Despite being the smallest planet in the solar system, Mercury plays quite a significant role in astrology. This is because it is the planet that rules over the mind and can affect how people think, communicate, process information, reason, make decisions, and perceive the world.
The Zodiac sign Libra, represented by balanced scales, is notable for its sense of justice and fairness. Libras are also friendly, objective, charming, approachable, and amiable.
Zodiac signs, also known as the sun signs, are based on the sun’s position at the time of birth. It influences your sense of self, life choices, confidence, and identity. In contrast, the planet signs, which are determined by the position of the planets when you were born, affect a specific part of your personality.
In astrology, the planets are attributed with their characteristics. Each planet is believed to rule over a specific Zodiac sign and has the most substantial influence on that sign. However, the planet’s characteristics can still affect the behavior of all the signs of the Zodiac.
Mercury and Libra in Astrology
Named after the messenger of the gods, known for his speed, intelligence, and guile, the planet Mercury is the fastest to complete an orbit around the sun. Because of its proximity, it can complete a rotation in 88 earth days and spends about a week in each Zodiac.
It has a lot to do with the way you think, speak, and interact with other people. Even the way you view and understand the world is affected by the placement of Mercury in your birth chart. However, the planet is also described as high-strung and indecisive, which is how the term “mercurial” came about. While being curious and adaptable, Mercury is also known for being critical, temperamental, and filled with nervous and anxious energy.
Like the other air signs of the Zodiac, Libra is associated with justice, balance, learning, and communication. People who are born under this sign are known to be amiable, fair, friendly, patient, understanding, peace-loving, and warm-hearted. But they can be pretentious, idealistic, and overly righteous on the extreme end.
When people are having a conflict or an argument, trust a Libra to step in as a mediator. They are charming enough to convince both sides to step down without having to get their hands dirty and can make people feel heard and understood. However, they tend to bend over backward to avoid confrontation, instead resorting to passive-aggressive tactics to let you know they are not happy.
Because of their desire to please everyone, Libras are sometimes perceived as fickle or disloyal. But don’t get them wrong, they are also capable of objective thinking. They want to hear both sides of the story before making a judgment and ensure that neither party is being taken advantage of.
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Mercury Traits in Libra
When the cunning nature of Mercury meets with the righteous and idealistic Libra, it can be challenging to find the right balance and perspective. This is especially so when Libra is forced to face the dreaded confrontations he would rather avoid at all costs. Fortunately, there are certain characteristics of Mercury that would serve to augment the weaknesses of a Libra. Here are ten traits of Mercury that you can find in a Libra man:
The peace-loving tendencies of a Libra man find support in the strong communication skills of Mercury, enhancing his ability to negotiate and pacify. If you have an upcoming business meeting or important discussion, consider sending the Libra man to the negotiation table to help you get the best results for your team.
Libras have a natural charm that pulls people in. Under Mercury’s influence, he can exert this charm to its full potential, utilizing his high intellect and strong conversational skills to attract people and keep them glued to his side.
Because of his desire to always be fair and to listen to both sides of an argument, the Libra man tends to give off an impression of being ambivalent. It is hard for him to make a decision, especially within a limited time frame, because he is afraid of offending someone or making a wrong judgment. This inner struggle, coupled with Mercury’s indecisive nature, makes the Libra man quite incapable of making a firm stand.
Mercury’s excellent conversational abilities further reinforce the Libra man’s amiable and sociable nature. This makes him very comfortable in social settings as he can competently discuss a host of topics with people from all walks of life. In fact, he loves to be in the middle of discussions so much that he would actively get people engaged, sometimes playing the Devil’s Advocate just to keep the conversation going.
Mercurial is an adjective that perfectly describes the Libra man born under the influence of Mercury as he fully embodies the planet’s indecisive nature. He has a propensity to change his mind at the drop of a hat, not because of an impulse or a desire to cause trouble, but as a way to try different methods or ideas and see which one works best.
Libras would try to avoid conflict at all costs. They don’t like arguments and confrontations, preferring to sweep things under the rug to keep the status quo. This desire for harmony is further exacerbated by the nervous energy that comes from Mercury, which makes the Libra man quite scared of rocking the boat.
The urge to strive for fairness feels almost like a compulsion to the Libra man. This is quite obvious to the people around him, which enables him to earn their trust. With Mercury’s high intellect and sharp perception, the Libra man usually becomes the go-to person whenever there is a dispute within his social circle.
The Libra man capitalizes on Mercury’s sharp senses and strong communication skills when interacting with other people. This makes it easy for him to understand even things that other people are not saying. Thus, he would instinctively know what to say or do to make others feel comfortable around him.
Just because the Libra man loves to maintain peace does not mean he never gets angry, frustrated, or irritated. With the anxious energy from Mercury, he does feel all these things quite often, but he prefers to keep it to himself while he can. However, when the sentiments pile up, he can’t help but let others know through his actions and expressions, hoping they will realize that something is wrong without him having to say it out loud.
Driven by a need to make fair and objective decisions at all times, the Libra man strives to learn as much as possible. They believe that with the right knowledge, they can make the correct judgment when they are called to do so. And with the high intellect of Mercury, they can absorb information quickly and thus are great students.
Communication is an innate strength of both the planet Mercury and the Zodiac sign Libra, which is why the Libra man who is born under the influence of Mercury is a natural orator and diplomat. However, the passive-aggressive tendencies of Libra are also intensified by the anxious and nervous energy of Mercury, which makes it difficult for the Libra man to directly express his negative emotions. On the positive side, the Libra man is still a defender of peace and strives to maintain harmony in his relationships. He is known for being fair and objective, and he is a charmer capable of drawing a crowd to his side.
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