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Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Mercury Retrograde

RisaNewSFriday is the Libra solar festival (full moon) lunar eclipse—something in form has reached the end of its purpose. It disappears. Eventually something newer and more appropriate appears. However, we still must choose. Will we return to the past or focus on creating the future? Thus we understand the Libra keynote “I chose the way that leads between two great lines of force.”
Monday, early morning, Mercury turns stationary retrograde, 18 degrees Scorpio (retro until Nov. 10 at 2 degrees Scorpio).

We know the Mercury retro facts. In Mercury retro we all become internalized Virgos. Research is best. Our minds, filled to the brim with information (gathered since the last Mercury retro) must now integrate, process, organize (Virgo tasks) and eliminate. We remember: no large purchases (cars, homes, appliances, etc.); no expectations for clear understanding; all drivers have blinders on; information is lost; communication garbled; misunderstandings common; everyone’s focused internally and unable to comprehend external life easily. These are not dreadful things. Mercury retro simply means “business as usual” isn’t “usual.” Everyone is internal as the planet of communication and interaction rests for three or more weeks. With this information we’re now all prepared.

Tuesday night the sun quietly slips out of Libra and enters Scorpio, the sign of mysteries, dark waters and the Nine Tests. Scorpio was really created so we could have Halloween.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Oct. 17–23, 2013 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
The focus during this retro is your finances and resources you have in common with others, especially those close to you. With the world economic system in its present state, rearranging finances and resources is most important. Have cash on hand (more than usual), gas in the car(s), and extra supplies should something occur. Hidden here, there and everywhere you have forgotten resources. Rediscover them.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
Allow those close to you to have a voice. Don’t expect them to communicate much unless they were born with Mercury retro. Don’t assume you are understood or even heard. Take nothing for granted and allow everything in your life, including communication, to slow down. There may be someone you need to care for as you are their main trusted support. But tend first to your health each day. Each day sit in the sun, bare feet on the Earth.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20
Whatever your daily schedule and routines, know they will not continue in the coming weeks. Everything will be upside down, inside out, you become a Virgo (you’ve been here before), and everything expected to move forward will actually back up. This is a time of creative thinking, revelations, assessing and contemplating your life’s endeavors. Things change again in three weeks. Most importantly, have fun with Mercury’s retrograde.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20
New realities have begun in your life. You will create a new daily pattern of events, new ways of tending to yourself. This should be a rather enlightening time. You’ve never been here before. Something has occurred that has changed your life. All previous beliefs and opinions change. You find you need to consider alternative ways of living. Had you remained where you were before, you would be experiencing confusion and inconvenience.

leoLeo July 21–August 22
You wonder if decisions made in the past months have been correct. You reconsider choices made that set you upon a certain course of action. You think about what values and people led you to where you are now, what beliefs, what conflicts and insights created the stability (or instability) you feel now. You evaluate the foundations of your life, childhood to the present. You see that, actually, everything is on track. Everything is good.

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22
Your mind will be swirling with ideas, viewpoints, opinions and outlooks—many things considered before. Now you assess which to integrate or eliminate. When Mercury retros begin our mind is filled with excess thoughts and ideas. The retro gives us time to order and organize our thinking. Virgos are at home with Mercury retro tasks. As everyone becomes a Virgo now, during this retro you actually become a Gemini.

libraLibra September 23–October 22
A friend of mine who leads counseling programs tells his groups “Always do the right thing.”  Good advice. But sometimes we don’t know what the right thing is. Especially Libra, Gemini and Pisces—dual signs who perceive both sides as right. In Libra we’re advised to call in the Will-to-Good each morning, which creates Right Choice (the “right thing”). You will be confronted with choices concerning finances and resources.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21
In the next three weeks you interact with your environments differently. Perhaps you will choose to see no one for a while, finding that nature is the only setting where you feel safe, comfortable and secure. Perhaps you realize each day your best companion is the sun, allowing its photons to penetrate your body’s cells, stimulating and refining your vitality and life principle. In fact this is actually what you might consider doing.

saggSagittarius November 22–December 20
You might find yourself waiting for something to occur, to appear, to surface, to make itself known. You may be experiencing a quote attributed to astronomer scientist Carl Sagan that, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Sagan was always scanning the heavens for extraterrestrial life, wondering if we were alone in the cosmos. Perhaps you ask this question, too. A serious question of profound importance. 

capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20
In the coming weeks you discover those you can trust, your true friends, who supports you and who cannot. There may be lots of expectations. Remember, during retrogrades expectations meet with failure. This is because everyone’s internalized, confused, and unable to be fully and outwardly coherent. However, those who matter to you (and you to them) remain available, reliable, listening and loving—these are your partners this lifetime.
aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18
Things from the past resurface. You thought they were over. But, here they are again. Maintain a professional image, demeanor, attitude and position. Step carefully, seeking a new path ahead. Keep focused on the larger reality—your gifts of value and service to humanity. Every small act of serving others is your unique contribution to the world in need. Your life is a tapestry. Keep weaving it with brighter and brighter threads.

piscesPisces February 19–March 20
Tend to small daily details. Allow nothing to hurry or sidetrack you. Many places you have visited or perhaps the places you haven’t yet visited want to come into your mind. You remember previous goals and visions. They reappear for revisioning, reassessing and refining practicalities. You magnetize the Financial Seed Group to assist in bringing these visions into form and matter. You have all the time in the world. And lifetimes to come.

Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.

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written by Caroline, October 19, 2013
Why is Mercury always in retrograde - you never hear about any of the other planets in retrograde?

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