We are already immersed in this year’s last Mercury Retrograde Motion. Next up will be February 2021. This year the three retrogrades occurred in Water signs , the first between February 18 to March 9 in the sign of Pisces, going back to Aquarius, a really good example how emotions should be analysed with a clear mind before acting out. The second was between June 17 and July 12 and was in the sign of Cancer, when most of the world was locked up at home, which clearly confronted us with what we normally pospone when it comes to home and family relationships. Now comes the last one that starts on October 14th to November 4th, the period prior to the U.S. election and it happens from 11º Scorpio 39′ going back to 25tº Libra 57′. On September 23, Mercury already passed through this degree of Libra, beginning what we call the pre-shadow period, that is, the degree to which it will retrograde before returning to its direct motion.
This cosmic event which occurs three and sometimes four times a year, is one of the most popular even if you don’t know anything about astrology, as it affects everyone the same and its effect is easy to check. Just pay attention to the events within the retrograde period and you will see that everything that has to do with communication seems to go bananas. We lose or get our mobile stolen, the Internet does not seem to work properly, certain social networks fall for a day or more, our words are misunderstood, and above all, we are forced to RE-consider many situations and relationships. Anything that is official procedures are annoyingly delayed, complicated, etc., etc.
This year we have the complication that Mars is also in retrograde therefore, our nerves will play us more than one trick. But let’s first look at the aspects Mercury will make to other planets in this its last retrograde.. On October 7, Mercury in Scorpio, before starting his retrograde, opposed Uranus in Taurus, a contact that may have brought sudden and hasty decisions about certain topics, which it will repeat on October 19 and November 17. These two planets can be like a mental electric shock, when we come up with great ideas and visions that we must then bring ashore. The angularity activated by this aspect is between Scorpio and Taurus, which tell us about possible investments or payments that we must make to carry out a new idea. A possibility to expand our knowledge and above all grow intellectually. Scorpio tends to hide, keep secrets and this can positively or negatively affect others. Depending on where we have these two signs in our astral chart, we will see where we are offered new alternatives and their difficulties. Taurus also speaks about our real possibilities, our talents, the ability to learn, creativity and also our self-esteem. The retrograde of Mars from Aries also connects us with how we act when we encounter obstacles and inconveniences. This will be a period to reflect, observe ourselves carefully, especially when the emotional response sometimes leads us to over-react, or to act disproportionately. Politically, this can lead to large “leaks” to journalists from government employees about secret actions by politicians.
Mercury in retrograde inspires us to observe “how” we communicate, “how” we express ourselves, and the words we use trying to establish a bond. Therefore these are very positive and interesting moments where from self-observation we can get to know each other better and become aware of how we handle our emotions when it comes to expressing how we feel. This happens at every level and not just within a personal relationship. Before stationing direct on November 4, Mercury already re-entered into Libra will re-form the square to Saturn that formed on September 23. Mercury in Libra is very conciliatory and prefers to avoid great confrontations but this can be difficult this time, since in this type of angularity to Saturn in Capricorn, we are confronted with what it. has been decided or organised by an entity or community of individuals who may seem more intransigent than ever.
We will have to carefully RE-vise our position and the veracity of our argument before jumping into confrontation with others, which is never a bad idea. In these moments of so much political and other confrontation in the world, now more than ever we must learn to live with the contradiction that others think and see life completely different from us. This is our big challenge today.
The sooner we understand the possibilities that retrograde planets offer us, the more we will grow and benefit from it. The magic word these days: PATIENCE