Mercury goes retrograde (appears to be moving backwards) three to four times each year. Mercury went retrograde on October 4 and will remain in retrograde until the 25th. It moves through the sign of Scorpio and then back to Libra.
Mercury retrograde will affect people who have Mercury retrograde in their birth charts more than those who have it direct in their birth charts. As it moves through your horoscope make note of the house it is in. Check to see if it conjuncts any planet or angles during its motion. The sign it is in during this time will be reflective of mental adjustments aligned with the same sign in your natal chart. It may also affect the area of life dictated by the house position. Review your Mercury’s placement in your natal chart, its house position and any aspects to it. Much of what your natal chart suggests will be the areas that are affected by Mercury’s current transit.
Contrary to much of the current hype circulating, Mercury retrograde is not a huge life-changing event. However, it deserves mention due to the fact that Mercury is associated with the workings of the mind. As Mercury begins to slow down (or at least appear to slow down), some individuals experience a slowing down in daily affairs which provide an opportunity to reflect and contemplate life and its events. It is considered a chance to go over old material that you may have ignored or left buried. You may review decisions or make decisions although quite often the best laid plans go astray during the retrograde motion. It is best to wait until Mercury has completed its retrograde cycle and then move forward in the intended direction. The chances for success and for things working out after Mercury goes direct are greater.
Remains flexible during times of Mercury retrograde and avoid signing any agreements or written documents if possible as there is a better success rate after retrograde motion is finalized. This is not to say that you should never make plans or sign documents if need be as often times if Mercury is not making contacts with natal planets or is not poorly aspected in the birth chart that life will remain relatively tame and there will be little interferes with plans.
This is a time of self-study, a time to reflect on who you are and what steps you might take to improve the self. During this time period, individuals experience something from the past that returns or alternatively, perhaps a lesson not well learned or a concept that may have failed due to some shortcoming will resurface. You may have the opportunity to make alternate plans or changes and correct judgement calls or errant turns when Mercury returns to direct in motion after October 24.
People and personal ideas are often the key to moving ahead in the proper direction. Some experience insights on alternate levels that propel them forward in a new direction. In most cases, (unless highly afflicted in the natal chart and afflicted in the transit through connection with planets or angles) this is not a time to be overly concerned as very little may actually happen.
Use this time to activate your mental process as this will be stimulated and you may discover ways to improve your relationships with others, especially during the time when Mercury is in the sign of Libra, around October 11 and especially after it moves direct again from October 25 to November 9 at which time it will move into the sign of Scorpio.
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