Mercury Retrograde Autumn/Winter 2019
Oct 11-Dec 7, 2019
Pre-Progression: Oct 11-27(Libra/Scorpio)
Pre-Progression Juncture: Oct 28-30(Scorpio)
Mercury Retrograde (Station): Oct 31 (Scorpio)
Mercury Station Regression: Nov 1-Nov 4(Scorpio)
Mercury Retrograde Juncture: Nov 5-16 (Scorpio)
Mercury Direct Regression: Nov 17-19(Scorpio/Sagittarius)
Mercury Direct: Nov 20(Scorpio)
Post-Regression Juncture: Nov 21-24(Scorpio/Sagittarius)
Post-Juncture: Nov 25-Dec 7 (Scorpio/Sagittarius)
By Maharani Rutan©
Once again, the cosmos is forcing us to slow down and reassess everything in our lives as we transit through one of the most irritable emphases of Mercury retrograde. This will be our last Mercury retrograde for the year, but it will be slow and lethargic as it moves through many family holidays.
This extraordinary switch happens when the illusory planetary gesticulation is created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with contingency to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually moving backward or stationary, they just seem that way due to this optical illusion.
Every Mercury retrograde period is often challenging, especially for mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, and Pisces). Additionally, this retrograde will be even more intense as we move through the signs thus taking hostage of all those who have Libra, Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, and Aquarius in their charts as well.
Mercury retrograde subjects us to reassess our past; to leave the old circumstances behind or restart something that never had a closure or a good conclusion. Whatever the case may be, it will be a difficult transit for sure. Mercury usually turns retrograde three times a year and each period is unique to the sign it falls on; but understand that it can be an eye opener for many.
The very first Mercury was in the axis of Aries/Pisces, and during this time many of us tended to jump to conclusions. As it moved into Pisces (mixture of fire and water) it brought a lot of steam. “During this time the mixed energy will surely cause plenty of confusion.” – Read more here. Our second Mercury retrograde occurred smack in the middle of the summer eclipse which moved through Gemini/Cancer/Leo. During that period we were “Asking the question ‘I’m curious, was the ending of a circumstance needed, or are second or third chances deserved?’” Read more here
We must first understand why Mercury comes. For a moment let’s look at the events during retrograde time this year. Many of us who watch the news know that there have been continuous scandals within the Executive Offices of the U.S. Let’s rewind for a moment, our first retrograde was February through April 2019, hence, the intensity period was March 4-9, 2019.
During this time, Stormy Daniels sets the stage for hush money and an affair with President Trump which was ultimately sent back to California instead of Washington D.C. Our second retrograde was June through August 2019, and once again, President Trump gets sued by a contestant from his former tv show for defamation. Furthermore, the famous phone call to President Zelensky of Ukraine took place in late June/early July. But the climax occurred when the Ambassador to Ukraine came to the states on July 9, 2019. Mercury retrograde was intense between July 6 through July 12, 2019.
Now we turn to what we will expect and how many more communication issues arise. After all, Trump is a Gemini and Mercury is a ruler of Gemini. All I can say is almost 18 women have come forth of sexual misconduct against him, 20-23 members of his cabinets have left and have been replaced. Now comes the pay off. I have no real opinions but to state the facts and that there will be a meeting of some minds and with Mercury in Scorpio, something will give.
Now, the third Mercury is gradually approaching, and this Mercury will be trembling the grounds of a Libra/Scorpio axis. Libra looks at things for stability and justness; it also highlights the legal system. The ruler of Scorpio is Pluto, the lord of the underworld and darkness. Basically, Scorpio questions what is hidden and what needed to be hidden in all fairness.
From October 11 through October 26, 2019 the Pre-Progression period will set the stage for its climaxed intensity. This period of Mercury is just as powerful as the retrograde period since it carries things in a vacuum and begins to gather old garbage, baggage, and unfinished business until October 27, 2019.
The middle of this ride also includes the full moon in Aries. As a full moon brings auspicious blessings (read about it here), this full moon will bring double blessings. It will give us the courage and self-confidence needed to bring forth ideas that may seem out of this world and transform them into something everyone can use.
