If we focus on everything that’s wrong, we’ll forget to notice what’s right.
On December 6th, Mercury will end his retrograde in Scorpio before slowing moving into Sagittarius, asking all of us to look ahead and prepare to let the past go as we move into the future. Mercury is the planet that governs our communication and internal processing, so while in retrograde not only can we experience difficulties but we also feel the need to be more introspective and review matters in our lives.
But when Mercury turns direct, it’s time for action, taking everything we’ve observed and learned, and putting it to use as we make plans for our future. That means zodiac sign and love horoscope will face certain challenges.
Luckily, Mercury won’t retrograde again until March of 2019, so this forward-thinking energy will be around for a few months before we have to worry about plans being stalled once again.
Mercury, otherwise known as the trickster planet for his ability to mess up even the most confident among us during his unpredictable retrograde phase, will turn direct in the deep water sign of Scorpio, inviting us to plunge below the depths and gain greater understanding. Scorpio is a darker sign, one that governs secrets and taboo subjects like intimacy, relationship and money issues, and those subjects that we usually have a difficult time opening up about.
The thing with Scorpio is that while these subjects may be off the table for some, he actually delves headfirst into them. He’s not intimidated by the darkness or intensity and wades through the subconscious rather than prefer that it simply doesn’t exist.
What was so interesting about this retrograde is that it began the day Venus turned direct, so our sigh of relief was only short lived. While we felt some relief that Venus had ended her journey to bring upheaval to our relationships, we realized that Mercury now wanted us to spend about three weeks thinking about things before we actually made any moves.
During the Venus retrograde, the planet that governs love, which began back in early October, our relationships were put through the tests and new truths were uncovered in order to try to bring greater balance and harmony to unions with those we love the deepest. However, sometimes we need time to process, time to think, time to review, and time to not mess things up even more.
While it may have felt frustrating during the last part of November to seemingly feel stuck, confused or unsure about what direction to go in, we actually needed this time to fully go over all that occurred during the Venus retrograde. We weren’t meant to make definitive plans yet.
We weren’t meant to come to any resolution or decision, but instead take in everything that occurred and sit with ourselves without making any rash choices involving our love lives.
While Mercury ends his retrograde in Scorpio, he’s only here for about a week after he turned direct before moving into Sagittarius, helping us understand more about what we’ve experienced and start to see the bigger picture. Sometimes in love we’re quick to throw something away, end a relationship or cut someone off when they hurt us or make a mistake, without realizing that love itself will never be perfect.
This doesn’t mean that we have to stay in unhealthy situations or those where narcissism, codependency, unfaithfulness or disrespect are present, but sometimes a hard time in a relationship is just that, and not a more serious long-term theme. For many of us, during this retrograde we’ve been focusing on the areas of love and money.
In terms of our love lives, we’ve been reviewing what occurred during the Venus retrograde, assessing the balance and healthiness of our primary relationship. We’ve been trying to decide if it’s worth putting in the work or if it’s best to let it go and make room for something new. In terms of money, we’ve been faced with the poor financial decisions we’ve made in the past, perhaps overspending, carelessness with bills, or generally just avoiding financial responsibility.
Sometimes it’s no fun being an adult. We get our hearts broken and the bills are still due, but that doesn’t mean everything is bad or that we’ve failed — it only means the universe is giving us a chance to do better. As Mercury turns direct, we’ll be feeling more confident about our financial plans and will be more confident and driven that we can continue to make the changes necessary to not fall back into the situations we previously found ourselves.
In terms of love though, it’s not quite as simple, because it’s not just us, it involves another person. We may have come to the realization that the love is worth it, that we want to try again and not continue the patterns but grow and become better.
Yet the person we were with may have come to other conclusions. Perhaps they were not ready to grow or to leave behind unhealthy patterns; maybe they decided their heart was leading them elsewhere or that they were still as confused as they were when Venus retrograde ended.
One person can’t do the work for two; one person can’t love enough for both people within a relationship, so this end to Mercury’s retrograde will be challenging us all to look past the reasons to not try and find the one reason why we should.
Sometimes life takes a meandering path and we have to continue on regardless of where it might lead. Mercury will be in optimistic Sagittarius, inviting us to focus on the love, on the good, and on all the growth that is possible. We don’t need to pull the wool of reality down over our eyes so we don’t get so caught up in the hard times.
Because sometimes we just have to focus on what feels right in order to actually leave behind what doesn’t, once and for all.