Mercury is the busiest planet in the Solar System with the shortest orbit – only around 88 days, which means that it goes retrograde three-to-four times a year. Sometimes Mercury is moving directly toward or away from Earth, and during those times, it looks like it’s standing still. We call those its stations.
You can think of Mercury’s station as being the place where he stops off and picks up new messages to deliver and give his reports. In ancient times, it was believed that Mercury traveled into the unseen underworld to confer with the Sun and the “invisible planets” in order to make their wishes manifest. When we see Mercury in a more modern light, we can think of Mercury’s stations during the year as the times when it has to stop and put on its show. And this year, the show is on the stage of Scorpio.
There are two of these stations for each retrograde. The first one begins the retrograde phase, while the second begins direct motion. This is the second station, and Mercury begins direct motion, meaning that it becomes a “decision point,” when the astrology says you’re likely to make a decision that has long-term effects on your life. So what does it mean to say that the decision point is in Scorpio?
Scorpio is a sign of regeneration and transformation. It has three aspects: The Scorpion, the Eagle and the Phoenix. This station will focus on the Eagle aspect – these magnificent birds can spot the smallest prey from very high in the sky. But Mercury in Scorpio will work differently for each of the zodiac signs according to where Scorpio is placed among the houses. So let’s see what Mercury in Scorpio suggests you focus on.
Mercury in Scorpio for an Aries (Aries date: March 20 - April 19)
Because Scorpio is your Solar eighth house, you should be focused on making decisions about your finances. Is there any way you can reduce the number of financial entanglements you have with others? Explore any possible options for reducing debt. With Mercury in this position, Aries, it’s likely you may discover ways to improve your life by shifting your focus to keeping money rather than spending it. It’s also important to make decisions about any grants, loans or other sources of cash other than the wages you receive from your work.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Taurus (Taurus dates: April 20 - May 20)
Scorpio is your seventh, or relationship, house so this station of Mercury suggests you focus on your key one-on-one relationships. These can be with professionals like doctors or lawyers, as well as friends, family and lovers. The most important thing about this decision point is that it will give you plenty of power to set any relationships on a path that will benefit both you and the other person. Competitors or tough negotiators can be overcome by tactical thinking and sticking with facts.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Gemini (Gemini dates: May 21 - June 20)
Focus on wellness and your connection with coworkers or employees, because Scorpio is your sixth house. This is a good time for a checkup, scheduling medical appointments, or modifying your diet or any medication. If you work with others, Gemini, your job will be to help them avoid distractions, despite the lively conversations and new ideas circulating among them. It may be time for you to hire a professional to get something done at home; if so, do the research you need to make sure that you’re getting the right person for the job.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Cancer (Cancer dates: June 21 - July 21)
This Mercury station in Scorpio highlights what you can do to bring more fun, entertainment or enjoyment into your life, because Scorpio is your fifth house. Simple fun counts in this category, Cancer, but so does the more complex enjoyment of intimate connections with others. Don’t worry about overbooking yourself, because you’re going to be in high demand for a while. This can mean that you can have the opportunity to celebrate an accomplishment or achievement, whether it has to do with a social event or a step forward in your career.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Leo (Leo dates: July 22 - August 22)
Mercury’s station in Scorpio might result in an intense need to focus on domestic matters, Leo. That’s because Scorpio is your Solar fourth house, which has to do with your home, real estate transactions, and family; especially parents. You’re probably thinking more deeply than usual about these things, because that’s an effect of Mercury in the Solar fourth. And, the zodiac sign of Scorpio lends a sense of immediacy to the situation, so it’s time to get out the phone book and price contractors for whatever you need to have done – especially plumbing. If you make this focus your top priority, you’ll thrive.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Virgo (Virgo dates: August 23 - September 22)
Mercury is at its busiest in your third house now. This house concerns communication, transportation, siblings and the local area where you live. This Mercury station is likely to cause you to think and feel more deeply on these areas of your life, Virgo. You’ll probably make a few decisions about your daily routines. Some of you may find a need to replace full diaries or journals. Others may need an upgraded mobile phone, to replace its battery, or add memory. You’ll know when the Mercury in Scorpio effect is touching you, because you’ll feel great about taking care of things.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Libra (Libra dates: September 23 - October 22)
When Mercury travels through your second Solar house, your thoughts and ideas turn to money, financial planning and ways to increase your income or assets. On the one hand, Libra, you may discover surprise price reductions or discounts. On the other, you could become overconfident about your spending and make too many impulsive decisions. Scorpio is one of the more emotional signs, but the emotion doesn’t easily flow outward, and for you these feelings are driving the urge to get your books and accounting running in a smooth and stress-free way.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Scorpio (Scorpio dates: October 23 - November 21)
Mercury falls in your sign, which is your first house. This means you’ll be navigating your life in more tactful ways. It’s possible that you’ll look to the future in a more organized and positive way, and others will notice. Because of the eagle-eye quality of Scorpio, you’ll be able to see how things will play out more clearly than usual, and plan appropriately. You’ll probably feel more comfortable while going through your daily routine, and more competent in all you do. You may notice that most chores will take less time, giving you more time to chat with friends.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Sagittarius (Sagittarius dates: November 22 - December 20)
This station of Mercury is found in your Solar 12th house, the house of secrets and hidden things. Because Mercury is the planet of communication, Sagittarius, this transit often means that your secrets don’t stay secret for long. It’s also time to be careful about what you talk about with those in authority, because your words can have powerful affects. It can be a good thing, because it could signal secret deals or unexpected support or help. You can expect to be busy with things that are more complicated than usual. You may need some privacy now.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Capricorn (Capricorn dates: December 21 - January 19)
Mercury’s station in Scorpio is found in your 11th Solar house of friends, group activities and allies. This can actually be quite a good omen for working or playing with those you know to achieve a common goal. It’s a good time to consult with others, especially those who have specific knowledge that you may need now. It’s also time for you to participate in some more social or team-oriented activities, Capricorn, especially if you had to set them aside during Mercury Retrograde. If you receive messages of support or straightforward offers of friendship, you should follow up.
Mercury in Scorpio for an Aquarius (Aquarius dates: January 20 -February 17)
For you, Aquarius, the station of Mercury falls in your 10th Solar house of career, authority and reputation, where it can produce several important effects. It’s a time when your skills, knowledge, or experience can help you achieve goals. You should feel free to work toward advancement in your career, rather than just waiting for your next big thing to come to you. You’re likely to have more communication than usual with bosses, teachers, parents and other people who have some ability to affect your lifestyle or career path through their decisions and their authority.
Mercury in Scorpio for a Pisces (Pisces dates: February 18 - March 19)
For this station of Mercury in Scorpio, your Solar ninth house, you can expect to have your attention drawn to faith, dreams and imagination. Expect help from uncommon sources. This is a really good time to consult experts in any field so that they can help you move forward; you won’t get that kind of information from chatting with friends (unless they happen to be an expert). Consultations with people regarding mundane matters, such as accountants, legal advisors and so forth are more likely than usual to work out in your favor. Mercury also favors travel when placed in the Solar ninth house.