Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: October 28, 2019, through November 3, 2019

A Simple Plan to Manage Mercury Retrograde

MERCURY turns Retrograde (27degrees Scorpio)on Thursday, October 31st at 11:41 AM Eastern time.
Everywhere I turn these past few days someone is asking me (with trepidation and a touch of fear in their eyes) is Mercury turning retrograde AGAIN??
There is so much unnecessary fear and misinformation around Mercury’s 
retrograde cycles. Let’s keep this very simple.

  • Don’t be afraid, worried, or concerned
    Yes, that is easier said than done, but please forget all the terrible things you have ever heard about Mercury retrograde. There are no astrological conditions that we need to block ourselves from in fear. We simply must learn how to make the best use of the planetary cycles as we encounter them. I have come to LOVE Mercury’s retrograde cycle. This is a great time to catch up on what has been left undone. These times are a true gift if we know how to use them. 


  • Get a notebook and a pen and make a list of everything that you have begun but NOT completed since July 31, 2019
    Start with a clean sheet of paper, quiet your mind and think back over the past few months. On July 31st Mercury turned direct at 23 degrees Cancer. Since then, Mercury has zipped through Leo, Virgo, Libra, and well into Scorpio where it now turns retrograde at 27degrees. Think about what you have been doing since the end of July. Look through calendars and notebooks to find reminders of what you have been thinking about and working on since then. Now, make a list of all the things that you have begun but not completed. Dig deep; there are probably more things than you are aware of. What about that appointment you have been meaning to make? And how about the project that you finally tucked into a drawer because you couldn’t find the time to complete it? I am certain that we all have communications that have fallen through the cracks. 


  • Get to work
    Once you have this list, it is easy to prepare the perfect plan for the next three+ weeks (Mercury turns direct on November 20, 2019). Get to work completing the things on this list. Nothing more, nothing less. Our lives are so busy; we zip from one project to another, from one communication to another. We never seem to have the time to slow down and carefully complete the tasks that we have begun. Mercury retrograde brings us the gift of time to wrap up loose ends.


  • Don’t be tempted to start new projects, begin new commitments, new relationships, or new jobs
    This is the time for clean up only. Don’t move forward until Mercury turns direct on November 20th. If you follow these simple steps, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish during this 3 week period. Good Luck and Get to Work! 

PS. These are guidelines; not Rules. There are things that can not be put off. Please be practical and do what must be done. 

Please keep in mind that your personal transits can override these more universal ones. A personal consultation offers deep understanding.



Monday, October 28, 2019

The Moon continues through the intensely deep waters of Scorpio following yesterday’s New Moon. With the Sun moving deeper into Scorpio it opposes Uranus in the early hours of the morning. You may wake to unforeseen news that causes excitement or anxiety depending on your perspective and point of view. You may feel that you are waiting for the other shoe to drop. If you are feeling anxious find something unpredictable or out of the ordinary to put your attention to. If sudden or abrupt occurrences rock your world today keep your mind open to the silver lining that is likely hiding in plain sight. Don’t be surprised if the people you depend on are less dependable today. They may be feeling a bit rebellious and looking for personal freedom and autonomy. Don’t hold on too tightly, we all need personal space today. Go ahead and put a filter of objectivity on all things today. If someone new enters your life at this time they may be a catalyst for great and sudden change.



Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Yesterday’s turmoil or fuss is still in play and the Scorpio Moon encourages you to dig underground for your response. Your thinking goes into powerful areas below the surface today. Don’t let that push you to jump on every conspiracy theory you encounter.
Meditation will help you maintain inner calm regardless of what is happening in the world around you. Rather than getting stuck in your own mental ruminations ask open-ended questions of the people around you. How are they managing anxiety in these difficult times? With the Moon in Scorpio dig for powerful understanding.
At 5:59 PM EDT, the Moon enters Sagittarius bringing more levity to the evening hours. Whatever the issues of the past few days, the Sagittarius Moon makes it all easier to swallow. You understand that something good might come of whatever complexities you have encountered.
Do something social this evening. Plan a trip with friends or talk about complex philosophical issues. It is so much easier to be optimistic when the Moon is in Sagittarius, you will even sleep better tonight.
The Scorpio Moon is void-of-course from 1:34 PM EDT until she enters Sagittarius at 5:59 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have a significant impact.



Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Moon transiting Sagittarius suggests the enjoyment of lighthearted pleasures today. Turn your attention to travel, philosophy, and the contemplation of various belief systems. Although you may just want to plan a party and that is okay too!
Look for opportunities, inspiration, and new ideas. Take a risk and move outside of your comfort zone.
At 6:05 PM EDT Mercury joining with Venus encourages you to speak of love. There is so much more to say than the simple words ‘I Love you’. Your beloved (friend, parent, or child) will be delighted to hear more. Go ahead and express love in a way that leaves no doubt.
Give a sincere compliment. Write a letter or a poem expressing Love from the depth of your understanding. With Mercury and Venus in Scorpio love is not about what is on the surface. Go deep, leave no ambiguity.
Relationship troubles can be addressed and cleared up this evening as long as you are willing to be fully revealed and honest. Go ahead and take that chance.



Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Moon continues through Sagittarius today encouaging social connections, travel, and new studies. Broaden your perspective on the big issues of life and culture without losing your sense of humor. Don’t take yourself too seriously today.
Are you aware that Mercury has been slowing down over the past week? Have you noticed that communications are not as clear as usual? Does it seem to be a challenge to keep tasks and plans organized?
Go to Astrolore’s website (astrolore.org) for simple instructions on how to use Mercury retrograde to support your life. At 11:41 AM EDT Mercury comes to a stop (from our perspective) and begins its 3-week treck backward. This is a powerful time to get caught up on projects and plans that have been languishing on a back burner.
What TO DO during Mercury retrograde:

  • Finish projects
  • Take a trip for relaxation
  • Reconnect with folks from your past
  • Clean out closets, drawers, email inboxes, basements (you get the idea)
  • Allow life to slow down
  • Do anything that involves repair, redo, reassess, redesign
  • Look for what is lost or missing

What NOT TO DO during Mercury retrograde

  • Don’t sign contracts
  • Don’t launch new projects
  • Don’t start a New Relationship
  • Don’t start a new job
  • Don’t make significant agreements
  • Don’t buy electronics, cars, or anything that involves technology Don’t have elective surgery
  • Don’t buy anything expensive

This is not a time to worry about. Make and follow a plan of slowing down, clearing up the past, and waiting on beginning anything new. Don’t listen to the negative spin. You will be fine.
At 10:38 PM EDT the Moon enters Capricorn ushering in a sober upcoming few days.
The Sagittarius Moon is void-of-course from 10:29 AM EDT until she enters Capricorn at 10:38 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have a significant impact.



Friday, November 1, 2019

As the week draws to a close think about Mercury’s retrograde along with a sober serious Capricorn Moon. You are less interested in having fun this weekend but more interested in accomplishment. When the Moon is in Capricorn you may are practical and possibly wary of others. You may want to spend time alone focused on your personal long term objectives.
Today and tomorrow are great for working on projects that have languished in the past months. You could get a tremendous amount accomplished.
At 4:24 PM EDT Venus enters Sagittarius. This will lighten things up and allow you to engage with more typical social weekend plans.
While in Sagittarius (until November 25th) Venus looks for romance in travel or other cultural explorations. You may find that you are more blunt than usual in your approach toward others. During this time be careful of the tendency to take risks with your money or your heart.



Saturday, November 2, 2019

Today is a great day for finishing a project, writing down your goals, completing a business plan, or re-thinking a plan. Set aside the temptation to develop a new project or plan of any sort. Consider the respect you would like to receive from the world. Work toward building the foundation required to become the person you want to be.
The Capricorn Moon will push your effort forward with caution and a pragmatic approach.
Emotionally you may feel cool and reserved as the focus in on the more practical realities of life. Think about your responsibilities and make sure that your integrity is fully engaged at every point along the way. At the end of the day, your satisfaction will be closely tied to the accomplishment of a job well done.



Sunday, November 3, 2019

Today you will turn the clocks back an hour. This will give you a bit of extra light in the morning but will rob you of any afternoon sunlight. Over the next few months, many of us (here in the Northern Hemisphere) will be waking in the dark and coming home from work in the dark. By embracing your own deep inner processes you can learn to love the darkness. Hunkering down, making soups, staying warm, and going to bed early can be quite sweet.
This morning the Moon leaves the seriousness of Capricorn behind and enters Aquarius at 6:20 AM EST. When the Moon is in Aquarius you are more inclined to entertain wild thoughts and ideas. You are more interested in working with others to develop innovative solutions to humanity’s problems.
Find a community gathering where you can meet with like-minded people. Join a committee to make a difference. Sure you will head home well after dark, but don’t let that stop you from engaging with others to work on the humanitarian efforts you support.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.