by Robert Wilkinson
Since we have entered the peculiar zone known as Mercury Retrograde, I pulled together various articles I've done in the past weeks about what we can expect from this period. It should be a great retrograde due to the conjunction with Jupiter, helping put the brakes on old Saturn in Leo stuff in our lives that may have been a drag on our line since 2005. This can open up alternative larger views in the areas Scorpio falls in our charts, and connect us deeper with ourselves and others who are part of our future.
For those needing a refresher on the general meaning of Mercury Retrograde, click on the link. Regarding this Mercury Retrograde period specifically, we have How this Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio will Affect Everyone. Part two, titled How Your Sign is affected by the October-November 2006 Mercury Retrograde, offers something for each Sun and Rising signs.
An important thing to remember during Mercury retrograde is not to take things at face value, and that many things will not turn out as expected, though this isn't necessarily bad. It is great for returns, and in Scorpio, we may even be able to meet Soul friends from across lifetimes. Magnetism is definitely high, and with Mercury conjunct Jupiter at its station I would think it would be good to open the power of the imagination to attract exactly what we need in the way of connectedness, inside ourselves as well as with allies in the world.
Though Mercury will again square Neptune, this can be a time of accurately seeing the phases and stages of how to develop a greater ideal and make it concrete in the future. It is an aspect that challenges us not to be vague, ungrounded, or self-depreciating in any way. We must "square" our mind with the Higher ideal, and find unusual or indirect methods to attain the goal. Take a new look at things, get clear, simple, and grounded, and remember the Saturn skills you found through your experience this past year to help you find the heart and creativity to make everything move forward.
We're right at the point in time when a new series of waves are breaking, setting many different cycles into motion all related by sign within a very short span of the zodiac. It started with the recent New Moon conjunct Venus, Sun, and Mars within a few hours, then all of these conjunct each other within a few days. This will fuse the Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra, and Scorpio sectors in a new series of year-long cycles stimulating wherever we have late Libra and early Scorpio.
Soon all of these planets will conjunct Mercury in mid-Scorpio and then Jupiter in late Scorpio, opening short and long cycles there as well. These will impact the Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces sectors, and show emergent power in our Capricorn and Aquarius areas.
The final set of waves breaks the second week of December through the Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter conjunctions in early Sagittarius. After December, we'll all be riding different waves of activity, with major focus on early Sagittarius. Get ready to rock in those areas of your life!