Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Starts on Halloween—Here’s How to Survive It

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From Cosmopolitan

This season of fall sweaters, PSLs, and rewatching Hocus Pocus has been great so far, but now that Halloween is here, it brings us a little surprise: Mercury Retrograde. On October 31, Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio, the brooding, mysterious water sign known for making us plunge into the depths of our psyche and hold grudges like no other. When Mercury Retrograde happens in Scorpio, we aren’t only experiencing technological hiccups and the occasional text from an ex—Scorpio’s energy asks us to review our relationships with trust, intimacy, repressed emotions, and the darker sides of our minds.

Scorpio is a fixed sign in the zodiac—noted for their stability and determination—and this retrograde will affect all fixed signs the strongest. So, if you’re a Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius—listen up. The reality, though, is that no one is safe from the retrograde’s effects—here’s a list of how the surrounding planets will affect Mercury and its energy during the next few weeks:

October 31: Mercury Stations Retrograde in Scorpio

Ring the alarm—it’s finally here! If you’ve felt like your communication has been off, or you’ve been misunderstood lately, it’s all about to make sense. When Mercury is in Scorpio, we want to dive to the bottom of issues and matters. Surface-level won’t suffice—we crave deep, soulful connections, and we’re also super eager to soak up others’ secrets. There’s an added intensity to our thought process and the way we choose to communicate with others.

Pro tip: Careful what you obsess over—Mercury in Scorpio can have us operating with a one-track mind. We’re more likely to overthink and obsess over a problem or issue to the point of exhaustion.

November 1: Mercury-Venus Meet Up in Scorpio

When Mercury syncs up with Venus, the planet of love, self-worth and affection, our focus shifts and we’re communicating with Venus-related issues in mind. It’s time to revisit any relationship issues that have been brushed under the rug—Mercury in Scorpio is dragging them out. It’s a wonderful time to speak from the heart—if you’ve been wanting to tell someone you love them, this could be your day to revisit and muster up the courage.

Pro tip: Venus also rules looks and aesthetics—this isn’t the time to be engaging in attention-seeking behavior. It’ll likely be taken the wrong way by the wrong person. Same re: attracting attention from exes you already thank-u-nexted. Save the thirst trap for a post-retrograde glow-up shot.

November 10: Mercury-Sun Meet Up in Scorpio

When the planet of communication meets up with the Sun, ruler of our self-image and identity, we are extra freakin' chatty. The Sun and Mercury will both be in Scorpio, though, so topics will range from the austere to taboo to hella probing. We’re eager to share our opinions and proud of our thoughts—but Mercury is still retrograde, so watch out for misunderstandings.

Pro tip: We have the tendency to be too attached to our opinions here, so listening before responding will really go a long way.

November 12: Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio Opposite Moon in Taurus

When two planets, especially personal planets like the Moon and Mercury, oppose one another in the sky, their energies can be at odds with each other. We can swing like a pendulum from wanting to express one energy, and quickly swing back to the other. The Moon in Taurus will encourage us to indulge in self-care and relaxation, while Mercury in Scorpio will ask us to confront uncomfortable emotional topics. We could be reactive today—it’s more likely we’re leading with our emotions.

Pro tip: This is not a day to make decisions based on your emotional state—we’re going to be all over the place. And our sensitivity to words is at an all-time high—try not to take everything so personally.

November 15: Mercury-Neptune Meet Up

When two water signs meet up in the sky, you know something creative, profound, and (probably) emotional is about to happen. Mercury in Scorpio meets up with Neptune in Pisces today—encouraging empathy and a deep love for all humankind. (Like, you’re probably more likely to let someone go ahead of you when you’re in line at the grocery store.) But mostly, this is a day for deep bonding and nurturing soul-connections. Neptune will also enhance our creativity—it’s a perfect time to journal our thoughts, write poetry, or get lost in some type of art.

Pro tip: Avoid signing contacts this day if you can—Neptune lends its fog and could have us missing important information in the fine print. This is a day to create—respond to emails tomorrow.

November 20: Mercury Goes Direct

Congrats—you made it through another retrograde! All retrograde periods have a “shadow phase,” which is experienced both pre- and post-retrograde. You might still have a few communication speed bumps here and there, but your ex probably won’t be sliding into your DMs. The energy allows for a peaceful transition so you can wrap up lessons learned during this time.

Pro tip: Still re-read your emails for awkward typos before you hit send!

December 7: Post-Shadow Retrograde Ends

Really, though, you’ve done it—you probably didn’t take back your ex or fully miss your flight to Hawaii, and your laptop is still in once piece. Today, Mercury returns to the position it started its retrograde at—quite literally clearing the air and charging ahead full steam. And revel in the comfort that this is the last Mercury Retrograde of 2019! (You don’t have to worry again until February 2020, when it goes retrograde in cold and detached Aquarius. Fun!)

Pro tip: Ok, NOW you can post that glow-up selfie!

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