Mercury and the Sun (source: Universe Today)

Just the other day, I mentioned a Mercury transit that was recurring in my own horoscope because of Mercury’s retrograde cycle. I vowed to pay more attention to the planet’s easy-to-follow cycles because they aren’t really that difficult to monitor. Over the course of a few years, I’ve got a pretty good handle on Mercury’s transits through my own chart simply by talking about myself on this blog and revisiting my previously-published posts. But enough about my enlightened self-interest. Let’s talk about yours!

This coming Monday, Mercury forms an inferior conjunction with the sun. That means it makes its retrograde pass in between the sun and the earth, repeating an aspect it formed just a few weeks before (the superior conjunction).

This aspect is a significant part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. We astrologers often discuss the stations of Mercury and the retrograde cycle as a whole, but not a lot of us focus on the superior or inferior conjunctions the planet forms with the sun.

Looking to the sign where the inferior conjunction occurs gives us the opportunity to revisit issues associated with that sign. This inferior conjunction occurs in Scorpio. “Cafe Astrology” interprets the inferior conjunction in Scorpio as follows:

“This is a good time for processing recent events and ideas, and for beginning to look at problems or issues from a new perspective and with a new understanding, mainly related to shared resources, intimate relationships, and indebtedness. Significant new ideas are born at this time, and they’re likely to have real staying power or importance in our lives. What we say or write now has an impact, for better or for worse. However, we may not have all the facts necessary to come to a solid conclusion, and we might later have to revise plans or decisions.”

While it may not be a time for action, it certainly is not a time for inaction — the Mercury stations are more likely to interpreted as a time to temporarily postpone plans. The most important concept to consider when Mercury is forming this inferior conjunction is “revision.”

Look to where this event occurs in your own chart, too. For instance, this inferior conjunction occurs in my second house. I’ve been paying close attention to my finances over the past few months because I was temporarily unemployed. Lately, I’ve been catching up on my bills and feeling quite proud of myself for not spending money like it was going out of style. Was there something I missed, though? Did I forget to pay a bill? Do I need to revise my budget to accommodate a mistake I’ve made in the sloppy ledger I keep inside my head? I wouldn’t be surprised if I did!

If something does actually happen during this conjunction that makes you consider the process of “revision,” try to remember it. Write it in a journal, or post it on a blog. When it happens again in late October next year, then you’ll be able to anticipate how it will affect you. Just remember that the 2020 inferior conjunction in Scorpio could occur in a different house if you are using the Placidus system of house division. It will occur in my first house, so my interpretation of that event will have to be adjusted accordingly.

Wow, look at me providing actual astrological advice! I should plan to make a habit of this, or maybe not. Plans are made to be revised, after all . . .

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