Mercury is still moving forward at speed as October begins—yippee! Expect things to go swiftly and smoothly at the office and in your personal communications too. But around October 24th, prepare to slow down for the upcoming Mercury retrograde period that begins on the 31st. That slowing down has a special name: Mercury’s “shadow period” and the video above tells you how to use it to get ready for the retrograde period to come.
Mercury is in Scorpio this month and will be going retrograde in that sign, so get ready to have some hard conversations with people who know you far too well and who might have some reflections that are difficult to hear. Spend October clearing your plate so that November’s reflections can be welcomed as an invitation to deepening intimacy. Here are more clues about handling Mercury Retrograde with grace.
October begins with the Cardinal Air sign of Libra. As an Air sign, Libra blows in the winds of change at the autumnal equinox and frosts the leaves, creating a red and golden landscape. Imagine the season of Libra as a beautiful lady whose skirt is a small cyclone of brightly colored leaves, dancing and swirling. Winter is coming, but is not here yet. This is the fall, when the sun dips below the equator and leaves cascade from the trees. This year Libra runs from September 23 to October 23.
October concludes with Watery, Fixed Scorpio, beginning on October 23. Death is in the air as the nights grow colder still and darkness begins to settle in after the equinox has passed. Halloween, Day of the Dead and the Witches’ New Year all happen in Scorpio because many cultures have believed that at this time of the year the veil between this world and the next is thin and penetrable. Ghosts appear and the dead speak. Is it any wonder that Scorpios are sometimes a mystery, even to themselves? More on this fascinating sign after it begins.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.