Mercury is tidally locked with the Sun, so one side is perpetually hot and the other half is perpetually cold. Similarly, Mercury is a planet of dualities, a wildcard, a trickster, sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Mercury is the fastest planet in our solar system, appearing to zip backward between the Earth and the Sun three times each year. Mercury’s speed and erratic behavior mirror the restlessness of the mind, the rapidity of thought, the fluidity of speech. As the planet closest to the Sun, Mercury serves as an emissary, a translator, a messenger of the Sun. In astrology, Mercury represents the way we think and reason, the way we speak and communicate, saying something about our interests, skills and hobbies, our sense of humor.
Mercury in Libra is in a cardinal air sign and takes on the qualities of its ruler Venus: social, diplomatic and gracious. People with this placement anticipate rejection and pushback to their ideas, so they craft their ideas fairly, in ways that attempt to please everyone, known for their diplomacy and conflict resolution skills. When they encounter a problem, their solutions are usually oriented toward what is fair and balanced over other considerations. What is much harder for people with this placement is to speak up when maintaining balance or resolving conflicts isn’t relevant to the situation – when a final decision must be made regardless of who disagrees, when something must be said regardless of who it alienates. They’re probably tickled most by equal opportunity offenders in comedy.
This is especially true if you were born with Gemini, Virgo or Libra rising. Whether you experience the better or worse significations of this position depends on Mercury’s relationship with the Sun and whether you were born during the day or at night, and the kind of aspects it makes with the other planets.
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