Sluggish Secrets, Justice and Trust: Mercury Retrograde Autumn 2020

Mercury Retrograde


September 24 through November 19, 2020

Pre-Progression: September 23-Oct 08, 2020 (Libra)

Pre-Progression Juncture: October 09-12, 2020 (Libra)

Mercury Retrograde (Station): October 13/14 , 2020  (Scorpio)

Mercury Station Regression: Oct 15-18, 2020 (Scorpio/Libra)

Mercury Retrograde Juncture: October 19-Nov 02 (Scorpio/Libra)

Mercury Direct: November 03, 2020(Scorpio)

Post-Regression Juncture: November 4-7, 2020(Libra)

Post-Juncture: November 8 -19, 2020(Scorpio)


By Maharani Rutan©

Once again, the universe is asking us to hold back and reassess everything in our lives as we journey through one of the most petulant prominence of Mercury retrograde.

This extraordinary shift occurs when the deceptive planetary motion is created by the orbital rotation of the earth, as related to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this visual illusion.

Retrograde periods are often thought-provoking, especially for mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, and Pisces) including those planets are being affected. During this period, the prominent signs will be Libra, Scorpio, and the Mutable signs listed above.

Each planet is illusory as it may appear to be retrograde, except for the Sun and Moon. Mercury, much like the winged messenger of the gods, comes in on feather-light wings and commands us to express, produce, reflect, ponder, re-visit, re-construct, re-pair, re-sign and most of all, re-consider.

Mercury retrograde forces us to reexamine our past; to leave the old circumstances behind or restart something that never had a closure. Whatever the case may be, it will be a problematic transit for sure. Mercury usually turns retrograde 3 times a year and each period is unique to the sign it falls on; but it certainly can be an eye opener for many.

The very first Mercury retrograde, in February through March, was in the axis of Aquarius/Pisces, which truly did affect many people, but most importantly for those that were Aquarius/Pisces. As always, it also ruffled some feathers for mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, and Virgo). This, of course, is nothing since mutable signs are used to getting wacked in the head with Mercury; they just get right up. (Read more about it here)

However, the retrograde this summer, June 1 through July 28, affected more people and was worse to so many as it pulled on our hearts and what we said. The Gemini/Cancer retrograde instigated many of us to get offended and we did not realize what we said that caused people to leave us. The intense energy rippled through our basic core of home and communication as it impacted all Cancerians and mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, and Virgo). They are called mutable signs for a reason. Cancers love their home and there were many miscommunications which were extremely nerve-racking. (Read more about it here)

Now, the third Mercury retrograde is slowly forthcoming, and this one will be trembling the grounds of Libra/Scorpio axis. Libra looks at things for stability and impartiality; it also highlights the legal system. The ruler of Scorpio is Pluto, the lord of the underworld and darkness. Basically, questioning what is secreted and what needed to be concealed in all fairness. I would not be surprised if this period effects election results or technical glitches which could lead to legal issues.

The journey began its ghost period one week after the New Moon in Virgo, September 23, 2020. The Ghost period of Mercury is just as intense as the retrograde period since it brings forth things in a vacuum and commences to gather old baggage, new garbage, and fragmentary situations until October 8, 2020. This is called the Pre-Progression period where a little bit of this and that is collected but not yet sorted. This phase will begin in Libra. This will cause many of us to feel that things are not fair, people are not being treated fairly, and any legal issues will definitely be delayed.

October 9 through 12, the irritable period starts, particularly with primary planets in Libra, as well as mutable signs. Libra’s like things reliable and reasonable and this will be far from it. Beware Libra’s, if you don’t want the past to come to re-visit you then don’t stir the pot! The last time Mercury was this close to Libra was during 2013-2014.

The powerful period will begin its journey backwards (Pre-Progression Period) at 23 degrees in Libra and will be at its maximum intensity at 11 degrees in Scorpio on October 13/14, 2020.

This retrograde places its wings on Scorpio and Libra. Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of the retrograde energy will be that Venus will be in Leo until the 23 of October. Leo’s love for family and partner will arrive with passion, deliverance with sweet words of encouragement, and showers upon what they love. But don’t worry this does not mean that after the 23rd there will not be love, it’s just that Venus moves into Virgo.

Mercury retrograde is no stranger to Scorpio. We saw Mercury retrograde in October 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2020. Think back to those times and I am sure you remember as it was not so long ago.

The 13th and 14th of October will be so tense that almost all communications and realizations are defunct within Mercury’s domain, as are reasonableness and rationality, our manner of thinking, and how we generate and prompt our thought processes. A changeable nature brings to mind strain and motion. This Planet also inspires us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both somatic and unworldly levels.

