Mercury Retrograde in Libra and Virgo
September 9 to October 2, 2022
from 8º Libra to 24º Virgo
What does this Mercury Retrograde mean?
When Mercury begins its retrograde in Venus-ruled Libra, we may be faced with tangles in our partnerships. That’s because Libra, the sign of harmony, beauty, and justice, desires perfection on an aesthetic and abstract level. Thus, any attempts at realizing perfection in your relationships might be misguided by Airy abstraction, resulting in a tit-for-tat mentality, a classic manifestation of the scales’ tendency to exercise its love of balance too theoretically.
Mercury Retrograde in Libra: The Hazards of Diplomacy
During this cycle, keep an eye out for Libra’s proclivity to care too much about what the other person thinks of self. In other words, what we think is diplomacy may really be a preoccupation with the meta idea of how we’re coming off in our relationships. Consequently, this level of abstraction can trip us up and cause errors, misjudgments, and miscommunications.
Mercury in Virgo: A Different Kind of Perfection
As Mercury continues its backwards crawl into fastidious Virgo, we have the opportunity to reorient ourselves with an Earthier perspective. Virgo is quite concerned with doing an exemplary job and perfecting its own craft. Under the influence of Virgo, we can let ourselves be guided by the desire to create something or perform a service that is valuable to others. In other words, we can use the need to offer something as a barometer of a more grounded version of perfection.
Mercury Retrograde in Libra and Virgo: Equality and Self-Sufficiency
Libra, though preoccupied with notions of justice and equality, can ironically lose themselves in the mirror of the other. Alternatively, Virgo aims to serve, and yet is a sign known for its self-sufficiency. This retrograde cycle you may ask yourself, what do I have to offer? How can I perfect my craftsmanship? How can being of service add to my sense of personal satisfaction?