Wait for it…
I dread when Mercury goes retrograde, and not because of the annoying little problems that occur during the period when the trickster planet decides to backstep through the zodiac as they are bound to happen.
No, it’s the endless memes, complaints, and everyone blaming every problem on earth on Mercury. In many ways, it reminds me of people that blame Satan on every single problem in their lives – even the ones they CAUSED. It’s exhausting for astrologers, and unfortunately, the information that is shared on social media is more Cosmo and Allure magazines than anything that resembles astrology.
Yes, Mercury is going to retrograde, and it happens on Halloween at 27 degrees of Scorpio. Mercury will reverse course and go back through the sign of Scorpio before stationing again at 11 Scorpio on November 20th. You may want to check your charts and see if you have anything in the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius because your chart will be highly sensitive to Mercury’s movements.
Mercury in Scorpio is not the trickster he usually is in more fiery and airy signs, instead he probes beneath the surface, and often brings up the sewage of our past in order for us to challenge, integrate, and transform past traumas and compulsions that may plague you. Mercury as the psychopomp is about revealing the truth, not in a literal sort of way, but instead provides you with personal truths that can ultimately change your understanding of life.
However, the biggest benefit of Mercury retrograde involves his reflection capabilities. Over the next three weeks, you have an opportunity to look at the events since the last Mercury retrograde (end of July) and see if you need to make corrections or modifications to the choices that you have made. Mercury retrograde periods give us a chance to alter course and define what we can personally do to make improvements in our lives. So, if you have had some major upsets or major challenges that have frustrated you, if you do the inner reflective work, you can see where your personal choices have led you down the wrong path, and how you can get headed down the right one once again. Remember, this is not about judgment, we all make mistakes and we can all course correct, it’s about learning from experiences and using that information in order to live the best life we possibly can.
Here are some hot spots to look for while Mercury is retrograde:
November 9, 2019 – Mercury sextile Pluto – Pluto gives you the ability to dig deep and reveal the root of problems that may be nagging you. This aspect gives us the ability to become our own personal detectives and get to the truth. It’s also a great time to do trauma work or to explore areas of your life you would ordinarily avoid.
November 11, 2019 – The Sun conjunct Mercury – The Sun is about our sense of individuality and our destiny. When Mercury retrograde conjoins the Sun, we can often get intuitive flashes of what our destiny is meant to be, and it just comes out of the blue. I once had a client who struggled with her job for months and months, and when Mercury retrograde conjoined the Sun in her 10th house, she realized that she was bored with her job and that her own boredom and happiness with her line of work was unconsciously creating her struggles. Watch the events that happen between November 10 – November 12 closely.
November 13, 2019 – Mercury sextile Saturn/Mercury trine Neptune – We get a two for one special that will be active from November 12-November 14. First up is Mercury sextile Saturn, which is great for business activities and analyzing your business and career status over the past few months. It’s also a great time to make new plans to implement once Mercury goes direct. Next is Mercury trine Neptune, which will get your creative juices flowing, which you can use on business or personal related projects. Spirituality and inner work can be done while Mercury and Neptune are doing their cosmic dance.
November 20, 2019 – Mercury goes direct – This can be as challenging as when it first goes retrograde. Expect communication problems, technical snafus, travel issues, and other general annoyances to occur. Yet, also look forward to things slowly improving in time for the holidays.
Your Personal Mercury Retrograde
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Aries: Mercury is going retrograde in your solar 8th house. The 8th house is traditionally associated with death, taxes, and other people’s money. Mercury in Scorpio likes to dig deep and in the 8th house, it likes to dig even deeper. You may notice that your conversations with others are more intense than normal including mysterious subjects that may intrigue you. Since Mercury is retrograde, joint finances may become an issue including coming up with a plan to make them better.
