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Cosmic Weather Forecast — Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

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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 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.

Mercury Transits

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

Read for both your sun sign and your rising sign, if you know it.  

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!

 

Cosmic Weather Forecast – April 15, 2019 – April 21, 2019

After the intensive energy from last week, this week will be a welcomed relief.

So, take a deep breath and just breathe and enjoy it.

The big news this week is that the Sun moves out of Aries and into earthy Taurus.  Astrologically speaking, we fly down from the heavenly world of potential and possibilities and land firmly on the earth and we enter the world of reality.

Taurus is about the here and now. The past is dead and cannot be influenced and the future is not important as long as everything remains unchanged and reliable.  In fact, during Taurus season, it’s productive to concentrate on the moment and focusing on what you can influence in the now. The sign of the bull ushers in a cycle of focusing on things you can personally grow, like your bank account, a flower garden, or your investments.  It’s also an auspicious time to set realistic goals that you can accomplish in a short period of time.

This year, the Taurean Sun lands in the 10th house of the world chart.  The 10th house is associated with our careers, but on a more mundane level, you could say the 10th house is about all the adjectives and labels in our lives, such as being a doctor, an astrologer, a parent, the head of the PTA, or a good person.  In the world chart, the Sun forms a conjunction to disruptive Uranus, so this Taurus season is about changing the labels we associate with that are no longer working and associating with something new that represents who we are now.  Taurus is very resistant to change, but the more you fight Uranus the more disruptive change can be.  Take a deep look at your associations over the next month and let go of the ones that no longer have value, which may require a leap of faith, but fosters productive growth of your most important commodity – yourself.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – April 8, 2019 – April 14, 2019

So, I recently had a client that went through some extreme circumstances and during a coaching session, she asked me what was the psychological reason for experiences, in general?

I am sure that we have all asked ourselves this question at one point or another, and since there are astrological contributors this week that may bring about difficult experiences, I figured that I would attempt to answer it here.

Let me first say that I believe that the astrological chart describes a natural unfoldment of potential that is triggered by transits, progressions, and other astrological prognosticative tools, that provide opportunities for the chart to manifest and the individual to become a well-rounded individual.  The experiences we have, as a result of our natal chart, bring triggered, whether for good or ill, helps to navigate this unfoldment process.  Secondly, I believe that awareness of the daily astrological energies gives us the ability to consciously integrate astrological energies and make them useful in our lives, which is the point of transformational astrology. Experiences, triggered by astrological factors, serve the overall pattern that ultimately allows us to develop according to the natural laws that are essentially part of our inner design or plan.

Now, the reason this question is pertinent to this week’s astrology is that the Sun makes difficult aspects to both astrological ‘bad boys,’ Saturn (4/10) and Pluto (4/13).  The Sun is the governing body of the chart and when the Sun undergoes difficulties, then we usually experience them in the outer world first, through our experiences, and then we experience them inwardly by internally processing experiences and ultimately making changes when necessary.  In the case of Saturn, frustrations and limitations may lead to depression or feeling stymied and restricted.  In the case of Pluto, feelings of being controlled or dominated by outside influences may feel overwhelming, and at times, terrifying.  However, both planets, whether we like it or not, serve a purpose.  Saturn tells us to be dutiful and responsible; whereas Pluto tells us to release everything that is no longer usable or is preventing our further development.  The good news is that when you work with these two planets, you bring out their productive natures and ultimately feel more secure, stable, and your life transforms into what you want it to be.

In other cosmic news, Jupiter has been moving through Sagittarius since late last year, and this week will begin its annual retrograde cycle.  Jupiter in Sagittarius is about our beliefs and understanding of life, and a future that is filled with potential and creative possibilities that are better than what we have now.  So, when Jupiter goes retrograde (4/10) it reflects a cycle when we should question and review our core beliefs to see whether they are still useful.  If they are not, then you are given an opportunity to explore new beliefs and ideas that may resonate with who you are now.  This allows you to pursue life with more freedom and develop your true potential.  Jupiter remains retrograde until August 11th.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – March 11, 2019 – March 17, 2019

So, I am sure that you are going to get sick of hearing two words by the end of March – Mercury retrograde.

Of course, most people know what happens during Mercury’s retrograde status because it has seeped into pop-culture and has become part of our everyday vocabulary.   For those of you that are not aware, look at this list:

  1. Potential communication issues
  2. Do not sign documents, move, or make firm decisions
  3. Electronics may become problematic, especially computers and cell phones.
  4. Possible automobile issues.
  5. Travel issues and concerns.

