When a person has his natal Mercury in Libra, the sign will grant a big part of its attributes to everything that Mercury represents in his chart. As Mercury is generally governing our intellect and communication, Libran energy will make the native’s expression quite harmonious and diplomatic, full of charm. This placement is making the natal chart owner concentrate a lot on the beauty of words, using them in such ways as to bring balance to himself and others.
Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac, and has planet Venus as its ruling celestial body. Libra is also the natural ruler of the seventh house, which rules marriage and relationships, while also all other types of collaboration with another person – even through business partnerships. In addition, it is the house responsible for balance and diplomacy, yet also for open enemies and their transformation into friends and allies. This will make Libra Mercury people talk in a warm and sweet way, blunting differences and building bridges in communication. They are therefore very focused on dissolving the borders between them and others, and will usually do it in a gentle and polite way. This is not a surprise as Libra is a cardinal sign, connected with new beginnings and joining forces with others. When such an individual uses his speech, he is able to calm down even the most flammable people and de-escalate any possible negativity.
In the sign of Libra, Mercury is in peregrine condition. Peregrine is a rather neutral condition, where a celestial body does not function very potently (as it does when in domicile or in exaltation), nor is very weak (as it does when in detriment or fall). Mercury has no real problems when in Libra, except the proneness to frequently change an opinion and be rather indecisive. This is quite natural though, as Libra is a dual sign; such people will try to examine a lot of parameters in a situation until reaching an opinion. Even then, new information can easily change their view about it. This also makes them rather adaptable, which can on many occasions prove to be an advantage. The Libran energy can be quite beneficial if assisted by other planetary positions, and the function of the planet mostly depends on such natal aspects. More information about Mercury’s potency in the signs can be read in the article about Mercury’s Essential Dignities.
We should note that Mercury needs less than a month to move to a next sign, and is the quickest moving planet, as it is located very near to the Sun. Also, it cannot be more than one sign away from the sign where the natal Sun is. It has three times per year a period of retrograde motion, where it moves backwards in the heavens for apparently 20 days. Mercury is impersonated by the ancient Greek god Hermes, who was the messenger of the gods and protector of commerce. The planet governs intellect and trade, data and communication, while also transportation. In addition, the darker traits of Mercury include rulership of lies, swindling and theft, which are also definitely an archetypical part of commerce. Mercury is a hermaphrodite planet, with a balance between its masculine and feminine side. For this reason, it is rather well-received in most signs, as it can adapt quite easily to any possible surroundings.
Mercury in Libra people will dislike swearing and rudeness, and will be polite even towards people who are not. They have this natural urge to avoid any type of conflicts, preferring to solve any differences without raising their voice. They like justness, and will usually be fair towards other people. Such individuals always try to justify people, even enemies, in their mind, which on the one hand makes them forgive easily, on the other hand makes them tolerate bad behaviors from others. Even though they try to keep their objectivity in getting into other people’s shoes, it will frequently happen that they overlook more negative traits than they should. Intellectually, they search goodness in other people’s minds and try to focus on that, sometimes in vain as some people are consciously acting evil.
Venus, the ruler of the sign is blending her energies with the native’s Mercury, and she is definitely not famous for being a planet that rushes. Mercury in Libra individuals can dwell during thinking and wait a reasonable amount of time before taking a decision. They need more time to process the necessary data. Yet, as we already mentioned, they can easily change their mind afterwards. Such chart owners are quite open-minded, rather interested in seeing other people’s views in order to form their own in a better way.
The native with such a placement may have a warm and charming voice, and the natural ruler of Libra may make his verbal or written expression very beautiful. Curiously enough, people with Mercury in Libra will talk a lot about their significant other, while also about their business company (if they have some). The reason behind it is, of course, the connection of Libra with the seventh house, responsible for such types of collaboration. This is a very good placement for people who want a stable marriage, or have their career tied to a business partner. It shows good communication between them and their counterpart, with quite good balance that delivers harmonious coexistence.
This natal position of Mercury will draw the attention of the chart bearer towards love stories and other writings that describe the perfect unification of two souls. They will enjoy romanticism in books, and will definitely choose to read those who have a happy ending. For them, communication is a refined art, and beauty in words and described situations can bring out the emotions they yearn for.
Natal Mercury in Libra is ideal for people that are involved in careers that need a partnership with others. It is great for teamwork in small groups, as the chart owner may become intellectually so close to his partner(s) that they will operate as one hyper-being mentally. In addition, Mercury in Libra is definitely good in jobs that involve contracts between counterparts. They can become a great mediator between two sides, eliminating possible differences that are preventing an agreement to be reached.
As Libra and its ruling planet Venus are strongly connected with the beauty of arts, natal Mercury placed here may connect a native’s life to them. Such people may be writing about arts, yet not really being critics but instead promoters. They may be somehow involved in advertising, or elsehow writing positive presentations about artistic events/things. In any case, they are definitely interested in the appreciation of good art and will promote it even if it is not connected with their occupation.
A negative trait of Mercury in Libra is the possibility to become easily manipulated. A polite person can influence them strongly, even if he has second plans and a darker perspective. Sometimes, individuals with their Mercury in the sign of balance might appear naive, unable to understand the real face behind someone’s charming mask. The Libran filter imposed on incoming and outgoing communication and information may act as pink glasses, distorting the reality and making it have more vivid and happy colors.
Such people are drawn to please other through words, and will frequently give a lot of compliments. As Libra is also connected with physical beauty and style through its ruling planet Venus, it will bring a lot of positive comments about clothes and appearance. Even if the native does not really like something, he will still find the details that seem attractive and compliment them. Thus, this placement generates a rather positive stance, making the chart-bearer generally liked by other people.
When Libra Mercury is afflicted, the native may develop unhealthy ways of perceiving the idea of unification. Mercury can start pressing them to connect with others, which can, in turn, make them prevent their own personality to develop its own road. People like this may be constantly thinking about their partners, forgetting to intellectually evolve on themselves but rather close to another person. This bears the danger to copy intellectual traits of the significant other, reflecting him too much.
When a Mercury in Libra is well aspected in a natal chart, the native can indeed excel in the life area that the sign of Libra rules. Good aspects guarantee a kind and charming mind, which can solve most problems elegantly. Also, it may give talents in writing love stories. In case you have this placement, your artistic abilities might be worth investing your time in. At least, it can become a personal type of entertainment. At best, you may offer to the world a story about the beauty of goddess Aphrodite, spoken through the words of Hermes, the messenger of the Gods.
Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.