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Mercury Retrograde Ends Wednesday

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” Henry David Thoreau

“To see things in the seed, that is genius. ” Lao Tzu

The sign of Scorpio is strong in the sky this week – with Mercury stationing direct in Scorpio and Mars entering this  enigmatic sign of mystery and magic. Scorpio is the sign of transformation and rebirth. One of the symbols for this sign is the phoenix rising from the ashes.

In the early part of this week Mercury is making a challenging aspect to Jupiter which can add to the potential confusion surrounding the Mercury station. It’s wise throughout the week to take extra  care with communications of all kinds.  It’s also a good time to keep a healthy perspective as Jupiter can add excess to the thought process at this time.  New realizations and revelations can occur under this influence but are likely to be things of a shadow nature – things that  come up from the deep and can be hard to integrate at the time. It’s wise to keep note of them however and to revisit  them over time if appropriate.

Mars the planet of passion, action and desire moves out of Libra into the sign of Scorpio Tuesday and will stay in this sign through the beginning of January. This is a good time to move forward with what you feel is important on a deep level in your life. It also is a good time to deepen intimacy in relationships. It’s wise to watch out for jealousy and possessiveness – the shadow side of this sign – throughout this time.

Mercury will station direct on Wednesday at 2:12 PM EST, at 11 degrees of Scorpio,  ending the retrograde period. This has been a powerful retrograde period as Mercury stationed retrograde on Halloween and will station direct in a favorable aspect to Neptune.  Mystical energy is strong – do pay attention to your intuition at this time.

The Sun will move into Sagittarius on Friday. This ushers in a good time for expanding your horizons through learning and travel. It can be a more optimistic time. Do watch out for overeating, overspending and overdoing.

On Friday Mars with trine Chiron, making this a good time to move forward with initiatives that lead to increased wholeness and authenticity.

One of the Sabian symbols for the Mercury station is,”A youth holding a lighted candle in a devotional ritual gains a sense of the great “other world.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill




Tuesday’s Full Moon in Taurus

“When we align our thoughts, emotions and actions with the highest part of ourselves, we are filled with enthusiasm, purpose and meaning .We are joyously and intimately engaged with our world.” Gary Zukav

“Entelechy, a Greek word meaning the dynamic purpose that drives us toward realizing our essential self , gives us our higher destiny and the capacities and skills that our destiny needs for its unfolding.” Jean Houston

The Moon waxes full Tuesday at 19 degrees of Taurus at 8:34 AM EDT, bringing into focus  the deeply held aspirations  of Scorpio and the pragmatic, down to earth concerns of the sign of Taurus.

It’s a good time to be in touch with your deeper aspirations  and be open to options as to how to actualize them.

Vesta is a strong player at this time indicating it is a good time to move towards an increased inner wholeness and authenticity. The Vestal Virgins, for whom Vesta was named, were the goddesses of the hearth in ancient Rome. They were keepers of the sacred flame and considered essential to the safety and security of Rome. They presided over every important government meeting. They freely chose a life in which they were autonomous, independent and fulfilled.

Vesta and Full Moon are opposing the  Sun and Mercury in Scorpio indicating  good time to get in touch with your emotional needs. It can bring a very good communication between the mind and the emotions.

Venus makes a challenging aspect to Neptune indicating a good time for art work, creative work and meditation.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Wisps of clouds, like wings, are streaming across the sky.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


Saturn, Neptune, Dreams and Visions

“Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked, we are living on only a small percentage of our abilities .” William James

“To live creatively is to die each day to the old and make way for the new in oneself, for the potential self that is waiting to be born.” Julie Redstone

The Saturn/Neptune sextile is exact for the third and final time now. This alignment represents a culmination of sorts and bodes well for adding pragmatics to  dreams and  aspirations. This influence will be strong throughout the month.

Timing – wise it’s best to adhere to the wisdom of the Seven of Pentacles in the Tarot Card deck, which  depicts  a gardener  holding her rake and gazing  at her plants. This card speaks of having the patient wisdom of the gardener as you pursue dreams and visions.

Pallas Athene, now in Sagittarius, lends the ability to broaden vision and plan strategically from a big-picture perspective.

One of the Sabian symbols for this alignment is,”In a quiet moment, a creative individual experiences the flow of inspiration.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda hill





Astrology for the Week of November 4

“Freedom is necessary for choice and choice is necessary for wisdom and growth. The sacred world of love and wisdom, fiery intelligence and passionate will, imagination and delight – is a world of freedom. It is liberating but it is also binding and connecting.” David Whyte

“The messages left by our intuition are highly personal; left at our back door step and no other, and they have to be read by the part of the mind that is particularly suited to their translation. They may deal with symbols , for example, instead of the good clear alphabets we’re used to.” Jane Roberts.

