According to Vedic astrology and the Sidereal Zodiac (which is 23 degrees earlier than the Tropical Zodiac used by Western astrologers, from October 23rd, 2019 until November 7th, 2019 Mercury will transit the sign of Libra.
Then from November 7th, 2019 until December 5th, 2019 Mercury’s retrograde motion will take it back into the sign of Libra.
Please see the link below to read about Mercury’s transit through the sign of Libra.
Mercury Retrograde is only a problem if Mercury is a functional malefic planet as is the case for those born under the rising signs of Aries, Libra and Aquarius and if it is afflicting any houses or planets and/or if Mercury is afflicted by another planet by aspect or conjunction. (Afflictions are only applicable when planets are within 5 degrees of another planet or the rising sign degree – in any house.) The significations of Mercury can suffer when transiting the 6th, 8th, or 12th houses.
“This is only a visionary phenomenon as it occurs due to different speeds of the planets in relation to the earth. The effects on a natal chart are due to the fixed angular position of planets with reference to a particular place on the earth for a particular time, natal or transit.”
Though the classical as well as some of the modern commentators have ascribed different views for the results of retrograde planets, my professor from India (Professor V.K. Choudhry) who developed the Systems’ Approach to Interpreting Horoscopes is of the firm view that retrograde planets are to be treated in a normal way as per their longitudes, so far as the natal influences are concerned. However, the transit influences of a planet appearing to be in retrograde motion and then direct motion are prolonged on a specified degree(s).
“To understand the impact of a transit retrograde planet it is necessary that one learns predictive techniques and methodology for reading the triple transit influences.”
Below is a video I have made to illustrate how important it is to look at each chart specifically to find the impact of Retrograde planets. THIS IS AN OLD VIDEO SO DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO THE DATES.
Not everyone will benefit from the so called “Massive Energy Shifts” other astrologers claim happen during retrograde moments. At the same time, not everyone will suffer from the ever so present and widely accepted attitude that Mercury retrograde is always bad!
If you are a serious astrologer or serious about astrology you must look at the functional nature of Mercury in each specific chart. I cannot stress this enough!
For the Aries, Libra, and Aquarius rising signs Mercury becomes a functional malefic planet and can cause harm in their charts. The remedy for this is to:
Help children on Wednesdays
Don’t wear green
Don’t wear Emeralds
Listen to chants for Goddess Durga on Wednesdays
For the Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Pisces rising signs Mercury becomes a functional benefic planet and will not cause harm, but can become weak by transit or affliction. You can strengthen Mercury in your chart to protect against weakness by:
Wearing lots of green clothing
Using lots of green decorations in your home
Put green cellophane over a window in your home and let the green light in
You can buy green tinted sunglasses or a green tinted water pitcher and cups
Emerald is a safe and favorable gemstone for your chart
The remedies are easy and effective!
Happy (or not so happy) Mercury Retrograde to you!
Mercury is weak in degrees until November 12th and then again from December 2nd – December 9th. Be patient with stocks, business, technology, communications and intellectual property.
In order to know your particular rising sign you need to know your exact time, place, and date of birth.
Below is some general information regarding what to expect when Mercury transits Scorpio based on your particular rising sign.
Aries: There can be setbacks, delays, and obstructions relative to your health and finances. Be careful with your communications, technology, skin, nervous system, respiratory canal and decision making.
Taurus: Connect your higher education, children, investments, and creative projects with partnerships, relationships, joint ventures, and marriage.
Gemini: There can be conflicts, debts, disputes, health and financial issues relative to your home life, parents, property, vehicles, and fixed assets. Be careful with your communications, technology, skin, nervous system, respiratory canal and decision making.
Cancer: Connect your entrepreneurial activities, independent projects, and self efforts with higher education, children, investments, and creative projects as well as with writing, business, and communications.
Leo: There can be wealth and status connected with your home life, parents, property, vehicles, and fixed assets. Work out of your home on writing, business, and communications.
Virgo: Focus on your entrepreneurial activities, independent projects, and self efforts. Connect these with writing, business, and communications.
Libra: There can be losses, expenses, and separations relative to your wealth and status when Mercury is close to your rising sign degree. Connect your wealth and status with writing, business, and communications.
Scorpio: There can be income, gains, friendships, and fulfillment of desires connected with your health and enterprises. Focus on these areas as well as on writing, business, and communications.
Sagittarius: There can be losses, expenses, and separations relative to your career and professional life. Be careful with your communications, technology, skin, nervous system, respiratory canal and decision making.
Capricorn: There can be good luck, divine grace, and good fortune connected with your income, gains, friendships, and fulfillment of desires as well as through writing, business, and communications.
Aquarius: There can be setbacks, delays, and obstructions relative to your career and professional life when Mercury is close to your rising sign degree. Focus on writing, business, and communications in your career.
Pisces: There can be good luck, divine grace, and good fortune connected with partnerships, relationships, joint ventures, and marriage. Focus on your dharma (work in life) connected with writing, business, and communications.
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