Your horoscope for October 24 to 30, 2013
It happens three times a year for three weeks each time, and it’s happening right now. What am I talking about? Mercury retrograde, of course. (I heard that groan.) Through November 10, extra safeguarding is advised in all matters to do with communications, transportation, information-gathering, travel, health, wealth, and planning.
Mercury retrograde isn’t the right time for a new start, but it is appropriate for a revisit, repeat, revision, or reconnection. It’s best to hold off on a major purchase, an important decision, or a contract-signing, since afterward you may discover that something has been overlooked or omitted. Mercury retrograde exposes what is missing, flawed, damaged, unworkable, or simply not worth it. If you can’t stop life, temporary, short-term, and trial run are your best plays.
Touring Scorpio this time, Mercury retrograde spotlights taxes, debt, investments, inheritances; crime, corruption, moral decay, prostitution; hidden agendas, power plays, revenge; privacy, surveillance, secrecy, the underground; trust, betrayal, abandonment, sex, sexuality, intimacy needs, intimate partners; obsessions, compulsions, addictions; personal transformation, genetics, life-and-death matters, critical choice-making.
Marking the midway point of a two-month-long, sobering confrontation with reality, Mercury and Saturn conjoin on Tuesday for the second of three alignments. It’s a corrective shaping point. If you’re willing to face facts and get to work, the last week of the month could be productive.
March 19 - April 19
What is evolving for you holds more than the usual potency. This transitional cycle is setting the foundation of your everyday reality on a new course. Regarding finances, your career track, or a key relationship, what’s best and what’s next? Mercury retrograde in Scorpio necessitates a review of your power-play options. Monday/Tuesday gives you something more substantial to work with.
April 19 - May 20
Over the next couple of weeks, you could do a complete turnaround on someone or something. On the other hand, it could flip the other way around. Mercury retrograde can replay an issue of trust, confidence, betrayal, or self-sabotage. Whether in reality or through an internal examination, the backtrack serves to give you a more comprehensive perspective. Thursday/Friday and Monday/Tuesday are productive.
May 20 - June 20
The Scorpio time of the year will always move you deeper into work, health matters, necessary upgrades, renovations, and self-improvement. With Saturn and Mercury retrograde also tenanting this sign, there’s added pressure on you. You have no choice but to face it and fix it. Options can be restricted by circumstance or another person. On Tuesday, stay practical and keep it real.
June 20 - July 22
While you can expect to be waylaid by the typical Mercury-retrograde headaches and backtracks, it can be a productive cycle in which to take time out for a personal regroup or submerge yourself in a project or study. Friday is easygoing. It seems you have a weighty personal, professional, or financial priority to address. Next Tuesday, there’s added confirmation, crystallization, or finalization.
July 22 - August 22
The past may catch up with you now. While Mercury travels retrograde, it could be in a hard-hitting way. Don’t wait until it’s too late: get on-task instead. A home repair or family matter can’t be put off, but it could take longer to sort out. On Tuesday, renew a mortgage or lease, talk it out, and stay budget-conscious; cut costs, not corners.
August 22 - September 22
Mercury retrograde can keep you second-guessing yourself or questioning the motives of another. Over the next week as Mercury revisits Saturn, reality sinks in deeper. What’s done is done, but it’ll take longer to process, heal, or finish off. With time comes broader perspective. For now, be gentle with yourself. Tuesday/Wednesday, tackle paperwork, tests, or talks. Your concentration, articulation, and skill are on point.
September 22 - October 22
You may question whether you have what it takes, but when circumstances offer you no other option, see it as an opportunity to test your mettle. Mercury retrograde in Scorpio can hit you where you are most vulnerable, but the cycle also makes you resourceful and tenacious. Tuesday uncovers a reality regarding finances, emotional investments, or a psychology in need of an upgrade.
October 22 - November 21
You are on a roll, but overall through Monday, the pressure’s on. If you’ve done it previously, you can do it again. Mercury retrograde in Scorpio could single you out or set you apart. Dig deeper; aim for impact. Watch for repeats and re-meets; re-strategize as the moment dictates. Tuesday takes you to a significant finish, but it’s just a switch, not a stop.
November 21 - December 21
It’s as good as it gets for now: cut your losses, keep striving, and keep the hope alive. By the end of the month you’ll have made your way to somewhere workable/doable, thanks to Mars and Pluto in a productive alignment. Mercury’s retrograde tour suggests you have more going on than you’ll let on—or than you know. Keep your radar on.
December 21 - January 20
Upgrade your client base and your professional network, and check in with people you’ve done business with in the past. They could be ready for more products or to hire you for another job. As is typical of Mercury retrograde, people often reappear when you least expect them to. Tuesday/Wednesday is optimal for taking care of business.
January 20 - February 18
Mercury retrograde can necessitate that you revamp your rules, priorities, or commitments. A loan extension is aptly timed. A job, project, or legal matter can come to a defining line as of Tuesday. It’s an appropriate day to discuss plans or official business, or to meet with a parent, an adviser, an agent, or the in-charge person.
February 18 - March 19
Where, when, how, and with whom? Mercury retrograde keeps you pondering. Circumstances could force your hand, but overall the cycle provides the opportunity to get your ducks lined up better. Thursday/Friday is optimal for creativity, romance, and play. On Tuesday, speak your mind, get down to business, test it out.