Mercury Turns Direct: Smooth Communications

butterflies, Mercury turns direct in Libra

Mercury Turns Direct [10 Libra 08]

October 18, 2021 (16:17 GMT+1)

Trickster planet Mercury has been especially mischievous over the last three weeks. There was the day that Facebook & associated social media sites went down for around 6 hours leaving many people wondering whether it would ever come back – and whether they’d care.

Mercury turned retrograde on September 27, 2021 at 25 Libra. Here in the UK, this coincided with fuel shortages and many people were unable to get from A to B. There’s been a shortage of lorry drivers and panic around food supply chains breaking down ever since.

When the communication planet turns retrograde, you know that life and the best-laid plans aren’t always going to unfold the way you want them to. You may have your own stories about Mercury retrograde-style mishaps, misunderstandings and general bonkers-ness.

At the start of the new week, however, Mercury turns direct and starts moving forwards once again. This is your cosmic nudge to get things back on track and try and push through or complete anything that stalled or went wrong over the last three weeks. Also, listen out for good news, delays easing and new information coming to light.

What To Do Next

  • 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 up
  • 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
  • make decisions & investments, sign contracts

Mercury in Libra

Mercury turns direct in one of the air signs, Libra, and the air signs rule social interaction. Line up those all-important conversations, get answers to your questions and initiate important conversations.

Libra is the sign of relationships and more specifically the sign which rules one-to-one negotiations, partnership and your relationship with other people. It may be make-your-mind-up time with Mercury’s change of direction in the sign of relating.

It’s a chance to be decisive, hear another person’s point of view and let other people know your thoughts and feelings. Speak from the heart, be honest and open.

Mercury turning direct is the start of a dynamic week in the heavens when there’s a lot of positive energy, a chance to transform dreams into reality and start afresh.

What It Means For You

Here are the areas of your life under the spotlight now Mercury is beginning to move forward once again. Read both your Sun sign and Ascendant sign:

  • Libra: image & body, reputation & appearance, personal goals
  • Scorpio: retreat, solitude, quiet time, sacrifice, inner work
  • Sagittarius: friends, groups, wider society, politics
  • Capricorn: career, reputation & status, future goals
  • Aquarius: travel, education, philosophy & beliefs
  • Pisces: joint finances & shared resources, all that’s hidden & taboo
  • Aries: relationships, personal & professional, your 1-to-1 negotiations
  • Taurus: work & routine, health & lifestyle, your well-being
  • Gemini: your ‘fun’ sector: love affairs, children & pregnancy, creative projects, entertainment
  • Cancer: home & family, your past & ancestry
  • Leo: communication, local community, transport
  • Virgo: personal money sector, possessions, values

October 18th could be a stand-out date as not only does Mercury turn direct but the planet of truth Jupiter turns direct on the same day at 22 Aquarius. It’s a double whammy of new information coming to light and the truth being revealed.

 

Mercury Station Direct: October 17, 2021

 

Jupiter Station Direct 

 

October 17, 2021 

 

10:30 pm PDT 

 

22 Aquarius 20

 

 

 

Last June, Jupiter stationed retrograde at 2 degrees of Pisces.   Jupiter is in a sign for about a year, but it usually takes small visits to the sign it left and the next sign it will enter.   Right now, Jupiter is in Aquarius but between May 13 and July 28 it sniffed around in early Pisces.  Jupiter is comfortable in Pisces since it is one of Jupiter’s home signs.  Leaning into faith, humanity and compassion is a nice sport for Jupiter.   But after July 28, Jupiter returned to the work of Aquarius and mental stresses aggravated by all of Saturn (who is also in Aquarius) and his tough taskmaster ways.    Jupiter stationing direct will now bring a confidence and can take the edge off Saturn and remind people the goodness that comes from connecting with other humans and expanding circles.   

 

 

Jupiter is the planet of luck and opportunities.  Around the date of the direction change there might be stories in the news that speak of luck.   Jupiter has a generosity of spirit and can be very tolerant, if some of us have been wound up so tight we have lost our ability to tolerate other human beings on the planet, well, we might surprise ourselves with a new willingness as Jupiter turns direct.  

 

 

 

 

 If you know your chart, look to the house that has 22 degrees of Aquarius and see if you feel the abundance, joy and confidence of that house after October 17.    Any lessons learned between July 28 and October 17 will have fresh eyes as Jupiter unwinds and heads for a rendezvous with Pisces on December 29th.       

 

Jupiter Station Direct: October 17

 

Jupiter Station Direct 

 

October 17, 2021 

 

10:30 pm PDT 

 

22 Aquarius 20

 

 

 

Last June, Jupiter stationed retrograde at 2 degrees of Pisces.   Jupiter is in a sign for about a year, but it usually takes small visits to the sign it left and the next sign it will enter.   Right now, Jupiter is in Aquarius but between May 13 and July 28 it sniffed around in early Pisces.  Jupiter is comfortable in Pisces since it is one of Jupiter’s home signs.  Leaning into faith, humanity and compassion is a nice sport for Jupiter.   But after July 28, Jupiter returned to the work of Aquarius and mental stresses aggravated by all of Saturn (who is also in Aquarius) and his tough taskmaster ways.    Jupiter stationing direct will now bring a confidence and can take the edge off Saturn and remind people the goodness that comes from connecting with other humans and expanding circles.   

 

 

Jupiter is the planet of luck and opportunities.  Around the date of the direction change there might be stories in the news that speak of luck.   Jupiter has a generosity of spirit and can be very tolerant, if some of us have been wound up so tight we have lost our ability to tolerate other human beings on the planet, well, we might surprise ourselves with a new willingness as Jupiter turns direct.  

 

 

 

 If you know your chart, look to the house that has 22 degrees of Aquarius and see if you feel the abundance, joy and confidence of that house after October 17.    Any lessons learned between July 28 and October 17 will have fresh eyes as Jupiter unwinds and heads for a rendezvous with Pisces on December 29th.       

 

Saturn Station Direct: October 10, 2021

 

Saturn Station Direct 

 

October 10, 2021

 

7:17pm PDT 

 

6 Aquarius 53

 

 

Saturn wraps up its retrograde period that launched on May 23 at 13 Aquarius.   It is stationing direct at 6 degrees of Aquarius.   I wrote about this Saturn retrograde  back in the Spring.   Just as a reminder, Saturn is in a sign for approximately two and a half years.   Saturn, the planet of restriction, went into Aquarius, the sign of community and technology when the world went into lockdown due to Covid.    Before Saturn went into Aquarius, ‘zoom’ was a word kids used when they pushed their toy cars on the floor.   Now Zoom is the important tool for employees, family and communities who are just trying to stay connected.    Aquarius of course rules new technology.  

 

 

As we head into a direct Saturn cycle, we can assess how we are navigating our community.   Have we found our circle of peeps?  Do we need a new circle?  Are we missing some people that perhaps we had taken for granted?  Are we finding those people who are like minded?  Are we working together for shared goals?   There is a lot to process as we unwind from the Saturn retrograde.  Perhaps some hurdles will be less.  Perhaps walls we carry in our heart and soul and/or strong beliefs about why we don’t like people will become clearer.   Of course, discretion in friendships and community is important to Saturn but walling off from people leans into a less productive Saturn in Aquarius which can mean double downing in loneliness.  We have another round of Saturn in Aquarius retrograde next summer, so we will continue to learn what is important to us in terms of community/friends/circles/like-minded goals.    I would also anticipate the darker side of technology will be in the news, it is worth noting Facebook’s practices were in the news during the retrograde.   More to be revealed I am sure when Saturn turns direct.  In the meantime, Saturn is beginning to grind towards its final square with Uranus taking place on December 23.   Things are growing in intensity. What works?  What does not work?  What creative solutions and dynamic action gets our attention?   Game changer events and moments will not be ignored.   

  

 

 

New Moon Libra: Under Pressure

Moon

New Moon [13 Libra 25]

– October 6, 2021 (12:05 GMT+1)

This week, there’s a New Moon in the sign of balance, Libra. Usually during a New Moon in Libra, there’s a striving for peace and calm and a New Moon is a chance for new beginnings. This New Moon feels different, however, because of what else is happening during the New Moon phase.

Pluto Power

Pluto turns direct [24 Capricorn 18]

– October 6, 2021 (19:29 GMT+1)

Firstly, on the same day as the New Moon, the planet of power, Pluto, turns direct at 24 Libra. One of Pluto’s symbols is death as in mythology Pluto was Hades, God of the Underworld. When the slower-moving planets change direction, you often feel the intensity of the planet’s symbolism.

In astrology, Pluto represents loss and transformation and is a symbol of hidden riches, what can be excavated and unearthed. The depths of the earth reveal hidden treasures including jewels, diamonds, oil – valuable, even priceless items. (update: the Pandora Papers has broken with Pluto turning direct – perfect timing – Pluto rules power, wealth, big money – think plutocrats, it’s in the name! The best side of Pluto is exposing corruption).

On an inner level, through experiencing the dark side of life via sorrow, loss and struggle and other difficult challenges, we often feel most fully. Anyone who’s lost a loved one and come together with family to mourn them has probably experienced profound emotions that connect you both with love as well as loss.

Pluto’s change of direction may be intense. Or, there might be hidden nuggets of gold that have been shaped and perfected over the last five months that you can now bring forth from the dark and use them to guide you and illuminate the path ahead.

This New Moon’s new beginnings could spring out of an ending or something forced upon you with Pluto in tow. It’s a symbol for rising up against oppression, rage & control. There’s plenty going on around the world that is showing us the flip side of aggression & power which must be stopped if women in particular are to be safe & upheld.

Mars & Mercury

During the New Moon, the Sun & Moon aren’t on their own. They sit next to action planet Mars and communication planet Mercury, currently retrograde. Here’s the pattern of Sun, Mars & Mercury:

  • Sun conjunct Mars Libra – October 8, 2021 (05:01 GMT+1)
  • Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde Libra – October 9, 2021 (17:18 GMT+1)
  • Mercury retrograde conjunct Mars Libra – October 9, 2021 (23:48 GMT+1)

The line up of Sun-Mars-Mercury retrograde on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th is punchy & quick. It’s an intriguing combination. Traditionally, a Sun/Mars conjunction promises speed, anger & decisive moves.

However, the Sun is in fall in Libra and Mars is in detriment, i.e. it’s not an easy star sign for either planetary body. Both the Sun & Mars are ego-oriented while Libra wants to take other people’s opinions into account. ​​​​​​​

There could be an opportunity to fight for your rights, take action swiftly, cut through to the heart of the matter, defend others. This may be a decisive turning point in a legal or financial matter.

Also pulled into the mix is communication planet Mercury. The Sun/Mercury retrograde conjunction sprinkles a little magic on Saturday 9th as Mercury gains clarity from the Sun’s sage advice.  It’s called a cazimi moment in astrology when the Sun’s warmth, vitality & energy can bring insight or revelation sitting tightly next to another planet.

It will be interesting to see how this fast-paced astrology during a retrograde phase plays out. My feeling is that there will be some wins if you act quickly and you’re strong in your actions. There’s no point beating around the bush, leap to it and take advantage of a new situation.

As the Sun is in Libra, it’s important to note who you might be up against or in conflict with. It could be a tricky week for partnership or finding out who your enemies are. The Sun in Libra reminds us that kindness & tolerance are worthy goals.

Hold on to the thought that some things need to break down before they can be rebuilt. In your life, focus more on what you love and less on what you hate. If you’re feeling under pressure this week, take each day one step at a time.

Here are the areas of your life that Libra rules. For your personal guide, check out your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign:

  • Aries – love & relationships
  • Taurus – job & health
  • Gemini – new birth i.e. kids, love, creative project
  • Cancer – home & family
  • Leo – local community & ideas
  • Virgo – money & values
  • Libra – personal goals & self image
  • Scorpio – retreat & secrets
  • Sagittarius – friends & wider society
  • Capricorn – career & status
  • Aquarius – travel, study & deeper meaning
  • Pisces – shared finances & resources

Make a wish when you first see the crescent Moon towards the end of the week.

May it bring you guidance & hope.

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Pisces Horoscopes October 2021

Pisces horoscopes, oracle girl

Money & All Things Hidden

There’s conflicting planetary activity currently taking place in the star sign Libra. This is one of the hidden sectors of your horoscope. On the one hand, it’s linked to money matters, especially joint finances but it’s also about the metaphysical realm, all things taboo and hidden. Here’s the planetary picture in Libra this month:

  • Mercury (communication) – all month, retrograde until the 18th
  • Mars (action/drive) – until the 30th
  • Sun (essence/ego) – until the 23rd

Straightaway, you see that this is a month to be ambitious and assertive when it comes to money matters. This is where Mars comes in, the planet of action and drive. Mars is a forceful planetary energy and you might be caught up fighting for your rights. Or, be in a situation where you’re trying to share money fairly.

The key time in the month for Mars is during the New Moon on the 6th, a symbol of new beginnings. Mars is particularly lively on the 8th & 9th. This could be a time when you’re pushing for what you want. Or, you might be caught up in a competitive situation or an argument about money, sex, power or another taboo issue.

If you want your needs met, you might have to take a strong stance yourself, which doesn’t always come naturally to you as a Pisces. Use the timing of your astrology well and don’t commit to anything if you don’t want to until after the 18th.

This is a significant date for you as it’s when Mercury turns direct and this can often bring new information to light. Or, the money you were waiting on materialises.

Also, your ruling planet Jupiter turns direct on the same day and this could feel like a key turning in a lock, opening a door. It might be the date when an inheritance comes through or you take on a new property.

Keep your eyes firmly fixed on your future goals especially after the 18th. If you play your cards right mid-month, you could find that a new opportunity is just what you need to sort out a financial issue in one fell swoop.

  • Lucky Money Dates: 4th, 15th, 18th & 28th

Keep the faith and ensure your positive nature helps you overcome any fear, lack or scarcity. Your attitude can make a huge difference moving forwards. The Full Moon on the 20th could bring things to completion as it too cuts across the financial axis of your horoscope.

Stretch Your Comfort Zone

Scorpio is a fellow water sign. You often feel in your element when the inner planets move through this sector of your horoscope.

This could feel easier for you than the planetary activity in Libra which is more inner than outer. Here’s what’s happening in the planetary picture in Scorpio:

  • Venus (love/relating) – until the 7th
  • Sun (essence/ego) – from the 23rd
  • Mars (action/drive) – from the 30th

Scorpio season peaks in the last week of October once the Sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd. Sign up for a new experience or adventure late October and stretch your comfort zone.

Scorpio rules travel and study, the bigger picture in your life. Seek out mystery, find what’s extraordinary and push back the boundaries of your life.

Pluto Power

Pluto could be the planetary equivalent of the spanner in the works this month. It turns direct on the 6th, the same day as the New Moon. Therefore, if you’re to start over and be able to make the most of your opportunities, especially financially, something’s got to give. Consider what’s not working out and where you’d be better off cutting your losses.

Pluto clashes with the planets in Libra. This could flag up a deficit. You’re wise to pay close attention to money when Pluto’s active. Try not to miss any payments and create new systems that help you keep close tabs on all things financial.

  • Pluto Clashes: 1st, 17th & 22nd

Libra doesn’t only rule money in your horoscope but taboo matters too. It can be linked to issues around power & control, sex & sexuality, death & rebirth. Go deeper this month and look at where else in life you’re wise to explore more.

Mercury Retrograde Do’s & Don’ts

Remember the Mercury retrograde mantra – put off the big decisions & major investments until the communication planet is back up to speed on October 18th. Here are some more tips:

  • be flexible, have plans B, C & D up your sleeve
  • take a step back, do less not more
  • double-check everything, read the small print
  • chase up old contacts, revisit the past
  • use all the re-words – revise, rework, review, reconsider
  • rest & retreat when you can
  • do your research ready to act when Mercury turns direct

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Aquarius Horoscopes October 2021

Aquarius horoscopes, winding road

It’s All About The Journey

It’s a good month to pay close attention to the phrase ‘it’s about the journey not the destination’. This is because you have a lot of planetary activity taking place in your fellow air sign Libra, which rules travel and study in your horoscope. Yet, it’s a complex mix of opposing forces. Here’s what’s happening in Libra:

  • Mercury (communication) – all month, retrograde until the 18th
  • Mars (action/drive) – until the 30th
  • Sun (essence/ego) – until the 23rd

You’re right to be thinking and looking ahead now and lining up some new plans for the future. With key planets in Libra, you want something more in your life than the every day. You might be exploring new beliefs, your philosophy on life, a spiritual path or a new religion. You could be interested in the workings of the mind or the mysteries of the world. Mars wants adventure in Libra and fast.

The New Moon on the 6th could be a pivotal date, a symbol of a new beginning, a fresh start for a holiday, trip, workshop or course. Active Mars is pulled into the New Moon energy and is lively on the 8th & 9th. Expand your horizons, step out of your comfort zone and be bold and courageous.

Admittedly, Mercury is retrograde in Libra until the 18th but that doesn’t mean sit at home and do nothing. It’s the opposite, in fact, as Mercury retrograde in Libra is an ideal time to change around your routine, stop, retreat, go somewhere different. It can be an extremely creative and innovative Mercury retrograde phase, as long as you’re flexible and you’re willing to go wherever life leads you.

The Full Moon on the 20th is when the Libra energy peaks and it would be a great date to get away, go somewhere different or do something that broadens your outlook on life. This could be the time when you hear about a course, a test or exam. Or, you find out what’s possible when it comes to travel and what’s not.

By the time of the Full Moon, Mercury has turned direct on the 18th and this can bring new information or news to light that helps you make a decisive move.

Your Personal Projects

Also, this month you have two planets turning direct in your star sign Aquarius. Firstly, Saturn, the planet of commitment and responsibility, turns direct on the 11th. Sometimes, this coincides with an ending or a disappointment. Or at least, it’s time to get real about what you can can’t achieve. Saturn is strong in Aquarius and good for being disciplined and determined.

The best turning point, however, is Jupiter turning direct in your star sign Aquarius on the 18th, the same day as Mercury turns direct. This is a gorgeous green light and could be fortunate for many different areas of your life.

Jupiter’s linked to foreign connections, higher education, the law, publishing, the media, religion. It would be a great date to do something magical and say yes to a new experience that enhances your life.

  • Lucky Jupiter dates: 4th, 15th, 18th & 28th

Career Moves

The planets start to make their way towards the peak of your horoscope in October and there’s some key activity in Scorpio and your career and vocation sector. Here’s the planetary line-up:

  • Venus (love/relating) – until the 7th
  • Sun (essence/ego) – from the 23rd
  • Mars (action/drive) – from the 30th

You might have new ideas and plans for your future path this month. Scorpio season is a good time to set up meetings and interviews, write a CV or business plan and generally get things moving, whatever your next steps.

Get the right people on your side and use your network or connections especially during the first week of the month. There might be influential people in your life, perhaps a woman in a powerful position.

Ensure you know what you’re doing and be prepared. Use the Mercury retrograde phase to do your research, chase up old contacts and make learning and study a key part of your success. Be prepared and ready to put new career or vocational plans into action in the last week of the month.

Endings & Letting Go

Something may need to come to an end this month, if you’re to make the most of the opportunities opening up in front of you. This has a lot to do with the fact that the slowest-moving planet Pluto turns direct on the 6th in Capricorn.

Capricorn is the most hidden sector of your horoscope, linked to the past, your karma or your inner self. Be vigilant about your thoughts this month and don’t let negativity take hold.

Do make the most of your opportunities this month and don’t be your own worst enemy. Keep moving steadily forwards, even if at times you take two steps forward and one step back.

  • Pluto Clashes: 1st, 17th & 22nd

Notice what’s holding you back or what’s not working out. It might be that a new opportunity can’t begin or you’re unable to embrace the freedom you crave until you let go or say goodbye to the past.

Mercury Retrograde Do’s & Don’ts

Remember the Mercury retrograde mantra – put off the big decisions & major investments until the communication planet is back up to speed on October 18th. Here are some more tips:

  • be flexible, have plans B, C & D up your sleeve
  • take a step back, do less not more
  • double-check everything, read the small print
  • chase up old contacts, revisit the past
  • use all the re-words – revise, rework, review, reconsider
  • rest & retreat when you can
  • do your research ready to act when Mercury turns direct

Weekly Newsletter

If you would like to receive weekly horoscopes so you know what to expect & keep up-to-date with the latest astrology, you can join my subscription service here: Weekly Horoscopes. You’ll have all the information you need at your fingertips to work with cosmic timing.

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