The sky is not falling. On the other hand, Halloween’s turning into a two-week event.
Things that go bump in the night are on the prowl, and they’ve got company: secrets, power ploys, primal desires and huge moneyed interests throwing their weight around. Their prominence comes from the dominant influence in the sky being Scorpio, sign of death and regeneration. It’s the center of the week’s big action as we gear up for next month’s milestone events, the solar eclipse in Scorpio and the sign’s ruler, Pluto, heading into the ring once again with Uranus.
The big influence affects how we think, communicate and get around. Mercury, the ruler of our information and transportation vehicles, begins a three-week retrograde on Monday, in the sign of Scorpio. Retrogrades always summon the past, in the form of messages, data and decisions that shed new light or require rethinking. Be prepared to revisit matters of great and deep meaning, value and cost. Be prepared as well for this retrograde to pry loose monsters, terrors and particularly unpleasant information as it slowly stirs some dank and murky waters.
This has extreme potentials. On one hand, the fast, unfettered clip that Mercury prefers does not come easily in water, which slows movement and inspires some people to thrash about and expend additional effort. Slowness is especially a trait at the beginning of the retrograde cycle, i.e., now, when Mercury is barely moving. Go into the week braced for everything taking longer than you would expect — people getting back to you, traffic, public transportation, even getting your own brain to work.
On the other hand, water is an excellent transmitter, and it will carry you along if you don’t fight it. Add to that the lie detector and X-Ray vision that are built into Scorpio, and you can pull off productive and powerful sleuthing during this retrograde. Do return to old business and dig deeper than before. So ickies will be squirming under some of the rocks you pick up. Ickies have a way of shriveling or disappearing in the light.
Remember that last week’s Aries lunar eclipse is still very much in effect, and relationships are still unspooling. This retrograde can reveal more of the story and/or afford the opportunity for deep and honest conversation.
The Scorpio emphasis grows on Wednesday when the Sun slips into the water, where Mercury, Saturn the enforcer (who’s there till the end of 2015) and the North Node of our collective experience are already waiting. His first act is setting up an open channel to Neptune, ruler of magic and illusion, higher love, and transcendence. Set your dials to “divine guidance” and watch what happens. Information and realizations will pour in, and you’ll be in the right place at the right time, under circumstances no mortal consciousness could have orchestrated.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 PM EDT I am discussing Mercury retrograde with Jessica Costello and Jill M. Jackson on the CBS New Sky Radio show Windows to the Soul with Jess and Jill. Listen live or in the archives afterwards.
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