Blessings to all. Today’s Sun-Mercury Rx conjunct brings about an intensified focus, or, awareness of the ways in which we bring Balance into ourselves, our partnerships and other aspects of our lives. Mercury – in astrology – represents the analytical, or, thinking and communicative faculty. In Retrograde, this energy can either manifest itself as an inability to perceive/communicate with clarity, leading to disagreements, etc – or as a focused review on past events, connections, contracts, court/legal actions, partnerships and other relationships. It all depends upon how you engage the energy of Mercury as it Retrogrades. Both the Sun and Mercury at 23 Libra bring the awareness and intellectual/perceptual/analytical focus we require in order to sort out some issue, arrangement or idea pertaining to the flow of Give-and-Take, the requirements of Co-Existence, or any other scenario wherein Balance and Justice is required. It can be a particularly intense time as the Sun illuminates and forces into awareness the kinds of truths that may hit home hard. Mercury Retrograde is akin to its Journeying through your Personal Underworld (Subconscious, etc.). Prepare for deeply-buried truths to re-emerge into your waking consciousness.

Both the Sun and Mercury Retrograde oppose Eris at 22 Aries (the higher octave of the Dark Feminine Rising – Eris causes discord in systems or organizational frameworks which systematically oppress, suppress or exclude the feminine form). We’re going to powerfully be looking at the hidden, or unspoken ‘contracts’ by which we allowed such a world order to manifest. Expect vocal statements or plans made tomorrow to bring us back into a greater sense of balance – triggered through reviewing something old, outright mis-perception, etc. Those with astrological placements at 22-23 Cancer or Capricon will experience this as either a Cardinal T-Square or Cardinal Cross.

On a related note – those with astrological placements at or near 22-23 Pisces will experience a powerful Yod (Finger of Fate) involving Sun/Mercury Retrograde/Spica/Rhadamanthus (see below) and Lilith (the oscillating Apogee form of her) – another expression of the Dark Feminine Rising. Powerful stuff!

Both the Sun and Mercury Retrograde are also conjunct Rhadamanthus at 24 Libra. Rhadamanthus was a stern upholder of justice and the law. Upon his death, he was made the judge of the souls of the departed by Zeus. It’s a karmic energy that very much involves the repayment of karmic debt. In practical terms, this actually seems to be in the favour of the innocent who seek justice through some means. Also a day where cutting corners will seriously do you no favours whatsoever. Ancestral dynamics are likely to be activated at this time. I would associate this energy with that of Lord Anubis, in particular.

Continuing the theme of ‘reaping’, the Sun and Mercury are conjunct Spica at this time. Spica is a star which is part of the Virgo constellation. It represents the head of a sheaf of wheat, depicting a harvest. Usually connected with abundance of all forms, Spica encourages us to reap the harvest from the seeds we have sown. It a different understanding of reaping in which we collect our dues in a more positive and enjoyable manner.

Spica (known as Chitra or Chitirai) is a pretty important star in the Hindu calendar. Certain systems of calculation take the first day of the New Year as the day the Sun opposes Spica/Chitra, circa April 14. By that token, the Sun-Spica conjunction makes the midpoint of the Hindu calendar year (8:07 pm, Oct 17, GMT + 8). The month of Aipassi begins a day later, on October 18.

So, in more ways than one, this Sun-Mercury Rx conjunction invites us to review the seeds we set during April 14, and what we have manifested since.

Other moments of useful review are to previous instances in which the Sun has conjuncted Mercury Retrograde in Libra. The previous conjunction was on Oct 7 2008, and the one prior was September 28, 2002.

Try to piece together the puzzle that this energy seeks to teach you. To the best of your ability, embody your path with integrity. Be fair in your dealings with others and do not facilitate victimization of self/other/both.

Blessings and Love to All,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Image Information: [Partial image] BD Weighing of the Heart.jpg Photographed by the British Museum; original artist unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


  1. Hello, thank you for this article, it has helped me tremendously! Ive been looking for insight into a Spica conjunction involving a 5 planet stellium in the 12th Libra–Spica/Sun/Mercury/Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto conjunction (possibly including AC). How might this conjunction be briefly interpreted in an individual’s birth chart? If this is too much to ask, I understand and I am extremely grateful for any bit of information offered.
    P.S. I’m not sure if this will be relevant or helpful, but, possibly worth mentioning, this Spica conjunction/stellium is also part of a set of YODs–stellium * Neptune, Stellium quincunx Chiron, Neptune quincunx Chiron.
    Thank you so much!


    1. Hm, tough one. I would say stick with the basics. Spica confers bounteous blessings of all kinds. In the 12th house, in Libra – it speaks to to blessings obtained through the spiritual lessons that partnerships bring. Given the house placement and the yods, these blessings may not be as clear as they might otherwise. I would read it as the promise of reward through the test that has been faced. I hope that helps, as a general idea.


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