On 27 September Mercury retrogrades in Libra, joining Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron, who are all retrograde during the entire month of September. All these planets in retrograde motion suggests that this is a time for personal reflection, taking stock and waiting patiently for the right moment to act. A slower pace is favoured and we would do well to avoid starting any major new projects at this time.
Mercury in Libra is all about interpersonal communication and when it’s retrograde reflecting upon how we relate and communicate with others can offer some productive insights.
Despite being widely feared, Mercury retrograde is not a particularly heavy transit. In fact Mercury is retrograde about 18% of the time! Yes, clarity around communication, thinking and decision-making is reduced, but at the same time our capacity to see and understand our mental habit patterns, such as negative self-talk or passive aggressive tendencies, is increased. It’s a time of turning inwards instead of outwards, for reflection rather than action.
Bear in mind that certain transits affect us differently depending on what else we have going on in our charts. For example Mercury retrograde can cause havoc in the life of someone who’s Mercury is badly aspected, or receiving a major transit from one of the outer planets, while another person will barely feel it at all.
Like everything in astrology, we have to look at the chart, and the person, as an interconnected whole. Just because Mercury retrogrades doesn’t mean you’re going to experience it in the same way everyone else does. For this reason, blogging on astrology can be challenging – it’s difficult to convey the general energetic feel of a transit while also communicating the vast array of uniquely personal outcomes it can represent in each individual’s here and now.
The dates and deets of Mercury retrograde in Libra
This is the third of three retrograde periods in 2021, lasting from September 27 to October 18. During this time Mercury in Libra will appear to travel in reverse motion. During this time we’ll have an opportunity to allow our minds to be reflective, and take advantage of this time for inner work and the analysis of our thought patterns and self-talk, especially when it comes to relationships.
Mercury retrograde in Libra will affect you most strongly if you have planets or points between 10 and 25 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Cap), as well as anyone who is currently experiencing an outer planet transit to their natal Mercury.
The area of life most likely to be affected by Mercury retrograde in Libra can be seen by checking which house (or houses) lie within 10 to 25 degrees Libra. For me it will be the Fourth House, suggesting that my way of relating and communicating within my home and family may come up for reflection and analysis.
Despite its reputation Mercury retrograde has a purpose, as do all the planetary transits. That purpose will be clearer to you if you remain present and aware instead of allowing yourself to be caught up in the story. We humans are such melodramatic creatures and I am one of the most!
Working with Mercury retrograde in Libra
Like all astrological transits, Mercury retrograde in Libra can be a gift or a challenge depending on how we work with it. We can choose to ride the wave or swim against it. If we surrender to the impulse to turn inward, to slow down and to quiet the mind, we are more likely to get the most out of this transit.
How do you expect this transit to affect you? What strategies do you intend to utilise to ensure your communications and thinking remain clear and loving during this period?