Mercury is, thankfully, turning direct after spending the last three weeks retrograde in Libra. During that time, Mercury has traversed over some of the most difficult Libran Sabian Symbols – bringing up issues to do with relating and relationships – and many may have found it rather difficult to maintain a sense of equilibrium in amongst it all.
Mercury is turning direct on Libra 17: A RETIRED SEA CAPTAIN WATCHES SHIPS ENTERING AND LEAVING THE HARBOR
Although you may have lots to do, especially as things may have been piling up lately, it is still necessary that you take some time out to contemplate, to think, to look back, perhaps, on the stormy times you’ve been through and the calm times that may have you feeling like you’re going nowhere (or to an unknown destination, perhaps).
This Symbol speaks of the necessity in life of finding time for quiet recollection. You may feel that the stormy, unpredictable emotional life is something you can, or need to, leave behind – to opt out. But like the sea captain, there will always be the frustration in the desire to return and get back in amongst life. An objective and calm understanding of life’s experiences is available to you, but know when to rest and when to be active and to work as merely looking out at the world from a confined perspective and feeling like you have no choice but to sit and watch is unlikely to bring the world to you.
Memories and peaceful contemplation. Writing memoirs. Being a spectator rather than a participant. Disconnection from the past. Nostalgia. Safe ports or harbors. Retiring.
The Caution: Copping-out, escaping from reality. Relying on past experiences. Refusing to join in. Staring at lost opportunities and times gone by. Frustration. Boredom.
It’s important to remember to find your center… especially as is passing three times over Libra 18 and Libra 19 – two of the toughest degrees of the 360.
Libra 18 is TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR THEIR ACTS BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OF SOCIETY
This Symbol implies the periodic need for people to step up to the line and explain themselves, or to justify some actions or ways of being, particularly in relationships. Sometimes our ideas or actions are under criticism, to the point of feeling that someone has offended social acceptability. Be thoughtful about situations, because problems you face in your life may only exist in your own mind, stopping you from having fruitful relationships because of a lack of trust or because of a failed relationship in your past. You may need to feel forgiven or you may need to forgive someone else. Relationships can be held in abeyance until all the facts come to light. Things resolve themselves as time goes by.
Unacceptable principles. People kept apart because of circumstances. Relationships feel like jail sentences. Staying too long. The law. Karma to be worked out. Judge and juries.
The Caution: Refusing to conform to society. Sabotaging relationship values. Feeling stuck, unable to move. Telling tales. Handcuffs and manacles. Severe judgments.
and then, Wednesday or Thursday of this week, Mercury transits Libra 19: A GANG OF ROBBERS IN HIDING
This Symbol implies that, at times in your life, you may feel that you have been wronged or something has been taken from you. Often, there is no real way of finding who or what is the cause. It often happens that the feelings of loss or being taken advantage of are mostly in your own mind, making it difficult for you to trust or even to know how to trust. Make sure that there is no undermining of faith by indulging in suspicions that are ungrounded in reality. You could spend time searching for perpetrators, but a better solution is to get on with your life. However, do take precautions so you’re not easily taken advantage of. Things will most probably come to light when they are meant to.
Mental attitudes that sabotage, restrict or control. Counseling others to help them improve their lives. Alert to intrusion but not paranoid. The need for light. Spying. Ambushes.
So, what does all this mean? It is indicating the need to examine relationships and to see where you might be holding yourself (or others perhaps) back, where you might feel that you are handcuffed to a situation or a person (or handcuffed alone, handcuffed to yourself – in a manner of speaking)… and, it also shows that this period is excellent for getting rid of those emotions, memories, thoughts and attitudes that hold us back from true relating.
For many, this period may signal a time of forgiving and forgetting. For others, it may mean facing up to the fact that someone has not (and probably will not) live up to your expectations. Getting to the root of issues is part of the healing now. Is it time to remove the ‘handcuffs’ so you can feel freer and more able to live the life that you want to live, rather than the one proscribed for you by the outside world?