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Mercury has been in retrograde since September 28, 2021 and returns direct on October 19. We have discussed what Mercury retrograde represents but we have never really touched on what to expect from the direct cycle. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times a year remaining retrograde for approximately 20 to 24 days. The remaining days of the year Mercury is in direct motion.

Mercury is considered a neutral planet and is only activated when connected with some other planetary link. It reacts in harmonious or discordant ways depending on the energies of the planet that touches it by aspect. Mercury is known as the communicator. Its energies are linked to the messenger of the gods. If Mercury were trine to Venus, to Jupiter or to Sun in the natal chart or when making these aspects through transit, Mercury will be activated in a favourable manner.

Transiting Jupiter trine natal Mercury in the 3rd house, for example, may open doors to communication through publication. Communication could be linked to higher learning through studies with topics such as philosophy, religious doctrines, or spirituality. If this is a natal aspect then the opportunities for success in writing or any communication techniques such as public speaking, or radio broadcasting could be areas of interest and even areas worth exploring. If this is a birth aspect when it is activated through transit or progression in a favourable manner, these avenues of expression may become activated. Mercury in trine or sextile to the Sun, Venus and Jupiter often brings periods of good luck and opportunities.

Mercury is the planet of the mind and provides us with our way of thinking. Much of how the mind operates can be deciphered by Mercury’s links to other planets in the natal chart. It also rules communication, and the same rules apply to the way we talk with others and our style of communication. Mercury’s Astrological sign in the chart plays a big part in the process as well.

When Mercury is direct, it would be a time to sign agreements, move forward with plans, and in general take action. When Mercury is retrograde many of these areas seem to be held back. Strategies often do not go as planned or there are interruptions to plans that have already been set in motion. Saturn by aspect can either hinder Mercurial energies or bring more stability to them. Much depends on the aspect between the two planets.

Mercury is currently in the sign of Libra and will remain there until it moves into Scorpio around November 5, 2021. When Mercury is in the sign of Libra it speaks of a time for harmonizing and balancing life especially when connected to relationships of significance or business associations depending on what houses are involved. Libra seeks justice, fairness and equality sometimes at the cost of sitting on the fence and not overly applying so that no feathers are ruffled. With Scorpio, all that gentle approach often falls to the wayside as now the truth must be uncovered.

While in retrograde, make plans to move ahead and when direct take action.

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