Libra season is here and it's really forcing us all to relax

'Libra season is kind of like permission to enjoy the fruits of your labor,' says astrologer Renée Watt

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Look, we get it: multiple planets are going into retrograde and the impending Hunter's moon is gearing up to be a bit of a headache. There are lots of astrological happenings underway—some of which are fairly intense—so that's all the more reason to take a breather. 

Enter Libra season, which is all about soaking up some much-needed TLC. It's the perfect time to rummage through our favorite self-care day ideas and take the time to feel zen. 

"During Libra season it's sort of like we are reconnecting with our ability to relax because so much of Virgo season was about getting organized," says astrologer Renée Watt. "It's kind of like permission to enjoy the fruits of your labor."

So, how do we deal with Libra season? Allow us to help you feel astrologically-savvy and composed.

When is Libra season 2021? 

The moment has arrived! Libra season occurs from September 23, 2021 to October 22, 2021 and is one of the three air signs of the zodiac. It falls during an interesting time of the year, as the following planets are either entering or exiting retrograde. (Yes, this includes the dreaded last Mercury in retrograde of 2021. We're sorry to break the news.) 

  • Mercury retrograde: September 27–October 17
  • Saturn retrograde: ends October 10
  • Jupiter retrograde: ends October 17
  • Neptune retrograde: ends December 1
  • Venus retrograde: ends January 29, 2022
  • Uranus retrograde: end January 18, 2022

Given the fact that Mercury in retrograde and relationships don't necessarily see eye-to-eye and the impending chaos the planets' movements might cause, it's almost necessary to embrace the calm of Libra season. 

"Since this Mercury Retrograde is happening in Libra, it will probably act up more when you are not balanced out on a personal level, so there may be frustration with breakdowns in communication or technology," Watt says. "All of that energy is going to be exasperated if you let it throw you off your game."

Libra July 2021 Horoscope


How to survive Libra season in 2021

Yes, depending on your birth chart, Mercury might get a little frisky, or it could leave you unaffected. Either way, it's important for you to remain alert of your behaviors and take the time to decompress, if need be. 

"The key to surviving is meditation, finding your calm, finding something good to balance out the bad," Watt suggests. "You really have to make sure you're managing your reaction to things, and that will help immensely."

Additionally, the West coast-based astrologist recommends splurging a bit (within reason) on something that makes you happy and not fearing the word "no". Make this time of the year about you.

"Libra season is about taking it easy and it's OK to walk away and collect yourself and find your peace," Watt adds. "Don't be afraid to walk away from situations to collect yourself."

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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 

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