Astrology of Now: This Transit of Mercury

Monday November 11th 2019

Mercury. Wikimedia

This afternoon, at around 4pm GMT, the little planet of speed, insight, commerce and travel, dances across the face of the Sun. With the right equipment, you’ll be able to see it. And I think it’s astrologically significant too. Mercury’s transit to the Sun happens 14 times this century — and only in Taurus or Scorpio.

This is the axis of the material vs the hidden, the object and its shadow, procreation and death, sex and power, ownership and enslavement.

Last time, Mercury retrograded in Scorpio was 2012 and 2013 — but last time he performed this particular dance in front of the Sun in Scorpio was 2006.

There was a flurry of Mercury transits to the Sun at the start of the century — 1999, 2003, 2006, 2016 — and now. But there won’t be another until 2032.

So this retrograde connects back to 2012, 2013 and maybe especially 2006. It connects forward to 2032. It also connect to the upcoming Pluto-Saturn conjunction in January, since Mercury’s next conjunction to the Sun will be just a few days before.

It seems this has been an exceptionally deep retrograde for many people. I’ve talked to many who have been on a journey of rapid self-development over the past few weeks — on retreats and workshops, or under the covers. I’ve been doing some intense chakra work, and my partner is currently on a solitary hike in the mountains. This is about gaining insight into yourself — the great gift of Mercury in Scorpio anyway — but it seems like there’s an opportunity (perhaps) for even more clarity with this transit to the Sun.

Pay attention to your hidden self today, and what people are really saying.

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  1. An interesting piece.
    The next one of these is on Nov 13th 2032, the last one was as recently as May 9th 2016. There is an Inferior Conjunction of Mercury every 116 days on average, 3 times a year. This is the synodic period of Mercury relative to the earth. Each Inferior Conjunction is a ‘solar impregnation of the universal mind’, a ‘new chapter in the story’, a new ‘seed idea’, a ‘new Mercury’. Like all conceptions the event is hidden at first, the outcomes are brought to awareness and consciousness later. There are 40 such inferior conjunctions of Mercury in between today’s transit and the 2032 transit. A transit of Mercury is a solar eclipse of sorts. It increases the import of the conjunction. It can be imagined to be the start of a ‘new volume’, a large volume in today’s case.

  2. Isy says:

    I expected much change during this retrograde, and rather welcomed having my 7th house get rebooted.

    As it happens, the actual changes have come out of left field, were not what I expected at all, and feel, not analyzable and growthful, but assaultive, grim, and so far destructive.

    The years listed were years of devastating losses. I feel an urge, not to rise above or conquer the unconquerable, but to simply shake the wreckage from my ears, drag my broken body from the rubble, and get out from under this damned force and be done with it.

    I hope I don’t live past 2032 if it’s got another one of these blasted cannon firing again.

  3. Vesta says:

    18 Scorpio. My neptune/sun-moon midpoint is 19 Scorpio 2H. My mercury is 21 Scorpio. I have a lot of my chart in the mid-degrees. Another big one for me. Not sure how though.
    I don’t think I have a hidden self anymore. 😀 I’ve been turned upside down, inside out, back to front. I have the idea of who I thought I was and used to be before I completely flatlined and all that burned away by uranus/pluto. It’s all gone. I’ve been carving out my little corner in the Universe and calling it mine. I feel extremely lucky to be here, so many didn’t survive the last few years. I was in the crosshairs, I got uranus/pluto full blast – oh you know what it’s like, I feel like Harry Potter. No wonder I love those books so much. Uranus/pluto = Voldermort. I survived them. (*touch wood*!) Now I get to put things right and rebuild myself, which I am very grateful for.
    All quiet on the western front, nothing has happened for me. For a change! haha What I’m seeing with this mercury cazimi isn’t my hidden self, it’s the hidden self of the collective and the powers that be. Trying to find the right words, I don’t know how to describe it! It’s watching people get disillusioned, realising how much they’ve been deceived. For example, the BBC yesterday using 3 year old footage of Johnson on Rememberance Day to cover up the fact he was scruffy and laid the wreath upside down on Sunday. So I’m watching people respond to pluto in Cap bringing down institutions. I think that’s it? Something about spotlight on the truth?
    The years you listed were significant for me too. 1999 my health went into severe decline and I never recovered. 2003 heartbreak and a home move. 2006 mugged so badly I couldn’t walk, I was stuck indoors all year. 2012/13 I lost my Mum and absolutely everything else, nearly lost myself. 2016 I stopped trying to keep going and finally learned to surrender, I zeroed out in 2016, my old self had gone.
    Yay no more till 2032! Thank goodness for that!

    • Christina says:

      You are a survivor, Vesta — and a philosopher.

      • Vesta says:

        Philosopher? Me? 😀
        Actually, I’m just listening to Joni Mitchell. ‘Both Sides Now’, which I have always loved. I was just thinking about what it means to me now. I’ve grown up with it, it’s meant different things along the way. It’s one of those songs. 🙂
        Thank you! xx

  4. Maureen says:

    My experience around Nov 11 highlighted the personal physical vs metaphysical territories that l (and we) inhabit. A longstanding gastrointestinal issue for the past year may not be the food choices made but the high consumption of water high in quartz crystaline silica. And dealing with a longstanding difficult neighbour may only be remedied on the energetic plane vs any everyday world assertions defences & protections

  5. mike says:

    This occultation occurs at Mercury’s south node. A good time to digest and eliminate thinking that holds us to the past. This occultation is in cycle 6.
    From NASA:
    ” For example, Series 8 (November at Ascending Node) began in 1776 and will run through 2604 for a total of 19 transits spanning 828 years. For comparison, Series 9 (May at Descending Node) began just recently in 1957 and will run through 2371 for a total of 10 transits spanning 414 years. At any one time, there can be about six transit series running concurrently. But since the November series last twice as long as the May series, there are twice as many transits in November as there are in May. Mercury’s transit series are quite analogous to the Saros series for solar and lunar eclipses although they are shorter and to not have as many events in each series. ”

  6. dai says:

    I dont know whats going on, but I am a person who gets a lot of headaches, apart from the last 9 or 8 days, that is.

    I put it together last night, a possible explanation, anecdotal I know, bit of a coincidence though.