General Influences: Sex, lies and revelations accompany Mercury's retrograde journey in Sagittarius and Scorpio from November 6th to the 26th . If anyone asked, astrologers would suggest scheduling an election on a day when Mercury is not stationary in the sky, at it's most tricksy and befuddling. Remember hanging chads, recounts, and the selection of the President by a politically-biased Supreme Court in the stolen election of 2000? That was the last time the United States had a General Election when the Messenger God was standing still in the sky. Concerns and accusations about the ballot process have abounded since then; even now a petition is circulating calling for Justice Department action due to the fact that candidate Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, is a major investor in a company that manufactures voting machines used in swing state Ohio. Suspicion, secrecy, manipulation and betrayal which rock our cherished beliefs– sure sounds like Sagittarius/Scorpio territory to me.
With Mercury joining Saturn in Scorpio, we can expect the investigative, relentless, and probing nature of the Scorpion to uncover nasty news, and for folks to start reacting in a gut-level, emotional way to the pain of what was previously suppressed or denied because the truth was too shameful, horrifying and ugly. For instance, there is a film currently in production, “September Morn”, which will explore the complicity of the George W. Bush administration with the hijacking, destruction and deaths that occurred on September 11, 2001.
The truth, in whatever arena, situation, and relationship, even though upsetting, needs to come to light for any rectification, healing and justice to occur, whether on a personal, national or planetary level. Purging the toxicity of guilt, blame and shame leads to resolution, redemption and renewal. This is the gift of Scorpio, and this month, with Mercury and Saturn both doing their thing in this sign, expect the best with the worst. Deep healing and profound insights are not only possible, but very likely, if only we are willing to peer into the shadow.
Eclipse season: We are in “eclipse season” throughout November. For excellent eclipse interpretations and predictions go to Stephanie Austin's website www.EcoAstrology.com and subscribe to her forecasts. Well written and well-worth it!
Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle: Mercury's cyclic turnaround is meaningful, not just pesky. If we pay attention, Mercury “telegraphs” what would be useful to work on during the retrograde phase. If we give attention to something that deserves reappraisal, we can actually benefit from the tiny planet's reversal. Ponder and consider any ideas, aha's, messages received, omens or instructions that came into your awareness October 17 – 19. Since Mercury was in Scorpio at that time, the “message” could be about things you tend to avoid looking at, so dig deep to recall a significant theme brought to mind during that span of days, when the Winged Diety crossed over into the so-called “shadow zone” of retrograde territory.
Standard Mercury rap: When the Herald of the Gods seems to go backwards in the sky (retrograde motion), those affairs ruled by the Winged Diety can get tricky and confused. All communication, especially routine and business transactions, need to be checked for errors. Electrically-operated equipment (anything running on wires and batteries) purchased during retro-phase is often found faulty. Calls are missed, directions misinterpreted, and our cherished communication devices fail to function properly. Avoid downloading new software or starting any new projects or endeavors. Try to sign contracts or make new hires before or after the retrograde phase. Hermes (the Greek's name for Mercury) the thief, liar and joker is at his most tricksy in the few days around both stations (standstill), periods of apparent turnaround in the heavens.
Good to do during Mercury Retrograde time – anything you can affix “re-” in front of, for instance, re-thinking, re-doing, re-organizing, repairs, renegotiating, reveries, recuperation, relaxation rescheduling, reworking, renovation, etc. Read poetry, listen to music, take a different route, get out of your normal routine, shift your typical state of mind into an altered consciousness by napping, daydreaming, meditation, dancing, etc.
Forecasts for November 2012:
(read for your Rising Sign/Ascendant as well as your Sun Sign)
Aries: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) The far horizons beckon, Aries, with both your patron planet, Mars, and the Fleet One, Mercury, touring through your house of distant travels. Even if you do not venture far away this season, Rammy, it might give you something exciting to look forward to if you can plan a getaway to someplace, near or far, that is quite different from your current environs.
Taurus: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Giving you heart and courage to delve deeply into your inner self, Mercury invites you to share fully and completely this month with your partner(s) and closest friends, “truthing to trust” to paraphrase the late Stan Dale.