Further, Mercury’s energy is mutually reactive and sensitive. Mercury is about quick outings. Family, friends, and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm. Negotiation, symbols, records, online communications, and education are all within Mercury’s domain. This planet pleads with us to prompt ourselves often – and well.

When Mercury goes retrograde our communications will be challenged; it could even mean that we are giving inconsistent messages to people that we interact with. Because Mercury rules communication and transportation, these two areas are most influenced during a Mercury Retrograde. Dialogs might be more problematic, as overlapped signals and uncertain connotations cloud normally candid discussions. Still, with a little thoughtfulness and attention, you’ll get your point across.

Mercury retrograde inclines to touch people rebelliously and though it usually tends to affect only the sign it places itself in, it always affects mutable signs directly. The journey will begin in the early signs of Libra then moves to Scorpio, where it sits for four weeks, and ends in the sign of Scorpio, not leaving until November 19, 2020.

Unless they are careful, Scorpios and Libras could be pounded. Because of these movements, those that are Libra and Scorpio, or those that have Libra/Scorpio anywhere in their chart including mutable signs, will surely be affected.

Please note that if you are not a Libra, Scorpio or Mutable sign you should not think you will not be affected. Mercury takes everyone hostage and vacuums them into a tailspin.

Here are the propensities of how Mercury will impact your life for 8 weeks. The predispositions below are renderings of Vedic philosophies; they may not be essentially specific to an individual person’s chart. These pre-dispositions will focus on those impacted, from most to the least. Remember, Mercury affects everyone.

Libra & Scorpio

Libra: From September 24 through October 13, there is a possibility to be over analytical, which could deliver excellent outcomes in your work and career. But be careful to be correct, otherwise you may have to do things more than once. Also, sometimes being too much of a perfectionist could cause problems in your personal life, career, or within your personality. When Mercury moves to Scorpio from the 13th of October until the 3rd of November, the bond with family and friends should become stronger. Be careful with your finances. Do not make any decisions currently.

Scorpio: From September 24 through October 13, there is a possibility of difficulties in the workplace where adversaries could find reasons to find faults with your diligence and conflict resolution is the best method if you want to keep your character in a good stanza. From October 13 through the 3rd of November, financially, keep an eye on everything and hard work will pay off. Your transparency and due diligence will be recognized.

Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius

Pisces: Until October 13, this is not a bad transit as wish fulfillment is the energy. Travel is possible with delays and spending time with family will be valuable. Financially, you may decide to have a new source of income. Most of all, your principles will outweigh everything in your life. However, after the 13th of October and before November 3, there may be romantic relationship issues. There may be a tendency to be overly analytic and expect more from people. It may also be that self-accountability is not in your nature during this time. Be careful of accidents and introspect on the way you handled situations.

Gemini: Until October 13, your creative skills are flowing; there is plenty of work energy and possible promotions or new projects could be headed your way. Take care with your eating habits and exercise regularly as things could get out of hand. After October 13, though, there could be lethargy or anxieties. You may even have an inability to vocalize your feelings. Be careful not to bring past relationships back into your life as they may tarnish the current one.

Virgo: Right now, until October 13, your eagerness, valor, and self-confidence will treat you well. Choose your words wisely, as during this time period, misunderstandings are possible at work. Watch your spending; you will assist family members more than ever. And most of all, you will be able to meet targets. After October 13 and through November 3, there are plenty of thoughts of finances and investments. Open and honest communication is important currently. Be careful of your eating habits and try to eat fresh with nutrients in mind.

Sagittarius: Now until October 13, there are possibilities of stress due to delays in projects; health issues of a loved one may be possible. Be careful with your spending patterns and budget yourself wisely. There will be plenty of adversaries at the workplace, but you will have the upper hand. After 13th, new career opportunities, recognition, and financial gains are possible.

Aquarius, Taurus & Leo

Aquarius: Until October 13, promotions, and recognition are possible at this time and your analytical skills will be sharp. Your aptitude in group presentations and collaborative thinking will also give you an edge over others. You will also have relationship collaboration and good surprises from the people who care for you. After the 13th and before 19th of November this trend could continue as unexpected financial and professional gains are even more possible.

Taurus: Prior to October 13, past relationship issues could pop up, but this is not a negative, rather, they give you the time to collaborate with others. There will be plenty of family support and your finances will also smile upon you. This is the time you may meet someone, but be careful and take it slow. Additionally, new career prospects are possible. However, after the 13th until November 19, there could be plenty of obstacles and hidden enemies in your workplace; make sure your all your I are dotted and T’s are crossed, otherwise there are bound to be more misunderstandings.