That is some list, isn’t it?  But don’t fret Mercury retrograde can be used as a positive tool and with Mercury making several aspects this week, it’s a great time to work with him rather than against him.

In mythology, Mercury played several roles, but the two most important were messenger of the gods and the psychopomp that ushered the souls of the dead into the underworld.  Psychologically, you could say that Mercury rules the process of the conscious mind, the process of the unconscious becoming conscious, and all the processes in between.

During this retrograde cycle pay close attention to your dreams, fantasies, and the areas where Mercury is causing chaos because it will hold the keys to the areas of your life where attention may be required.  Ultimately, by actively encouraging the unconscious to become conscious, Mercury retrograde may help you level up and begin a new cycle in your life.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – December 24, 2018 – December 30, 2018

Before I begin this week’s Cosmic Weather Forecast, I would like to wish all those that celebrate a very Merry Christmas.  I hope that your holiday is filled with happiness and joy.

Be on your guard this week because of one of the worst astrological aspects that could happen before a major holiday is going to take place when the communicator planet, Mercury, forms a challenging square to slipper Neptune.  Mercury square Neptune could make the entire week challenging, so pay close attention to Monday’s forecast.

Later in the week, Venus in Scorpio forms an opportunistic sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, which could be a gamer changer for relationships.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – December 10, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Brace yourself!  After months of challenging aspects and more retrogrades than I can count, we enter a two-week cycle of nothing but positive aspects.

Can I get an amen, over here?

This week there are very few changes in the cosmos.  There is one sign change when Mercury moves into Sagittarius on Wednesday and one planetary aspect on Sunday as Venus in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn.

So, it’s going to be short and sweet this week, but the upsurge of positive energy will be a welcomed relief.

Now on with the forecast…

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Moon moves through responsible Capricorn, and it’s time to dig in and get to work.  Projects and business-related activities are good to focus on while the Moon is in the sign of the goat.  During the late afternoon, you may want to pursue your agenda, but social pressures may interfere, which may cause a bit of tension.  Matters will improve once the Moon moves into Aquarius.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Moon moves into Aquarius, and your focus will move to the great big world around you.  Connecting with friends and associates is a positive use of Aquarius’ social energy. Invite someone to a coffee shop or for dinner.  Communicating with like-minded people will revitalize your soul.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mercury moves back into Sagittarius, the sign where Mercury went retrograde in November.  You may need to control your hold on spending while Mercury moves through the sign of the archer.  Sagittarius likes things to be larger than life but leave that to philosophical beliefs and big picture goals and not y our credit card balances.  Otherwise, the Moon forms a lovely sextile to the Sun, so overall it should be a good day.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Moon moves into emotionally sensitive Pisces during the early morning hours. Pisces is about charity and compassion, so reaching out to people in need or doing something in your community. This will evoke Piscean energy wisely, and you will find you feel better for doing it.  However, later this evening you need to put up your emotional shields, or you might go into overload.

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Moon continues to move through the sign of the fish throughout the day.  Try to get as much as you can get done during the morning hours because the Moon’s conjunction to nebulous Neptune may make it difficult to concentrate during the afternoon.  A positive way to work with Moon-Neptune energy is to take in a good movie, to listen to music, or doing spiritual work.  It’s best to leave the tough stuff for another day.

The Weekend:

On Saturday, the Moon spends most of the day void of course.  It’s not a good day to start anything new, so put your feet up and relax.  Perhaps some personal time is in order.  During the evening hours, the Moon moves into fiery Aries, and your energy levels will begin to return to normal.  Saturday evening is great for socializing and spending time out with others.  Put on those disco shoes and head out on the town.

The only astrological aspect of the week occurs on Sunday when Venus in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn.  If you experienced relationship issues during Venus and Mercury retrograde, Sunday is a great day to work things out and cruise into the holidays without any lingering tension.

See you next week…

Cosmic Weather Forecast – December 3 – December 9, 2018

So, you might want to invest in a wetsuit and a snorkel because a flood of Neptunian proportions is coming.  For the first time in several months, Neptune is the player of the week.  Now for those of you that are not in the astrological know, Neptune rules idealisms, dreams, and the collective creative flow, but it can also reflect deceptions, dishonest behavior, and self-destructive tendencies – and with Jupiter, Neptune’s ruler, being in Sagittarius, the biggest form of deception may be the lies we tell ourselves.

