Mercury began retrograde on November 6, but the quick one has tricked us by wreaking havoc prematurely. He’s not the only one responsible for the stellar ruckus, though. Mars in Sagittarius has been on an escalation crusade since superstorm Sandy and the B.C. earthquake and will continue to be a renegade influence through the first week of December.
Neptune ends retrograde late Saturday night, adding to the building intensity of Tuesday’s solar eclipse in Scorpio, which occurs at 2:08 p.m. PST. This eclipse is a super new moon, which means it has a greater pull on the Earth—on emotional and life tides. Its path traverses northern Australia, the South Pacific, New Zealand, and parts of Chile. These are known earthquake regions.
A solar eclipse in exposing and penetrating Scorpio is potent enough, but this one raises the bar. Noting an opposition to Sedna, the Arctic seas goddess, watch for a thaw, a freeze, or all hell to break loose. Adding the unforeseen element, Mercury retrograde squares Neptune (4:02 p.m.) for a second time. The first alignment occurred as heavy rains and Sandy pummelled the east coast. Just before Tuesday at midnight, Mercury backtracks into Scorpio. Also on a mobilizing mission, Chiron, the healing crisis planet, completes retrograde on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s auspicious eclipse also coincides with the first day of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, and the start of the financial year in India.
March 19 - April 19
One thing hinges on another. Through Monday, Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius keeps the uncertainty and anticipation going strong. Don’t race too far ahead emotionally. Curb impulsiveness. Through the weekend, stay open-ended, consider all options, explore more, talk more. Hitting on finances, a key relationship, health, or professional matters, Tuesday’s solar eclipse in Scorpio is of such potency that it can completely transform your reality.
April 19 - May 20
More is required of you now, a lot more. The juggle and struggle can be almost too much to bear. Your dollars or patience could be overly stretched, especially while Mercury retrograde tours Sagittarius through Monday. Tuesday’s solar eclipse could make finances, relationships, or ambitions do a complete 180-degree turn. No matter which way it goes, once you’ve faced it, it delivers great relief.
May 20 - June 20
Mercury retrograde provides you with a bigger mirror. Observe the response and feedback, and allow yourself time to reflect on the message. Through the start of next week, you are wise to take an extra step back. The added perspective is essential. Both you and another need more legroom. Tuesday’s solar eclipse begins a critical repair, career, or healing chapter.
June 20 - July 22
Now that Mercury has turned retrograde, it can be even more of a challenge to stay on top of the workload. Don’t nail yourself to a promise—do what you can as you can. Stop the clock-watching; anxiety interferes with your effectiveness. Concentrate on organization instead. Tuesday’s rejuicing solar eclipse helps you get your groove back—and more!
July 22 - August 22
Now that Mercury retrograde is in full swing, you may find yourself exceptionally tapped out or burnt out. For the weekend and the rest of the month, you are wise to step back from the party scene, the constant texting, or other social over-involvement. Tuesday’s solar eclipse refocuses your attention, perhaps urgently so, on family, home, and private-life priorities.
August 22 - September 22
You know the drill when Mercury is in retrograde—you can’t keep a tight handle on it all. Instead, let your creativity off the leash, relax, and don’t let yourself get all wound up. Tuesday’s solar eclipse puts someone or something striking on your radar. This eclipse could have an especially strong, perhaps life-altering impact on you.
September 22 - October 22
Have you lost your confidence, faith, or way? Mercury retrograde necessitates a major rethink or switch-up. The retrograde can also play havoc with transportation, communication lines, a purchase, or a sale. Launching a financial or an intimacy chapter, Tuesday’s dynamic solar eclipse can take you places you didn’t know you could go. Karmic recall and déjà vu can strike with great intensity.
October 22 - November 21
Your full steam ahead can dissipate through Monday. Look to Tuesday’s solar eclipse, accompanied by Mercury’s backtrack into Scorpio, to replenish you. In fact, this eclipse holds such potency that it can jump-start a radical new reality. This will be especially so if your birthday is on or near Tuesday’s eclipse. If so, buckle up! It will be quite the ride.
November 21 - December 21
Through the weekend, Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius can keep you going strong, but even so, you are likely to find you’re getting nowhere fast. As of next week’s start, set your full-steam crusade on the back burner and stand watch instead. Something more is on brew. Tuesday’s solar eclipse revelations and insights give you a better feel for how to play it next.
December 21 - January 20
Mercury retrograde can play havoc with equipment, technology, transportation, schedules, and health. As best you can, stay out of the line of fire and office politics. Creativity, extra downtime, and time out are favoured; exacting work is not. Tuesday’s solar eclipse prompts a major lifestyle overhaul. It can tantalize you with an exceptional financial or relationship prospect.
January 20 - February 18
With Mercury retrograde, it pays to be selective when sharing personal information with the world. Something you say or do can come back at you. Tuesday’s solar eclipse calls for a reassessment of career goals, finances, and personal commitments. It could pull a sudden rug, or launch you into a purposeful calling.
February 18 - March 19
Through the start of next week, the mounting pressure could get the better of you. Mercury retrograde can make you wonder if your efforts have gone unnoticed, your requests have fallen on deaf ears, or it’s time to call it quits. Tuesday’s unleashing solar eclipse can set you free and/or deliver an exceptionally well-timed opportunity.
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