Venus is now in the fiery sign Sagittarius through the 26th. This ushers in a time that is good for travel and learning.  It is a more expansive, outwardly focused time than Venus in Scorpio with its native depth and perception. Sagittarius is a free spirited, freedom loving sign that loves new horizons  and can be restless at times. A desire for more freedom may be on the rise this month.

Later in the month Venus will get caught up in the Neptune /Jupiter square indicating it will be best to keep and eye on pragmatics and avoid idealizing things. This ongoing square has been one of the most important alignments this year and it is associated with eroding the boundary between fact and fiction.

Mercury is retrograde in Scorpio through the 21st indicating a good time to review finances and joint finances.  It’s also a good time to review what it is that you care deeply about and how that may have evolved over time. Retrograde periods are always a good time to pause, reassess and entertain other perspectives or possibilities that may elude us in the busyness  our everyday lives.

Mars is squaring Pluto this week. This combination is often in the chart of professional athletes. It’s an aspect that has a lot of drive and desire for accomplishment. A lot can be accomplished under this influence. It’s wise to use it well otherwise frustration can occur.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the veils will be thinner – it’s good good time to heed your intuition.

The Sabian symbol for Venus entering Sagittarius is,”The ocean covered with white caps.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Sunday’s New Moon in Scorpio

“We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. ” Maya  Angelou

“We can know the dark and dream it into a new image.” Starhawk

The Moon waxes new on Sunday at 4 degrees of Scorpio at 11:38 PM EDT. Scorpio is the sign of the seer, the shaman, the investigator, the mystic . It is a sign of depth and perception and seeing through to the essence of things.

The Sun, Moon, Venus, Pallas and Mercury will all be in this sign  of mystery and magic at this time. It is a good time to be in touch with your soul’s deeper aspirations and to shed attitudes and beliefs that no longer fit. Uranus, the planet of innovation and freedom is strong at this time – forming an opposition to the Sun and Moon. This supports moving in a direction of increased authenticity.

The Sabian symbol for this time is, “A broken bottle and spilled perfume.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


More on the Upcoming Mercury Retrograde

“Mercury retrograde  provides a time of slowing down, allowing for more space to pause, reflect, take stock, hone intentions and course correct as needed.” Henry Seltzer

My cell phone is on its last legs and I’ve been in the process of deciding how best to replace it.  I called my friend – also an astrologer – who I often have tea with. She has a number of planets in Aquarius and interfaces with the cyber world with more ease than I do.

We explored options. But as the conversation was winding down, she cautioned, “Whatever you do, do it before Mercury turns retrograde.”

I’m not totally on board with this kind of thinking. Mercury retrograde periods are good for tying up loose ends and attending to  things left undone- in other words, going back and redoing or replacing something already in progress. It is often a time when lost things can be found. Or if you have lost something during the retrograde period, it can often be found after Mercury turns direct.

But as far as cyber things go, I think it is best to resolve any related issues before Mercury stations retrograde. Mercury does rule communications.  And to avoid particularly,  a couple of days before the station retrograde and the following station direct when the influence can be stronger and more confusing.

There was a good example of this in November of 2000. I remember standing in line to vote on election day during the Bush /Gore race when a friend across the hall called out to me, “Who do you think will win today?”

Knowing that  Mercury was stationing, I said, “I think it won’t be decided for awhile. It will be back and forth with delays. ” (Very typical Mercury retrograde activity.)

It took quite awhile to resolve.

Mercury is slowing down in the sky now to station retrograde on October 31- Nov 21 and the influence can be felt as we move towards the station. It’s a good time to back up important info.

Mercury Stations Retrograde on Halloween

“All we are is the result of what we have thought.” Siddhartha Gautama

“New ways of thinking about familiar things can release new energies and make all manner of things possible.” Charles Handy

Mercury is is slowing down in preparation to station retrograde on October 31 in the late morning EDT. Mercury will station at 27 degrees of Scorpio  and retrograde down to 11  degrees  on Scorpio when it stations direct on Nov 21 ending the retrograde period.

In a nutshell this retrograde period will be a good time to get to the bottom of things and/or deepen your thinking in order to create a shift in perception.

