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Mercury in Scorpio ~ Oct. 28 to Nov. 15, 2009

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Mercury leaves charming Libra and spends the next few weeks in Scorpio, where we are compelled to get to the root of all the "whys." From 6:08 a.m. (ET) on October 28 to November 15, expect interactions to be more intense, conversations to deepen, and curiosity to go way beyond what may be appropriate. Mercury represents how we think, talk, interact, and react. In the depths of Scorpion waters, our mind turns to what's beneath the surface level. It's not about what is tangible or logically provable, it's about where it's rooted. What do I mean by this?

For example, let's paint a picture of what it might be like to meet a successful, young entrepreneur. Most would be impressed by what he has achieved at such a young age and leave it at that. Perhaps, another might look a little further into his background by learning about his business model or the genius that made him a success. Mercury in Scorpio, however, will ferret out that this young entrepreneur came from a broken home where neither parents were educated; that, at a very young age, he decided with unyielding determination that his adult life will be different; and that indeed, he has made that his life's work.

At best, Mercury in Scorpio is eerily attuned to the innerworkings of the psyche and unseen world. It's a mind that is determined, committed, and unrelenting. Penetrating. Deep understanding. Conversations are meaningful. At worst, Scorpio-Mercury is stubborn, paranoid, quick to judge, fearful, distrustful, and unwilling to try if success is not assured.

While Mercury is in Scorpio, he will make connections with the following celestial bodies on (all dates reflect Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • October 28 ~ Mercury sextile Pluto. Focus. Concentration. Analytical mind. A few days ago, the Sun and Pluto will have just been in a sextile, giving us depth and intensity in our interactions and ability to seek within the self. What may have been revealed then may come to mind now.
  • November 1 ~ Mercury square Mars. Rash actions. Quick temper. Conflict with each party/parties involved unwilling to concede or compromise. Prepare for a day filled with anger, frustration, irritation if those involved are unable to agree to disagree.
  • November 5 ~ Mercury conjunct Sun. Need for control. Penetrating mind. Strong ability for focus. Able to cut through the fog of indecision and arrive at clarity. Verbal interactions may be heavier, more intense than the usual banter. Curiosity peaks and requires to be satisfied.
  • November 8 ~ Mercury square Jupiter. Big dreams? Have faith? Feeling hopeful? That's fine. Just avoid committing to anything you can't actually deliver. Overoptimism easy now. Don't be a show off. Allow actions to speak louder than words.
  • November 10 to 11 ~ Mercury square Chiron & Neptune and trine Uranus. Mercury's square with Chiron helps identify possible obstacles in achieving goals. Let this "ceiling" give us the foresight of what limitations or hurdles we may have to work around or jump over in order to continue toward our objectives. So go ahead and dream big. One foot is firmly stepping on solid ground.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Scorpio. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Scorpio zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury transiting those houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for them below then click here for a brief explanation of Mercury's transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 7th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 11th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 9th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Or request a quote for a personalized reading. Or cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start a discussion. (all links open a new window)

What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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