We’ve got an intense week ahead of us. Mercury is sitting still in extreme Scorpio and the Sun has his first full day in Scorpio on Wednesday, October 23rd. Saturn, of course, is still in Scorpio, and the Lunar Eclipse on last Friday is also igniting Scorpio. (You can scroll down for the post on the Lunar Eclipse.)
The Sun officially enters Scorpio at 11:10pm pacific ~ Happy Solar Return to all Scorpios!
While the Sun is in Scorpio, we experience intensity. We touch passions and probe secrets. The Sun will spend a month blazing the same energies the retrograde Scorpio Mercury is bringing into focus – passion, joint and shared resources, things hidden, transformation, sexuality, the occult, and intense partnerships.
Mercury begins his three-week retrograde at 3:23 am pacific at 18°23′ Scorpio. And, as with all Mercury retrograde periods, don’t be afraid to live your life! But – and – however – if possible it’s probably a wise move to avoid starting major new projects or making major purchases until after Mercury returns to direct motion on November 10th at 2:08pm pacific at 2°29′ Scorpio.
With retrograde Mercury moving through passionate and secretive Scorpio, secrets may be revealed or leaked, both personally and on a societal or global level. Emotions can run deep – and could cause some internal or external confusion. Some around us may be more arrogant or angered. Affairs of the heart can also get convoluted. These few weeks can be a little like an emotional minefield. Walk and choose carefully!
Mercury represents how we think, communicate and interact with others – and during these periods, most of us know it’s unwise to sign contracts, buy big ticket items, especially electronics, computers or vehicles, and to check and double-check any travel plans. And many of us have indeed experienced computer problems, appliance breakdowns, and lost data during Mercury’s apparent backward motion. Arguments can erupt and the best laid plans stumble – and second thoughts lead us, or others, to doubt our decisions. Business as usual can be very difficult to sustain.
So, during this approximate three-week timeframe, misunderstandings can ncrease, mail and email get lost, messages get delayed, and frustration with all-things-Mercury (like computers and vehicles), can be expected to intensify – so the general rule of thumb, of course, is to be especially alert. Back up data and read and re-read any documents that are presented during this period.
Also know that schedules can be interrupted with little or even no notice, or people might arrive late or not come at all. And it’s not at all uncommon for items purchased during the retrograde to malfunction or need to be returned or exchanged. Emails and snail mail can be delayed or misdirected – so we’ll want to be especially sure we’re sending correspondence to the correct person! And any contracts negotiated or signed during this time will probably need a tweak or two, or even a complete renegotiation. Mercury retrograde asks us to double and triple check all fine print, and be especially mindful of ALL our communications. And this is also not the best time to begin new projects or relationships. But if we do, the double-triple check rule applies!
However, we may also find people from the past re-entering our lives so we should be on the lookout for that. Someone or something will be up for a re-evaluation.
But – there’s a positive side to Mercury Retrograde. We can begin to look at the world a little differently, see our lives through different filters, and often come up with some very important inner revelations – though all of this may not become apparent until Mercury has turned direct. We can also re-view, re-do, and re-visit things from the past that need attention.
And it’s important to realize that there’s no need to fear Mercury retrograde. Except for acting in haste or without thought, there is absolutely no reason to “not-live-your-life” or to completely suspend projects during a Mercury retrograde cycle. It’s simply not an ideal time to start brand new projects or to sign contracts, primarily because we, or others involved, often change our minds once Mercury turns direct. And also, acting on any brilliant or original ideas presented to us during this period might be best left for after Mercury turns direct. But, this is a great time for reflection and introspection, for reconsidering any recent decisions and choices, for making necessary repairs, and/or completing projects already begun.
One additional thing to keep in mind is that if Mercury is retrograde in your birth chart, you may find its retrograde period very positive for you. Or you may not even feel the retrograde at all.
Here are some key energies for each Sign for this particular Mercury retrograde…
ARIES ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Aries 8th House
Aries, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 8th House. The 8th House is about birth, death, rebirth, sex, transformation. It’s also about deeply profound emotions, as well as other people’s money, unearned income, shared resources, joint funds and finances. It’s a powerful place of psychic and taboo matters, and “going deep.”
TAURUS ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Taurus 7th House
Taurus, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 7th House. The 7th House represents partnerships, close committed relationships, marriage and business partners, agreements, legal affairs, the courts, open enemies, and the “other” in our lives.
GEMINI ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Gemini 6th House
Gemini, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 6th House. The 6th House is all about work, our daily routine and tasks, employees, duties, job and employment. It also represents pets and being of service to others, and also our diet, health and fitness routine.
CANCER ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Cancer 5th House
Cancer, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 5th House. The 5th House is all about creativity, romance, fun, sex and love affairs, pleasure, enjoyment, entertainment, games and gambling, self expression, and children.
LEO ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Leo 4th House
Leo, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 4th House. The 4th House relates to home and family life, parents, the past, real estate and property. It also represents the conclusion or “end of a matter.”
VIRGO ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Virgo 3rd House
Virgo, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 3rd House. The 3rd House is about communications of all kinds, emails, letters and correspondence of all kinds, as well as the exchange of information. It also represents siblings, transportation, short distance travel, vehicles, computers, thinking and planning.
LIBRA ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Libra 2nd House
Libra, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 2nd House. The 2nd House speaks to money, finances, possessions, things we value, earnings, personal debts and income, and our own self worth.
SCORPIO ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Scorpio 1st House
Scorpio, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 1st House. The 1st House represents our physical appearance, self-image, and outlook and basic approach to life. It’s also how we see ourselves and the image we wish to present, and how others see us.
SAGITTARIUS ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Sagittarius 12th House
Sagittarius, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 12th House. The 12th House is about all things hidden and behind the scenes, secrets, deeply private issues, mysticism, and places of seclusion, places of confinement, prisons, hospitals, institutions – and our own self-imposed prisons. It also speaks to our psyche, psychic abilities and expansion of our unconscious.
CAPRICORN ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Capricorn 11th House
Capricorn, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 11th House. The 11th House is about friends, hopes and wishes, groups, acquaintances, and networking. Ex-lovers are also represented here.
AQUARIUS ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Aquarius 10th House
Aquarius, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 10th House. The 10th House is about career matters, personal achievements, social status and changes, business, authority figures, reputation and public impression.
PISCES ~ Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Falls in Pisces’ 9th House
Pisces, you’ll be feeling this retrograde in your 9th House. The 9th House is about expanded awareness, higher education, long distance connections, long journeys, philosophies and beliefs, religion, spirituality, foreign people and places.