21st October to 10th November 2013: Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

The Truth Will Out

This final retrograde phase of Mercury in 2013 occurs in the sign of Scorpio. Here Mercury engages with secrets and lies, investigations and exposés. It wants to dig beneath the surface and get to the root of an issue. Polite chit-chat is not the domain of Mercury in Scorpio. Be prepared for some uncomfortable, but enlightening, conversations!

The chart of Mercury’s turnabout is ‘busy’: there’s a lot going on and it’s full of distractions and cross purposes. But Mercury refuses to be distracted. Teamed up with Saturn, the planet that brings things into form, binding them to the laws of the physical world, this is a Mercury that means business. And its business during this retrograde phase is that of revealing the miscommunications in our lives, uncovering where we were so sure we said one thing but someone else is equally sure they heard something else. It’s here to uncross those cross-purposes once and for all!

When we see Mercury and Saturn together like this we can neither escape nor side-step the consequences of how we communicate and what we communicate about. There’s no throwing out a few thoughts or comments here and there to see where they land. If we put something into words we’d better be prepared to stand by those words when the ‘proverbial’ hits the fan as a result! Here Mercury is reminding us that communication can be a serious business, and whilst in water signs we don’t need the facts and figures to back up our theories, we do need to know that the data we’re receiving through our intuition is reliable. If it isn’t, best keep mum for a while until we’ve shaped up a bit more!

In the sign of Scorpio there are always things to be revealed and we may resist the revelation with all our might if we fear its consequences. But consequences are not the domain of Mercury, and especially not during its retrograde phase! It doesn’t matter what fears encourage us to keep secrets or hide aspects of ourselves, our thoughts and beliefs, because Mercury will come along now and root them out anyway, often through the action of other people digging their nose in where we don’t want it! So you (and I!) have been warned!

No matter how adept we may have been at maintaining a smoke-screen or pulling the wool over certain eyes, this passage of time could change all that. And if it does… don’t panic! Because whatever is revealed now is better out in the open than hidden in the shadows. It has less power that way, and is far more able to transform into something positive and wholesome in our lives, no matter how mucky it may appear on first exposure to the light of day!

And in Mercury’s current relationship with Jupiter we find our true protection. Here the heavens say ‘It’s okay, all this exposure, all these revelations. Look upon it as a release of stale breath you’ve been holding for years. It’s been poisoning you and you don’t need it anymore’. Jupiter in Cancer working with Mercury in Scorpio in this way provides a safe place for us to retreat when the going gets tough, where we can regain our strength and resilience and live to fight another day! This place of refuge may be a trusted friend, a power place, a spiritual practice or a creative pursuit. Whatever and wherever we find our refuge during this time will show us whatreally matters in our life and what really sustains us when the going gets bumpy for a while…

During this retrograde phase of Mercury we have the next exact Uranus/Pluto square on 1stNovember and a solar eclipse in Scorpio on 3rd. Mercury plays a key role in both of these, and the more we can clear the air of misunderstandings, false leads and sleights of hand before the beginning of November the greater the benefit we will receive from these powerful cosmic alignments. So here’s to truth, openness, humility and compassion – the key qualities so vital for an atmosphere of trust and hope to grow.

Sarah Varcas


Sandra Smyre 21st October 2013 2:47 pm

Thank you so much Sarah! Just sat down with a friend and she brought out that deep dark monster, suicide, and has taken steps to lock the pills some place safe. It appears that self loathing is up big time right now. This gal is in therapy too so have great hopes for her. Also, another friend is doing some deep introspective work and beating self up too. So feel very grateful for the work I've done---not that more could come up, and hopefully I'll welcome it if it does. This Oct. has certainly been packing a wallop so far. So grateful for you words of wisdom and tips on how to navigate this potent time. :smitten:

bettina 22nd October 2013 5:29 am

Ohhhhh BOY--does this nail it for me. Yesterday, 'out of nowhere' ;) I had sadness, disappointment creep in from a 'family' matters and previous romantic relationship both of which fell apart these past few years. More layers released making way for new.

Often times I experience what I experience and after-the-fact find information to support them. Thank you Sara for completing the picture for my ego mind. My spirit knows the way...and I follow sometimes stumbling in 'blind' faith. Out with the old...making way for the new...whatever that will be. Spider seems to be my totem of late so spinning a beautifully silky web of home and future is the focus of late.

Happy to be here with all of you. Blessings!

ToTwoTOo 28th October 2013 7:57 pm

"So here’s to truth, openness, humility and compassion – the key qualities so vital for an atmosphere of trust and hope to grow."

Thank you, Sarah. I appreciate you, from the Heart.

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Sarah Varcas is an Intuitive Astrologer, committed to decoding the wisdom messages of the cosmos for the enrichment of peoples’ lives.

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