Mercury on Libra 17: A Retired Sea Captain Watching Ships Entering And Leaving

 In Lunar Stories by Lynda Hill

Mercury is on Libra 17: A RETIRED SEA CAPTAIN WATCHES SHIPS ENTERING AND LEAVING THE HARBOR –

A Woman Awaiting A SailboatMercury was on the Boat Landing Washed Away yesterday and we might be feeling like not only do we have nowhere to dock (our emotions, our lives, our responses, our relationships or whatever), but, we might also have run out of energy to even try to participate… more interesting and very challenging degrees are coming in the coming few days. It pays to take it easy and see what lessons have been learned from this last Mercury retrograde period.

[Thank goodness, or something, that the hurricane that hit Mexico did not cause more damage than it did. I feel that the collective prayers probably helped with it – at least it’s nice to imagine that they did. šŸ™‚ ]

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 amongst it. An objective and calm understanding of life’s experiences is available, but know when to rest and when to be active and 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.

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  • Jeannelle

    Dear Lynda,
    Your entry for Mercury on 17 Libra helps me to understand this degree, which I have not really connected with personally before. Mercury is a prominent planet in my life.
    A few days ago, on October 24th, my younger daughter was married. It was a perfect and beautiful Wedding, but this degree exactly describes my own experience of the event weekend.

    …”feeling like not only do we have nowhere to dock (our emotions, our lives, our responses, our relationships or whatever), but, we might also have run out of energy to even try to participateā€¦”
    After over a year of planning, and then the 6 weeks prior to the Wedding, and the weekend of, I was ill but quietly covered as well as I could.
    ….”It pays to take it easy …”

    …”the necessity in life of finding time for quiet recollection… ” …”know when to rest and when to be active and work …” …” looking out at the world from a confined perspective and feeling like you have no choice but to sit and watch …”
    …”Memories and peaceful contemplation…” …” Being a spectator rather than a participant. Disconnection from the past. Nostalgia….
    (Other parents who have been spectators at their child’s wedding will feel this.)

    ….Safe ports or harbors” (the Wedding was in Northern California at an Inn which overlooks Bodega Bay–serene, natural, safe);
    “Retiring.” (My job is complete and well-done; time to turn the page and start a new chapter of my life.)

    “The Caution: Copping-out, …Refusing to join in. Staring at lost opportunities and times gone by.” So glad that I can say that I have no regrets; even though I wasn’t feeling well and was trembling with nervousness, I knew that my new son-in-law wanted to be publicly welcomed to our family and I went up to the front of a huge Reception Hall and offered a heartfelt Toast–and he stood up and hugged me for a very long time. His mother and his family were so happy that he will get along well with his new mother-in-law.
    I hadn’t read your column at that point, but told myself that this moment will only come once and there is no re-do or chance to say these things ever again–so I took some “Stage Fright”–an actual homeopathic remedy–and walked up to the microphone. I didn’t let that moment become a “lost opportunity.” And he hugged me in front of all his friends and family, so now its all good.
    Deep breathe.

    Thank you for putting the Sabian Symbols together in such a user-friendly way. I use your book all the time, too, Lynda. After many years I am still amazed at how these transiting degrees can describe our experiences. Mercury moves quickly, so it pinpointed the timing.

    Blessings,
    Jeane

    • Lynda

      Hi there, Jeane, apologies for the late response… I’m glad that the Symbols gave you some insight into this experience… it sounds like a wonderful time and perhaps a breakthrough in some measure! Best wishes, Lynda

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