As Mercury transits through Libra/Scorpio from October 11 through 23, 2019, it may cause a lot of hindrances for Libras and anything that goes wrong will be self-scrutinized. The last time Libra’s may have felt like this could have been around September 2009, October 2014, and again in October 2015. These periods could have instigated many people to reconnect with people from the past or they griped that they were in the wrong situation at the wrong time.
On October 11, 2019 Mercury moves into Scorpio at 11 degrees, hence it is still in the sun sign of Libra. The intense energy begins, especially with primary planets in Libra, Scorpio, all fixed signs (Leo, Taurus, and Aquarius) as well as mutable signs (Gemini, Pisces, Virgo and Sagittarius). Libra’s like things constant and just, and this will be far from it. Be careful Libra’s, if you don’t want the past to come to re-visit you then don’t stir the pot!
The Pre- progression juncture period will officially begin at 24 degrees in Scorpio on October 27 through the 30th. The last times that Mercury was in Scorpio were in 2012, 2014, 2018. If you can recall, during those times it was a frustrating period but with the hindrances many people became accustomed and took the time to rethink. However, it is the most perfect time for Mercury retrograde, as Mercury always brings people together, and this time, Diwali (Hindu New Year) will surely bring parties and social gatherings to celebrate the auspicious event throughout India as well as in many other parts of the world.
The festival of lights as become even more popular; even if one is not a Hindu, the vibrancy of the celebration, colors, and spirituality brings together people to bring blessings. Although new moons are not considered auspicious, the new moon in Scorpio on the 27th will be considered very auspicious as it sets the stage not only for Mercury, but also Pluto which is now direct in Capricorn. This could also help bring the unknown to the forefront.
Even though Diwali celebration usually lasts for 5-7 days, expect major glitches which could occur on October 31, 2019, as Mercury stations retrograde at 27 degrees in Scorpio. This is merely a continuation of unfinished business from Dec 6, 2018 when Mercury stationed direct at 27 degrees in Scorpio.
The Mercury Station Regression is just as intensive as the station which gestures lethargic energy from November 1 through November 4, 2019, during which time people generally become disposed to be unafraid, persistent, reckless, and problematic. Scorpios have predispositions for theatrics and appetites to cope with the hand they were dealt. Evidence and indication are related with control and decision. Misunderstanding ascends over secret things that become obvious and material, arising from those who follow their arrogance stubbornly (shall we say whistle blower?).
Spirituality and the occult may appear in the news – dangerously so! People are extra argumentative, suspicious, and may fluctuate with contradictory thoughts which are often sarcastic to others. The subtle inducement of Scorpio advances our propensities but makes us less compassionate. Conundrums will come to light, often to the disgrace of those concerned. It is not a good time for a medical procedure. All areas of communication are pretentious, especially in matters related to hidden things, sexual meetings, ardent promises, fraud, investigations, and the occult.
As we move the clocks forward one hour to adjust to the daylight savings time, the intensity will lessen with time. This will set the stage for Mercury Retrograde Juncture November 5 through November 16, 2019. In the middle of it all we will have a full moon in Taurus, thus a double whammy for fixed signs, not necessary in a bad way though.
Additionally, Jupiter will transit forward into Sagittarius until March 2020. Enjoy this time Sagittarius, even if it seems slow for you. Jupiter in your sign always brings wonders. However, I do understand your confusion as time as Saturn is in Sagittarius causing some difficulties for you.
Messages, understanding, and realization are all within Mercury’s realm, as are reasonable and rational thinking, and how we create and express our thought processes. A mercurial nature recalls strain and motion. Rat-a-tat-tat — things happen uncontrolled here. This Planet also rouses us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both somatic and divine levels.
Furthermore, Mercury’s energy is both responsive and perceptive. Mercury is about quick trips. Family, friends, and transportation are also within Mercury’s realm, but discourse, writing, books, online communications, and education are all within Mercury’s primary domain. This planet appeals for us to prompt ourselves often — and well.
