The moon has been in the sign of Aquarius for the past two days. I’ve felt this inner tug of rebellion and argumentativeness. I’ve felt jumpy and wired. And yet, on Friday Mercury entered the sign of Libra. Libra is the sign of compromise, balance, moderation, and one-to-one partnerships. How the heck do we focus our minds and conversations toward the courteous and friendly when we’re aware of the unrest and upheaval happening in the world? What we’re noticing and feeling is disturbing. We’re primed to fight about it. It’s important. Libra and Aquarius share a focus on social justice and fairness. So maybe we’ve ramped up that rhetoric. But is anyone actually listening?
Until October 17th, what we take in and express will be tightly linked with our own sense of inner balance. According to Marcia Moore and Mark Douglas, under Mercury in Libra, head and heart cooperate. That sounds beautiful and perfect. But what if our heart is broken? What becomes of our mindset and voice?
We’re all being challenged to slow ourselves down enough in our interactions to stay more flexible, cool-minded and impartial than usual. For many of us, that means taking more breaths and listening better. For all of us, it means doggedly seeking more beauty, inner peace, and love. But if you’re already naturally open and oriented toward the partner, maybe you can look for more equality in your relationships now. Are you always the one accommodating, making concessions, putting yourself in the other person’s shoes? Are you carrying more than your fair share of the load? Maybe now is a time to speak up and push back. Maybe you have something to teach.
Consider how Mercury-in-Libra lessons right now can help you learn and communicate better. How does this transit integrate with your natal Mercury? My natal Mercury is in Sagittarius. Integrating Libra, how do I let some of my opinions breathe and change? Can someone else’s input help me? In the symbolism of the scales, consider the sign opposite your natal Mercury. Can any strengths from that sign help you to be more measured and balanced in your mindset and voice? For me that’s Gemini: Listening more, seeking more information, not being so quick to form conclusions.
We don’t all have to suddenly become Libras, but for the next few weeks we can learn from Libra wisdom. Slow down, take deep breaths, and try your best to see what’s outside you. Seek partners who mirror peace, but if you need to have the fight, try to leave space for civility and what connects us as human beings. At any given point any one of us might speaking from a broken heart. The more clearly we can see that the more healing and powerful our interactions can be.
(Mars in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn 7:36 p.m. EDT. Moon sextile Saturn in Sagittarius 7:56 p.m.)