Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio on October 21. It goes retrograde three to four times a year, several weeks each time. It makes for miscommunications, missed appointments and lost notes, etc, so it’s good to double check everything during this time. (Mercury goes “direct” on November 10, but things don’t straighten out till November 27).
Not everyone feels the effects of Mercury retrograde. Those born with Mercury retrograde in their natal astrology chart, for example, may not notice the effects described above.
Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, so when the planet goes retrograde — which means that it looks like it’s heading backward in the sky — all those things go backward.
Be sure not to take things too personally. People will often say offensive things they didn’t mean around this time, because their thinking is clouded and their communication skills are out of sync.
Back up your data! Mercury retrograde particularly affects computers, phones and technology. Of course, life doesn’t stop just because of Mercury Retrograde, so if you absolutely have to purchase a costly item, computer or iPhone, recheck all the paperwork and make sure you have a warranty.
Also remember, everyone is a bit confused and stressed during Mercury retrograde, and people are much more inclined to change their mind once Mercury goes direct.
Read the small print on any contracts. Ask lots of questions. Double check and check again.
Finish things you started a while ago. Reorganize. This is an excellent time to tie up loose ends and file things away.
Double check any information you’re given, especially as relates to travel. Check times, delays, baggage allowances, reservations, all arrangements.
Watch Monte Farber explain Mercury retrograde in the video below.