 degrees of the fixed water sign of Scorpio and formed an inferior Venus/Startpoint conjunction. This is a new eight year cycle of manifesting what you love and want in your lives.
With Mercury retrograde in Libra triggering that tale from the fall of 2018, it reminds us all that we cannot give up on what makes us happy. This has been an unbelievably difficult time that will take a long time from which to recover emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally. Yet, in focusing on what you love, your healthy relationships, and what makes your heart happy is what gets you through these unpredictable times.
Currently, all of the outer planets are still retrograde. Mercury retrograded on September 26, 2021 at 10:10 pm PDT and on September 27, 2021 at 1:10 am EDT. Mercury stations direct on October 18, 2021 at 10 degrees and 8 minutes of Libra, which is where it was on September 6, 2021.
It clears its shadow altogether when it clears 25 degrees of Libra on November 3, 2021. It exits the sign of Libra on November 5, 2021. Most people have heard of Mercury retrograde at this point. It is a personal planet that retrogrades three to four times per year, and it is a time of reconsideration, reevaluation, reassessment, redoing, and reappearing. Libra is a sign of relationships; therefore, it is very likely that many relationships from the past resurface in our lives in various ways. Libra is a social air sign ruled by Venus that partners on every level. Old lovers, friends, distant dreams from the past, and other reminders of relationships from yesteryear can surface in your life.
Are you being valued in your relationships? Are you happy in your current one? Do you want to be in a relationship? This fall is an excellent time to dive into all of those questions, as this retrograde precedes a Venus retrograde that occurs at the end of the year.
Venus retrogrades once every eighteen months, and it will retrograde on December 19, 2021 at 26 degrees of the Cardinal earth sign of Capricorn, which is exactly where Pluto stationed retrograde on June 2, 2021. Venus, which rules Libra is currently transiting in the fixed water sign of Scorpio, where emotions are intense, passionate, and dramatic.
Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio and asks to us eliminate what no longer serves us in order that we transcend. Venus in Scorpio brings up painful issues around intimacy and loss, but this is a time to reframe your thoughts around relationships with Mercury retrograde in Libra, give up those limiting stories, and connect to the others in the Age of Aquarius.
The amazing thing about the month of October is that four planets will station direct: Pluto, the planet of death, renewal, and transformation; Saturn, the planet of karma, structures, and accountability; Jupiter, the planet of hope, optimism, and higher learning; Mercury, the planet of the mind.
The fact that we have four planets stationing direct in one month helps us all to move in what will feel like leaps and bounds to get going forward in our goals. It is unusual that they are all stationing direct within the same month, and you will really feel the shift of energy. It will feel more seamless to get things done. Time to review what you love, and time to take action in October to catalyze your goals!