Mercury went direct on October 9th, but just leaves its Mercury Retrograde Storm today. This means it is going at a normal speed. It has yet to cross the shadow, when it reaches the point at which it retrograded, so proceed with caution. It leaves the Shadow on October 24th. Then we have about seven weeks free until Mercury enters another Shadow period on December 19th, another Mercury Retrograde Storm on January 1st, and Retrograde on January 5th. We also had our final Mercury/Saturn sextile early this morning at 2:54 AM PDT. There were three altogether due to the Retrograde. Mercury/Saturn bestows concentrated, logical thought. Today is a day, helped by the serious Scorpio Moon, when you can begin to work on the new ideas spawned by yesterday’s New Moon in earnest. The Moon enters Scorpio at 2:38 PM, until then it is Void in Libra, not a good Void, so hold off on taking action until the Moon enters Scorpio. As we launch into the Holiday season and hang in the shadow of the New Year, we feel the impulse to accomplish something momentous in the present moment.
More on Mercury Retrograde Storm
This planetary phenomena is only apparent, as we know that the planets revolve around the Sun and not the Earth, as people thought when astrology began. The Earth, and man, were displaced from the center of the cosmos. However, as astrology operates from an acausual principle, it is the perception that is important. When Mercury changes directions, we are often turned around, discombobulated, and caught up in a whirlwind of communication problems. The purpose of powerlessness is to fall back on the essential nature of existence–that we are all navigating an unknown sea. I believe, in order to find our true path in life, we have to experience the death of the ego. The ego is smaller than the Self, and may have a conflicting agenda. Think of Mercury Retrograde and its tribulations, as a time to bring the ego in check.