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Mercury Retrogrades In Scorpio On Halloween: What That Means

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Get ready for (ugh) Scorpio season. Not only does this divisive water sign take center stage beginning October 23, but we’re also all getting tricked treated this Halloween to a mercury retrograde in Scorpio. No one expects you to abandon your carefully planned pop culture costumes and hide at home on October 31st because of some tiny astrological setback — we’ve got the cosmic hacks you need to navigate mercury retrograde in Scorpio with minimal toil and trouble.

Mercury retrograde is generally a time of contemplation and preparation for change. Any good astrologer or horoscope aficionado could tell you not to make any major plans or life-altering decisions during the three-week retrograde period or the two-week cushion surrounding it meant for soul searching and deciphering what, exactly, this retrograde was preparing you to do. Most people see this as an L — blaming your bad mood on retrograde has become as ubiquitous as pointing fingers at PMS — but in our fast-paced, evolve-or-die society, having a universal excuse to stop and look around once in a while sounds like a major win to us. As with any retrograde, we advise pivoting away from cross-country or international travel, allotting more time for your daily commutes, and saving your Word documents every five minutes to avoid a technological catastrophe. Your friends will probably be grumpy, none of your plans will work out quite like you expected them to, and even the post-Retrograde retroshade period will make you wonder if you’ve ever been truly happy. Yeah, you might want to have a Plan B, C, and D for your Halloween haunts this year, but with four Mercury Retrogrades annually, we spend roughly a quarter of every year dealing with the same disruptive cosmic B.S. and come out on the other side relatively unscathed. Adding our fave fixed water sign into the mix might sound like a worst-case scenario, but it turns out that Scorpio and Mercury retrograde go together like peanut butter and jelly.

As Jennifer Racioppi explains, Scorpio takes Mercury retrograde’s existing proclivity towards soul-searching and turns it up to eleven. The eighth sign of the zodiac, Scorpios don’t have time for your bullsh*t. They’re on a mission to uncover your secrets, follow their preternatural intuition, and find the Ultimate Truth that polite society usually tries to avoid. This doesn’t always make them fun at parties (unless you’re another water sign, in which case, have fun bonding with your new BFF), but it does mean that Mercury’s retrograde in Scorpio has an even more powerful potential to uncover whatever it is you’ve been hiding from yourself, help you process it, and allow you to move on.

That being said, Mercury retrograde in Scorpio can be a double-edged sword. Scorpio’s dogged determination can be less than kind, and it’s up to you to acknowledge when your pursuit of the truth has gone too far. Have the honest conversations with your partners and friends that you’ve been avoiding, but take care to do so with kindness, a gentle curiosity, and a spirit of generosity and growth. You might realize a relationship isn’t serving you as well as you previously thought, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a d*ck about it or jump straight to a break-up in the middle of this delicate time. Similarly, Pandora Astrology points out that sexual intimacy can also severely improve or crash and burn during this transition, but returning to that difficult-but-necessary optimism can turn either outcome into an opportunity for positive changes.

Rounding out this triple threat is Saturn, where Scorpio will also reside during All Hallows’ Eve. Ruling reality and structure, Saturn in Scorpio adds to this retrograde’s potential by emphasizing the planet’s natural wisdom and tendency towards self-discipline, if all goes according to plan. Like all cosmic journeys, this outcome is all about how you react to the people around you. If you choose to fall into Scorpio’s natural vengeful suspicion, your conversations probably won’t go so well during this tumultuous period of emotional soul-searching. Conversely, leaning into Saturn’s directness can ease social anxiety and help you establish firm boundaries that will be super necessary when hashing out Big Issues with your loved ones. Even if at first you don’t succeed, Saturn in Scorpio paired with this Scorpio sun *and* a Mercury Retrograde will encourage you to try, try again, staying cognizant of the lessons you should be grateful for and the relationships worthy of protection.

Mercury retrograde isn’t a death sentence — and Scorpio season isn’t, either. When you put the two together, it may seem like a recipe for disaster, but for those of you willing to put in the emotional effort, Mercury retrograde in Scorpio might be the best thing that’s ever happened to you. Like, it’s still gonna suck, but you’re going to be happy about it eventually. Hang in there, friends! Sagittarius season will be here before you know it with an entirely new batch of problems.

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