• Intellectual Depth
  • November 05 2021

Mercury in Scorpio

On November 5th at 6:35pm, Mercury joins the Sun and Mars in powerful and transformative Scorpio. The planet of communication and knowledge has been in the airy sign of Libra for quite a while, due to his weeks of retrograde. This has been a particularly challenging period for Mercury as he’s been travelling through (and will still continue to be in) what’s known as the ‘Via Combusta’ degrees.

These degrees span 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio and are otherwise known as the ‘fiery way’ or even ‘the gates of hell’. Any planet here can be extremely powerful, yet also powerfully destructive. Thus, we may still feel somewhat mentally stressed or agitated up until about mid- November, at which time many problems with communication can finally be resolved. This can be especially relevant for our relationships, where it’s likely that most of this difficult energy has been experienced.  

When Mercury is in the watery realms of Scorpio, he gains the powers of deeper insight and intuition, becoming immensely psychic. There’s nothing that Mercury in Scorpio doesn’t see, and although this can be a period in which we decide to keep our secrets close, it’s also likely that we’re primed for intense and meaningful conversations. Scorpio doesn’t play around. This sign has a consuming desire to get to the root of a topic and to talk about all things taboo, forbidden and unseen. This is the ideal time to enroll for therapy, to be journaling, practicing Tarot or diving deeper into Astrology. Scorpio is, after all, linked to the occult and has no fear of mysteries. In fact, mysteries are wholly fascinating to Scorpio, and we can be drawn towards investigating and understanding what we were afraid to before.

The dark side of Scorpio is, as always, obsession. With Mercury in this fixed sign, our minds might become stuck in one particular pattern, and it becomes essential that we don’t allow ourselves to fall down any old rabbit hole. We won’t be able to avoid this energy, so it’s crucial to channel it into a subject that’s constructive instead of harmful. We’ll also need to watch our words carefully, because as quiet as we may become during this season, when we do speak, we can either speak with wisdom – or with venom. Scorpio has the ability for both, depending on how conscious we are with these energies and what we choose to do. Therein lies our power.  

During Mercury’s time in this many-facetted sign, he also connects with Mars, the ancient co-ruler of Scorpio, as well as Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Jupiter. All of these aspects have the potential to yield up wise insights, expanded ideas and exciting plans. However, the biggest cosmic event whilst Mercury is in Scorpio is the upcoming Lunar Eclipse on the 19th of November at 27 Degrees of Taurus. Mercury will be very close to the Sun, creating a theme of transformation and evolution in the way that we think about our relationships and our resources, as well as how we deal with issues of survival. During this catalytic lunation, we can put all the powers of Scorpio to good use. We have the opportunity to reach a true and resonant understanding about what it is that we will have to release and surrender to.