Today's Astrology Forecast | October 31, 2019 - Happy Halloween, Mercury stations retrograde, time gets stretchy, being a dog with a bone, a stabilizing month ahead with hidden resources to be uncovered

The waxing Sagittarius Moon goes void off an optimistic hook-up with Jupiter at 10:29AM EDT. She will be void until 10:38PM EDT when she moves into serious and business-minded Capricorn. So, not the day to start anything brand-new, but that conjunction to Jupiter should give us a nice BOOST.

Roll with any twists and turns. Expect some do-overs and for time to get kind of stretchy. 

The big news today is Mercury stations retrograde (27 degrees Scorpio) at 11:42AM EDT. She/he will be retrograde until November 20th and start covering entirely new ground around December 8th.

We start at the same degree where Mercury met Venus yesterday - and you might remember we had Venus retrograde in Scorpio last autumn (at earlier degrees). Venus moves on (she is at 28 degrees Scorpio by the time of Mercury's station), but Mercury turns back.

Time to re-think, re-examine, re-visit, re-vise whatever attraction Venus has brought us.

Mercury is retrograde, and we ignore that at our own peril. Trying to plow ahead re-gardless will not work. It also won't work to stand still and try to wait Mercury out. We must move our ideas, projects, etc through the process of the retrograde period.

I remember when most people had never heard of a Mercury Retrograde transit and now it seems like poor Mercury (planet of communication and MAGIC) is being shamed/blamed for everything that goes wrong!

This is probably because 1. the internet has exposed many more people to astrological teachings 2. most people are moving so fast now any sort of slowdown feels like a problem  3. it's a convenient excuse when stuff falls to shit (pardon my french), especially stuff that would normally be considered our fault

The truth is, that although we don't want to spend too much time looking backward - we can't full steam ahead through life either. And life doesn't stop because Mercury (or any other planet) is retrograde.

Now this particular Mercury retrograde is beginning at almost the very end of SCORPIO (27 degrees).

So we get almost to the very end of something and ... there is a hold-up.

This deep diving and emotional Mercury retrograde will help us build the MENTAL STRENGTH we need to deal with the changes we have been experiencing and the changes still to come - because the truth of these volatile times we are living in is this - we have to do what we came here to do and for some people this means big endings because we are needed somewhere else.

With Mercury long past her opposition to Uranus (Mars will still oppose Uranus after he gets into Scorpio) and with Scorpio trining Neptune and sextiling Pluto and Saturn - this Mercury retrograde shouldn't be so typically stressful! There are opportunities here.

We are diving deeply into something and then going back and forth through it - revising, revamping, redoing, rethinking. Scorpio doesn't play and rules really important matters, so this stuff will likely be both collectively and individually meaningful.

Secrets can come out. Intimacy issues/financial information will be talked about. Deep emotions will be expressed. This is an excellent time for communications with our ancestors. It could be, we (and other people) will be digging up what no one really wants to talk about and then talking about it.

If we are doing important research before making a serious commitment or taking another look at a verbal deal or something we have learned, keep in mind information and communication will be influx until the third week of November and also keep in mind that Scorpian commitments last.

This could be about a Scorpio collective theme - life/death, other people's money, investments, inheritance, loans, mortgages, taxes, intimacy issues, sex, reproduction, the resources we have merged with other people - a Mercurian theme we are going deeply into - information, communications, commerce, learning, teaching, sibling issues, local community issues, transportation situations - or the theme of your natal (or progressed) Scorpio house.

What we discover (and what we do with what we discover - a retrograde Mercury doesn't mean we sit on our butts) in November - remember Scorpio rules hidden resources AND we have the final sextile of Neptune and Saturn this month (!) - will have a great impact on how the December and January powerhouse energetics work through us.

We'll talk about all of this as we move through it.

xo all

photo by the talented sara-with-a-gun

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