It's time to get deep. Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, will backpedal in the emotional depths of Scorpio from October 21 to November 10, 2013.
During these weeks of Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, you may notice that shallow thinking evaporates. Everyone around you -- including yourself -- will reconsider the underlying meaning behind conversation. In fact, at times this trend might be comical. You might work overtime trying to read between the lines only to discover that sometimes you can take what's being said at face value.
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What amplifies the significance of this Mercury Retrograde cycle is the fact that Saturn is also in Scorpio, suggesting you'll revisit a karmic lesson over the next few weeks. Also, on November 3, we'll have a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, close to the degree of Mercury. A new beginning will be possible as you revise your approach on an emotionally profound situation. It's a brave new world when you're willing to dig deep.
Take a raw and honest look at your pain or the parts of your character that are less than savory. In fact, you might even have the courage to allow others to see beneath your beautiful facade. You might be surprised to learn that someone loves and appreciates you even more for this ability to go within and reveal vulnerable truths about yourself.
Still, if there are any underhanded communication tactics happening in your world, this retrograde cycle will be the one that forces you to reconsider whether or not you're making the right choices. A white lie or even a lie of omission is still a lie. Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio will be the time that any deceits are ferreted out. Don't be afraid. The truth shall set you free.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
This is an important time for you when it comes to re-thinking your strategy related to long-term financial planning. Perhaps you've been too cavalier about saving for retirement, only to realize now that, hey, you're actually getting a little bit older. Maybe you've maxed out one too many credit cards and need to confront the cold hard truth that you can't pay down this debt without a plan. The bad news is that you'll realize you've been lying to yourself. The good news is that with Mercury Retrograde in your 8th House of Shared Resources, you're likely to make important revisions that will get you right back into fiscal shape. Enlist the help of a financial advisor or accountant. You won't regret it.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
It's time for relationship rehab! That's right, you're the lucky winner of a Mercury Retrograde transit in your 7th House of Partnerships. Taurus, if things between you and your mate aren't solid, a weak link may finally break you apart. Fortunately, if you're committed to working through things together you'll have every opportunity to make things right. You'll need to be brutally honest with each other, though -- and if you're not capable of doing this then you might be better off apart than as a couple. With Saturn in the same part of your chart connecting to Mercury on October 29 and a Solar Eclipse just a few days later on November 3 in your 7th house, one thing is certain: You'll need to make a decision.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
With Saturn touring your 6th House of Daily Routine, you're already knee-deep in a cycle that demands you to master your craft -- with little praise or help from authority figures. If you're the one in charge you might have a difficult time finding good help. As a result, you're stuck burning the midnight oil. Now that Mercury is retrograde in the same part of your chart, things might reach a mind-numbing crescendo. Endless revisions, red tape and all sorts of extra assignments may suddenly appear on your desk. And guess what? You're on your own. Think of this as an opportunity to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and show everyone what you're really made of. If you do the work you will be rewarded. Finish up an old project without the boss even telling you to. Watch what happens.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
If you have children, this Mercury Retrograde cycle will be a time to get down to their level and make sure you're talking to them, not at them. Is there a communication barrier between you and one of your kids? If so, now is the time to take an honest look at whether your approach up until now has promoted or impeded the ability for your child to speak openly about his or her feelings. Thankfully, this can be a time of profound healing, and the bond between parent and child can grow deeper than ever. Children won't be the only place Mercury Retrograde in your 5th House or Romance offers his wisdom. An old flame may fly back into your radar, and if so you'll need to decide if he or she really deserves that second chance.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Have any skeletons in your family closet? Secrets might be revealed now that Mercury will be retrograde in your 4th House of Home and Family. If you've had the burden of keeping that closet door locked, now you might do some serious rethinking about why you're working so hard to do so. Accept that the only way to heal from any domestic-related trauma is by talking about it. Consider therapy if the problems are too knotty to sort out on your own-- you'll be glad you did! In the mundane sense, there might be frustrating delays in any real estate transactions now. Hold off on signing contracts until after November 10.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Out of all the signs, Virgo, you're the one who really needs to be cautious this time around when it comes to the "usual" Mercury Retrograde rules. Mercury will backtrack in your 3rd House of Communication, making it even more of a hassle. Do not, under any circumstances, sign contracts, purchase big ticket items or make vital decisions. Now is the time to reassess whatever important choices loom ahead. Put everything in your communications world on pause until after November 10. Once Mercury turns direct you'll be able to take advantage of a glorious new communications-related endeavor promised by the November 3 eclipse.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