It’s a good time to check your chart and see in which house Mercury is stationing. For instance, stationing in the first house would indicate a time to rethink or renew your sense of identity, in the fourth house, issues related to roots, home, family and ancestry and in the tenth house, the way forward on your life path.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”The king of the fairies approaching his domain.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


Sunday’s Full Moon in Aries

“Dreams can be cultivated, requested and experienced in ways that are difficult to anticipate.”Sandra Weintraub

“No one can give a definition of soul. But we know what it feels like. The soul is a burning desire to breathe in this world of light and to never lose it – to remain children of light.” Albert Schweitzer

“Soul is what connects you to everyone and everything else. ” Tom Chappell

The Moon waxes full Sunday at 20 degrees of Aries 5:08 PM EDT. At this time the Sun will be making a challenging aspect to both Pluto an Saturn. This indicates a powerful time of opportunity to release old patterns. This in turn will make room for new visions and opportunities.

There is a grand trine – a very beneficent alignment- between Mercury, Neptune an the North Node of life path and personal destiny. This indicates a very good time for inspiration and guidance about your soul’s yearnings and your path forward. Meditation and creativity can flourish under this influence.

The Full Moon is in Aries indicating a good time to look at interaction in relationships. It’s wise to consider how you handle self assertion and whether there’s room for improvement.  It’s also wise to consider how you handle anger and conflict in your relationships with others. Do impulsiveness and impatience need to be tempered and would more cooperation be beneficial? If any changes are called for, this is a very good time for releasing unproductive behavior patterns as there is support for creating new and more effective ones.

There is also considerable help from higher forces in moving along your life path at this time.

Venus is making a favorable aspect  to Neptune at this time making it a good time to follow your intuition about relationships and what kind of relationships you’d like going forward. It’s a good time to identify the relationships in your life that support your soul’s path forward. This aspect is also very good for spiritual growth and creative projects and a good time to make way for the new based on intuition.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A gate opens to the garden of all fulfilled desires.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


Mars in Libra and Venus Enters Scorpio

“Anyone can become angry-that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way- this is not easy.” Aristotle

Mars is now in Libra through late November. Mars is the god of action, drive and passion and is not happy in the more accomodating sign of Libra.

It is wise throughout this month and next  when dealing with others, to keep in mind patience,  sensitivity and tactfulness  to avoid the upsets and misunderstandings that can more easily occur  under this placement.

In the beginning of the week  Pallas Athene – the goddess of wisdom and strategic vision is in a favorable alignment with Neptune, the planet of idealism, dreams and visions. Pallas  brought the knowledge of diplomacy and conflict resolution to the gods and goddesses. She excelled at both but when battle was the only option left, she proved invincible. This alignment provides a good time to be open to inspiration, imagination and guidance  in terms of what you are advocating for in your life. It is also a good time to reaffirm your resolve to make it happen.

The Sun moves up to a square to Saturn at the beginning of the week. This is a good placement for getting work done as long as you are willing to overcome  obstacles that might arise  in the process.

Venus moves out of the sign of Libra Tuesday and into the sign of Scorpio. Venus in Libra likes relationships that are harmonious and Venus in Scorpio is more about the deep, passionate, transformative side of partnership.

Mars in Libra will move up to a challenging alignment to Chiron this week – bringing to  awareness challenges about personal power and self assertion. It’s a good time to rethink this are of life and see if any adjustments would be helpful.

Venus makes an inconjunct to Neptune indicating that it’s wise to avoid idealizing others, relationships and situations. The pull of addictions can be stronger under this influence. Best to keep  moderation and pragmatics in mind.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “A youth holding a lighted candle in a devotional ritual gains a sense of the great ‘other world.'”

Sabian symbol by Lynda Hill


Pluto Stations Direct, Mars and Mercury Change Signs

“True magic is not a means of control or manipulation. It is about cooperating with the most positive energy arising in any situation to create the best outcome for all concerned.” Carol S. Pearson.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke

In the beginning of this week there is a very favorable alignment between Pallas  Athene, the North Node and Neptune. This indicates a very good time for dreams, intuition and creative visualization.  It bodes well  to heed intuition and guidance that offers new perspectives and options for the path forward.  As Leonard Cohen wrote, “God is alive and magic is afoot.”

On Thursday  Pluto stations direct at 20 degrees of Capricorn at 2:37 AM EDT.  Pluto has been retrograde since late April.  Pluto direct adds an extra ability to get to the bottom of things that might not have been visible before – particularly concerning power and how power is used.  It’s a good week to get clear on how your direct your power and your will to move towards your aspirations.

Both Mercury and Mars will be lingering on the 29th degree this week before changing signs. This can add a bit of indecisiveness to the mix and a feeling that not all the information is in.

Mercury will enter Scorpio on Thursday and Mars will enter Libra on Friday.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”The dawn of a new day reveals everything has changed.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill