Venus Retrograde October 5 to November 16
11 degrees Scorpio back to 25 degrees Libra
Venus turns retrograde less often than any other planet with Mars being a close second (and Mars went retrograde this past summer). Venus is making a challenging square to Mars as she begins reviewing her values, relationships, prosperity and need for more beauty and grace in her life. This sensual planet does not completely clear the square until spring equinox 2019, so you might as well decide to work with the energy. Venus begins her path in Scorpio, so an emotional (or colon) cleanse is in order. Scorpio is a great detective and researcher, so put energy into topics of a deeper nature that interest you. Emotional healing while Venus is moving backwards in Scorpio improves your relationships as she moves into Libra on October 31. Relationships that are able and willing to improve have the opportunity to do so between now and spring. If not, they either need to be released or redefined into a different category (are we lovers or just friends? are we going to continue to do business together or was it just coming together for one project?). There is also the financial aspect to Venus. This can include paying off debt, improving your credit rating, or researching your retirement fund to make certain your resources are where they need to be. This gets you fresh and aligned for the coming New Year.
Mercury Retrograde November 16 to December 6, 2018
14 degrees Sagittarius to 27 degrees Scorpio
Mental Mercury is not especially comfortable in high philosophy Sagittarius. Mercury would like to take a weekend trip and Sagittarius wants to see the world. Mercury wants to take a short class to learn how to do something, and Sagittarius seeks higher philosophical understanding. This combination will help you open to new ideas and perspectives if you are willing to listen to others who have a different viewpoint. That can make for an interesting Thanksgiving Day holiday! As with all Mercury retrogrades, and that goes double at holidays, allow extra time to get where you are going, confirm flight schedules and check road conditions, and don’t overextend yourself. You can also make behind the scenes plans for future projects, classes and/or trips-just allow room for adjustment after Mercury turns direct on December 6. Mercury does slip back into intensely emotional Scorpio on December 1. Go within, do emotional healing, or access deeper levels of understanding. Because Venus is ending her retrograde cycle (see above) just as Mercury is beginning his, there is added emphasis in communicating in all types of relationships. Because innovative and friendly Uranus is in the mix with Venus now, be open to new ideas.
Mercury Retrograde March 5 to March 28, 2019
30 degrees Pisces back to 16 degrees Pisces
The last degree of Pisces is the last degree of the zodiac. Ancient astrologers associated this with endings and completions. This retrograde cycle asks you about what you are ready to release. It also asks you to open to a new and higher vision for yourself. This is amplified because Mercury turns retrograde just a few short hours before the new moon in Pisces. Spirituality, intuition, compassion, dreams, and forgiveness are all Pisces words. It’s OK to pull back for a short retreat now, gifting yourself with a bit of a vision quest. The only problem with this combination is the potential to be too trusting or to give until you are a martyr. Practice empathy rather than sympathy.
Mercury Retrograde July 7 to July 31, 2019
5 degrees Leo back to 23 degrees Cancer
This is a particularly potent Mercury retrograde. Quick-minded Mercury is aligned with “I want it yesterday” Mars to begin the cycle. The down side can be impatience and angry words. Because Mercury is associated with transportation and Mars often has to do with mechanical things, be certain your mode of transportation is in proper working order. The sun is aligned with the north node of spiritual destiny in Cancer, making home and family issues a priority. At the same time, restrictive Saturn is sitting on the opposite point, the south node of karma, and is also very close to “let go and let God” Pluto, an early indicator of their alignment coming in 2020. The general rule of thumb in astrology is that when something moves across the karmic south node, something must be released from your life. Look at your responsibilities and boundaries to determine what is working and what needs to be readjusted during this retrograde cycle. The Leo part of this retrograde has you looking at where your heart is engaged and where you need to play more or increase creativity. The Cancer part of this retrograde begins on the 19th, representing home, family, emotions, diet and looking at what nurtures you and what does not. Do have some fun during this cycle, perhaps a short trip that heals your emotions and opens your heart.
Mercury Retrograde October 31-November 20, 2019
28 degrees Scorpio back to 11 degrees Scorpio
Mercury comes within one degree of aligning with relationship planet Venus as this communications breakdown cycle begins. This sets the tone for the beginnings of deeper emotional conversations in all types of relationships. Scorpio is a great detective and researcher, so you can use the next three weeks to focus your energy. Scorpio is really good at making choices and directing their energy when they are engaged in the activity. However, they are not so good at this when they are supposed to do something but really don’t care. As this retrograde cycle begins, the feeling-oriented moon and generous Jupiter are aligned in Sagittarius. This suggests that multiple levels of emotions will occur simultaneously. Scorpio plumbs the depths while Sagittarius shoots his arrow to great heights.
Mercury Retrograde February 16 to March 9, 2020
13 degrees Pisces back to 28 degrees Aquarius
Check back for details on 2020…