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Mercury in Scorpio ~ Oct. 20 to Nov. 8, 2010

After a brief three weeks in Libra, Mercury sprints over to Scorpio on October 20 at 2:19 p.m. PST / 5:15 p.m. EST, where he remains until November 8. Mercury represents how we think, how we process information, and how we communicate the information we've processed. He also governs transportation, commerce and trade.

In Libra, Mercury is social, friendly, collaborative, and requires understanding both sides on any situation before making any judgements or decisions. In Scorpio, conversations deepen, interactions seek meaning, and curiosities must be satisfied. All the "whys" must be answered, no matter how never-ending they may seem. Scorpio energy must seek truth, identifying where or what any situation is rooted from.

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 there are little or no assurance for success.

While in Scorpio, Mercury will align with the following celestial bodies on (all dates reflect North America Pacific time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):

  • October 22 ~ Mercury sextile Pluto. Focus. Concentration. Analytical, probing mind. Curiosities high. Also today, Full Moon in Aries at 6:37 p.m. PST / 9:37 p.m. EST
  • October 25 ~ Mercury conjunct Venus-rx. Relationships deepen. Strings attached. Interactions intensify. In financial matters, shrewd money management.
  • November 4 ~ Mercury trine Jupiter-rx. 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 5 & 6 ~ Mercury square Chiron-rxNeptune-rx; and trine Uranus-rx. 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. Also today, New Moon in Scorpio on November 5 at 9:52 p.m. PST / November 6 at 12:52 a.m. EST and Neptune Direct on November 6 at 11:04 p.m. PST / November 7 at 1:04 a.m. EST.
Where might this Mercury transit influence your world? 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
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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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