Timeline (current events in BOLD)
Wednesday, September 23, 20:55 UT - transiting Mercury enters Rx shadow, 25:54 Libra Sunday, September 27, 07:41 UT - transiting Mercury enters Scorpio Thursday, October 1, 15:49 UT - Mercury’s greatest eastern elongation, 4:36 Scorpio Wednesday, October 14, 01:05 UT - transiting Mercury stations retrograde, 11:40 Scorpio Sunday, October 25, 18:23 UT - Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction, 2:47 Scorpio
Wednesday, October 28, 01:33 UT - transiting Mercury retrogrades back into Libra
Tuesday, November 3, 17:50 UT - transiting Mercury stations direct, 25:54 Libra
Tuesday, November 10, 17:00 UT - Mercury’s greatest western elongation, 29:47 Libra
Tuesday, November 10, 21:55 UT - transiting Mercury re-enters Scorpio
Thursday, November 19, 21:04 UT - transiting Mercury exits post-retrograde shadow, 11:40 Scorpio
We have arrived back at the Libra portion of our program, and again I’m going to cite the book Mercury Retrograde by Chrissie Blaze for her survival tips for Merc Rx in Libra:
- Don’t enter into any contracts. If you must, have the contract double-checked before you sign it.
- Visit old friends rather than seeking new ones.
- Be the peacemaker but don’t compromise yourself to do so. Keep your own life as harmonious as possible.
- Meditate. Keep yourself balanced by exercising your spiritual as well as your physical self.
Mercury’s function in our charts is to serve as our inner computer program, which we can boil down to:
Input -> Process -> Output
That means we can equate Mercury’s retrograde periods to “debugging,” or to upgrading the software. Something about the ways we learn, think, and communicate needs work. If you think about Merc Rx this way, it’s much easier to deal with! Specifically, in Libra - the Scales - what’s going on is that we have to recalibrate our Mercury processes. In the words of the Cambridge Dictionary online, we have “to make small changes to an instrument so that it measures accurately” or “to change the way you do or think about something.”
It may not seem that Mercury is up to much, during its second stay in the sign of the Balance. There are only two non-lunar aspects. However, the final aspect will be exact for about nine days.
Thursday, October 29, 01:31 UT - Ceres/Aquarius trine Mercury Rx/Libra, 28:55 (28 degrees 55 minutes)
Second of three. If you can think back to September 27, the first time these two were trine, you may get some clarification on whatever issue it raised. Back then, Mercury was direct, and Ceres was retrograde; now they’ve traded places, with Mercury Rx and Ceres direct. Your perspective on some issue is somehow freshened up - you’re giving and receiving verbal support and encouragement, to and from others. The final trine between Mercury and Ceres happens when both not only will be direct, but will also be in water signs. If we’re lucky, what was something we consciously (air) had to seek and give, is now automatically given and received (water).
Placements affected lie between 27:55 and 29:55 of the yang signs Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius..
Sunday, November 1, 19:06 UT - Saturn/Capricorn square Mercury Rx/Libra, 26:15
Second of three, although that is a deceptive way to think about it. This square will remain very close, within a degree, for over a week: between Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 8, to be exact. That time period encompasses the US elections, and I can’t help (as a US citizen) to relate this square to the crappy choices we have to vote for. I would dearly love to be able to vote for Bernie Sanders, or for anybody who shares my left-of-center politics. Unfortunately, for various reasons, the US is stuck with a choice between right-of-center and far-right-of-center candidates. I also hate being forced to vote for the right-of-center person, because the far-right-of-center person is a fucking malignant narcissist, a cheating maniacal sociopathic bully who won’t be happy until he’s killed us all. Anyway, as I keep having to remind myself - sometimes in the real world, none of the choices are good ones. I think that’s been the real message of this particular Mercury Rx. How about you?
Planets/Points affected lie between 25:15 and 27:15 of the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn; and between 10:15 and 12:15 of the mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.