Posts Tagged 'scorpio'

Mercury retrograde

Here we go again…  Mercury is retrograde 24 September until 15 October, in the sign of Libra. 

Mercury retrograde is commonly understood as a time we’ll more-than-likely experience some form of communication problems, telecommunication snafus and travel mixups.  You’ve probably heard that already – there’s stuff written all over the web about it (probably coz it’s true). 

For a deeper take on this Mercury retro, check out Rob Tillet’s article on the topic.  Example: ‘When Mercury is retrograde’, he says, ‘Everyone’s thinking is more introspective and we tend to think about issues and concerns which relate to the sign involved’.   So in this case we are likely to be pondering such Libran issues as manipulation, dependency, laziness, ‘sponging’ and the like… as well as such higher concerns as balance, unification, cooperation and aspirations

I can’t help but think this will be intensified by the entry of Libra’s ruling planet Venus into intense, transformative Scorpio – also scheduled for 24 September.*  Coincidence?  I think not!

(Does any the above – my subtly highlighted keywords, for example – strike a chord for you?  If so, do tell!)

In actuality, the degree to which you’ll feel these and other Mercury retro effects (positively and/or negatively – yep, Mercury retro can be positive!) depends on a number of factors in your natal chart – including the position and aspects of Mercury, and the prominence of or number of planets in Libra as well as the other cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer and Capricorn). 

The discord we feel during Mercury retro often stems from our own inner struggle to ‘hold on’ to our own fixed ideas of how things ‘should’ be – our self-constructed patterns of thought, speech and interaction with others.  ‘Mercury sets out to restructure our thinking processes and for many of us this is painful and frustrating,’ Rob says.  To make this Mercury work for you, it’s worth at least trying to go with the flow.
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*Update: For more on Venus in Scorpio, check out Molly Hall’s post on the subject…

Death and the Scorpio moon

This evening, on the way home from astro class, a small furry animal leapt in front of my car. Before I had time to react there was an ominous thunk. In less time than it takes to type this sentence it was all over. I’d killed it.

In the headlights I hadn’t been able to make out what it was. Perhaps a possum. More likely a small native marsupial of some kind. Probably an endangered species, which I in my heedlessness had nudged ever closer to extinction.

I was devastated. I wondered if the little victim had a baby in its pouch, or a nest of tiny nurslings now destined to starve. I berated myself for not concentrating, for not braking in time. For, after the fact, not turning back to see if, by some miracle, there was anything to be saved. Or at the very least to clear the poor little body off the road.

Once home, I had a fairly typical Piscean breakdown. Floods of tears. Convinced I couldn’t possibly go on in this awful world. Etc.

After (probably wisely) giving me space to sob it out, my Capricorn-sun-Aries-rising-Aquarius-moon husband took me in his arms and talked me through my fears. Next thing I knew he was striding out the door, plakky bag in hand. On a self-imposed mission to inspect the carcass and remove it to a suitable resting place.

On his return, he informed me: it was a rat. A large male rat – so, no starving orphans alone in the nest. A huge, non-native, non-endangered, verminous… rat.

I’m still not happy that I killed a living creature. And I’m not sure what implications, totemic animal-wise, the killing of a rat might have.

But – I must admit I’m relieved.