Going Deep with Mercury Retrograde and #NaNoWriMo

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines deep as: “extending far from some surface or area, such as: a. extending far downward a deep well a deep chasm. b. extending well inward from an outer surface a deep gash a deep-chested animal.”

Keep your idea of surface—a surface—in mind, whatever that is for you, as we continue.

Mercury will be retrograde in Scorpio until mid-November. Retrogrades normally as described as the backwards cycle of a planet, when it goes back on a path the path it was normally traveling, is often shrouded in fear and dread. Our personal advice: embrace it.

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With astrology, this retrograde movement usually triggers other planets several times on specific dates, and it’s those transits and dates that we’re going to review this week and until Mercury wraps up it’s retrograde.

Scorpio is usually a triggering energy on its own, so Mercury (this thinker and exalted in air planet) will have the capacity to think to another level while there. For those joining the NaNoWriMo excitement, this is the type energy you want to put pen down to paper.

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Now, look at that definition of deeper again. Think of what’s on your surface—your typical worries, anxieties and concerns, and now… let’s go underneath that. The Mercury in Scorpio energy is much like a river in this way, water creating its own paths and bringing along the debris of our past thinking and the gunk that tends to clutter our minds.

Follow those stretches of our thoughts, those typical worries, anxieties and concerns. What are they connected to and rooted from, and how are these flowing into your essence and soul and purpose? How are these typical worries, anxieties and concerns flowing into that crucial, thriving part of you?

You’ll have an opportunity to understand the depths of those waters in the coming weeks, with the retrograde and the following transits. Remember, your surface… and then what’s beneath that.

Mercury to Pluto (Nov. 9 and Dec. 3) The first hit for this transit was on Oct. 19. Pluto historically has ruled Scorpio, so meeting Mercury there feels very much like home for this planet, enjoying the vibe of an old-friend. This energy prompts deep thinking and conversations, the kind that are meaning of life-ish and life-altering. Write the hard conversations and dialogues your characters are trying to have on these days.

Mercury to Saturn (Nov. 13 and Nov. 30) This transit first hit around Oct. 14. Saturn at this point was mid-way Capricorn, where it rules. Mercury was also in the middle of Scorpio, already having founds its groove, too. The second hit on Nov. 13 is also the mid-way of the #NaNoWrimo challenge and a good time to keep track of all the work you’ve put in, because even if it’s been challenging and you’re not quite where you want to be, you still have an opportunity to get there. This is the peak, writers. It’s not really a coincidence that the last of these transits with Saturn the structure-king is when the challenge wraps up, is it?

Mercury to Neptune (Nov. 13 and Nov. 28) This transit is blessing the world with a dose of imagination and magic. The first of these coincides with the Saturn to Mercury, because Saturn and Neptune are fresh off their own connection in the skies, and are now blessing Mercury with a little of that magic on the 13th of the month. The later date in the month still shows how strong this transit is to wrap up #NaNoWriMo… with not only Mercury going direct but also Neptune. Check out since when Neptune has been retrograde and when it’ll be out of the shadow here.

Mercury goes into Sagittarius in December 9 and on to create other adventures, fire-y adventures.

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