Mercury's Libra ingress happens on October 7th, giving us a break from the relentless analysis of its lengthy Virgo transit.
Mercury in Libra is charming, indecisive and diplomatic. Heavy topics are glossed over in favour of polite and pretty discourse. Discomfort is smoothed over with sugary words. Sometimes it's ok to back off and just say the nice thing, instead of the right thing. However, final decisions are danced around, because both sides look viable.
Mercury in Libra's catchphrase is, "What do you think?" Compromise is the theme of this transit. Hopefully it's balanced compromise, but it can just as easily be unbalanced.
Other Influences on the Ingress
The Libra Sun makes an exact square to Pluto in Capricorn on October 7th, so Mercury will be challenged right out of the gate. Sun/Pluto illuminates the power struggle or combative drive beneath the facade. Mercury's polite conversation will have more underneath. You can use this mix of influences to open up a civilized dialogue and lightly address the issue, or avoid the topic completely. Just know that Pluto will not be ignored.
Mercury will also make an inconjunct to Ceres Rx in Taurus on October 7th. Ceres Rx in Taurus is a review of personal resources/values that are being nurtured. Mercury in Libra can trigger passive-aggressive comments, if someone is not feeling looked after. The awareness of what's lacking is there, but the ability to come right out and ask for it is missing. And this could be because it's not entirely appropriate. And yet, the core necessities can't be ignored. An inconjunct between Libra and Taurus emphasizes the tension between self and other - both sides must be adjusted.
The Way Forward
As ruler of the transiting North Node in Virgo, Mercury suggests (politely) that a somewhat detached perspective can help you move forward. Mercury in Libra is a master of diplomacy because its not emotional: social strategy and intellectual comparison rule. Listen to what the other person is saying, and factor what you hear into your awareness. Step back from the details you were peering at in Virgo. Look around, and consider the people close to you. Can they help you? Is there a possibility of an exchange? Is it time to deliver your message?
Here are the aspects Mercury in Libra will make:
- Oct 7th: inconjunct Ceres Rx in Taurus, 1 deg
- Oct 11th: conjunct Jupiter, 6 deg
- Oct 12th: inconjunct Neptune Rx in Pisces, 9 deg
- Oct 13th: square Mars in Capricorn, 11 deg
- Oct 14th: sextile Saturn in Sagittarius, 12 deg
- Oct 15th: square Pluto in Capricorn, 15 deg
- Oct 18th: trine Pallas in Aquarius, 18 deg
- Oct 19th: inconjunct Chiron Rx in Pisces, 21 deg
- Oct 20th: opposite Uranus Rx in Aries, 22 deg
- Oct 23rd: opposite Ceres Rx in Aries, 27 deg
- Oct 24th: Scorpio ingress