The collective will be given an opportunity to reflect on how it thinks, learns, travels, and communicates when Mercury goes retrograde in Libra in Swati and Chitra between 13 October (9:05PM EST) and 3 November 2020, going direct at 12:49PM EST). Chitra represents planning and building while Swati brings power and movement. The energy will offer us time to think, plan, and act.
Mercury is the planet of intelligence and curiosity. It enjoys learning new things, researching various topics, and communicating what is on its mind through writing and speaking. It also rules the throat chakra and loves being social sharing whatever it learned. Mercury also rules short travels by road, handcrafts, and using the hands. It is focused on mastery via its feminine sign (Virgo) and flexibility through its masculine (Gemini).
This is the third and last retrograde for the year. Mercury typically goes retrograde four times and gives us several opportunities to reflect on life on the mental level. The transit in Libra may feel mild, but Venus’ masculine side stimulates ideas about mental balance; artistic endeavors; and issues related to social justice and social reform.
Mixed Bag of Thoughts
Venus enters Virgo on 22 October and will remain there until 16 November. Mercury and Venus will then be in mutual conversation because they are in each other’s signs. They may stimulate thoughts about Venusian things like personal values, self worth, and relationships with others in conjunction with more mercurial aspects such as socializing, serving others, and having a balanced wellbeing.
Saturn is currently transiting Capricorn that is spurring an epic overhaul on infrastructures, both internally and externally. Mars is retrograde in Pisces where it is emphasizing emotional and spiritual strength. Both planets are aspecting Libra. This may affect the strength we have to restructure our lives.
The sun, too, will join this melange of energy on 16 October. Although it isn’t a fan of being in airy Libra, the wisdom of empowerment, pride, and creative self-expression will be there but in a subtler way.
Externally, the collective may be guided to look at social justice issues and assist with making changes that affect society for longterm benefits. We may be asked to be part of change that requires a longterm commitment (several years to decades). The US presidential election happens the day Mercury goes direct, so Mercury retrograde in Libra along with the sun and Saturn and Mars retrograde will give US Americans much to ponder.
Ways To Work With Mercury Retrograde
This is a general reading for the collective. To understand how Mercury retrograde in Libra will affect you, please see the chart below. Look at your moon sign (mind, thoughts, and emotions) and the ascendant (body and material world). Use the free Align27 app if you do not know your sidereal Vedic natal chart.
Become more aware of your thoughts and what you communicate verbally and in writing. This includes email, texts, social media, and writing longhand. Think twice (or three times, if needed) before responding to anyone. Mercury governs the lungs and nervous system, breathing techniques can resolve anxiety and fear. Journaling is affective because it helps to see thoughts and emotions on paper. Shredding the journal entries can be equally therapeutic.
|Moon & Ascendant||House||Aspects|
|Aries||7||Romantic relationships, business negotiations, equal exchange of energy between two people, sexual relationships, maternal grandparents, nieces and nephews|
|Taurus||6||Work, health and wellness, service to others, competitors, co-workers, employees, maternal aunts and uncles|
|Gemini||5||Entertainment, children, artistic projects, being seen (tv, stage, film), speculative gains (stock market)|
|Cancer||4||Real estate, home, emotional anchor (place), nurturing, private life, mother|
|Leo||3||Communication, listening, learning, working with the hands, siblings, neighbors, cousins|
|Virgo||2||Money, possessions, self-worth, food, personal pleasures|
|Libra||1||Identity, self, ego, physical body, how perceived by others, paternal grandparents|
|Scorpio||12||Personal retreat, meditation, seclusion/isolation, jail/prison, dreams, imagination, foreign travel, paternal aunts and uncles|
|Sagittarius||11||Social groups, friends, allies, charitable organizations|
|Capricorn||10||Legacy, public life, career, father, boss, mentor|
|Aquarius||9||Spiritual beliefs, teaching, teachers, publishing, broadcasting, short long distance travel, in-laws, step-children|
|Pisces||8||Transformation, the occult, death, inheritance, hidden things/ secrets, business partners|