October 21-27 2013 Astrology Forecast: Mercury Retrograde

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A new Mercury Retrograde cycle invites reflection on Scorpionic themes. The Sun also enters Scorpio and trines Neptune, easing spiritual union and soul connection with others.

Venus’ quintile to Neptune facilitates similar opportunities, while the Love Goddess’ quincunx to Jupiter could call for some relationship adjustments. And taking action on positive paradigm shifts in committed romantic partnerships could be inspired by a Mars-Juno-Uranus Yod.

10/21 (Mon)

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury begins a three-week retrograde at 6:28 AM (18°23′ Scorpio). If possible, avoid starting major new projects or making major purchases until Mercury turns direct on 11/10 at 4:11 pm (2°29′ Scorpio). Double check any travel arrangements, make sure you’re understanding and being understood, and be sure to back up critical data.

Mercury retrograde is an excellent time for reflection and introspection. It’s also great time to complete projects that you’ve already begun, and to make necessary repairs.

Since Mercury is retrograde entirely within Scorpio, reflection on themes such as transformation, sexuality, the occult, committed partnership and joint resources is supported. It’s also timely to reflect on the themes represented by any points Mercury conjoins in your natal chart during its retrograde.

10/22 (Tue)

No major astrological events

10/23 (Wed)

The Sun enters Scorpio at 2:09 AM. It will spend a month firing up the same energies Mercury is highlighting during its current retrograde: transformation, sexuality, the occult, committed partnership and joint resources.

10/24 (Thu)

Learning, communication, and investigation receive a fresh dose of inspiration with Scorpionic Mercury quintile Mars.

10/25 (Fri)

Any Sun-Neptune trine makes it easier to connect with your divine essence and receive creative inspiration. With the Sun in Scorpio, God-revealing occult practices and sacred sexuality also get a boost!

10/26 (Sat)

You may need to negotiate some relationship adjustment with Sagittarian Venus quincunx Jupiter. Be careful not to overreact if challenges arise with those you love. The temptation to spend excessively can arise under Venus-Jupiter aspects, so be careful about impulse purchases. Artists, however, can enjoy a flurry of productivity!

Artistic inspiration is also supported by a Venus-Neptune quintile. This magical aspect can also support easier divine communion and a deeper soul connection with those you love.

10/27 (Sun)

The flashes of divine intelligence can penetrate your conscious thinking more easily with Mercury biquintile Uranus.

Taking action on positive paradigm shifts in committed romantic partnerships could be inspired as Mars, Juno and Uranus form a Yod. This “Finger of God” aspect pattern peaks on 10/30 and ends on 11/1.

Void-of-Course Moons

It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during void-of-course Moons. “Business as usual” is the optimal strategy. Void-of-course Moons occur when the Moon has made her last major Ptolemaic aspect, but has not yet moved into her next sign.

10/23, 2:10 am – 11:37 pm (Cancer)
10/25, 4:31 pm – 10/26, 12:13 pm (Leo)

Whatever your Sun Sign, Benjamin’s forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.

All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.

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