When Mercury goes retrograde our infrastructures will be tested; it could even mean that we are generous with expanded messages to people that we interact with. Because Mercury rules messages and transportation, these two areas are most predisposed during a Mercury retrograde. Negotiations might be more difficult as overlying signals and ambiguous undertones cloud generally open discussions. Still, with slight reflection and attention, you’ll get your point across.
Perhaps it will be just the right time to step back from thinking in the past too much and Mercury Direct Regression could very help in this matter. From November 17 through the 19th, we will slowly begin to feel as though the tension is clearing away.
Mercury retrograde tends to touch people rebelliously, though it usually tends to affect not only in the sign it places itself but also mutable signs directly. Please note that if you are not a Libra, Scorpio, or Mutable sign you may believe that you will not be affected-THIS IS UNTRUE. Mercury takes everyone as a hostage and vacuums them into a tailspin.
Finally, on November 20, 2019, Mercury will be direct in Scorpio at 16 degrees. Mercury will never be at this exact degree again; however, it will be close around the same time next year. Often though, people assume that when Mercury goes direct everything is back to normal, VPAT considers it like anything moving which must adjust itself again.
November 21, through November 24, the energy will still be a little intense through the Post Regression Juncture. Whereas creative tendencies including crafts, music, art, or design tend to be gridlocked by circumstances beyond one’s control. Legal matters will advance slowly, and unforeseen snags tend to appear. Mercury retrograde slopes to absenteeism, a complication of consciousness, and has no lenience for incomplete investigation.
Finally,The Post Direct Juncture As we ease into putting our lives back together again November 25 through December 7th, there may be two impacts which could bring closings, such as the New Moon in Sagittarius, and Neptune going direct in Pisces after 5 months of being retrograde. This could bring some spirituality back into our lives just in time for Thanksgiving and preparing us for Christmas holidays.
Here are the propensities of how Mercury will impact your life for these eight to nine weeks. The predispositions below are according Vedic philosophies; they may not essentially belong to a specific person’s chart. Therefore, depending upon which ideology is preferred, I suggest Western Astrologers for those who follow the classical western ideology or pm me to get a full life forecast.
I will be generalizing the tendencies to avoid and those to look out for. Giving preference to those that will be affected most intensely.
Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius
As we move through Libra and enter Scorpio, and finish in the sun of Sagittarius, the intensity will be very clear.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Be careful not to become egotistical and remember to keep your feelings to yourself. Possible travel is in order. Your career may have glitches, but returns are awesome.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: There could be lethargic energy in areas of your career and finances, at the same time your physical health is much better than ever.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Spiritual activities are possible, it’s best to be more self-aware and introspective on what you want in the future and begin to plan. Face your fears. You will soon find that you will have more public recognition and new skills are possible.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: There is plenty of support from those who are older and wiser than you. Financial growth is a possibility.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Plan on paying off debts but be careful not to be too generous as you may spend more than you have, especially with family members. It’s time to let go of people that no longer serve your purpose. Plus, you may have plenty of energy to finish projects.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: Professional matters will go excellent. However, interpersonal relationships, networks, and other social matters are not the best for you. Keep low profile.
Gemini, Pisces and Virgo
As a mutable sign, Mercury retrograde always seems to be problematic for you. This is especially true for Gemini’s as Mercury rules your sign.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Be careful not to play with your money, think before spending. Positivity and new projects will be beneficial for you.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: Your health will need attention due to difficulties in interpersonal relationships.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Be careful with your health, but most of all, be careful with your tongue as it could lead to conflicts.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: Your personal life does not seem all that loving, however, your career and financial life seem to have potential growth
Oct 11-24, 2019: Financially, things are better for you. A positive attitude will assist in expanding your network.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: Mentally and physically you will be very sharp, however, you could fall ill due to a change of weather.
Aquarius, Taurus and Leo
As Mercury transits in Scorpio all those that fall in the fixed signs will also feel the adverse effects of Mercury retrograde.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Be careful with your financial investments, if it does not make sense it probably is not good for you. Trips are possible.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: You may become too busy to dedicate time for interpersonal relationships due to your professional growth.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Remain careful with your spending. There could be minor illnesses due to an indulgence of some sort. Also be careful to avoid outbursts or anger as they will cause many problems.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: Relationships could be difficult while finances and family matters could be blissful.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Travel is likely for you and you will receive added support from family and friends. It’s time to pay off debts.
