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Mercury Re-enters Libra ~ Oct. 9 to 28, 2009

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Just fresh from collaborating with Saturn yesterday, Mercury changes signs today. He leaves practical Virgo and re-enters objective Libra. Mercury was previously entered Libra on August 25 and, while retrograde, returned to Virgo on September 17. Did you follow all that? Mercury has been busy backtracking through paths he's already taken. He'll continue until October 14, so events/issues now to the 14th may be reminiscent of late August through mid-September.

Mercury governs our mental processes, communication, and short travel. In Libra, Mercury is social, friendly, and requires understanding both sides on any situation before making any judgements or decisions. At best, Mercury in Libra is fair-minded, charming, and diplomatic. At worst, indecisive, gullible, and indulgent.

Mercury enters Libra on October 9 at 11:45 p.m. Eastern, where he remains through October 28. While he is in Libra, he will make connections with the following celestial bodies on (all dates reflect Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • October 10 ~ Mercury square Pluto. Focus. Deep concentration. Penetrating logic. Uncover what's hidden. Secrets may be revealed. Words exchanged may cut deeply. Also on this day the Libra-Sun and Jupiter are trine, offering hope or opportunities despite what may be uncovered today. Mercury and Pluto were previously linked in the same manner on August 25 & 26. Perhaps, a resolution to events/issues from that period will be in store today.
  • October 14 ~ Shadow period ends, completing the full Mercury Retrograde cycle.
  • October 20 ~ Mercury trine Jupiter. Expansive mind. No ceiling. Explore ideas. In Libra, Mercury is social and friendly. This is a great day to network for business or socialize for fun.
  • October 23 ~ Mercury trine Chiron. Opportunity for healing the mind. Change negative thought patterns. Our thoughts create our own reality and sets the standard for what energy we attract in our life. Heal the mind and shift perception to one that is positive and invites the energy we desire.
  • October 24 ~ Mercury quincunx Uranus and trine Neptune. The clarity and focus we seek may elude us. Our mind is restless and seems to be all over the place. Go ahead and dive in to the imagination. Insight may be achieved through unconventional means.

Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Libra. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Libra zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury transiting those houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for them below then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury's transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 6th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 11th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 8th house

Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Request a quote for a paid personalized reading. Or cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum to start a discussion. (all links open a new window)

What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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