Alas, the Mercury in Retrograde in Libra has arrived, much to the disdain of many. This is the last Mercury in Retrograde we will experience in 2021, so you can breathe a sigh of relief after these three weeks have passed.
However, this transit isn’t one to be feared but to be embraced! While this time can feel chaotic and even frustrating for some, it doesn’t have to be. From September 27th-October 17th, Mercury is asking us to slow down and consider what is happening in certain areas of our lives. While we all tend to rush and blindly navigate through life, this is an excellent time to step back, reassess, and change some things that have been holding us back.
With this Retrograde taking place in the sign of Libra, it’s important to keep in mind that we do not have to do things alone. In fact, sometimes it’s better to allow those we love to step in and help carry our weight with us to get where we want to go, and there is no shame in that.
Take a look at your Rising sign (and Sun) below to find out what to focus on and how to handle these next three weeks!
Mercury is transiting your house of partnerships during this time, Aries, so your relationship will be a big focus. While the potential for communication mishaps is possible, it’s time to take a step back and examine the relationship and have some discussions about what you and your partner are both wanting. However, this is a time to be patient and intentional with your words—throwing things out and hoping they will work out later is not your best call.
This retrograde is targeting your beloved routines habits—which can be pretty frustrating for a sign who is well known for loving their carefully crafted structures. In the next few weeks, you may be experiencing unexpected delays, canceled plans, unplanned moments that will throw you off your rhythm a bit, so the best thing you can do is be patient and give yourself grace regarding how productive you will be. Getting frustrated won’t help matters, but this is a good time to reassess your routines—figure out what is working for you and what can stand to be changed.
You’ll likely be feeling your creativity and passion for the things you usually love start dragging a bit—almost like writer’s block or a rut. However, this isn’t forever—just take some time to rest and recharge rather than forcing yourself and feeling disappointed. You may also be hearing from past connections—exes, old flings, and even crushes you thought were dead and buried. It’s entirely up to you whether you give a second chance, but keep in mind that these exciting feelings may evaporate after the retrograde, so take some time before diving in headfirst!
Your home is the major focus of this retrograde for you, Cancer. Your place of shelter and retreat may bring on some serious stress, especially with the other people who live with you. While your emotions may be feeling all over the place, this isn’t the time to take it out on them. If things aren’t going the way you want, or you’re feeling hurt by something someone has said or done, then be upfront with them. Being passive-aggressive isn’t going to get you the results you want.
While Mercury in Retrograde is always known for messing up communication, this is especially true for you during this time as it’s transiting your 3rd house of communication and travel. Potential delays and unintentional misinterpretations (on your end and others) are likely to abound, but don’t get too stressed. This is a good time to slow things down and take these moments one step at a time rather than trying to rush to overcompensate to make up for it.
During these next three weeks, this transit is moving through your 2nd house of finances and possessions, so you may be feeling a little anxious about money matters. However, this is a really good time to reassess how you’re handling your money and what changes you may need to make in that department. Whether you find a better job, take on some additional work, look into your investments, or create a new budget, it’s a good idea to examine and tweak things for the future.
Mercury is working its way through your first house of self and identity. This will be a time of reexamining how you present yourself to the world—your style, attitude, and the way you engage with other people. While you may have a large flurry of ideas on how to change things up, don’t rush right into making significant changes just yet. Writing down your thoughts and sharing them with those closest to you can help give some much-needed perspective and help you figure out what should stay and what could benefit from something new.
This retrograde is asking you to take a break, even if you don’t want to. You may be feeling some resistance if you’re trying to take on too much in any part of your life. This is the time for some serious self-care and a chance to get reacquainted with your intuition—particularly if you haven’t felt attuned to it for a while. This is a great time for meditation, recharging, and healing past wounds that have been holding you back.
This transit is working its way through your 11th house of friends and networking, which likely means you’re going to be seeing some old, familiar faces. Whether it’s old friends you haven’t spoken to in a while or old colleagues you haven’t caught up with in a bit, it can feel refreshing to reminiscence on past memories and even make plans to collaborate on future goals together. However, don’t jump into any potential business ventures just yet, or anything requiring a long-term commitment—take the time to read things through and let this retrograde pass before you sign your name to anything.
As Mercury moves through your 10th house of career and public image, its message for you is focused primarily on your work life, goals, and how you achieve them. This is a good time to look at how you’ve been scheduling your time, how you’ve approached your goals, and what you can do to help improve in this space. While you don’t mind being calculated and precise (slow and steady wins the race, right?), just keep in mind that some of these goals may take a little longer to come to fruition—and that’s perfectly okay.
This retrograde is sending you down memory lane in terms of previous trips and adventures you’ve taken, and you’re likely longing to experience more of those during these next three weeks. However, lack of communication and technology malfunctions could make actually following through on any big plans a non-starter. However, this is a good time to at least get some plans together for what you want to do in the future—it never hurts to get a jump start on things and can help ease some of that longing in the meantime.
The next three weeks are having you reexamine the aspects of yourself that are heavily weighted and legally bound. Think marriages, financial accounts, and joint resources you may share with others. While this can feel overwhelming to face, this is a time to slow things down and figure out what is working and what issues need to be sorted out to make things work better for all parties involved. Additionally, if you don’t have these types of bonds in your life but want them, it makes sense to sit down and figure out how you’re going to get them.