Oct 25-Dec 7, 2019: Friendships and networking could expand, but financial situations could be like dripping water from a facet.
Capricorn, Aries, Cancer
Even though Mercury retrograde is not falling under Cardinal Signs just remember that it begins in Libra where there could be difficulties for you.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Professionally, things are looking up for you, however, there will be plenty of work causing you to feel over worked and fatigued.
Oct 25-Nov 7, 2019: Career and financial growth is possible, however, be careful with your health during this time.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Be careful not to cause conflict in the workplace, or with family and friends.
Oct 25-Nov 7, 2019: Complications with family and employment matters are possible.
Oct 11-24, 2019: Trips are possible but be careful not to spend money unnecessarily which could cause obstacles for you.
Oct 25- Nov 7, 2019: There may be unexpected expenses but plenty of travel for you, however, interpersonal relationships may have a sluggish feel.
During all phases of Mercury, be ready for interruptions while traveling. Remember, we can use this influential energy in constructive ways. Use this time to do activities that start with “re”: restart, restore, review, renegotiate, and research…
In general, Mercury rules attitude and awareness, behavior and mingling information, and all means of communication, skill, and transportation.
People may be more argumentative, uncertain, and adverse; hanging on to contrasting views and often sarcastic to others. Sexual advances and sexually colored statements are more likely to be misjudged. The emotional influence of Scorpio hones our characters but makes us less sympathetic. Secrets will come to light, often to the distress of those who are worried. It is not a good time for surgery. If you are having a medical procedure, try to postpone it.
All areas of communication are pretentious, especially in matters related to hidden things, sexual encounters, passionate promises, jealousy, investigations, and the occult. Mercury retrograde gives growth to individual misunderstandings; fragmented, troubled, or delayed communications, discourses, and trade; breakdowns and fiascos with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. All these problems frequently arise because some essential piece of information, or element, has gone astray or askew.
With Mercury retrograde opening its motion in Libra, people with this sign projecting in their charts will be especially prone to reflection. There is little choice but to reconsider one’s personal understandings and feelings about life. There is, however, an opportunity to gain understanding into one’s own character. Mercury retrograde in Libra brings obstacles connected with communication and relationships.
Opinions are not easily interpreted 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, 2019 when it moves into Scorpio where people may be the contradictory.
Mercury retrograde in Scorpio rises to a harsh, withering tongue. People are generally inclined to be gallant, tenacious, impetuous, and problematic to get along with. Misunderstanding arises over secret matters that come to light and foolish information stemming from those who cling obstinately to their arrogance. Mysticism and the occult are in the news, scarily so!
The good things to do when Mercury is retrograde: contemplate, consider, oversee the book/poem/song/essay you’ve been writing, clean house, talk to your pet, listen to music, paint, and catch up on sleep!
Mercury is a very slow-moving 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. These actions will allow pleasant communication as well as kindness in situations. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until December 7, 2019.
Remember that with all submissions of psalms and mantras, realizing the desired result is dependent upon the quality of intention. When it comes to finding nourishing 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 are a powerful source of energy.
This year I have chosen only two mantras; one that is the simplest to pronounce while the other is complex for those who are advanced in their pronunciation of Sanskrit mantras.
Om Mani Padme Hum
(ooom MaaanI Pud me Hum)
Advanced (my favorite)
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Savaha
This mantra is used to attain mental clarity, to avoid and overcome misunderstandings, and to 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 response to specific things. Vedic readers give a path through the crossroads and give the client a vision to change their corridor so they can avert suffering or difficulties. Astrology governs what could happen and a Vedic reader regulates why it is happening in order to tap into your own spiritual being and allow you to decide which is as sublime as the reaction or action.
Please remain passive 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.
For Scorpios and Libras; go back to 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018; look to see whom you want to say goodbye to and know the reasons why. Is it because of vindictiveness or is it because of equality? All in all, be modest in your direction as Mercury watches your actions and replicates reactions.
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