On Friday, November 16th, just before 6 am PST, Venus will station direct in Libra, completing the retrograde journey it has been on since October 5th. While retrograde, Venus made its way back through the first part of Scorpio and into the last few degrees of Libra – fueling the last month and a half with a heightened sense of emotion, chaos and uncertainty. Venus retrograde in Scorpio has been a sort of reality check; forcing us to look deep and to sit with our discomforts, to recognize our truth and values, and to question that which does not seem to match up. While the experience itself may have been rather dark, daunting and draining, the aim of Venus’ retrograde in Scorpio is not to bring us to defeat – but to awaken a sense of inner power and strength, to stir us so deeply that we have no choice but to grow, to transform and evolve.
As Venus’ retrograde comes to an end, we will likely notice the energy beginning to shift. The heavy darkness, while still heavy and possibly even dark, will begin to feel lighter. However, the retrograde funk that has woven itself throughout our days is not over just yet as Mercury is set to station retrograde in Sagittarius at about 8:30 pm PST on November 16th, only hours after Venus stations direct.
For more on Venus Retrograde in Scorpio, visit : Venus Retrograde – Diving Deep
Venus Direct in Libra
The chart for Venus stationing direct places Venus in Libra in the 12th house, associated with our subconscious, dreams and intuition. Venus stationing retrograde here makes the connection between our ability to see things from others perspectives and our ability to find balance and create inner peace. It is important to recognize the necessity of cooperatively coexisting and in considering one another. Regardless of socially constructed hierarchies or differences of opinion, nobody is actually better or more entitled than anyone else.
With Venus in Libra in the 12th house, tolerance, acceptance and understanding are essential. The 12th house reminds us of the oneness that binds us all as living beings and allows us to see the power in compassion: the power to feel for another, to care for another and to stand up against unfair treatment of another.
Venus stations direct in opposition to Uranus in the 6th house and forms a square to Pluto in the 3rd house. This suggests we are being pushed away from feelings of fear and inadequacy towards feelings of curiosity and self-efficacy. Fear is often unproductive and stagnant, it does not address the issue or problem. However, by turning this fear into curiosity, we are able to move forward in ways that enable us to embrace our experiences and to greet them with excitement instead of dread.
Furthermore, Uranus and Pluto remind us of the power and freedom we possess when we allow ourselves to come from a place of curiosity instead of expectation. Curiosity relieves our egos from the pressure of deciding how things should be and invites the Universe to play, co-manifest and create. It has likely been difficult to relax, to feel safe or stable with Venus retrograde in Scorpio, but the current astrology reminds us of the inner power we have recently cultivated and encourages us to let go of our worries, to take a deep breath and trust in the Universe.
The chart for Venus direct places Jupiter in the 1st degree of Sagittarius in the 1st house, further pushing us away from feelings of hopelessness and toward those of possibilities. Jupiter is optimistic and magnetic, with the tendency to magnify that which it comes in contact with. Its energy is benevolent, gift bringing, and indulgent. Jupiter is at home in the sign Sagittarius and wants nothing more than to put our beliefs into action, to be the change that we wish to see and for us to practice what we preach.
Mars adds an additional flare and oomph to Jupiter’s energy as the two form a square, fueling our ability to manifest that which we have always wanted and to challenge our beliefs from the past. With Mars square Jupiter, it is vital to pay attention to our intentions and our thoughts and to consciously direct our growth. It is easy to get caught up in the mundane routine of everyday life. Make sure to check in with yourself and with the path that you’re on. The power to make changes is in your hands. Jupiter in Sagittarius wants us to expand our minds, our experiences and our beliefs, reminding of us of our personal obligations to both educate ourselves and to initiate our own missions of self-discovery.
Less than 24 hours after Venus completes its retrograde, Mercury will station its final retrograde of the year, in Sagittarius. Though we have been under the influence of Venus’ Scorpio retrograde for the last 6 weeks, and may have grown accustomed to the tension and heaviness of that particular retrograde, the behavior of Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius and the way in which that tends to manifest is quite a bit different and lighter than that of Venus in Scorpio. While Venus retrograde likely had us on deeply introspective journeys, Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius tends to present in more social and extroverted ways. While the shift in energy is one we are all likely to welcome, Mercury’s retrograde is still sure to bring the usual inconveniences and communication disruptions it has become known for.
For more about this current retrograde cycle, skip past “About Mercury Retrograde”.
About Mercury Retrograde
Mercury retrograde is an Earthly “optical illusion” where Mercury appears to be moving backwards, for 3 weeks, 3 times a year. During these times, one may notice “things” of a mercurial nature tend to go a bit awry.
As Mercury rules communication, we may find issues arise in all the many forms we use to communicate today, as well as with all those we communicate with. Mercury retrograde will affect everyone differently, however those who have strong Virgo, Gemini energy or highly aspected Mercury in their charts, may notice these periods of time to feel particularly frustrating.
