After weeks of experiencing Mercury in Virgo, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to face some big changes.
Unlike the tendency to nitpick for challenges within ourselves and others, Mercury in Libra seeks ways to mediate differences, so that everyone feels heard and understood.
Mercury, the communication planet, gets nice and comfortable in the sociable Air sign of Libra. The Air element is very much about the mind and communication, so Libra meshes quite nicely with Mercury. Libra loves to build bridges and find ways to overcome our differences. It knows that there is more than one side to any situation, and wants to harmonize opposing points of view.
Mercury’s entry into this peacemaking sign signals a time when speech becomes a little bit softer to create more harmony in our relationships. We’ll all be a little more apt to bring down the noise level, allowing both sides of an argument to be heard. Because of this, Mercury in Libra is the perfect time to heal wounds caused by arguments or misunderstandings.
When Mercury is in Libra
When the planet of speech and the sign of one-on-one relationships get together, our communication with others comes into focus. This isn’t just love relationships we’re talking about — it’s also about our family, friends, and coworkers, too. If we’ve had any fights, or if we’ve been holding on to a long-term grudge, this is a good time to finally put them to rest.
Diplomacy takes center stage when Mercury is in Libra! Libra is represented by the Scales of justice in Astrology, so it makes sense that we’ll be more objective during this time, attempting to approach every situation in a fair-minded and balanced way. Think of this transit as a gentle reminder from the universe on the importance of considering others’ perspectives and embracing the beauty of compromise.
One challenge of this transit is the tendency to be a little too nice. Don’t sugar-coat things or withhold information just to avoid rocking the boat, as kindness could end up being a barrier to real communication. We need to realize there are many ways to connect with someone, and agreement is only one of them. Expressing opposing beliefs with respect and openness is a terrific way to strengthen any partnership.
The main problem area in many relationships is communication, particularly if the other person’s natal Mercury is in a different element to ours. The easiest Mercury connections are between Mercury in Fire and Air and Mercury in Water and Earth. The other combinations can be very attractive and growth enhancing, but they often require the willingness and capacity to pay additional attention to communication in the relationship. With Mercury in Libra, we are more likely to create the time to really listen to each other on all levels, out of a desire for mutual understanding and cooperation, rather than the need to be right.
This is the perfect time to address any differences with people we love, as diplomacy is likely to feel a lot easier, particularly from next Tuesday, after Mercury has made aspects to Uranus, Chiron and Saturn!