You see, Sagittarius is about potentials and possibilities, and the energy of Sagittarius season can be childlike with deeply held beliefs regarding the way life should be.  This can lead to problems because to win at life; you must come down to earth and live in the real world.

In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, there is a profound quote that is worth mentioning: “My serenity is inversely proportional to my expectations.” (pg. 452) I find this quote revealing because a frequent theme in my consultations involve unrealistic expectations and the hurt and disappointment that my clients feel when things do not turn out the way they imagined it would, which is what happens when Neptune’s energy is dominate.

Idealized expectations can be a toxic poison, especially in relationships.  It strips our partners of their individuality, and they become projections of our expectations, and when real life encroaches – and it always does – we are left bitter and disillusioned because our life doesn’t turn out the way we expect it.

Be on guard this week for unrealistic expectations.  If you find yourself upset, hurt, or disappointed in others, check to see if you developed expectations that may be based in fantasy rather than reality.  Often feeling the deepest level of truth can lead you towards the happiness you deserve, but it also means allowing people to be who they are meant to be themselves.

Now on with the forecast…

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Moon moves through the last degrees of fair and balanced Libra and forms an opposition with Uranus.  Someone else’s selfish behaviors may rile you up and make you tense and anxious.  Try to keep from allowing others to steal your happiness and joy.

The Moon moves into Scorpio during the afternoon hours and forms a lovely conjunction to Venus.  This evening is great to spend with a romantic partner or simply doing things that give you pleasure.

Tuesday, December 4, 1018

The Moon continues to move through Scorpio throughout the day and forms only positive aspects – a sextile to Saturn, a trine to Mars, and a trine to Neptune. Tuesday is great for business activities and putting together strategy plans.  If you do creative work, the afternoon hours are when you will shine. Overall, this is one of the best days of the week, cosmically speaking.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On Wednesday, the Sun in Sagittarius will form a challenging square to Neptune in Pisces.  You may feel that you have little energy and are overwhelmed by circumstances in your life right now.  This could leave you feeling low on energy, and your self-confidence may be at an all-time low.  Avoid taking on more than you can handle because you will have little power to achieve the results you desire.

A positive way to deal with Sun square Neptune is to do creative based or spiritually related activities.  Maybe go to a movie, enjoy some good music, or a couple of meditation sessions could help relieve some of the Neptunian muddle and put you in a better mindset to tackle the rest of the of the week.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Good News!  Mercury goes direct on Thursday in Scorpio.  So, all the things that you have put off until Mercury went direct, you can begin after 4:22 PM EST.

Mercury in Scorpio is about digging beneath the surface and getting to the root of the matter.  It’s great for detective work, research, and solving problems that need a dash of intuitive finesse.  Additionally, Mercury in Scorpio gives you the ability to understand the motives and intentions of those around you.

Mercury remains in the sign of the scorpion until December 12, 2018.

Friday, December 7, 2018

During the early morning hours, we have a New Moon in Sagittarius.  Sagittarius New Moons are great for goal setting, and this is a great time to look at what you would like to achieve in 2019.  The only hiccup is the New Moon in square to Neptune, which can often cloud matters.  The way to manage this is to make sure your goals are realistic and achievable, even if you need to break them up into smaller blocks that motivate you to take on more until you achieve your goals intended results.

Also, on Friday, Mars conjoins Neptune in Pisces.  Like earlier in the week when the Sun squared Neptune, this combination of planets makes us feel worn out, and as a result, we become easily discouraged and irritable.  Do not plan anything of importance on Friday, if you can avoid it.

A productive use of Mars conjunct Neptune is to do something positive for others.  This will help uplift your spirit and break any negative emotions you may be feeling.  Not to mention, ‘tis the season.

The Weekend

The Moon spends the weekend in responsible Capricorn.  Capricorn Moon’s are great for anything that requires focus, concentration, or a bit of extra effort.  On Saturday, the Moon forms a lovely sextile to Venus, which is great for relationships.  Spend some time with your significant other, perhaps a night on the town or even a movie will bring the two of you emotionally closer together.  If you have creative tasks that need to get done before the holidays, Sunday would be a great time to get them done and out of the way.

See you next week…

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