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Clarity, understanding, and insights reach us this week as two planets complete their retrograde cycles.
Mercury direct in Virgo
Our intellectual planet, Mercury, finishes its third, but not final, retrograde for the year this week. Mercury began its seemingly backward motion on September 9, 2022, and concludes it on October 2.
In astrology, Mercury represents our mind. It rules our thoughts and communication, our learning and planning, and it shapes how we take in and share information.
During the last week, Mercury’s retrograde has taken place in the sign of Virgo, where we were invited to become our own greatest healers. Ruled by the earth element, Virgo is practical, logical, detailed, and grounded. It speaks to the small steps that comprise our lives and enables us to reflect on our routines and patterns so as to understand how they shape our lives.
When Mercury and Virgo come together, their individual intentions are amplified in support of one another. As Mercury goes direct in this sign, it creates space for our recent reflections to reveal their insights and takeaways. With intention and space, we find clarity around how we can enhance our everyday lives. We begin new habits that support and heal ourselves and we can see our thinking patterns from a new perspective to beautiful and beneficial effect.
Pluto direct in Capricorn
The second planet finishing its retrograde this week is Pluto. An outer planet, Pluto works on a more collective level than Mercury. It spends approximately 12 to 31 years in each sign, meaning that the insights, lessons, and teachings are designed to be truly understood and integrated on a deep and embodied level.
Pluto, in astrology, is our underworld. It is the soul, the unseen, and the mystery. It is the darkness that allows for light, and the death that makes birth possible. It desires transformation, breaking away from illusions and attachments so that it may offer a chance of rebirth.
Retrograde since April of this year, Pluto first entered the earth sign of Capricorn in 2008 and will remain there into 2024. As this transformative planet finishes its retrograde for the year, we are gifted with an opportunity to witness all the ways in which we have transformed, healed, grown, and changed over the last six months. Insights into our inner worlds become revealed, and we have an opportunity to understand ourselves in a new way.
With this new chapter of Pluto comes a new chapter in our lives, too. This is a beautiful time to explore a new stage of ourselves and our paths, especially in the Capricorn realms of career, ambition, self-discipline, long-term goals, and earthly (read: material) success.
It is said that ancient astrologers believed that when a planet is in retrograde, it is moving through the underworld, our subconscious, unearthing hidden insights, messages, guidance, and intuitions. As it emerges from these unseen realms, it brings with it all that was discovered, as if bringing treasure from the deep ocean to the surface to be seen. It brings the subconscious into the conscious and the hidden into our awareness.
This is a beautiful week for self-exploration. To ask yourself questions as if you have been journeying through your own hidden underworld, as if you have discovered your own inner treasure. Have conversations that reveal deeper layers of yourself with your most trusted people, and express yourself in a way that brings to light the revelations ready to appear.
However you explore yourself—whether through dancing, journaling, speaking, moving in yoga, making art, or anything of the like—go there. Let yourself be surprised at how your journey may be shifting and who you may be becoming.
Learn more about the influence of astrology in your life, including astrological events the Moon cycles, your Sun and Moon and rising signs, how journaling can help you connect with the current influences, and more with Jordane Maree at Girl and her Moon.
About our contributor
Jordane Maree is the founder of Girl and Her Moon, a platform and community exploring Soul through the lens of astrology, tarot, and energy healing. She is a writer, intuitive astrologer, energy and soul guide, and host of Girl and Her Moon, The Podcast. She is inspired, every single day, to be the mirror for you to see all that you truly are, you in all your infinite abilities, in total expansion, in infinite opportunity and love.