The good news about Mercury transiting retrograde in your 2nd House of Earned Income is that you might have an opportunity to go back to a revenue stream from the past. Perhaps things didn't work out so well the first time around. Now you'll have the chance to reassess the situation and consider what needs to be changed in order to turn this money-making plan from a dud to a winner. Also, now is the time to completely revise your budget. Take stock of your income versus expenses and honestly reexamine whether you need to dine out six times a month or give yourself a fashion designer's clothing budget. Where can you cut back? What's more important to you? Saving money for a car or house or eating at five star restaurants wearing designer shoes and matching handbag? It's your call.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
You might feel the urge to hide underneath a rock for the next few weeks, knowing Mercury will be retrograde in your sign, Scorpio. Resist! Try to embrace the positive potential of this cycle -- YES it's there. Here's the deal: With Mercury Retrograde in your sign, it's true that you're not in a power position to make vital decisions or sign contracts. You do, however, have a golden opportunity to reassess the way you communicate. If you feel as if no one is listening to you, now is the time to honestly examine why that may be the case. Embrace communication rehab. How can you become an even better conversationalist? Keep your eye on the prize, Scorpio. If you're open to making a change, then after November 10 you'll be ready to take advantage of a gorgeous new opportunity to speak your truth.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
If you feel a stronger need for privacy over the next few weeks, be sure to honor it. Mercury will be retrograde in your 12th House of Seclusion. Quite honestly, the only way to hear yourself think during this time might be to carve out alone time for yourself on a regular basis. If you're in the process of making any important decisions about relationships or career, you'll need to hash through things in your mind during this time. Because Mercury rules both your 10th House of Romance and your 7th House of Partnerships, you might experience a bit of anxiety about these matters now. The good news is that your ability for self-reflection will be off the charts, allowing you to go deep within and find the solution you need. After November 10 you'll be ready to act.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
It's time to reconsider everything you thought you knew about your social life. Friends you keep, groups you belong to and your role in society in general are all up for revision now that Mercury is retrograde in your 11th House of Friends and Groups. It's possible you'll decide a membership to a particular organization is no longer a fit, or that it's time to reinstate your affiliation with a club you used to be a member of. It'll be a great time to reconnect with friends from the past -- maybe even old high school or college buddies. Also, if you're considering starting a website or social media page, do yourself a favor and wait.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Your professional goals are about to take an interesting turn. You might reconsider a career aspiration that you put on the shelf long ago. Suddenly, the unfinished business of this endeavor may prove to be a frustrating thorn in your side and you'll just have to go back to it until it's completed. This will be a perfect time to do so because Mercury will be retrograde in your 10th House of Career. In fact, there's every indication that whatever you go back to related to your career past will magically open doors to a new career opportunity. You'll see glimmers of this during the November 3 Solar Eclipse in the same area of your chart. The real movement, however, will happen after November 10 when Mercury turns direct.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Thinking about going back to school? You're in luck -- Mercury's retrograde through your 9th House of Higher Education might help you finalize this decision once and for all. Most likely, if you return to a university or other certification program, it'll be one that you dropped out of in the past due to various circumstances. If you give it a second shot, there's every chance for success! In other news, international travel might prove to be a headache, so try not to schedule that exotic vacation until after November 10. If you're in the publishing or advertising industry, there might be delays with a project. Last but not least, if you're wrapped up in a legal dispute, comb over your documentation with a fine-toothed comb. Your lawyer might have missed something important!