Mercury Turns Direct: Back To Basics

Mercury turns direct, phone & pen

Mercury turns direct [24 Virgo 12]

– October 2, 2022 (09:07 GMT)

Hip hip hooray – Mercury turns direct this weekend after an unusually chaotic three weeks.

Trickster planet Mercury turned retrograde on September 10th in Libra. Mercury returns to the air sign Libra linked to relationships on October 10th – this might be the date when you can find more balance within a key relationship, especially if love and life have been out of kilter recently.

Mercury In Virgo

Mercury has already moved through Virgo, where it turns direct today, from August 4th to August 26th and Mercury retrograded back into Virgo on September 23rd. These dates may be relevant to what’s happening now, especially August 20th/21st when Mercury first entered its shadow phase.

Mercury rules all forms of communication so if you’ve experienced any hiccups, misunderstandings or delays, now is the perfect time to sort things out. The same applies to paperwork, bureaucracy, facts and figures.

This is especially important as Mercury turns direct in earth sign Virgo linked to writing, administration & correspondence. Deal with the facts, get back to basics.

Mercury Trine Pluto

What’s intriguing about this Mercury direct phase is that Mercury is now at 24° Virgo and when it switches direction it’s trine Pluto at 26° Capricorn. Pluto also turns direct on October 8th.

Mercury and Pluto have already met twice, on August 22nd and September 27th when Mercury was retrograde. They make their third and final connection on October 7th.

This means that it’s not just a good time to talk once Mercury turns direct but it’s a good time to talk about any difficult, challenging or taboo subjects.

Mercury and Pluto together are a focused combination. This is laser insight, deep understanding, bringing what’s hidden to light. Whatever conversation you’ve been avoiding recently, this is the one to tackle.

Mercury and Pluto together are helpful for unearthing secrets, therapeutic conversations, research and detective work. Be thorough in your dealings, follow a thought through to its logical conclusion, tie up loose endings and finalise important matters.

Mercury Direct Guidelines

Here are some guidelines for when the communication planet is moving in the right direction:

  • try again – second chances are a classic Mercury direct theme, sort out any misunderstandings
  • consider what Mercury retrograde taught you, i.e. where are you wasting your time?
  • speak your mind – ask what someone else thinks or feels, initiate a conversation
  • write a list – keep it short & deal with what’s most important or urgent in your life
  • do what you say you will, recommit to a promise
  • handle any technological or transport issues
  • plug back in & renew your energy & focus

Star Sign Information

Here are the key areas where Mercury is turning – read both your Sun sign & your Ascendant sign.

  • Virgo: Personal goals, image & profile
  • Libra: Inner work & retreat
  • Scorpio: Friends & group activities
  • Sagittarius: Career & vocation
  • Capricorn: Travel & study
  • Aquarius: Joint finances & sex
  • Pisces: Partnership & contracts
  • Aries: Work & health
  • Taurus: Creativity, romance & children
  • Gemini: Home & family
  • Cancer: Communication & community
  • Leo: Money & values

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Mercury stations Direct

September 30th ~ October 7th

“Sailing in the Mist” by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

Just so. Opening your eyes is all that is needing. The heart lies and the head plays tricks with us, but the eyes are true. Look with your eyes. Hear with your ears. Taste with your mouth. Smell with your nose. Feel with your skin. Then comes the thinking, afterward, and in that way knowing the truth. ~ George R. R. Martin

On October 2nd Mercury stations in preparation for its apparent direct motion. And so ends the current retrograde phase of Mercury. But not so fast. It will take a bit for Mercury to pick up speed once again. And in the days leading up to the station we are also gradually adjusting to what we are accustomed to calling ‘normal’. There are shifts in perception as things are trying to fall into that semblance of normalcy.

But here’s the issue: As Mercury stations direct this week, it is also opposing nebulous Neptune. Mercury is strong in Virgo and is desperately trying to put the pieces of the puzzle all back together again. But under the confabulating rays of Neptune, it cannot trust what it is seeing, hearing and sensing. The fog rolls in, the tides are swirling, and the light is dim. And as if that is not enough, Mars too is joining the fray.

Mars is now slowing for its retrograde station on October 30th. And as it does so it is also applying to a square to Neptune, creating a mutable t-square between stationing Mercury in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces, and square Mars slowing for its station in Gemini. This is, by the way, the stuff of which foul weather brews. And here we are in the midst of Hurricane season, while a category 4-5 hurricane having just barreled its way into the state of Florida. We’ll all be feeling this personally as well.

These prevailing Neptune afflictions hovering in the background can make us all feel as if we are adrift, uncertain or inundated in our own diluvian storm surge. Things get beyond us. We lose track. We are confused by mixed messages. The dishes pile up in the sink, and the laundry does not get done. Thankfully the Mercury/Neptune transit does not perfect. Mercury comes very close to the opposition, and then turns tail. And thankfully so. And that’s where stationing Pluto takes over.

Pluto will station direct on October 8th. And whenever planets station they are strong and present. And as Mercury stations this weekend, it is making a strong trine to Pluto. There are two exact Mercury/Pluto trines: one on September 27th, and again on October 6th. And this is what saves the day. So that even as we are awash in the veil of all that Neptune uncertainty, and even as we don’t quite trust our own senses yet, Mercury/Pluto cuts through all the lies, the confusion and the chaos with the proverbial sword of discrimination. Usually an opposition would be able to trump a trine, but in this case the opposition to Neptune is like a lingering hangover, while the trine to Pluto is a well honed and sharpened blade.

What this weather is good for:

  • Compassion and connection: When Neptune dissolves boundaries and inundates us, it also lays bare the reality that we are all here swimming together in this great ocean of experience we call life. We are all intricately bound to one another on these subtle planes. But when Neptune comes to call it simply can not be denied. Recognizing these subtle interconnections awakens our compassion, and opens our hearts.

  • Getting to the bottom cause of an issue and fixing it: Mercury/Pluto delves deep beneath the surface. Therefore this is an excellent time for therapy and self-realization, in addition to understanding why the technology isn’t working the way it should.

  • Solving a mystery or figuring out a puzzle: Same as above. Mercury/Pluto is focused and determined to solve the puzzle, and will relentlessly stay focused on figuring it out to the exclusion of all else.

  • Following through with a hunch: This is deeply intuitive weather. Neptune aims to open up the senses, and Pluto sees the patterns in the tea leaves. Virgo follows up with practical application.

  • Making sense of the insensible: Mercury in Virgo is strong and well organized! And resourceful. It organizes the drawers, itemizes the bills and cleans all the dishes piled up in the sink. It is not deterred by the fog rolling in, or the lights turning off, but is prepared with batteries and flashlights as needed.

  • Revealing that the Emperor has no clothes: Mercury/Pluto sees through all the subterfuge, the lies, our own fears, doubts and hesitance, and cuts straight to the truth. It sees true. And is not afraid to say so.