EYE ON ASTROLOGY: MERCURY IN LIBRA AND MERCURY/VENUS EXCHANGE OF SIGNS
Mercury transits into Libra Oct 18-Nov. 6th . Mercury is comfortable in Libra and the transit is afflicted in the early part of the transit with the conjunction with Ketu today and it will be impacted it for another 3 days and also the conjunction with the Sun which is exact Oct 18th. This may lead to buzzy and busy and scattered mind. Late in the transit, when Venus goes into Virgo on Nov. 3rd, there will be a brief exchange of signs or Paravartana Yoga on Nov. 3rd-6th which will cancel the debilitation of Venus.
Today on Oct. 18th, Mercury and the Sun and Ketu are conjunct at 0 Libra. It can create a sense of loss of things connected to the Sun like father or leadership and can reduce self-esteem and confidence. It’s important to boost your self-talk up the rest of the week.
If you were born with Mercury in Libra you tend to be fun-living, friendly, courteous, creative, and humanist and have a deep interest in artistic expression, comedy, and the artistic side of the intellect such as an art or film critic might have. Good transit for creative writing of poetry, songs, video production blog writing, and web design. Some of these qualities will come out in transit particularly for Virgo and Gemini rising and also Libra rising.
Mercury in Libra is unafflicted after it goes into Swati nakshatra Oct 23-31st and that will bring out its positive qualities of fun-loving, love of philosophy, musical and artistic interests, and humanitarian energies. It also can foster comedic sensibilities, persuasive speaking, love of clubs, and spiritual performances. Mercury stays in Libra until Nov. 6th and will benefit Virgos and Geminis most with 2nd and 5th house transits from the ascendent bringing the love of family for Virgos and artistic expression, romance, and theatrical expression for Virgos.
Once in a while, we get what Western Astrologers call a mutual reception or exchange of signs and in Vedic astrology, it is known as a Parivatana Yoga (abbreviated PVY). It can be very powerful and it allows a connection and association between the houses involved and is often stronger than a planetary aspect. In this case, from Nov. 3-6th it is happening.
If you have this in your natal chart, it can be read as a conjunction. In this case, they are friends and Western astrologers would say that the exchange may bring out stronger dignity although Vedic astrologers will focus more on what houses are being exchanged.
It is thought that an exchange of signs should be read as a conjunction and because Venus is debilitated, the darker side will come out for a few days Nov. 3-6th creating an inability to not be serious about the task at hand in business, too easy-going when shrewdness is needed in business and supporting artistic expression but with the weak Venus, those poems and songs may not be as good as you think they area. Again debilitated planets just need to work 3 times as hard to produce good results but they can do it! Venus’s debilitation which causes critical relationships will be cancelled for the first part of the transit Nov. 3-6th.
In Vedic astrology, the houses exchanged have the most impact and enliven a connection between them. Hence Sagittarius rising will do best with this exchange between their 10th and 11th house and this will support gains at work, fulfillment of desires, and achievement at work, and successful investment with the aspect onto the 5th house. This would be true if you have this in your natal chart but I find these exchanges are powerful in transit.
For Virgo Rising, it is a positive exchange of 1st and 2nd houses creating a dhana yoga supporting gains from family, articulate speech, skill in managing money and assets, and the family business. Some of this is taken down by the debilitated Venus but with extra hard, work it can manifest.
For Scorpio rising, the exchange is between the 11th and 12th house and is is a Dainya Yoga which can create unrest in group activities and financial matters, risk of debt, expenses from foreign exports or duties. Income may be eaten up by matching expenditures so save extra money and stay frugal.
Capricorn Rising also does better with this exchange between the 9th and 10th houses and this supports career, higher education, ethics, and religious and philosophical studies.
We cannot take the time to go through all the combinations but in general, combine the houses involved and if they are positive house combinations like 1,4,7,10,5,9,2,11 then the exchange is positive but if they combine with houses 3,6,8 or 12, then the exchange is more difficult.
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