I myself have come, in my own strange way, to cherish times of Mercury Retrograde. I seem to have the best conversations at this time of the year. I find myself setting a deliberate intention to slow down, to breathe, to reflect, and to consider things more carefully, when approaching the time when Mercury goes retrograde. The final phase of Mercury Retrograde for 2014–there are always three of them each calendar year–falls, on this occasion, in the midst of the busy month of October.
If you are traveling during these weeks, be sure to leave extra time for getting to and from the Airport. Extra patience in dealing with personnel in control of movements and communications, such as TSA employees, will be rewarded. Psychic exercises to ground, clear and center will bring extra power because of the nature of energy flows at this time, and these can be drawn upon if you are in a phase of finishing up a big piece of work. It can also benefit preparations to undertake a project of larger scale and scope. You can also draw upon herbal allies for extra power. For instance, if going on a job interview, don’t just put a dab of rosemary oil on, but carry some actual rosemary in a sachet in your purse or pocket, and put some rosemary in your food as well (focaccia time!). Doing things in threes seems to compensate for the “retrograde” factor when you do need to move forward in Mercurial areas.
If you identify as a Witch, remember that you do hold some degree of persuasive influence over the realm of the natural world and its forces. You can move forward in partnership with those forces to orchestrate a desired outcome with confidence and elegance. Contrary to what many may tell you, you do not need to hide under your bed during the three weeks of Mercury Retrograde.
Astrology blogger Jamie A. Kahl on the Pandora Astrology site analyses the approaching phase of Mercury Retrograde thus:
Mercury retrograde in Scorpio can bring a deep purging, but sometimes this is a result of some pretty pointed truth-saying. Some truths are hidden for a reason, and when they all come surging up to the surface, they can bring destruction in their wake. This may be the only Mercury retrograde sign that makes me say, “proceed with extreme caution,” because things said cannot be unsaid and there may be consequences that leave the landscape entirely changed. Anything you have to say that feels like poison within you—as if it will kill you as long as you keep it inside—is especially cause for caution. Approach your listener with a desire for healing, not revenge. Clearing old stuff from the past should be done carefully and gently, because it may land with much more impact than you expect and its effects may well be permanent.
As Mercury backs up into Libra (and it does so promptly—on October 10th), the mood lightens up a great deal. Now instead of revenge being a motivator, it’s about fairness. Mercury in Libra wants to negotiate, to hear as well as speak, and is capable of selecting what to say according to the listener’s ability to hear. Lesser Epiphany Day comes on October 16, bringing insights along with it. While there many be many lovers’ quarrels and other kinds of partnership arguments, clarity should descend around the 16th, and peace be restored—on a new footing—by the time Mercury returns to the degree in Scorpio where it turned retrograde in the first place. That’s 2º Scorpio and it happens on November 10.
Spending the whole of this season’s Mercury retrograde period with an open, curious heart and a willingness to hear is the very best approach.