Mercury retrograde in Scorpio – 31 October – 20 November 2019


‘Winged messenger’ Greek God Hermes or communication planet Mercury turns retrograde on 31 October 2019 at 27 degrees of the Fixed Water sign of Scorpio, until it starts moving direct again on 20 November 2019 at 11 degrees of Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign where ‘still waters run deep.’

Mercury’s retrograde phase occurs three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. It is generally considered a time when there are miscommunications, breakdowns with technology, transport snafus, mixed signals, uncertainty and doubt.

During 2019, all retrograde periods have occurred (or will occur) in Water signs, which are associated with the realm of feelings, emotions and intuition. Mercury rules Air sign Gemini and Earth sign Virgo, which are connected to the rational mind, logic, ideas and quick-wit (Gemini), and the collection and use of information in a practical and efficient way (Virgo).

Mercury slowed down entering its shadow period on 11 October 2019 (at 11 degrees), and moves beyond the post-shadow period on 7 December 2019.

Our thoughts during this time will therefore be filtered through our feelings. We could find ourselves going back over old ground, having deep, intense, reflective thoughts and discussions which lead to transformation, empowerment, regeneration and rebirth.

However, it is not the time to make or implement and fixed plans or changes, otherwise these may be reviewed later, most likely during the time of the next Mercury retrograde (18 February-9 March 2020). Leave yourself open to make revisions, and have a plan B.

Thankfully this Mercury retrograde phase doesn’t make any difficult aspects to other planets, as it connects with both the goal-oriented Sun and co operative Venus in Scorpio on its path. It makes a supportive sextile (60 degree angle of opportunity) to Saturn and Pluto in Earthy Capricorn, and a flowing, harmonious trine (120 degree angle) to Neptune in Watery Pisces. Pay attention to your intuition, especially about what you would like to manifest.

Where does this Mercury Retrograde phase fall in your chart:

1st house: Self-image, the way we project ourselves into our environment

2nd house: Physical resources, money, values, income

3rd house: Ideas, thoughts, communication patterns, immediate neighbourhood, short trips

4th house: Home, family, real estate and living conditions

5th house: Hobbies, pleasure, romance, children creativity, self-expression

6th house: Daily work and routines, colleagues, health, small pets

7th house: One-to-one relationships and partnerships, either business or marital

8th house: Emotional intimacy. Inheritances, taxes, and legal issues regarding joint property or other shared resources

9th house: Long distance travel and higher learning, religion, philosophies

10th house: Career and social standing, vocation

11th house: Networks, groups, community, friendships and social circle

12th house: Retreat, surrender, dreams, secrets, subconscious, intuition, hidden activities

The next lunation, the New Moon in Scorpio on 27/28 October 2019 will exactly oppose rebellious Uranus, more soon.

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