Mercury turns retrograde on Halloween. It has already begun to slow down and enter its shadow, the part of the zodiac through which it appears to back up, and we can feel everything slow down and get a little murky. Start Mercury retrograde survival skills early; If there’s tension, check for misunderstandings, pad the schedule with a little extra time and confirm all reservations and travel plans. Pay extra attention to important communications to make sure they get where they’re supposed to go. For the next six weeks it’s a good time to research, check our facts, and have some objective material to work with in case anyone starts a fight.
Notice that the dialogue sharpened and the political debate grew harpoons after October 3. Mercury, instead of spending its usual three weeks in a sign, will spend almost 10 weeks in Scorpio. Mercury entered Scorpio on October 3-gets to the end of Scorpio, retrogrades October 31, appears to back up to early Scorpio, turns direct November 20 and traverses Scorpio again until it enters Sagittarius on December 8.
Mercury in Scorpio brings out our inner detective helps us investigate and ferret out hidden information, but never forgets a perceived wrong. Notice extra vitriol in the headlines and on Facebook, and think carefully before participating. Use that Scorpio perceptiveness to look past tension and into the real heart of the matter. And tell some great ghost stories.
In these last two weeks before Mercury retrograde let’s keep the communication lines open. A talkative Gemini Moon which trines the Sun in Libra on Friday can help us clear a backlog. Use this window of opportunity to share thoughts, get paperwork in order, and get on the same page with teammates. Over the weekend a more introspective, cozy loving Cancer Moon turns our thoughts inwards and towards work needed in our home and homeland aided by Mercury sextile Pluto and Venus sextile Saturn. Take time alone or have deep conversations which get to the root of the matter. Curiosity wants to investigate mysteries and paranormal phenomena, and our curious detective nature could ferret out missing objects or hidden information.
Early next week the mood is less practical, more intuitive, imaginative, and potentially warmhearted (or sensitive and mean if we feel hurt) as Venus trines creative and confusing Neptune under a Leo moon. Although egos could clash because it can be hard to agree on the truth. On one side we could see dueling efforts to upstage one another, on the other side we can appreciate life as performance art. It furthers to encourage one another’s creative explorations.
We feel a change in the astrological weather on Wednesday, the mood shifts from relatively outgoing to thoughtfully introverted as the Sun enters focused Scorpio while the Moon enters mercurial Virgo. It’s a good time to time to launch a self- improvement project or to complete a chapter at work. But let’s go gently on ourselves and one another because an underlying tension can come out in an unusually critical sandpapery edge. Pay attention to the critique, but consciously look for what’s good and beautiful to counterbalance.
Friday, October 18: While it may be a slow a fuzzyheaded morning as the Moon squares Neptune, get ready to juggle many different threads by midday. Begin to clear the decks, catch up with our paperwork, make sure information is where it needs to be. Then break the work focus tonight and enjoy camaraderie tonight, converse with strangers at the corner local while the talkative Gemini Moon trines the Sun.
Moon square Neptune 3:24 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 11:57 AM, Moon trine Sun 8:13 PM.
Saturday, October 19: The mood shifts to domestic questions as the Moon enters Cancer, good for breakfast in bed and a weekend of battening down the hatches for winter and getting cozy. If people need to talk while mental Mercury sextiles Pluto, nurture openness but respect boundaries; people can easily get defensive and cranky around the edges, so don’t poke people unnecessarily. Uncover lost items and hidden information, and enjoy life’s mysteries.
Moon enters Cancer 4:42 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 1:46 PM, Mercury sextile Pluto 4:20 PM, Moon square Mars 11:35 PM.
Sunday, October 20: Enough with the busy world, it furthers to refill the wells with comfort; be with familiar people, familiar places, and enjoy comfort foods as Venus sextiles traditional Saturn. Trust issues from the past arise but we have an opportunity to change that dynamic in the present moment.
Moon trine Venus 7:26 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 7:29 AM, Venus sextile Saturn 7:59 AM, Moon trine Neptune 10:16 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 6:07 PM Moon trine Mercury 8:05 PM.
Monday, October 21: A softer, more imaginative, sleepy note, along with a certain emotional neediness, creeps in this morning as Venus trines Neptune under an outgoing Leo Moon; our hearts want to be recognized. We want to be recognized. Beloveds need to be noticed, dogs demand attention, students need to be appreciated, employees need to be recognized for doing a good job. Don’t push introverts out to the spotlight but do give them a moment of attention. This mood can play out as grandstanding in the public eye but as just an honest need for warmth at home.
Moon square Sun 6:39 AM, Moon enters Leo 10:28 AM, Venus trine Neptune 1:39 PM, Moon square Uranus 6:56 PM.
Tuesday, October 22: Morning can bring some socially awkward moments as our inner extrovert and introvert play tug-of-war and leave neither need met while the Leo Moon squares Venus in Scorpio. Don’t take others’ gruffness personally, but also don’t give them positive feedback for difficult attention-getting habits. Evening eases as the Moon trines Jupiter brings some expensive moments with odd notes of hope. Take an opportunity to forgive minor slights and lighten the soul’s load.
Moon sextile Mars 6:57 AM, Moon square Venus 4:53 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 11:40 PM.
Wednesday, October 23: Clouds scuttle across the moon, internally if not externally; November grows closer as the Sun enters moody Scorpio and the Moon enters introspective Virgo, turning our thoughts inwards, honing our critical edge, and deepening our focus. The habit of anxiety whispers at us, all morbid streak brings our attention to look under rocks and see things worse than they really are. Or see just how bad they are, and forget that we can turn it for the better. That shifts after dinner as the Moon trine’s changeable Uranus, and we get a glimpse of what needs to be done next to improve the situation.
Moon the square Mercury 3:14 AM, Sun enters Scorpio 11:19 AM, Moon enters Virgo 1:29 PM, Moon sextile the Sun 1:39 PM, Moon trine Uranus 9:23 PM.
Thursday, October 24: There’s a lot to do, it comes to our attention how much needs work, and we can make progress on our piles, but an underlying nervousness or self-doubt can make it hard to put everything together into cohesive progress. Tonight, though humor can be dark and pointed, empathetic camaraderie goes a long way. Sympathized with one another’s concerns and the whole world looks better.
Moon trine Saturn 2:04 PM, Moon opposed Neptune 4:06 PM, Moon sextile Venus 11:01 PM, Moon trine Pluto 11:25 PM.
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