Mercury turns retrograde on October 31, 2019, but its effects are already making themselves known. Mercury, planet of the mind, mental function, learning, communication equipment and travels of short duration, is currently traveling through Scorpio, a fixed sign of power and intense emotion. Mercury in fixed signs tends to be more…well, fixed – we becoming more stubborn, less adaptable. And this makes the retrograde turn more difficult.

As many of you already know, Mercury turns retrograde four times a year for three weeks. This is a natural cycle in which we are forced to slow down and be more careful, often having to re-do something we thought was already completed. This is a valuable part of the spiral of life and growth, just like the ebb and flow of the ocean waves, and it means these are important times to reassess where we are in our lives and where we are going.

Mercury will be in Scorpio through the entire time it is retrograde, meaning that this is a time for deep thinking about things that really matter. We may find ourselves unearthing family secrets or perhaps closing the door on a chapter of our lives which has remained open for too long. The retrograde period technically ends November 20, but there is a shadow period of a week to 10 days in which things may not work as expected.

Meanwhile we also have Venus changing signs, entering Sagittarius on November 1st. Venus has been in intense Scorpio along with Mercury, so the shift into Sagittarius will unlock the doors and send all matters of love and attraction into expansion mode. While Venus is in Sagittarius (until November 25) we may feel more social than usual. This is typically a lucky time, when things come more easily, which will be an interesting energy to combine with the retrograde Mercury.

We can prepare for the Mercury retrograde period by spending some time alone, perhaps evaluating any changes that might be needed in our lives and creating a strategy for that change. Then we can move into the new Venus period with more confidence, and hopefully fewer setbacks! ❤️

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