By Margarita Celeste
Can you feel it? Communication going awry, intense conversations happening…? Kind of like everything you do and say is being misunderstood?
Yep, that’s Mercury Retrograde for you. By now, most of you know what this planetary period is all about – and if you don’t, well, in a nutshell, it’s when the planet of communication appears to move backwards due to slowing down in his orbit, a bit like when you’re in a car, and the car next to you slows down and it looks like it’s going backwards.
It can be quite a trip.
This year, it’s been havening in all the water signs (think, emotional and feely) and this is the last one in the deep, intense sign of Scorpio. But also, in Libra. Yes, both signs.
Well, from 13 October until 3 November, Mercury turns on his heel and marches back from Scorpio into Libra, which can give you some whiplash. One moment, you’re getting all deep and profound, and the next, light and fluffy. And it’s all got to do with love.
So, What’s It Gonna Be Like?
Did you know that Scorpio and Libra are the love signs? No? Well, maybe you knew Libra was. But Scorpio is even more so, in some ways. Libra is the courtship, the sweetness, the “fluff”, the people-pleasing compromiser.
Scorpio is when things get real. When we share all of our dirty little secrets, and pray that we won’t be judged. It’s when we show we have issues of power and/or control. That we have trauma.
So yes, This Mercury Retrograde is a bit messy, and bit intense. It also occurs during a Mars Retrograde, which is the traditional ruler of Scorpio. So, um, watch it. Watch that the famous Scorpio sting doesn’t have you slinging words around like an old school cowboy with his trusty revolver.
Words hurt, and they can’t be taken back.
What Should You Avoid?
So, what should you avoid?? Well, besides the obvious like don’t buy a car, don’t sign contracts (you know all that, right?) , here’s what to shut down whilst Mercury travels through this intense, deep sign:
Most Importantly, What Will You Learn?
Astrology is something that you can always, always use to learn and reflect. It never causesanything. Astrology simply shows what’s already going on inside of us and in the world.
It’s a tool for learning and growth – as well as insight.
So, what could we have learned from this particular Mercury Retrograde?
In conclusion, this Mercury Retrograde can be more intense than most. It’s in a water sign, and it’s more about what you feel rather than what you hear. Confusing, right? Not really. It’s about listening to your gut, your heart, your inner knowing.
It’s about not taking what people say seriously. It’s about true perception, about sharing secrets and unpacking trauma. Scorpio wants to really know. We are not going to be satisfied with a throwaway answer. We need to know why.
Hence, this Mercury in Scorpio Retrograde season will feel like a delve into our past and our subconscious. Sometimes, it can be scary there, and our dreams may be more interesting – and weird. We need not to be scared of monsters, but to simply realis that they want to communicate something to us, something important.
Let’s stay open to the messages. Afar all, Mercury Retrograde is but a chance to reflect, renew, review. It’s time to go in, rather than out, and if that means a few lopsided conversations and twisted wires, that’s okay. We can’t be “go, go, go” all the time! That’s what Mercury wants of us – to slow down and think, to rest before communicating.
Let this be a time of transformation - in ourselves, our relationship, and everywhere else in our lives.