The astral winds are about to change. Mercury, retrograde for the last few weeks, turns direct at the end of this week, and just in time for us to get our Thanksgiving and holiday plans in place. But the last few days of Mercury retrograde can be a doozy. By the end of these three retrograde weeks, mistakes and mis-orders, bad ideas, unsaid feelings and technical glitches can begin to pile up, and our minds may be tired of feeling sludgy.
Often, when Mercury is retrograde, a short-term agenda pops up and needs to be dealt with before we get on with the rest of our work. If we had such a sidebar to our ordinary work, it’s time to bring those short-term projects or challenges to completion. If we’ve been using retrograde Mercury to our advantage to tidy up unfinished business, or make overtures to old friends or old business contacts, let’s nurture work and these contacts along now, then follow up again next week when Mercury is direct to firm any plans for the future.
This Mercury retrograde in Scorpio can act as a detective and stir the depths and corners of our psyche, setting off complicated dream cycles loaded with portent and history. Recent events or political headlines can trigger old feelings and emotions. Our bones may ache, old health problems twinge, scars of all types need some tender care. Those feelings run close to the surface, can roll in like a storm cloud and influence all we do as the Moon enters Cancer this Friday morning, and again as the Moon opposes Saturn and Pluto on Saturday night.
Mercury retrograde in Scorpio encourages good detective work. But no one wants to be called on their mistakes, and people get defensive even when called on something that they actually did. Watch this happen at home and in the in the headlines. If we feel our defenses rank ratcheting up, let’s take a break and take care of ourselves instead of attacking back. There are better ways to do use our detective skills at the moment then to dig up an old resentment in the home.
The Moon enters Leo on Sunday and inspires the a stubborn but more affectionate and outgoing vibe. Throughout the week, if we feel pinched by circumstances, it furthers to take a moment outside or to look for the humorous spark underneath. Time with animals, whether with our pets or communing with wildlife, is so good for the heart. If we can laugh with one another, not at one another, we can reduce tension and bond together under stress as Venus in Sagittarius approaches Jupiter.
Sabers rattle and claws sharpen midweek as energizing Mars leaves friendly Libra and enters its own sign of Scorpio, growing closer to an opposition with Uranus, an accident prone and revolutionary aspect exact next week. Words and actions spin in circles but may seem to go nowhere in particular as Mental Mercury stations (appears to hold still) before it turns direct late Wednesday. What’s been stuck becomes unstuck. But everything can still go smoothly if we slow down, take our time, do it right, and keep our heart open. As Mercury turns direct whatever’s been brooding in the shadows now comes to light, both ripening opportunity and dastardly schemes. We now get a chance to correct misunderstandings. New projects pick up in the weeks ahead, so clear the decks now.
Friday, November 15: Doubts creep in where yesterday there was certainty. Take a second look and check for mistakes, but don’t buy into a wave of insecurity as the Moon enters Cancer. It will not further to try and push people out of their comfort zones, people will be moved more through care and consideration thank pressure. It’s time to take a break from a busy week as that Cancer Moon sextiles Uranus before dinner, and engage good food and healthy self-care tonight.
Moon opposed Jupiter 2:23 AM, Moon trine Mars 4:39 AM, Moon enters Cancer 9:14 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 4:15 PM.
Saturday, November 16: Morning can be cozy, a chance for family and friends to catch up with one another; indulge in a comfort brunch as the Cancer Moon trines Mercury and Neptune. The mood can become more brittle, less cozy as the Moon opposes Saturn and Pluto this afternoon. People might need to talk about what’s on their heart. We can easily feel rejected because another person appears to not listen to our story, but it’s not personal, they may be just distracted by their own. Avoid power struggles tonight, just step out of that arena.
Moon trine Mercury 9:07 AM, Moon trine Neptune 2:02 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 3:17 PM, Moon opposed Pluto 11:14 PM.
Sunday, November 17: Morning may be smooth and sweet as the Moon trines Venus, but egos and wills can rub against each other midday unless we share moments of appreciation. This mood can deepen into flashes of temporary narcissism as the Moon squares Mars, enters Leo, and then squares Uranus tonight. Question a sudden change of mind, as impulse control and short-term judgment could be way off.
Moon trine Venus 5:52 AM, Moon square Mars 1:14 PM, Moon enters Leo 2:56 PM, Moon square Uranus 9:35 PM.
Monday, November 18: We could have real and important concerns about what’s fair and what’s not this morning as Mars spends the last day in Libra. Pay attention to questions of social justice and the Golden Rule. Communication is a bit odd. People use too many words in one place and not enough in another; it may take us a while to get to the point as Jupiter as Mercury semi-squares Jupiter.
Moon square Mercury 11:53 AM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 12:27 PM.
Tuesday, November 19: Emotions intensify, tails twitch as Mars enters passionate Scorpio. By the afternoon, watch a tendency to self-sabotage: if our temper spikes, we can slam the door and have it bounce back and hit us in the face. The Moon enters self-critical Virgo around dinnertime. It may be important to express our feelings, but let’s not shoot ourselves, or anybody else, in the foot in the process.
Mars enters Scorpio 12:40 AM, Moon trines Venus 5:04 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 2:06 PM, Moon square Sun 2:10 PM, Moon enters Virgo 6:54 PM, Moon sextile Mars 7:47 PM.
Wednesday, November 20: Have patience. We can spin in circles or feel frustrated or confused as Mercury appears to hold still in the sky, pivoting to turn direct, while the Moon opposes intuitive and confusing Neptune. Illusion and delusion can create a fog bank, making it hard to see the truth. Slow down, take a deep breath; like unknotting a ball of string, if we take the time and persist, work with what is actually here, not just what we want to be here, all the knots eventually unravel, all the wrinkles iron out.
Moon trine Uranus 1:11 AM, Mercury turns direct 12:11 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 2:32 PM, Moon opposed Neptune 9:50 PM Moon trine Saturn 11:43 PM.
Thursday, November 21: Now we have the opportunity to begin a new chapter. But first we may have to clean up extra mess, like cleaning up our yard after storm. Use a certain underlying persnickety energy to catch up with deadlines, straighten out misunderstandings, correct bad orders, and get details moving forward. Listen to what people say, they will let you know what’s needed and then decide whether or not we can meet those needs. Keep demands down tonight, and support one another with friendly camaraderie as the Moon enters Libra.
Moon trine Pluto 6:41 AM, Moon square Venus 12:39 PM, Moon square Jupiter 5:24 PM, Moon sextile Sun 8:31 PM, Moon enters Libra 9:19 PM.
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