Gemini: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Getting good advice will help you deal with a sticky issue this month, Twinsy. Collaboration and co-operation, who knows better than you that two heads (or more) are better than one.
Cancer: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) It is all about taking care of business, dealing with the devilish details and staying current with your contacts, Crab. Do this diligently during the first two weeks of November, and you'll have things wrapped-up nicely to better frolic and relax during the holidays.
Leo: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Lighten up and resurrect your inner child in time for the holiday season, Maned One. Your beloveds (and pets) will find you much more enjoyable if you leave your public persona at the door and just come in and play.
Virgo: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Source your strength from home until mid-month, Virgo, then go ahead and throw yourself with verve and vigor into the holidaze craze! Stay fueled and rested and keep your cool while the busyness in the atmosphere stimulates you into hyperactivity.
Libra: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Scrutinize any transactions; re-read numbers you give and receive on the phone; double-check dates, times and schedules; and generally be extra-specially mindful of info you exchange this month, Libra. Pay attention to sales and special offers for big savings and great deals for the next couple of months, particularly after Mercury goes direct on the 26th of November.
Scorpio: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) No matter how much or how little you generally participate in the autumnal spend-gasm, Scorp, mind your budget this month. The second half of November and first third of December is a period where you should utilize time and energy doing for yourself at least as much as you do for others!
Sagittarius: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Something about your way with people, Archy - the good,the bad, and the ugly, is up for examination and review during this Mercury retrograde cycle. Cultivate feedback from those around you and take what you receive to heart, even the hard-to-hear remarks. By growing more conscious of your effect on others you can refine your vaunted “people skills”.
Capricorn: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Do you remember your dreams, Capricorn? Work on recalling at least one dream or dream fragment this month, and then record it on paper. Find a way to connect with your dream - read and re-read it, go to a dream analyst, join a dream group, draw a picture from it, or follow any directions and suggestions you glean from the dream. (Ignore the dream dictionaries!) It might not solve the world's problems or even help with your issues directly, but you will be tuning in to your personal link with Divine Wisdom while enhancing your symbolic literacy and precious intuition.
Aquarius: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Notice your connections to people you call friends, your associates, and the groups you find yourself involved with. Now notice how powerful you feel, or the reverse, diminished, in the company you keep. Use this Mercury cycle to establish your place among those who build you up without any loss of your authentic individuality.
Pisces: (Read “Working with the Mercury retrograde cycle” above to fully take advantage of the monthly forecast.) Learning on the job? Mastering new skills? Assuming authority in a suit you don't quite fit yet? Presenting in front of a new and unknown audience? Flying by the seat of the proverbial pants? Pisces, do not fret, this Mercury retrograde cycle is timed perfectly for you to do your behind-the-scenes research while holding the reins of power, and simultaneously steering your personal ship of destiny with navigational maps in the other hand.
Selected Heavenly Activity
11/3 10:24am Venus square Pluto
11/6 2:57pm Mercury station retrograde
11/8 11:26pm Venus trine Jupiter
11/10 6:48pm Neptune station direct
11/13 2:09pm Scorpio New Moon Solar Eclipse
11/13 4:03pm Mercury square Neptune
11/14 11:00am Chiron station direct
11/16 3:15am Saturn trine Chiron
11/17 6:22am Mars sextile Neptune
11/17 7:47am Mercury conjunct Sun
11/21 11:12am Sun square Neptune
11/22 00:59am Venus trine Neptune
11/23 2:05am Mars square Uranus
11/23 9:28am Mars sextile Chiron
11/24 2:52pm Mars sextile Saturn
11/25 7:10pm Venus trine Chiron
11/26 6:15am Sun trine Uranus
11/26 1:45pm Sun square Chiron
11/26 2:46pm Mercury station direct
11/26 5:20pm Venus conjunct Saturn
11/27 12:12pm Mars conjunct Pluto
11/28 6:46am Gemini Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
11/28 7:59am Venus sextile Pluto
11/29 2:33pm Venus sextile Mars