Mercury is stationery, retrograde conjunct Venus in Scorpio. This might be encouragement to express our feelings
with as much beauty and art as we can. The secret of using Scorpio energy is to feel what we feel but not to act on it until we know that we will not cause harm. Scorpio feelings are very intense. When we hold back on releasing them we often discover that what felt like poison becomes medicine or possibly even art.
As Mercury journeys through its retrograde phase it will sextile Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and trine Neptune in Pisces, rewarding those who can master their intensity. In a world so rife with the misuses of power we need to be careful not to let fear determine our actions. This is an excellent period to practice that very thing!
Mercury will go direct on the 20th which is the day after Mars enters Scorpio. They will not be conjunct but there is probably some message there regarding the places in our lives that require mastery. We don’t practice to become perfect. It’s more like we practice whatever we practice for the sheer necessity of becoming.