by Robert Wilkinson
As I told you in the related article "What is Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Good For?" there are always many things that we can do in a Mercury Retrograde period that will turn out favorably. Now that Mercury has gone back into Libra, I thought I should offer you a few insights about what this time is good for.
To recap the negatives, it's probably better not to sign contracts, make purchases of electronics or major moves or decisions. Knowing that things may not be as they appear, it's a good time to be flexible, adaptive, and do research and rehearsal for things to come while taking a new look at things past. Hang out with the energies, take a new look or two, play with possibilities, and let the whole thing mature for a while until you get clear about a plan of action.
Things that are generally favored during Mercury retrogrades are traveling, reflection, reviews, and returns from the past. As I've written before:
It's also a great time for reconnecting with old friends, finding people and things thought lost, It's a great time to explore possibilities, as long as no definitive decisions are made, since they are usually modified or reversed later on.
It's a good time for doing things left undone, or neglected, from previous times. It's good for resuming something from the past, as long as you remember that it may not look like it used to, or requires a different approach than before. It's also good for doing things that fill in gaps in understanding or activity, or for doing things that seem to go in one direction but lead you to entirely new information and understanding.
It's a good time for resuming things begun in previous retrograde periods, or for picking up threads that had to be set aside while other things developed. It usually indicates a time when you need to be able to build in a time lag with whatever you're doing, since retrogrades often show that there are things yet to develop that will ultimately fill in whatever is missing in the present.
In my book, "A New Look At Mercury Retrograde," I included a chapter on Mercury retrograde in the signs. Obviously what sign Mercury retrogrades through makes a huge amount of difference in what is appropriate during that period.
Since it is retrograde in Libra, in this article I'll offer you some possible manifestations of what we may expect, regardless of what Sun sign we are or which house(s) it moves through in our individual chart. This article outlines what to expect concerning which house it transits in your chart. That said, here's a bit about Mercury retrograde in Libra from the book.
In Libra, Mercury's energies slow down to rethink in an aesthetic mode. Here the mind weighs everyting, reduces the extremes, and see ideas from the side that naturally opposes, counters, or balances the information or premise. This position can name the timeless example, or communicates the transfigured vision, that helps to adjust others' visions, perspective, standards.
Often the perspective changes about old relational experiences. This is a friendly and agreeable communication style that fills in others' gaps and communicates a different aesthetic. This position is able to rationally communicate some reconstructed ideal, or give others a new ideal.
Mercury in Libra is in its own 2nd sign: There is a constant weighing or alternatives to try to establish stability, and a striving to see the beautiful essence and naturalness of anything. Mercury in its own 5th sign holds that balance is the natural expression of judging and comparing multiple points of view. Here graceful initiatives refine any form by judging its naturalness. Mercury retrograde in Libra is the mind refining its observations before expressing itself. Knowledge comes through dancing with the oscillation and finding the balance; knowledge also comes from observing the difference between what is central and what is peripheral.
The last week of this retrograde period has Mercury in Libra, so it should be a good time to rethink relational issues, ideals, icons, and the balance and proportion you give to various ideas and activities. Rethink the ideal, reconstruct what you need to, take a look back at old relationship dynamics and reclaim the best of the forms while letting go of superficialities and excess theoretical thinking or idealizing.
It should be a good time to find a new image to follow, or a new way of expressing yourself with grace, style, and elegance. Due to it being in an Air sign, you can bet that interactions will be up, but so will odd views, magical thinking, and avoidance of the ugly realities of situations.
Which brings us full circle to something I said in the second paragraph: Hang out with the energies and information, pay attention to details while remembering that a lot of it won't make sense for several weeks or months, and don't believe everything you're told. It will be a great time to review recent practical adjustments, and rethink your desires and shared resources or value systems.
Don't get stuck in ungrounded theoretical states, open to the new that you've already glimpsed before now, take time to reflect on what you know and the new you've been exposed to, and find a new ideal, new relationships, or new ways of being with people you've known for awhile. Reconnect with inner and outer beautiful images and ideas, and stabilize your thinking and view from a place of fairness, equipoise, balance, and perfect equilibrium.
More on the influence of the October-November 2007 Mercury retrograde in Scorpio and Libra can be found in the linked article covering its overall meaning. There are more insights at Mercury Retrograde Astrology in October-November 2007 Pt. 2 - What It Means For Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
To repeat an earlier link, How Mercury Retrograde Affects Us In The Different Houses will help you understand its influences based in what house in your chart it is retrograde.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson