Once upon a time, far, far ago and when I say that I mean October 31, Mercury turned retrograde and now today at 11:11 PST it will station direct. I promise you at that time I will get on my hands and knees and say to all that is holy, “Thank you.”
How were your emotions for the last three weeks? Were you pulled super high and super low? Was something raw exposed in you? Maybe something so raw you didn’t even know you carried it in your body, your mind and your soul. Mercury retrograde in Scorpio blurs our mental with our emotional. When these two come together, circumstances are so extreme that it gives us a chance to get rewired. At the end this rewiring will allow us to access our power and empowerment. Where we had corrupted thinking or thinking that no longer serves us we now have fresh thinking. We may feel a bit battled fatigued but still the thinking has gone through a death and rebirth and now there is a newness.
Between now and Dec 7 we will revisit some of the issues that took place since Halloween and we will process it with a new empowered feeling. What have learned a lot about ourselves in the last three weeks, now, how can we use this newness to serve us?
Finally, it is safe to replace that broken electronic thing that melted during the retrograde. Or if you are like me figure out to get your email working again. Blech.
Things which have been hidden could be unleashed or revealed early this week with considerable force and intensity.
Mercury Back To Direct Motion
Firstly, communication planet, Mercury, turns direct after three weeks on go slow. This takes place tomorrow, November 20th (19:12 GMT). Mercury has spent its whole retrograde phase in Scorpio, the star sign linked to secrets, psycho-analysis, detective work, deep emotions and regeneration.
Listen out for news or information which comes to light when Mercury turns direct. Here are some other ways to use this powerful shift, as Mercury plugs back in and the lights go back on:
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?
sort out a muddle or a mess
speak your mind – Mercury in Scorpio is laser sharp
initiate a conversation
launch a new project, idea, plan
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
renew your energy & focus
Mars Enters Scorpio
Mercury’s change of direction feels extra powerful because today, November 19th, Mars, enters Scorpio, where it remains until January 3rd, 2020.
Action planet, Mars, is moving back into its sign of rulership, Scorpio, after six long weeks in Libra, its sign of detriment. Mars is at home in Scorpio, where it can get things done with laser focus, courage and determination.
Now’s not the time to prioritise other people’s needs; this is about focusing on you and doing what’s right to heal, transform and resolve your personal situation.
Mars in Scorpio is fearless, perfect for honing in on an important task, being bold and brave, tackling a taboo area or subject. If there’s something in your life you’ve been putting off, this would be the ideal time to dig deep, take action and speak your mind.
Ideally, do so before the weekend, when new planetary factors kick in. This week’s astrology isn’t about ignoring the difficult stuff. Instead, it’s time to face whatever’s been lurking beneath the surface and take a stand on what’s truly important in your life. Scorpio is the sign linked to life, death & rebirth – what’s emerging from the dark, hidden places?
“You must do the things you think you cannot do”
Eleanor Roosevelt, Sun Libra, Mars Scorpio
Here’s a quick reminder of the areas of your life ruled by Scorpio.
Read both your Sun sign and your Ascendant for a comprehensive guide:
Aries – shared finances & all things taboo
Taurus – love & relationships
Gemini – job & health
Cancer – new birth i.e. kids, love, creative project
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Following hot on the footsteps of yesterday’s Sun/Mercury cazimi conjunction is a stunning Full Moon in Taurus. The Moon is exalted in Taurus which means its energy is powerful and strong. My favourite saying for the Moon in Taurus is a ‘safe harbour’.
Emotional & Financial Security
Taurus rules security, both financial and emotional, and the earth sign Taurus is inextricably linked with nature and abundance. There’s a constancy to nature and the earth sustains, feeds and comforts us. Daily routines, walking in nature, food & treats, sensual pleasures, indulgence – these are all connected to Taurus’ earthy delights.
This Full Moon brings the Moon’s cycle to completion. It can help to bring clarity, a chance to settle, consolidate and make important decisions after recent events.
The Moon is dependable and sure in Taurus and rules with a steady hand. Think what will nurture and nourish you now, stabilise your energy and take care of your body and soul.
Seek out your own ‘safe harbour’ during this powerful Full Moon energy. It’s time to return to basic values, keep your feet on the ground, take solace in nature which keeps the cycle of life going.
The Sun and Moon are both partnered up during today’s Full Moon. The Sun sits next to retrograde Mercury in Scorpio. Hopefully, yesterday’s Mercury transit of the Sun brought illumination or insights your way.
Scorpio is the sign of analysis, inner work and personal transformation – go in deep and seek knowledge in the hidden, quiet places.
During today’s Full Moon, the Moon in Taurus is in a tight conjunction with the asteroid, Vesta, goddess of the hearth and keeper of the flame. I can’t help but think of the devastating fires in Australia currently out of control.
Taurus is the star sign that rules nature and the land. Here’s hoping the Full Moon is the peak of the situation and things begin to calm down once the Full Moon energy begins to wane.
Where in your own life are the fires burning? Where are you craving or needing more nurture and security in your life? During the Full Moon, it’s a time to trust your intuition, your natural instincts.
Here are the areas highlighted by this Full Moon. Read your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign if you know it:
Aries – personal finances, possessions – other peoples’ money, money owed
Taurus – image, self-identity, personal goals – relationships, other people
Gemini – retreat, secrets, self-undoing – work, service, health
Cancer – friends, groups, society – children, creativity, entertainment
Remember that the Full Moon is an opposition so it’s about balancing the different areas of your life, how you allow them to complement each other and work together in unison, rather than create division or enmity.
Breathe in this Full Moon energy and let it fill your soul. Stay connected to all your senses, feel your emotions fully. The Full Moon in Taurus favours solid ground.
Do whatever’s necessary in your own life so you feel settled within. Become centred and find strength and solace in everyday pleasures, treats & abundance.
Taurus Full Moon is a wonderful opportunity to get practical. Taurus is not about ‘theory’ it is about concrete. If there is some airy -fairy issue that is difficult to wrap your head around, this three- day full moon phase could provide some pragmatic solutions. You may be drawn to deal with a project that you have stalled because you weren’t ready to dig in and take care of it. Now with this Taurus moon we access the desire to ‘dig in’. Taurus gives us the gift of seeing the value of building something bit by bit. Taurus is not a multi-tasker energy. It’s more about putting your head down and do the task. Of course, there could also be a stubbornness that also has to be addressed. Are we stuck? Do we think there is only one answer? Mercury oppose Moon (conjunct Sun) brings a bit of ‘lighter’ approach. Mentally we are a bit more agile IF it means we go deep or uncover something that has been stalling us. Since Mercury is retrograde, the shift of thinking and approach could come from some place hidden that will perhaps have more meaning when Mercury turns direct (after 11/20). A solid opportunity comes with this full moon due to Saturn & Pluto trining Moon which helps us process issues around money, possessions and properties along with investments. Some of us will cut losses but not from a grumpy “eff it” approach but more from an understanding that it is time. Things that seem no longer sensible and practical are easier to ditch.
Enjoy the full moon and take off your shoes and feel the ground! Taurus wants to get grounded.
There’s a rare phenomenon in the sky today as the messenger planet Mercury can be seen as a black dot as it moves across the light of the Sun (see image above).
The last time this planetary phenomenon took place was May 9, 2016 and the next Mercury transit of the Sun only happens in November 2032. It’s a rare cosmic event.
The Mercury transit will take place for approximately five and a half hours today from 12:30 GMT to 18:00 GMT. Astronomers and stargazers will be leaping up and down in delight and gazing at the sight through their telescopes and special glasses. Remember not to look directly at the Sun. There are many places you can watch this event online, e.g. space.com.
Mercury’s orbit is never far away from the Sun. In your horoscope, Mercury is always one sign before, the same sign or one sign after your Sun sign. For example, if you’re a Sun Scorpio, your Mercury will be in Libra, Scorpio or Sagittarius. The Sun & Mercury have a special relationship.
Mercury turns retrograde three times a year for three weeks at a time and this period can coincide with communication problems. During the current Mercury retrograde phase in Scorpio, it’s an ideal time for self-analysis, finding answers and going in deep. Look beneath the surface & read between the lines.
Today’s Sun/Mercury retrograde conjunction takes place at 19 degrees Scorpio. There are numerous Sun/Mercury conjunctions throughout the year. Yet it’s rare to see a Mercury transit in front of the Sun.
Today’s Sun/Mercury conjunction on November 11, 2019 is called an inferior conjunction and this can only occur when Mercury is in retrograde motion.
It’s the beginning of a new Mercury cycle. On January 10, 2020, the Sun and Mercury will meet again, this time when Mercury is in direct motion. This is the superior conjunction. Mercury then completes its current cycle. Therefore, events now could be linked to what happens in your life mid-January 2020.
Today’s inferior conjunction is the equivalent to the New Moon phase, a time of pure potential. This is the eager, progressive phase which will culminate in two months time at the superior conjunction.
The conjunction of Sun & Mercury is effectively the change-over time when Mercury moves from setting behind the Sun in the west to rise before the Sun in the east. It changes from being an evening star to a morning star.
What does it mean?
Here’s what we can surmise about today’s rare transit. Currently, Mercury is looking backward which might link to insights from the past. During retrograde phases there is more focus on the subconscious and it’s a fertile time of learning and evaluation.
Effectively this is Mercury’s hidden phase. Yet, today, Mercury is visible as a tiny black dot in front of the Sun. Mercury is currently mid-way through its current retrograde phase.
Mercury reached 19 degrees Scorpio on October 18, 2019 and will return to this point in the zodiac on December 1, 2019. Both dates could prove significant if you have key planets/angles at the sensitive degree.
Ask what is being brought forth in your life? What messages are you receiving? Make time to listen to your inner voice. Look out for synchronicities or nudges from the universe. How are you being guided, what is life telling you?
If there’s something you want deeply in your life, focus on it during this key Mercury transit. Something remarkable could emerge, an insight which is the missing piece in the puzzle.
I happened to be on holiday in South Africa during the recent Rugby World Cup final which was a real treat. I wasn’t invested hugely in England winning and was quite happy that South Africa won. Siya Kolisi made history after becoming the the country’s first black captain to win the Rugby World Cup. The general consensus in South Africa was that a win would help unite their country.
A Jupiter Return
A couple of days before the final, a good friend of mine in South Africa asked me what the stars said about the final. He then went on to tell me that South Africa had won twice previously in 1995 and 2007.
Immediately, I replied that was meaningful for South Africa and auspicious that their wins were in 12 year cycles, including 2019. For those of you who know your astrology, 12 years is a Jupiter Return and Jupiter is the planet most closely linked with success.
I then went on to draw up the astrology chart for the final – see below. England were slight favourites, which meant the planet representing them is Mercury retrograde, ruler of the Gemini Ascendant – not a great symbol for a win.
Whereas South Africa are represented by Jupiter in Sagittarius, ruler of the Sagittarius Descendant and strong in its sign of rulership. Another nod towards South Africa taking the title.
Also, I had a quick look at the astrology charts for Eddie Jones, the England coach (b. January 30, 1960) and Rassie Erasmus, the South Africa coach (b. October 5, 1972). I didn’t have the time of birth for either coach but it didn’t matter as I was interested in their major transits.
Ironically, Eddie Jones is currently having his personal Jupiter Return, exact on November 8th. No doubt, somewhere in his life, things are going well. Yet, Rassie Erasmus was blessed by Jupiter too. On November 2nd, the day of the final, Jupiter was exactly sextile his natal Mercury. A third testimony to a South Africa win.
Siya Kolisi, the South Africa captain (b. June 16, 1991) also had a major Jupiter transit on the day of the final, an exact opposition from Jupiter to his natal Mercury at 23 degrees Sagittarius. Jupiter transits can work well even in classically challenging aspects such as an opposition.
The Planets – Jupiter Suite
Sometimes, you don’t need complex astrology to make a judgement. It was South Africa’s day and Jupiter was on their side. Even the music that was being played as both England and South Africa received their medals and trophy was a nod to Jupiter.
I was surprised hearing the music as it was the tune to ‘I Vow To Thee My Country‘, which I know as a British patriotic poem. It turns out the poem was set to music adapted by Gustav Holst from a section of Jupiter & his suite The Planets. It seems as if Jupiter was keen to make itself known in more ways than one.