As Mercury slows to station retrograde, our logic and abilities to reason may slow down with it. Most will notice their thoughts become sluggish, while at the same time creating a scatterbrained effect. It is common for listening and staying focused for extended periods of time to prove more difficult than usual; and to find that in the midst of a conversation you lose your train of thought. This often accompanied by the thought/feeling that “nothing is going right or according to plan.”
As legal agreements and contracts also fall under Mercury’s ruling, it is best not to sign or commit to anything new during these times. Retrogrades are ideal for re-visiting ideas, jobs, or relationships from the past, but attempting to begin or commit to new endeavors during these periods can backfire and is not recommended. With the constant change and the rather peculiar way of Mercury retrograde, it can be hard to predict what the outcome of situations will be. There is the tendency for whatever was agreed upon in said contract to change once Mercury goes direct.
However, in today’s world, it is difficult to stop from functioning and living in a “forward” motion. Many people find themselves in situations or careers where they must sign agreements or initiate new projects, life happens and deadlines are set, waiting until Mercury goes direct is not an option. It would be wise to be extremely cautious when/if you do find yourself in these situations, that all facts are thoroughly discussed and all fine print is carefully gone over (and over and over again). Though there are many inconveniences of its nature, (re-doing things over again being one of them) Mercury retrogrades can serve as a time for slowing down and really taking a good look at what is happening in our lives and how we can redirect things and make them better. There is no reason for fear or withdrawal from life, (though you may feel a bit more introverted during these times) but there is the need for heightened awareness, clear intentions, patience and preparation.
When Mercury is retrograde, it is a good time to expect the unexpected. Delayed flights, traffic jams at odd hours, computer/electronic malfunctions and miscommunications are often a very obvious part of the experience. Preparation is key to avoiding and overcoming such obstacles during this time. Some ways one can prepare are: allowing for more time to get from point A to point B, making copies of important documents, backing up computer files and double checking details you wouldn’t normally think twice about. When Mercury is retrograde, plans seem to never quite be set, life feels wobbly and uncertain. Leaving room for error and time for backtracking is helpful, while being uptight and trying to “fight” against the current will likely prove a waste of energy. Though we may consider these things to be inconvenient to our daily lives, they serve to help guide us. Underneath the mental fog and distractions is opportunity. Practice going with the flow.
While Mercury is retracing its path, there is increased mental ability to use retrospect in a positive way. To reassess the way we have done something, to revisit old ideas and thoughts- things that we didn’t commit to at the time but find new reason to appreciate now. There is support for reconnecting with old friends, rekindling old flames as well as the likelihood that current relationships will be under scrutiny and review.
It is common for old relationship issues that have been brushed aside to rear their head, and it is likely that with the flux in communication, it will be difficult to deliver the message so both in conversation are on the same page. It may be necessary to confirm that your message is heard and comprehended by the other party in the way in which you intended, and to make sure that you are hearing and understanding others correctly too. It is important to note, that this is really not the time to take drastic measures. Do not do anything that you cannot undo – if necessary.
–Excerpt from Mercury Retrograde in Gemini
Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius
The chart for Mercury stationing retrograde places Mercury in mid-Sagittarius, not too far from Jupiter. Sagittarius is a fiery, energetic and optimistic sign. It is the sign of the philosopher, the traveler and the adventurer, encouraging us to use our body and stretch our mind through experience. Mercury stationing retrograde in Sagittarius asks us to reflect on the ideals that we believe, our morals and the rules we choose to live by. Why do we believe what we believe? Why is it that sometimes we require evidence in order to believe something, while other times, all it takes is a gut feeling, the belief of another, or the words in a book?
Our beliefs impact almost everything we do in life, from our goals and the way we treat others, to the way we react to certain situations. Mercury retrograde helps us to better understand ourselves and the decisions we make regularly, by presenting us with situations that necessitate we take a critical look into where are beliefs are rooted. Thus, bringing new awareness to their validity, purpose and impact on our lives.
Furthermore, the chart for Mercury stationing retrograde places Mercury in a square to Neptune in Pisces, which is in conjunction with the Moon. The combination of these energies can be rather emotionally unpredictable and strange in general. Try to leave space for both yourself and others to work through feelings. While sometimes it is nice to have someone’s input, other times it can feel insensitive and egotistical. Use extra caution when driving or using heavy machinery, try to use good judgement when indulging in intoxicating substances. And definitely, don’t use the two together.
While Neptune and the Moon can work together to increase our susceptibility to creative inspiration and intuition, we are also more prone to deception from others and ourselves. Though it may be difficult with Mercury retrograde, try to think things through, to take an objective stance on things and not take things too personally.
On December 1st, Mercury will enter Scorpio, re-intensifying things for a few days before stationing direct on December 6th, resuming its forward motion. Though the retro-funky energy is likely to begin to subside, it will probably linger around a bit longer, until around December 24th when Mercury finally leaves its post-shadow retrograde phase.
The next three weeks are likely to be an interesting time filled with lots of opportunity and potential for growth, as well as a fair amount of retrograde induced miscommunications, revising, reviewing and redoing. Aim high, keep your thoughts positive and productive, and remember to breathe.
The specific influences of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed. If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send me an email!