- October 28, 2018 – ☿ enters ℞ Zone at 27° ♏ 16′
- November 16, 2018 – ☿ Stations to go RETROGRADE at 13°♐30’℞
- December 6, 2018 – ☿ Stations to go DIRECT at 27° ♏ 16′
- December 24, 2018 – ☿ Leaves ℞ Zone at 13°♐30′
Mercury is ruler of the mental pathways, lines of communication and all the traffic that flows along them. Here he is in the ardent, deep-thinking, exuberantly adventurous sign of Sadge. He will turn retrograde by the weekend, only hours after Venus does an about-face and heads forward, out of Libra and into Scorpio.
In the mid-November uptake, we see sharp debates on wide-ranging topics, moral conflict and philosophical rhetoric ensue, exposing areas of insecurity and lack of confidence. Whilst these themes have been brewing for some time they rise to the surface for review, but become conflated, distorted and defused by the surreal cosmic forces of Uranus/Neptune who are currently in hard harmonic alignment to the winged messenger.
Whilst the effort with Mercury is to try to understand the bigger picture; put truth and meaning into things, the initial square to Neptune sees many individuals emerging to the surface as truly lost souls, seemingly incapable of stringing any coherent idea or ideology about who they are and what they believe in, or at least committing to what they say. Mercury’s retrograde in Sadge suggests that we will reneg or reject other’s imposing their own views or beliefs upon our own (and visa versa). This is especially so once Mercury forms the conjunction to Jupiter (Nov 28) since there is greater determination to exercise our mental independence by intuiting the ‘truth’, and wanting to make ‘right’ a recent injustice or rectify a ‘wrong’ that’s been attempted upon our constitutional beliefs.
As usual, the Mercury retrograde is best spent in careful reflection, review, retrospective contemplation. If you’re amused at the world, wondering why on earth it’s not listening to you, hate having to blow your trumpet for attention or simply astounded how everyone around you has become a crashing bore, then hey… perhaps it’s time to focus on finding a new source of intellectual stimulation.
Here’s your juicy, in-depth horoscope messages to help you get the most out of this period: