MERCURY RETROGRADE IN LIBRA IN THE SEVENTH HOUSE
Are you single? You’ll get an incredible amount of information about the person you want now, just by talking – or Googling. News, e-mails, letters or gossip about your former, current or potential partner will roll now. It will also be a changing story. Wait until Mercury is out of his final shadow before you make up your mind. If you are free and single, then this is also a classic cycle for non-communication. The returned calls or e-mails you need may go into a black hole.
If your priority is your ex partner, you’ll be amazed at how much you can find out about his/her situation. Mercury the courier will deliver the facts – and yet nothing can be counted as solid and lasting. Allow for that.
Mercury will provide you with the sources, contacts, networks and information about your marriage or partnership, if you are prepared to put in the work. Yet – you have to allow for the usual flakey progress of the conversation or even technical hitches/extreme weather and other x factors interfering.
Are you happily involved with a partner? An issue which is vital to the relationship or marriage will come up now, and you’ll be able to do a lot of ‘homework’ which is helpful, as long as you don’t hand in your luuurve report until Mercury is out of his final shadow. This is not a great time to make a judgement call.
Are you unhappily attached or married? This period is crucial, because you’ll be using your head, to fathom a situation which usually affects your heart. Expect lots of discussion or reading now. It’s a good time for a dress rehearsal, or first take. Maybe even a second and third take. The final cut should come once you know exactly where you stand, after Mercury is out of shadow.
When Mercury is Retrograde in the Seventh House, people say ‘Umm’ or ‘Oh’ or ‘I’m not really sure’ or ‘I’ll call you’ – and that will drive you mad, if you are serious about finding someone new to love, or even serious about fixing things with your ex-partner. If you have ever shaken up a snowdome and watched the flakes whirling around before they settle, you will have a clear picture of what this cycle is like.
This also applies to the state of play with enemies, rivals or opponents. You are undoubtedly going to find them on your radar at this time, because various discussions, letters, e-mails, calls or actual meetings will be unfolding. This is not a good time to make or accept promises, though. It is better suited to a verbal ping-pong match or a willingness to have ‘talks’ over a number of weeks.
Mercury is the Messenger of the Gods in our Roman/Latin mythology. The Greeks knew him as Hermes. Seen with wings on his helmet and heels, he is a 2000-year-old symbol of flight. Today we associate him with short-haul flights, trains and FedEx. He is also the archetype who best represents the internet.
When he appears to move forwards, stand still, move backwards, stand still and then move forwards again – on this cycle – you can expect to see that stuck ‘flow’ with your partner. This also applies to former or potential partners. Enemies are ruled by this cycle too.
It’s a useful cycle for weighing issues up, testing ideas about love and sex, entering into protracted discussion about your engagement, mortgage, wedding, separation or divorce. As you might expect it’s not great for final outcomes, certain plans, absolutes or judgement calls.
I am reposting this missing chapter from 2020 Astrology on my website because, inevitably, in a section all about Mercury Retrograde, the entire file went missing. So there you go. It happens to astrologers too!