Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Kristy Robinett, author of several books, including It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Tails from the Afterlife, and the new Born Under a Good Sign.

Astrological Imagery

From October 31st to November 20th, the planet Mercury will be traveling retrograde through the astrological sign of Scorpio. Will it be a trick, or will it be a treat for you?

Mercury Retrograde occurs three times a year, and lasts for several weeks during each time period. It’s said that Mercury, “goes backwards” or “takes a vacation,” and so anything with communication, contracts, and legal obligations can—and often do—go haywire. Here’s what each sun sign can expect for this particular Mercury retrograde period.

Aries: It’s especially important to watch your finances during this Mercury retrograde period. It could be a bill that you thought you paid and didn’t, a credit card that is compromised, or being double-charged for your non-fat Mocha. Keep a close eye on everything money-related.

Taurus: This Mercury in retrograde has you extra suspicious. Who from your past did you wrong, or you them? It’s time to release the hurt and forgive, no matter the story behind the betrayal. Once you do, you’ll discover the weight lifted and an easier journey ahead.

Gemini: Be extra careful about your worrying during this period so as not to deplete your immune system or affect your body, mind, and/or soul. Channel that concern into a healthy routine of health and fitness with helpers such as a doctor, nutritionist, or fitness instructor.

Cancer: The past couple years have brought about some nonsensical drama that has made your everyday life confusing. Now is the time for you to reflect on relationships, and to decide who is a keeper and who is a giveaway into the new year.

Leo: Home is truly your castle, Leo. As Mercury is in Retrograde, you are being urged to clear, organize, and be productive. Stop avoiding and throwing both tangible and emotional junk in a closet for later. Now is the time to deal with it. In the end it will help to manage your time and lighten your load.

Virgo: You are amazing at detail and organization, but Mercury in Retrograde is notorious for causing delays. You’ve got this, though, Virgo. Just make sure to double- and triple-check that the emails you send out are going to who they are supposed to. Don’t be concerned if you haven’t heard from that job opportunity you applied for, or the house you bid on was denied. Bigger and better is coming.

Libra: You ain’t afraid of no ghosts, and you aren’t afraid to admit it. You also have a refreshed take on life with the dusk of Libra season. An abundance of opportunities is about to come your way because you’ve been busy making it happen these last couple of years. If you can, hold off on signing any legal paperwork until after Mercury goes direct.

Scorpio: This Mercury in Retrograde aligns with your sun sign and is paramount to helping you visualize into the new year. It’s no surprise that you hold grudges, Scorp, and it’s time for you to be honest with yourself and do something about it so that the past isn’t like a monster in your closet.

Sagittarius: Can you truly make peace with your inner demons? This time period reminds you that you’ve been carrying more baggage than you think, and it’s time to release and restore all that’s been haunting you. It might be from years ago when you didn’t get the attention you needed from a parent, or the raise you didn’t get this year. No matter how big or how small, the bags are heavy.

Capricorns: It’s time to look hard at your social circle. If things feel good, then schedule some lunch dates, plan a trip, or have a day adventure. If your social circle is more toxic, then you already know what needs to be done. Negativity in your life is like a virus and can cause contamination of your own spirit.

Aquarius: It may be that you’re thinking of going back to school or applying for a new job. You may have been passed up for a promotion and are still bitter. It may be that you’re just feeling unsatisfied with your day to day life. This Mercury in Retrograde is a great time to review your life path and truly look in your own personal crystal ball to see what will make you happy.

Pisces: You are extra sassy, Pisces. Normally pretty cool and calm, the last couple months have taken a toll on your soul. Be careful not get caught up in the tsunami of emotion. You don’t love to apologize in an after the fact, so during this period be cautious of the sass rearing its ugly head. You won’t be able to take back. Back away from the sass. For now.

What NOT to do during Mercury Retrograde:

  1. Buy a new car
  2. Sign legal documents
  3. File legal paperwork
  4. Accept a new job
  5. Buy electronics
  6. Put your house up for sale
  7. Lease an apartment
  8. Get involved in petty arguments
  9. Spend time comparing

What to Do during Mercury Retrograde:

  1. Release your insecurities
  2. Renew your spirit
  3. Review the dreams of your past
  4. Look at people in your life you might need to release
  5. Look for something positive every day
  6. Leave early
  7. Stay organized
  8. Work out
  9. Indulge in long and deep conversations
  10. Take care of your health—sinus issues, headaches, heartburn, and exhaustion will be felt during this time
  11. Shut off the electronics
  12. Meditate
  13. Find a creative outlet to get all the excess emotion released

Mercury in Retrograde asks for you to look in the mirror at yourself to see what demons you might still be carrying—and then doing a personal exorcism, setting yourself free from past burdens. We all need practice in patience, and although most of us all hate lessons, this is one you don’t need to study for.


Looking for more from Kristy Robinett or about the strengths of your Sun Sign? Read her article, “The Bright Spot of Your Sun Sign,” and order Born Under a Good Sign.

Born Under a Good Sign, by Kristy Robinett
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