Taurus: Mercury is going retrograde in your solar 7th house. Relationships (of all sorts) will be your primary focus during Mercury retrograde. Old partners may resurface and need to be dealt with or problems beneath the surface of your relationships may need to be addressed. Further, this is not the best time for you to get involved with anyone new, so avoid investing in anyone that comes on the scene until Mercury goes direct on November 20th.
Gemini: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 6th house. You may need to put a watch on your tongue because you may be more critical than usual, and this could lead to complication and potential problems especially on the job or with work-related matters. Since the 6th house governs our work environment, this would be a good time to resolve any long-standing issues and grievances – just remember to keep your ego out of it.
Cancer: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 5th house. Traditionally, the 5th house governs children, romance, and casual sexual encounters. I would recommend avoiding the later since Scorpio is associated with diseases, and who wants one of those? However, it is a good time to explore your romantic life and whether you are getting your needs met out of your encounters. Issues with your children or children in general surface during this retrograde season.
Leo: Home is where the heart is, and this will prove to be true as Mercury retrogrades your solar 4th house. You may feel the need to withdraw in order to recharge your batteries, and you may feel drained, both physically and emotionally. Issues surrounding your immediate family members may surface during this retrograde season, yet despite frustrations and annoyances, this gives you an opportunity to repair familial relationships. If problems from the past resurface, deal with them rationally and responsibly so that they no longer influence your future.
Virgo: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 3rd house. In astrology, Mercury naturally rules the 3rd house so you may feel the usual problems associated with the retrograde more intensely. Worries and anxiety may leave you feeling scattered and your ability to focus may be limited during retrograde season. It’s also recommended that you avoid travel because complications may occur. On a more positive note, this cycle could prove useful if you need to get facts and ideas together for business-related activities once Mercury goes direct on November 20th. Make your plan so you can implement it effectively.
Libra: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 2nd house and financial concerns will walk onto the stage. This is a great time for you to analyze your financial situation and get a clear perspective on how to proceed moving forward. Further, new financial investments or purchases are not recommended until Mercury goes direct. If someone owes you money, they may be more likely to repay you this retrograde season or further delays could possibly occur.
Scorpio: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 1st house. This retrograde season could prove to be more frustrating than usual. You may feel deeply misunderstood and have difficulty expressing yourself to others, and this could lead to unwanted insecurities surfacing. Since the 1st house governs how you see the world, Mercury being retrograde could lead to a fragmented view of reality. However, this is a positive time to explore yourself on deeper levels and reveal potentials that may ordinarily be hidden.
Sagittarius: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 12th house. Like your Leo brethren, retrograde season may be a time to withdraw and do some inner work. You may not feel the need to express yourself to others and may not want to be encumbered by other people’s problems or realities. Meditation and spiritual work are strongly recommended. Further, avoid old grievances with adversaries during this retrograde cycle because nothing good will come out of dredging up the past.
Capricorn: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 11th house. In astrology, the 11th house is associated with friends and groups. During retrograde season you may need to look at your social network and decide if you are getting your needs met. If your circle is not feeding any of your personal needs, then you may need to adjust them accordingly when Mercury goes direct. Further, communications with friends and associates could prove to be problematic. Avoid unnecessary conflicts and arguments throughout retrograde season. Practice proaction rather than reaction.
Aquarius: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 10th house. In astrology, the 10th house governs career and reputation. During this retrograde season, you may need to look at the current state of your career and make adjustments when they are necessary. It may also be time to look at new career opportunities and changing positions, locations, or even your profession. However, do not make any abrupt changes because you may ultimately regret them or potentially damage your reputation. Although it’s fine to plan during retrograde season, make changes after Mercury goes direct.
Pisces: Ordinarily, Mercury in your solar 9th house tells you to look at the big picture rather than the day-to-day events or frustrations. However, when retrograde season occurs in your 9th house, it’s time to take your eye off the prize and pay close attention to details that may prevent you from getting to your goal. Additionally, at this time, you may feel more pessimistic and moodier than you usually would. Avoid foreign travel if possible until Mercury goes direct on November 20th.
I hope you have an easy retrograde!