What Does Mercury Going Retrograde Mean for You?

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Mercury goes retrograde which could bring a revisiting or replay in some area of your life, as several top astrologers explain what this means for you; plus, astrology news, horoscopes, and famous birthdays for October 14.

Astrology news and horoscopes for October 14, 2020

The Sun is in the sign of Libra. The Moon is in its waning crescent in the sign of Virgo.

Mercury goes retrograde on Wednesday, October 14.

Mercury goes retrograde from October 14 through November 3.

The short version of Mercury in retrograde refers to the illusion of the planet moving backwards. This happens when a planet passes Earth’s orbit, and from our viewpoint, it appears to be moving backward only because it is moving slow and we are moving faster.

However, that slowing and backwards effect creates a slowing down and reversal of some kind in our lives, as well. The two areas of our lives Mercury in retrograde affects the most are communication and travel.

One of the biggest issues arising during Mercury in retrograde is miscommunication. The opportunity for misunderstanding is greatly increased during Mercury in retrograde.

Things can be misheard or misunderstood. For this reason, some people avoid entering into new agreements, contracts, relationships, or marriage until it passes. Technology can be affected as well. Information can be lost. Delays and complications can arise related to communication.

Travel can be affected during Mercury in retrograde. Complications or delays may arise. Some people choose to postpone travel until the retrograde passes.

Mercury in retrograde creates a time when need to slow down, take a step back, and carefully examine our lives. We do things represented by a lot of words that begin with the letters “Re-” as we redo or start over to learn from the experience or action.

Mercury in retrograde is a time for: Reflecting, repairing, revising, revisiting, reordering, relearning, refreshing, re-visioning, rethinking, rejuvenating, reestablishing, and reorganizing.

Current planet positions:

Sun in Libra; Moon in Virgo; Mercury in Scorpio; Venus in Virgo; Mars in Aries; Jupiter in Capricorn; Saturn in Capricorn; Uranus in Taurus; Neptune in Pisces; Pluto in Capricorn; Lilith in Aries; Chiron in Aries.

Horoscopes for October 12:

Astrologer Patrick Arundell writes: “Mercury turns retrograde from today for around three weeks which can be a chance to review, reconsider and rework plans and projects. While delays are possible and can prove frustrating we may find that they can work to our advantage as well.”

Astrologer Nadia Gilchrist of Ruby Slipper Astrology explores the significance of Mercury retrograde in Scorpio. Gilchrist writes: “Mercury Rx in Scorpio can be an excellent time to identify resources (material or emotional) that you weren’t previously aware of (Scorpio is the motherlode of secret goodies). Ask the difficult questions or look in places everyone else avoids. Push the conversation a bit further.”

Astrologer Aria Gmitter of Your Tango, gives her love forecast, writing: “The Virgo Moon opposes Neptune which is in the zodiac sign of Pisces. These two zodiac signs and their communication in love and life teach us to strike the right balance in love with ourselves and with others. The lesson they offer is to learn how to love yourself in order to find love in someone else. The goal is to work through the differences so that you are able to bring balance into your love life.”

Born today, October 14: Sun sign of Libra

Those born today are born under the Sun sign of Libra (September 23-October 22).

If today is your birthday: Here’s your horoscope!

Astrologer Georgia Nichols writes: “Exciting news! You’re entering a year of new beginnings! This means it’s time to identify goals to determine what you want for yourself in the next few years. Be pro-active and physically energetic about going after what you want.”

Famous birthdays for October 14

Here is today’s list of Libra celebrities who share October 14 as their birthday!

Singer Usher Raymond (42), Country singer Natalie Maines (The Chicks, a.k.a. the Dixie Chicks) (46), Actress Stacy Keibler (41), Singer-musician Thomas Dolby (62), Actress Skyler Shaye (34), Singer-musician Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) (74), Actor and comedian Jay Pharoah (33), Singer Sir Cliff Richard (80), Actor Greg Evigan (67), Singer Karyn White (55), Actor Jon Seda (50).