Mercury has been Retrograde in Scorpio since October 13, 2020. Now, Mercury Retrograde slips back into Libra for a few days.
- Mercury Retrograde enters Libra on October 27, 2020 at 9:36 pm ET.
- Mercury will finish Retrograde and station Direct on November 3, 2020 at 12:50 pm ET – on Election Day!
- Once Mercury Retrograde is finished, Mercury will be Direct in Libra from November 3rd to November 10th, then enter into Scorpio for the rest of November.
With the Full Moon in Taurus on October 31, 2020 while Mercury is Retrograde in Libra, we can expect people to be rethinking what they really want for the future. During this period we can expect a lot of focus on the desire for truth, justice and freedom. Of course, on the scales of justice we can expect a lot of lies and hypocrisy to wade through which can prompt us to seek Libra’s balance with a stronger desire in figuring out what the truth really is.
Libra is largely about how things relate to one another. Mercury Retrograde in Libra reminds us to look at what’s not working in our relationships and rethinking how to find solutions to fix the issues, and in most cases it is communications that needs to be addressed in relationships. We also recently had a New Moon in Libra on October 16, 2020 which gives more insights into correspondences to Libra.
With Mercury Retrograde in air sign Libra it is certainly communications in our relationships that are on the radar now. If you are in a relationship that isn’t working out these days, communications and trust issues that are a problem now may start to get resolved after Mercury goes direct on November 3rd.
Considering how thoughts, words and beliefs influence our lives, it’s also crucial to acknowledge how strongly media and social media influences our mindsets collectively, contributing greatly to the experience we all have in the world. Libra is concerned with weighing information to find the truth which of course naturally brings us to consider how bias operates in the world and molds our beliefs about reality. Information is like magic because thoughts lead to what we manifest in the world, so we need to be aware of how information is used (emphasized, manipulated, organized, ommited, dismissed, cen so red, etc) to create perceptions of reality. Mercury Retrograde in Libra reminds us that it is important to consider truths and untruths in media and to look at both sides of issues. We can expect even more mixed messages than usual during this period and a lot of people getting frustrated by what is hidden thanks to Mercury Retrograde.
A lot of people are divided these days on many issues, and so Mercury Retrograde in Libra asks us to consider how to reconnect and rebalance by being more fair, honest and diplomatic in how we communicate and interact with other people to improve our relationships.
Mercury Retrograde in Libra reminds us to rethink our views, and how changing our thoughts, words, ideas, perceptions can make our lives and the world better.
This will also be a significant time to be sure to read the fine print if you have to sign papers. Ask plenty of questions to ensure all is honest and true before going ahead with any agreements. Mercury Retrograde can be tricky, so waiting until after Mercury is finished Retrograde is often advised before making final decisions.
Now for more of the details…
*Interestingly, Venus enters Libra just 4 minutes after Mercury Retrograde enters Libra. Mercury Retrograde enters Libra on October 27, 2020 at 9:36 pm ET while Venus enters Libra on October 27, 2020 at 9:40 pm ET. Symbolically this represents our minds and hearts getting closer together.
Libra is ruled by Venus the Goddess of Love (Taurus is also ruled by Venus), which brings attention to how we relate to other people from the heart.
Venus is symbolically one of the most positive planets in astrology and reminds us of our relationships, what we want, value and love. Venus is concerned with how we attract and manifest what we want to experience in our lives.
Venus in Libra is largely concerned with harmony in relationships. Venus ultimately wants to experience pleasure and in Libra, Venus wants to find balance in life through better relationships.
Libra is an air sign and Mercury is also associated to the air element and is therefore associated with communications, thoughts, words and information. Libra is largely about the mind, making decisions and weighing our options, looking at pros and cons, positives and negatives to come to a balanced, fair, honest, diplomatic perspective.
Libra is symbolically represented by the scales of justice and is often represented by Lady Justice holding the scales, with a sword and a blindfold – symbolic of information we do and don’t know which shapes what we think, know and believe to be true. The scales symbolize where we find the balance between right and wrong, good and evil and brings attention to moral and ethical behavior.
As Libra brings special attention to finding balance and equilibrium in our relationships, Mercury Retrograde in Libra asks us to rethink and reconsider what we want, how we relate to people, and the changes that need to be made in our perceptions and our communications with others to help bring more harmony to our lives.
I can’t talk about Libra without talking about biased information, because Libra is the scales that weighs the balance of information and what is on our minds.
In Libra, Mercury Retrograde brings even more attention to information, misinformation and disinformation. This implores us to reconsider truth, justice and fairness between ourselves and others in our relationships, including how information influences our relationships.
