Weekly Astrology ~ October 27, 2014 by Chris Flisher
Technically Mercury has stationed direct, but that is merely a technicality. To be clear, Mercury will, in fact, be direct, but his influence is still in what’s known as the “shadow.” The shadow period is the space of time it takes for Mercury to move beyond the area he has just recently covered during his retrograde. Mercury started out at 2 degrees Scorpio back in early October and has since gone retrograde (backwards, by our view point on earth) up to 16 degrees Libra. If you look at the zodiacal wheel you’ll see this easily if you trace the path of the planet backwards from Scorpio to Libra. Until Mercury is beyond the degree at which it started its retrograde, it is still considered in reverse motion and thereby, still affecting communications, especially for air signs. While not as present as a full-blown Mercury retrograde, the theme still remains in the air. With that in mind it might be wise to check for faults or failures.
With the Sun now firmly on his way through Scorpio and Venus close at hand, the warm glow of harmony and beauty may be clearly evident in water signs. Since Venus is exalted In water-sign, Pisces, esthetics and the arts may be also exalted in our view, especially with the Sun shining a spotlight on this alignment. While Pisces’ ruler, Neptune, also currently in that sign, we might be drawn to escapism and flights of wild imagination; just in time for the evening of Halloween, where spirits and mysticism reign. As Venus accentuates the Neptunian/Piscean dream world of illusion and dreams it may be important to pay attention to your waking hours where your imagination easily drifts into the nether world of fantasy. Neptune rules dreams and with Venus along in a pleasing angle, we might see a heightened awareness with all things illusionary and mystical. With that in mind and the daylight fading, we may slip into the world of the secret dimension and movies, books and other forms of escape take on a new weight in our daily lives.
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