Mercury (information and communication) goes retrograde (reversed) in Scorpio from October 21st to November 10th. Secrets revealed, deeper insights and probing questions will be the hi-lights of this transit. Scorpio represents the darkest, yet most honest, parts of our psyche. At the same time, this can lead to the discovery of hidden resources (emotional or financial). Don't be afraid to speak the words/ask the questions that you've always wanted to. As always with Mercury retrograde, significant individuals form your past may make an appearance. In general, facts will be under review, so it's not the best time to make final commitments. However, sometimes an issue is meant to be finalized under a retrograde period (you can't put your life on hold). If this happens, be prepared for information to shift once Mercury goes direct. On October 23rd, the Sun moves into Scorpio and trines Neptune (dreams, belief) in Pisces until October 25th. This is a brief influence, but don't underestimate the moments of hope, inspiration or healing that it offers.
Mercury retrograde in your sector of shared resources pushes you to take another look at debts, taxes, loans, inheritances or your partner's finances. It may be time for an investigation or recalculation of what's owed (you may also discover that you have more resources than you thought). Alternatively, conversations about emotional and physical intimacy can be deeply revealing and fruitful. As the Sun enters this sector and trines Neptune, watch for a release of stubborn fears or suspicions (related to money or intimacy). The deeper you dig, the more relief is available.
Mercury retrograde in your partnership sector can trigger serious conversations about commitment, intimacy or jealousy. Don't shy away from sharing your fears, or hearing what your partner has to say. Single Taureans may be contacted by a romantic interest from the past. Single or attached, try to wait until the retrograde period ends before you make any final decisions. If you're being pushed for an answer, know that you may change your mind (or the other person will) once Mercury goes direct. The Sun's entrance into this sector (and its trine to Neptune) can boost romance, emotional healing and idealism.
Mercury (your ruler) goes retrograde in your sector of routine, signalling a re-evaluation or delays around work issues, obligations or health issues. Certain tasks may need to be repeated, or you may have to push for more information regarding a diagnosis. Look beneath the surface of your daily life (rather than just going through the motions) and you might uncover something valuable. As the Sun moves into this sector and trines Neptune, watch for a brief shot of idealism/confusion at work. Don't be fooled by this; the pressure will continue for you investigate or ask the tough questions.
Mercury retrograde in your sector of self-expression can see you reconsidering a personal/creative goal or looking more closely at a new romance. Pointed questions (of yourself and others) can bring up some interesting information regarding motivations, desires and how much effort you're really prepared to put into what you want. This is the time to reconsider your priorities. As the Sun lights up this sector and trines Neptune, watch for a burst of creativity, dreamy flirtations or expanded hopes. Use this energy to fuel yourself, but don't pin your future on it. Saturn's occupation of this sector continues to demand that you do the work and stay real.
Mercury retrograde in your domestic sector can dredge up past/childhood issues or secrets. Be prepared for questions/conversations with a family member or partner that cut to the heart of things (soul-bearing time). Discussions will demand your complete honesty and willingness to confront habits, addictions or festering emotions. As the Sun (your ruler) moves into this sector and trines Neptune, you can expect a few days of emotional withdrawal as you pull back. This will be entirely healthy and necessary; allow yourself private time to reflect on current issues.
Mercury (your ruler) retrogrades in your communication sector, causing you to pause and reconsider a decision or statement. You may feel the urge to do some research before you say anything more. This is the time to uncover hidden motivations or take another look at information that you previously ignored or missed. As the Sun enters this sector and trines Neptune, use this harmonious energy to open up positive conversations with a partner (business or romantic) or close friend. This influence supports all intimate, one on one discussions.
Mercury retrograde in your sector of personal resources can see you taking another shot at a financial issue (pay raise or salary discussion). This will be partly based on your re-evaluation of what your work is worth. Issues around emotional security may also be under review. If you make a final commitment (emotional or financial) now, know that details may change once Mercury goes direct. When the Sun enters this sector and trines Neptune, you should see a smooth integration of what you need with the efforts you have been making. Watch for a "click" in the form of a possible solution to a work/health problem, or a realization that what you own has a different (yet greater) value than you anticipated.
Mercury retrograde in your sign can trigger a rethink, reboot or period of withdrawal as you carefully consider a certain issue. Even if you're not sure where this is all going, trust that what you need to know will be revealed when the time is right. In the meantime, don't let anyone push you into making a choice before you're ready. This transit can also bring a significant person (from your past) back into your life. As the Sun enters your sign and trines Neptune, enjoy a few days of inspiration, hope or romantic moments. Even if these gentle moments are brief, take them for what they're meant to be; proof that the Universe/your Higher Power or (whatever you put your faith in) has not abandoned you.
Mercury retrograde in your hidden sector can churn up deeper insights, secrets or overlooked information. And you'll probably want to keep it all to yourself. This is not a time to go public with what you're thinking, because many of your observations will be incomplete. Once Mercury moves into your sign (on December 4th) you'll have the full story and the platform to tell it from. As the Sun enters this sector and trines Neptune, private moments will be graced with a feeling of peace, comfort or gentle release of past difficulties.
Mercury retrograde in your social sector can trigger a re-evaluation of friendships, group affiliations or your place in the bigger picture. You may be called upon to look more closely at an opportunity/dream you discarded previously, or you may end up questioning if that future goal is really for you. The reappearance of a friend/acquaintance from your past is also a possibility. As the Sun moves into this sector and trines Neptune, allow yourself to be inspired or moved; a moment of charity or pure empathy can touch you in unexpected ways.
Mercury retrograde in your career sector sees you taking a closer look at a job offer, career path or discussion with management. Business conversations will be especially critical during at this time, with deeper facts being revealed. Someone may be asking you the pointed questions as well, so be prepared to honestly discuss your plans/efforts/capabilities. If possible, avoid signing documents or giving a final answer until Mercury goes direct. But if the opportunity seems too good to pass up, go for it. Just know that the whole story will be revealed once Mercury goes direct. As the Sun enters this sector and trines Neptune, watch for enlightening moments that confirm your gradual movement down a career path that is more inspiring, creative or freeing.
Mercury retrograde in your opportunities sector can present delays or more investigation around long distance travel, education, legal or publishing matters. There's something new on the horizon, but before you dive in, more research is called for. The opportunity may be genuine, but try to wait until Mercury goes direct before you commit (delays should lift once the retrograde period is over, as well). As the Sun enters this sector and trines Neptune in your sign, you'll see flashes of inspiration around how you can further your dream or creative goal.