Mercury Retrograde September 2022
Mercury Retrograde in Libra: September 9 – September 22
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo: September 23 – October 1
While planetary retrogrades are common occurrences in our cosmos, there’s no planet with a bigger retrograde reputation than Mercury.
Prior to our ancestors’ beliefs, when a planet is in retrograde it isn’t actually moving backwards. Mercury is closer to the Sun than we are on our beautiful blue Earth, meaning its orbit is shorter and quicker. It circles the Sun in just 88 days compared to our 365, overtaking us three to four times a year. It is when Mercury overtakes the Earth that it appears, from our perspective, as if it is moving backwards.
This movement in our cosmos, like all other astrological events, is filled with invitations and opportunities, wisdom, and insights, if we so choose to see them.
The reputation of Mercury Retrograde has loudened over these last few years, attaching mishaps, havoc, confusion, delays, and fear, but what if we approached this planetary movement from another perspective? What if, as a cosmic teacher, Mercury’s intention is actually far different to the narrative that’s been created, it just asks us to sink in a little deeper to gain the wisdom that is on offer.
In Astrology, Mercury is our quick, sharp, and clever archetype that rules all things communication, thinking, transportation, schedules, logistics, and learning. It shows up in many of the aspects of our day-to-day living, which is perhaps why it has earned such a name for itself – its influence in our lives is obvious, clear, and deeply integrated into the way we have learned to move through the world.
When a planet is in retrograde, instead of its energy expressing outwardly into the world, it turns inward. We are guided to reflect, review, revise, and renew.
Just as the Earth is continuously moving around the Sun, we are always moving, too. We are evolving, changing, shifting, growing, and transforming. These retrogrades are opportunities to pause, or sometimes, in true Mercury style, we are made to pause by external delays. These pauses allow us time to review the alignment of our outer life and who we now are. Just as the Earth is taking a moment to catch up with this speedy planet, perhaps there is a part of ourselves or our lives, that require some catching up, too. But that can’t happen unless we bring awareness into our days.
September 9 begins our third Mercury Retrograde of the year. Beginning in Libra, Mercury then moves into Virgo on the 23rd September until it finishes its retrograde on October 1.
Mercury Retrograde in Libra
Libra is a beautiful sign of balance, harmony, beauty, partnership, and relationships. It is the collaboration of coming together with another, and it is a zodiac that has a gift of creating a harmonious, fair, balanced, and equal dynamic within each interaction and collaboration.
Being an Air sign, like Mercury it also comes from a mental space. It takes in information, shares, communicates, and orients from the mind. Like all Air signs, it has the gift of stepping back and looking at something objectively.
When Mercury, Libra, and this beautiful retrograde energy come together on September 9, we are given a two week opportunity to review the dynamics in our relationships, whether romantic, friendship, business, or even family – whoever we come together alongside. We are collaborating with each person we interact with, creating together, mirroring one another, growing together. There is an energetic flow moving between each of us, and this is an opportunity to review the spoken or unspoken agreements and dynamics we have with the people in our lives in a harmonious way.
We are invited to bring the experience of your partnership inward, so that you may review it, run it through your awareness, witness how it makes you feel and if it is aligned with your values and perspectives. With balance and harmony being key words here, it is a beautiful opportunity to come to fair agreements, arrangements, communication, and paths. Libra wants each person involved to benefit equally.
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Virgo is an Earth sign. It brings a groundedness in our approach to life, a practicality, and logic. In astrology, Virgo is ruled by Mercury, and so this collaboration of zodiac and planet is comfortable and supportive, they work together well.
Virgo speaks to the small steps that compromise our lives. Our habits, routines, patterns, thinking, cycles. It is a healing sign by nature, aware of the greatest potential in all things, and holding a high standard to achieve that potential.
When Mercury Retrogrades into Virgo on the 23rd September, the week-long invitation is to become our greatest healers with each small step we take and decision we make. Our every action holds the potential to be of service to our potential, or not, we know how to be our greatest healers, and we know what actions support us become our best. From our food to our thoughts, movement to organisation.
Mercury wants us to move with intention, to think with intention, and communicate with intention. To be with presence, and to be active participants in creating the path we are walking upon. And it is inviting us to create habits, routines, patterns, and systems that hold and support us as we walk this path.
It is an invitation to slow down enough to observe the thoughts we are thinking, the words we are speaking, and bring awareness to how they are shaping our lives.
To review and update the dynamics within our relationships, the way we collaborate with another, the way we speak to another and the ways we are spoken to.
To pause and examine the habits, routines, and cycles that we are living within, and creating from.
It is an opportunity to bring our unconscious patterning into the conscious, so that we may make decisions, on purpose, if we desire to keep living in a certain way and walking on a certain path.
The seemingly backwards motion of Mercury is echoed in our experience. Where this intellectual planet is generally a linear and logical archetype, when in retrograde its energy is more cyclic, intuitive, and internal. This is why we often find ourselves revisiting old projects, relationships, or ways of being. We are guided to explore what we have left unfinished, where we are still holding on to something or someone, or where wisdom is waiting and available to be integrated. With this re-visiting of older cycles, people, events, and projects, there is an opportunity to make a new decision:
~ Am I still in alignment with this chapter of my life? ~
~ Can I bring it up to date to reflect who I now am?
~ Or am I ready to say goodbye to it? ~
As the Earth begins to catch up with Mercury and its retrograde comes to an end, the opportunity is to bring all of our energy into the now, to update our lives and ourselves, and to begin to formulate a clear path forward – one that is created on purpose, and in purpose.
As always, this transit can be unpacked by looking at our own natal chart and how it interacts with this the movement of the cosmos.
Mercury Retrograde: What it means for you
Explore this transit alongside your own natal chart and unique energy. The way each movement in the cosmos interacts with our own inner cosmos is unique to each of us. The messages that the planets have are unique to each of us. The insights, space for growth, healing potential, and wisdom to be gained, is unique to each of us.
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