During the New Moon in Libra this week…it’s only natural we talk about the election—1, because it’s on the front of our (North American) brains, and 2, because Libras are drawn to these words: Democracy, Diplomacy and (all things to do with) Harmony—even if only as a thought.
I am not sure if you know: currently, and for the remaining weeks leading up to the election, we have Mercury retrograde (in Scorpio). This suggests several things…
The most obvious: a strong suggestion that there will be countless glitches with mailings, transportation, airplanes, number counting and technology. During Mercury retrograde, it is not unusual for miscommunication, short-circuiting in our personal lives, AND our collective life…ultimately reflected by the retrograde.
Retrogrades ask us to stop and look back. What separates us from animals is that we can cry at will and we can reflect on the past with full recount. We cannot accrue wisdom without the ability to stop, reflect, remember, and learn the lessons stalking us.
Let’s stop and sit for a moment. What do we see behind us? Back to Libra’s words: democracy, diplomacy and harmony—important words right now that seem almost foreign at this time.
We in the United States have a split-party system, setting up half of us to hate Trump, thinking him a bad President—and the other half, not so much. At best, this retrograde could be asking us to try and be neutral. To stand still—beyond your party’s point of view—and reflect. This is the Libra gift.
For Democrats or Liberals, dare I ask: Is there anything that Trump has done well?
For Republicans: Is there anything you wish he would be doing differently?
Stand away from your automatic response and let Mercury retrograde challenge you to look again, review, be objective, and seek wisdom.
This would be the high road of Mercury retrograde leading up the election—to just ask: Can I look neutrally at what has happened in the last 3-and-a-half years, thereby allowing my decision about this election to be filled with objectivity?
Mars is asking the same. It, too, is retrograde right now. Mars talks about our male energy and is asking us to look back and review, too.
Mars Retrograde: a time when our output of energy has fits of starts and stops. Mars has been retrograde since September 9, and doesn’t go direct again until November 13; it has not left Aries for months, and will be there until December. We have all had this feeling of going forward—then backward—then forward again.
This is clearly reflected when we consider the virus: mask on/mask off. Quarantine on/quarantine off. Forward/backward, and too often with no clear male (Mars) solution standing by to direct us as to the ‘right’ way to go.
So we are back to the truth of a retrograde sky: stay still, hold a position of curiosity, and seek harmony.
During this double Libra sky—with two personal planets (Mercury and Mars) going backwards (retrograde)—let’s stop and look back.
I, being a Libra rising, practice watching both news stations that speak to the two parties. I force myself to be willing to listen.
Not sure we can do that…it’s a skill we should practice. I am constantly challenging myself to listen to try to understand both sides.
Not that I can do it—it’s just that we have to start somewhere. This new moon with double Libra is inspiring us.
Let’s try and be the peacemaker.
Let me know how you do.
It is NOT easy…not at all.