Considering biased information, of course the media has a huge influence on what millions of people think and believe. Repeating information, whether it is true or not is an effective way to convince people’s minds something is true, even if it’s not. Repitition is a powerful way to influence the mind, hence why it is a tactic often used in marketing. Mercury Retrograde is the Trickster, so we are likely to see manipulation of words like many professional salesperson to be commonplace during this period. Tell a lie often enough and people will believe it to be true.
With Mercury Retrograde in Libra we are likely to see the issues of bias and censorship in the media and social media emphasized even more. Imbalances, contradictions and ethical standards in reporting information and journalism in news and media is likely to be under further scrutiny during this period.
We know that bias is not about the truth. It is a one-sided trick of automatically dismissing one side of an issue in favor of another, tipping the weight of the scale toward only one side. Bias is an inherently selfish perspective and is based in the need for the ego to be right (even if it has to lie to do so). Bias is about blaming something other than the self, always deflecting away from the self, never taking responsibility for one’s own contribution to the issue, and making the self look righteous. But Libra is not about prioritizing the self and the ego. Libra is about mutual respect, harmony and consideration for something other than just yourself. Libra is about truth and justice, so naturally with Mercury Retrograde in Libra we are going to see a lot of examples about how biased information is causing serious imbalances in our lives and our relationships to other people.
Obviously, nature prefers balance and so when sudden, extreme perspectives and lies make the pendulum swing far one way, it is inevitable the pendulum will also swing far the other way seeking truth. We see this playing out in the world now, and sensible people know that balance is found in the center by looking equally at both sides to make a fair judgement.
With Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio October 13 to October 27, 2020 and then Retrograde in Libra October 27 to November 3, 2020, it links the correspondences of both Scorpio and Libra. In Scorpio, Mercury Retrograde brings a lot of focus on digging deep into what is hidden and what goes on behind the scenes. The corruption and power structure in the political and business world of course is in larger focus lately, with Pluto (the ruler of Scorpio) in Capricorn now.
In terms of our relationships there is no doubt that we are in complicated times. People are disagreeing about almost everything – whether it is our relationships to family, friends, strangers, coworkers, business alliances, bosses, politicians, oligarchs… things are complicated. Obviously, a lot of people are getting very hung up on political talking points these days, causing many divisions.
Across the sky from Libra we have Aries, which has Mars Retrograde in Aries now. Mars is co-ruler of Scorpio (along with Pluto) emphasizing the importance of this placement now as well. Mars Retrograde in Aries has us reconsidering our behavior, actions and especially reactions. A lot of people are focused on what they are angry about these days, and people can be highly defensive and protective of their identities. And with Mars Retrograde in square to Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn, there is much tension between our individual selves, our personal rights and our identities in contrast to those in political, powerful positions in society. No wonder we see so many protests!
Libra reminds us that truth brings harmony. Lies only make life more complicated and out of balance. Chaos in the media is a great example reminding us that the conflicting stories not based on truth, but based on a biased perspective are breeding grounds for disagreements. Lies, hypocrisy, deceit are no way to bring peace, they are at the roots of wars. When people are vying for power, it is always freedom of information that is the first casualty.
Lies always guarantee people will disagree and thus argue. For evidence we can just look at how many relationships have been destroyed by the convoluted information presented by the media. Conflicting information only confuses everyone so nobody knows what’s true or not. Instead people are choosing to believe something is true if that’s what they want to be true.
So as we rethink all that is going on in the world now, and in our lives, it is wise for us to look at how we are changing and what we want to change through the lens of what is right, true, and just. Can we turn things around and prioritize making life more positive, harmonious and honest? How would the world change if the lies, hypocrisy and negativity that is being presented to us through the main manners of communications these days – the media and social media stopped creating chaos? What would the world and our relationships look like if truth and honesty were really the priority?
It’s also very interesting that we have been seeing a lot more scrutiny of social media censorship since Mercury went Retrograde on October 13, 2020 and also with New Moon in Libra on October 16, 2020 as the Department of Justice has been calling in social media tech leaders to answer why they have been operating with political bias – all very Libra oriented subjects with Law, Justice, Bias and Truth.
Libra is also associated to morals and ethics, and with Mercury Retrograde in Libra it’s time to have another look at and a rethink of ethics violations by those in powerful positions.
We are sure to see a lot of major revelations while Mercury is Retrograde in Libra, especially with the Full Moon in Taurus on October 31, 2020 – which is a rare Blue Moon bringing more emphasis to the importance of this period. This Full Moon is conjunct Uranus in Taurus indicating that Freedom is ultra important now! We are in a revolutionary time.
Check out the Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio article for much more information of this Mercury Retrograde cycle.