Rethinking thoughts…

    Mercury stations retrograde at 25°28’ Libra (antisicion 4°32’ Pisces) and is conjunct the fortunate Fixed Star Arcturus. Mercury will station direct at 10°07’ Libra on 18 October.

    The last time Mercury was retrograde in Libra, albeit for a short time before re-entering Virgo, was in September 2009.

    In the sign of Libra, Mercury finds its more tactful side, eager to please (or rather eager not to have to discuss/argue) it is at its complacent best here. A master of playing with words but even when critical never seems to be offensive.

    On the downside, Mercury in Libra finds it difficult to reach a conclusion to any matter on hand. Fearful of what others might say or think, eager to please and seemingly wanting to do the best for both sides yet with the nagging uneasiness that the best for the other maybe the worst for the self.

    This Mercury retrograde could involve re-thinking our relationships or any compromises we have recently made or are about to make and whether or not it’s worth being too complacent just to avoid conflict and confrontation and if we believe that our opinions have some value too.

    Gemini and Virgo, both ruled by Mercury, may respond differently to the signs their ruling planet moves through on its journey backwards. Virgo, being an Earth sign finds the Air signs (in this case Libra) rather too rational and in the head or perhaps too eager to find a compromise and this could produce a bout of criticism from precise Virgo who likes planning on a more practical level and doing what’s best (according to them of course). Gemini, an Air sign, is obviously quite comfortable with its ruler transiting in an easy trine aspect to the sign, appreciating this logical, future-oriented way of thinking and the need to review recent plans. Of course, the retrograde movement alters the way Mercury is expressed and makes it more an internal, inward journey rather than an expansive outward thrust which however could (and probably will) manifest as delays and hiccups in all types of plans.

    As always, the usual suggestions apply to the Mercury retrograde: great for putting “re” in front of everything, planning but waiting for the direct station, before acting. Expecting possible delays in transport of all kinds, upheavals in the planning of appointments, electronic equipment going haywire etc. Avoiding signing contracts (where possible, but again contracts are between people so it’s a retrograde season for everyone and if its “bad” for one it may be “good” for the other party).

    On its backward journey through Libra, Mercury will make the following aspects:

    01 October the second of three squares to Pluto (24°19’) in this one both planets are retrograde and all the squares are at 24° – so if your chart is involved in this degree of the Cardinal signs it could be an important transit for you – excellent for introspection or any psychological work you need to undergo to understand yourself better.

    03 October the second of three trine aspects to Jupiter (22°40’) in this one both planets are retrograde – good for business and commerce since you are able to widen your mental horizon and see opportunities which were previously unthought of if you are able and willing to overcome the laziness involved in all easy Jupiter transits!

    09 October conjunct Mars (16°16’), think before you speak even if you are irritated but defend your position if necessary, also, walk don’t run because you could trip up!

    The Sabian symbol for 26° Libra: “An eagle and a large white dove change into each other.” Indicating the interaction of the spiritual Will and of the Love principle when critical needs arise.

    For the antiscion point at 5° Pisces: “A church bazaar.” Indicating the value of giving a spiritual or transcendental sanction to even the most commonplace interchanges between social persons and individual minds.

    “You’re never going to please everyone, and if you do, there’s something wrong.” Constance Wu



    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 188, 271, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA