Retreat & Repair: Mercury Retrograde Oct-Nov 2013


Mercury Retrograde

Ghost Period

October 1 through October 20, 2013

Retrograde Period

October 21, 2013 through November 10, 2013

Stationing Direct

November 11, 2013- November 27, 2013

By Maharani Rutan©

In the middle of the most difficult transit, Mercury retrograde begins its journey backwards.  The shadow period will begin on October 1, 2013, and accelerate to its station in Scorpio on October 21 through November 10, 2013.  Then once again it will release the tension completely on November 27, 2013.

Between the Lunar eclipse in Aries and total solar eclipse in Scorpio, perhaps this God’s gift to slow down and rethink everything in our lives.

Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, as a rule, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens.   In the past 2 retrogrades, one in February and another in June it was quite intense for many of us and even then there was eclipse energy that pave the way to unbelievable beginnings. This retrograde it is placed in the planets of Scorpio so what ever house Scorpio is in whether it is your sun sign, moon , Venus or ascendant it will have a high impact on the predominate signs.  A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.

The last time mercury was in Scorpio in October 2006 and again in October of 2012.  If you can recall during those times it was a frustrating period of time but with the frustration many people became adjusted and actually took the time to rethink.


This unique transition occurs when the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this optical illusion.

Retrograde periods, although often problematic for us many of us especially mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) as well as those directly affected by the retrograde motion. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon. Mercury, much like the winged messenger of the gods, comes in on feather-light wings and commands us to speak.

Communication, intellect and awareness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are logic and reasoning, our manner of thinking, and how we create and express our thought processes is highly emphasized. A mercurial nature brings to mind agitation and gesticulation. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen fast here. This Planet also prompts us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both a physical and psychological level.

Further, Mercury’s energy is both agile and insightful. Mercury is about short trips.  Family, friends, and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm. Dialogue, writing, books, online communications and learning are all within Mercury’s domain. This Planet appeals to us to express ourselves often — and well.


Further, Mercury’s energy is both agile and insightful. Mercury is about short trips.  Family, friends, and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm. Dialogue, writing, books, online communications and learning are all within Mercury’s domain. This Planet appeals to us to express ourselves often — and well.

When Mercury goes retrograde (the appearance of traveling backward), however, our communications will be challenged, it could even mean that we are giving mixed messages to people that we interact with. Because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most influenced during a Mercury Retrograde. Conversations might be more problematic, as crossed signals and unclear meanings confuse normally straightforward discussions. Still, with a little caution and consideration, you’ll get your point across.

Mercury retrograde tends to affect people differently though it’s usually tended to affect not only in the sign it places it self but always affects mutable signs directly.  The journey will begin in the early signs of Libra than moves to Scorpio where it sits for the four week and moves into the sign of Scorpio.  Therefore those that are Scorpio or those that has Scorpio anywhere in their chart including mutable signs will be surly affected.


But this does not mean just because there is no Scorpio or mutable sign in your chart you are eliminated.  Mercury takes everyone hostage.

Aries: There may be slow down in financial investment, money or other people money.  Don’t be surprised if your pay check is delayed or the money you are waiting on still has not arrived.  For those who work in Sales this may be a difficult time and may slow down for 6-8 weeks so plan wisely.

Taurus: Your relationships may slow down or you may have difficulties in expressing your feelings.  If you don’t have a person in your life it may be wise you don’t anyways because you may have difficulty communicating with them so instead of saying red you say bread.  Why not make that little teddy bear your loved one for a little bit.  This is all interpersonal relationships.

Gemini: This will defiantly affect your work. Work may be slowed down or confusing perhaps even missed clients and calls and this is indeed a difficult time trying to get everything done.  Please be sure to give yourself extra time to get to work or places which involve work because there is a possibility you might be late because of traffic or vehicle problems.

Cancer: Creativity, hobbies, gambling and even relationships with children or younger people will be very problematic for you.  Everything you find pleasure in may be difficult to enjoy. Frustration may gloom over you or even that you need to relax a bit because you may be overworked and exhausted.

Leo: Home is where the heart is for Leo’s there may be friction in the home or something may break or something that was stable for so long will go astray.  Mercury looks at a father figure or where your roots are.  There may be quite of bit of uncertainties and frustration as to where you are and where you are going.

Virgo: This transit is not unfamiliar to you.  The worry wart as you are this will increase.  There may be difficulties in communicating with colleagues, travel, and even something you are learning.  Things may be confusing and as messages get lost in the vacuum of the  world wide web be easy on yourself and know all practical things will become practical gain soon after November 27, 2013.

Libra: Money and security is the name of the game for Libras they must feel comfortable that money is flowing.  However, mercury retrograde may not allow you to buy that gadget you want or what you do may shut down for a period of time and perhaps things you love the most will be lost ie phone, ipad or break down.  Remember it can be replaced.

Scorpio: There may be a lot of uncertainties of who are and where it is that you are going.  Perhaps looking at what happened last October through November will give you the glimpse of what you can expect.   Maybe you don’t like your personality or question your demeanor don’t be so hard on yourself whatever you do, please don’t talk to yourself because you’re right and left brain will be in conflict with each other.

Sagittarius: This has always been pragmatic for you as well.  But by now you know how to handle this energy. But does it seem to you that something different always happens every mercury retrograde? But perhaps it may be this time where you may not able to get time to yourself or maybe you will discover your own enemies and if you do go into the hospital or visit or for minor illness expect to wait longer than normal.

Capricorn: Friends are important to you but this event may make you feel as though you don’t have any when you pick up the phone or your friends are too busy and don’t have time for you.  Be careful plan accordingly because you may not receive the support you are looking for in friends and this could affect your interpersonal relationships across the board.

Aquarius: You already know when you feel successful you feel good about yourself.  So it’s no wonder that mercury wants to shake this up and slow you down.  Maybe your professional career will slow down or shoot up like crazy but do expect lot of delays.  Especially with family, work, fame and public relations.

Pisces: Something always goes wrong isn’t that what you always say? Well it may and it does perhaps you and your Aquarius friend should get together because both of your focuses will be on work and how work may slow down or even your plans.  I hope that it does not and you feel good but remember glitches are there and kinks will cause you irritability.

These are general tendencies everyone’s effect of retrograde energy will be unique and I would suggest you contact my recommended astrologer:  Leslie Hale or Lee Stilwaters . To let you understand what is the best method of coping during this difficult time.


Similarly, be prepared with a back-up plan when you’re traveling. If your flight gets canceled or your car won’t start, remain calm and make the best of it. Who knows perhaps while waiting or getting something fixed mechanical we may meet fascinating person at the airport or on the road and they may lift our spirits enough to make the time go by faster. Remember, we can use this powerful energy in positive ways. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: renew, repair, review, renegotiate, and research…

In general, Mercury rules thinking and awareness, handling and publishing information and all means of communication, commerce and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves.

People may be more argumentative, doubting and pessimistic, hanging on to opposing views and often satirical to others. Sexual advances and sexually colored statements are more likely to be misconstrued. The emotional influence of Scorpio sharpens our instincts, but makes us less sympathetic. Secrets will come to light, often to the awkwardness of those concerned. It is not a good time for surgery.

All areas of communication are affected, especially in matters related to hidden things, sexual encounters, passionate commitments, jealousy, investigations and the occult. Mercury retrograde gives escalation to personal misinterpretations; damaged, unsettled, or delayed communications, negotiations and   trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or awry.


When Mercury is retrograde, everyone’s thinking is more contemplative and we tend to think about issues and concern that relate to the sign involved.

With Mercury retrograde beginning its motion in Libra, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be especially prone to such self-examination. There is little choice but to reconsider one’s personal views and opinions about life. There is, however, an opportunity to gain insight into one’s own ego.  Mercury retro in Libra brings blockages connected with communications and relationships. Ideas are not easily translated into money or other tangible rewards while Mercury is retrograde. Literary pursuits tend to be stymied in one way or another. This passage will continue until October 24, 2013, until it moves into Scorpio where people may be the opposite.

Mercury retro in Scorpio inclines to a sharp, cynical tongue. People generally tend to be gallant and tenacious, impetuous and difficult to get along with.  Confusion arises over secret matters that come to light and misguided information deriving from those who cling obstinately to their attitudes. Mysticism and the occult are in the news, scarily so!

All areas of communication are affected. Approaches and motivation for learning, communication and transportation are subjected  to difficulties under this aspect. It brings travel snafus and missed appointments of all kinds. Documents can go astray. Be sure to carry a diary and refer to it often.


The good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde: meditate, contemplate, edit the book/poem/song/essay you’ve been writing, clean house, talk to your pet, listen to music, paint, and catch up on sleep!

Since, mercury is a very slow moving planet and it effect almost all planetary signs .It is my suggestion that you purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through the wick.  Anoint the candle with Inspiration oil or Eucalyptus oil and chant the psalm 70 every single night.  This period will last for 6 weeks and it will be hard on all of us.  This will allow pleasant communications as well as kindnesses in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until November 27, 2013.

Remember that with all applications of psalms and mantras achieving the desired result is depended upon the quality of intention, and when it comes to finding satisfying relationships, it is of the greatest importance to begin with a clear understanding of what your goal should be. The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but it is a powerful source of energy I have chosen two mantras for you during this mercury retrograde:


“Om Budhaya Namaha”

(Om Bood-han-yah Nahm-ah-ha)

“Om and salutations to Buddha, presiding spirit of planet mercury”

This mantra is used to achieve mental clarity, to avoid and overcome misunderstandings and keep friendly communications flowing.

Please note that I am not an astrologer nor claim to be one.  Vedic readings incorporate astrological aspects immolate actions and reaction to specific things.  Vedic readers give a pathway to the crossroads and give the client an opportunity to change their pathway so that they can avert trouble or difficulties.  Astrology determines what could happen and Vedic reader why it is happening to tap into your own spiritual being to make a decision which is as sublime as the reaction the action.

Please remain calm through this period and know everything happens for a reason.  Do not be surprised if people from the past pop their heads back into your life.  If you recall why they left your life or disconnected you for a reason it will be the same reason why they may leave you again or they may explain themselves why they left.  You than can have your closure or a new begining. All these are similar to what mercury will ask of you.