Leo: From the end of September until October 13, there is plenty of happiness in areas of relationships, including family and friends. There is a possible job change or responsibilities that will be headed your way and your dedication will be recognized. After the 13th and before the 19th there may be closer bonds between you and your family; however, it may not be a smooth ride. Be careful with your diet and try to eat what you are used to than trying something new.

Capricorn, Aries, & Cancer

Capricorn: Until October 13, you will find your creativity and public speaking skills are on the rise and your approach will bring success. There will be a possibility that networking could bring new supportiveness in the community and hard work will assist in reaching your goals. However, between October 13 through November 19, you could become even more competitive which could bring more business and financial gains.

Aries: Now until October 13, be very vigilant with the words you choose while communicating and avoid all arguments. There could be difficulties in your creative flow and because of deadlines there may be a lack of workflow. After the 13th and before Mercury has completely moved forwards, you may find relationship issues. Avoid all confrontations at the workplace.

Cancer: From the end of September until October 13, there could be turbulence in communication with you and your loved ones; choose your words carefully. Avoid being harsh to people as words can never be taken back. After the 13th be mindful of your expenditures and try to have a cordial relationship with your mother. Be sure to drink plenty of water and have proper hygiene as asthmatic and skin issues could be possible.

The predispositions listed above are general VPAT tendencies and not to be mistaken for a specific person. They are based on tendencies from Numerology, Dharma, and Astrology, as well as Karmic transitions. Every individual has their own unique trait. I recommend you contact an astrologer of your choice, Vedic or Western, and they will be able to give you an idea of how this will affect you individually.

Correspondingly, be ready for interruptions while traveling. Remember, we can use this influential energy in positive ways. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: renew, repair, review, renegotiate, and research…Does your car need a repair? You might want to consider having it checked out before 12th otherwise anything could go wrong – and it will.

In general, Mercury rules thinking and awareness, behavior and socializing information, and all means of communication, trade, and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their observations or their aptitudes, such as authors and speakers, critics and detractors, chatterboxes and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves.

People may be more argumentative, uncertain, and adverse; hanging on to opposing views is often ironic to others. Sexual advances and sexually colored statements are more likely to be misread. The emotional influence of Scorpio sharpens our dispositions but makes us less understanding. Secrets will come to light, often to the discomfort of those who are apprehensive. It is not a good time for surgery. If you are having a medical procedure, try to postpone it.

All areas of communication are affected, especially in matters related to buried things, sexual encounters, zealous commitments, jealousy, examinations, and the occult. Mercury retrograde gives escalation to individual misapprehensions; broken, disturbed, or delayed communications, dialogues and trade; malfunctions and failures with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. All of these problems usually arise because some fundamental piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or askew.

With Mercury retrograde beginning its motion in Libra, people with this sign projecting in their charts will be especially disposed to deep thinking. There is little choice but to reconsider one’s individual clarifications and feelings about life. There is, however, the prospect to gain understanding into one’s own character.

Mercury retrograde in Libra brings obstacles associated with communication and relationships. Thoughts are not easily read into money or other tangible rewards while Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury retrograde in Scorpio rises to an unforgiving, pained tongue. People usually tend to be gallant, persistent, impetuous, and problematic to get along with. Confusion rises over secret matters that come to light and impulsive information stemming from those who adhere obstinately to their egotism. Mysticism and the occult are in the news, scarily so!

Mercury is a very sluggish planet and it touches almost all planetary signs. It is my suggestion that you purchase a yellow candle and carve your name through to the wick. Anoint the candle with Inspiration oil or Eucalyptus oil and chant the Psalm 70 every single night.

This period will last for 8 weeks and it will be hard on all of us. This will allow pleasant communication as well as kindness in situations.

You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until November 19, 2020.

The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but are a powerful source of energy.

I have chosen a special mantra for you during this Mercury retrograde:

Om Braam Breem Broum Sau Budhaya Namaha

(aum braum brim broom sua Bud ha ya Namaha )

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

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

Please note that I am not an astrologer nor claim to be one. Vedic readings integrate astrological features; inspire activities and responses to specific things. Vedic readers give a pathway to the crossroads and give the client an outlook to change their passage so they can prevent anguish or difficulties. Astrology governs what could happen and a Vedic reader governs why it is happening in order to tap into your own spiritual being and allow you to decide which is as inspiring as the reaction or action.

Please remain peaceful through this period and know that everything happens for a reason. Do not be surprised if people from the past pop their heads back into your life. If they do, remember that they left for a reason – can everything always go back to the way it was? This is the question that Mercury will ask.



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