Mercury turns retrograde 3 or 4 times a year – it’s when the Earth is ahead of Mercury such that Mercury appears to be moving backwards – and this is the 3rd and final time Mercury is retrograde this year. Mercury rules communication, connections and networks so during this time we experience delays, computer problems, misunderstandings, miscommunications and broken promises. In this technological age we commonly find that computers and phones malfunction, emails go astray, and SMS end up in the wrong hands. Not only that but the car breaks down, you miss a connecting flight and important parcels arrive weeks later. It seems like we are moving more slowly than normal. Mercury demands we take stock of things and reflect, review, reconsider, reassess, realign, rebuild, reciprocate, reconcile, recover, reaquaint etc … Avoid starting anything new and instead focus on completing or revising existing projects and connections.
More specifically, while Mercury retrogrades through Scorpio (renewal, research, compulsions) there is undercover work to do; it’s time to get in touch with the ‘dark’ side. This is the time for inner work and soul searching to dig through the ‘shit’ to uncover buried treasure. Somewhere buried deep in the psyche are inner truths that now need to brought to the surface to be consciously assessed and either reintegrated or discarded. Look to the house in your chart containing 3° – 19°. This is the arena where deep psychological work is done, where you are most notably passionate, intense and often keep secrets. So any misadventures during next three weeks will prompt some soul-searching that brings us closer to the truth.
Note that this period of review isn’t fully over until Mercury passes 19° Scorpio on 27th November.