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Mercury Retrogrades for 2020 - The Power of Accountability
The Mercury Retrogrades assigned to 2020 play a critical part in the universal FOUR year theme for 2020 of Accountability.  All three Mercury retrogrades are in water signs, which deal with feelings and emotional clarity as a conduit for the spiritual elements of intuition and perception.  Mercury rules information and communication and during the retrograde process we are reviewing our true feelings and aligning our feelings with Truth. 


February 18 to March 10
12 Pisces back to 28 Aquarius


June 19 to July 12
14 Cancer back to 5 Cancer


October 15 to Nov 3
11 Scorpio back to 26 Libra



RETROGRADE IN PISCES – rules our feelings from fear to spiritual beliefs.  Pisces is very illusionary, so it is a sign that requires a strong connection to the spiritual elements of life that may be invisible but are genuinely felt.  In the case of lacking strong spiritual beliefs, there are strong feelings of fear and worry.  This Mercury retrograde would bring us to the point of having to choose one way or the other.  During this first Mercury retrograde, our accountability would be aligned with Divine strength or Worldly fear.  Also with the elongated time for Mercury to catch up to the Sun, we would have to use our spiritual connection to walk in faith and trust during the time that Mercury spends behind the Sun until it catches up and we can see our choices and what that means in our life.  Have we added to our spiritual strength or have we filled up our “worry bowl” with fear? 


RETROGRADE IN CANCER – rules feelings that relate to family and home along with security and validation of our feelings.  The natural support of family would help to validate our feelings as a natural strength of love and understanding.  We are usually in the situations to give love and understanding, but often those demand that they receive love and understanding but don’t understand the importance of giving this to others.  This Mercury retrograde will prompt our ability to give love and understanding, but we will also see situations in which there is only one giving and the other receiving and not understanding the importance of accountability to completing the circle with responsibility.  Giving and receiving requires awareness of the complete process.  During this time, especially with the Solar Eclipse / New Beginnings at 0 Cancer we will have a reconciliation of sorts, with those giving will be ushered into areas of rewarding opportunities.  Those of only receiving will be ushered into areas that will help to balance out with requirements to give, not take. 


RETROGRADE IN SCORPIO – rules deep feelings and connections to the drive of motives and ethics that present our intentions either in a truly transparent approach, or to present intentions under the cover of a hidden agenda.  Openness is key with the Scorpio qualities, as with the Year of Accountability, transparency is a major requirement.  Scorpio represents the deep engine compartments that are powered by our true intentions, allowing great energy and power to be harnessed by our sense of purpose and passion.  This Mercury retrograde will require us to reveal the true intentions that drive our words, actions and choices.  Being an open book, we easily reveal our inner sense of purpose and passion as a way to make a difference.  However, having a hidden agenda of something other than to make a positive difference is usually to skew the game board to receive and take the elements of power from others, rather than to have rightfully earned them through accountability.  This Mercury retrograde will also dip back into Libra ruling relationships with a requirement of reconciliation according to the true intentions used within the connections with others. 

Reconciliation will be the end result of the 2020 Year of Accountability, which will set the stage for the upcoming FIVE year of 2021.  Shifts and changes will help to bring an even playing field to situations as both Jupiter and Saturn will be in Aquarius for the year of 2021, requiring fairness, freedom, justice and right-for-all approach to leadership.



Mercury Retrogrades 2021 - The Power of Information
The power of information and communication will emerge from the 2020 Year of Accountability and those who have transparency and responsibility of communicating the Truth.  The FIVE year of 2021 will set the pace for the year with both Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius requiring fairness, freedom, justice and right-for-all leadership, as the 2021 Year of Information brings a new layer of transparency in communication.  With all of the 2021 Mercury retrogrades in air signs (Aquarius, Gemini and Libra), the focus will be to bring forward alignment of thoughts, information and truth of communication.


January 30 to February 21
26 Aquarius back to 11 Aquarius


May 30 to June 22
24 Gemini back to 16 Gemini


September 28 to October 19
25 Libra back to 10 Libra

Major Aspects in October 2020

  • October 1 - Sun opposition Moon - FULL MOON - 8 Libra / 8 Aries

  • October 4 - Pluto turns direct - 22 Capricorn

  • October 7 - Mercury opposition Uranus - 10 Scorpio / 10 Taurus

  • October 9 - Mars retrograde square Pluto - 22 Aries / 22 Capricorn

  • October 13 - Mercury turns retrograde - 12 Scorpio

  • October 13 - Sun opposition Mars retrograde - 21 Libra / 21 Aries

  • October 15 - Sun square Pluto - 23 Libra / 23 Capricorn

  • October 16 - Sun conjunct Moon - NEW MOON - 23 Libra

  • October 19 - Mercury opposition Uranus - 9 Scorpio / 9 Taurus 

  • October 22 - Sun enters Scorpio

  • October 25 - Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde - 2 Scorpio

  • October 27 - Mercury retrograde backtracks into Libra

  • October 31 - Sun opposition Uranus - 9 Scorpio / 9 Taurus

  • October 31 - Moon conjunct Uranus - 9 Taurus

  • October 31 - Sun opposition Moon - FULL MOON - 9 Scorpio / 9 Taurus

  • November 3 - Mercury turns direct 10:44 am PDT / 1:44 pm EDT - 26 Libra







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Astrology is the study of the planets, stars and constellations. Knowing that the material plane is a manifestation of the spiritual world, we can derive useful information to help us understand the Divine seasons of life’s events. Numerology is the study of our own personal timing within the Divine seasons of events. Through this understanding of the all-pervading presence of the Divine Oneness guiding the stars and our life, we can unravel the true purpose of our life. In our search for God within our life and the world around us, we can see that we fit into a Divine Plan and we begin to also see that we are given situations and circumstances through our life to respond with either positive or negative reactions. The situations may be given to us, but we are the ones to choose our response. That is our free will choice. These choices determine the events of our future days.

If we respond to life with “lack of understanding”, then we have made an appointment for sometime in the future to try again to “understand.” Some choose to understand and grow, while others act out of fear, fail to understand and blame others for the unhappiness in their life. With these reactions to life’s opportunities, there isn’t much hope of growing beyond the present consciousness and therefore life brings to us more of the same until our reactions to life are coupled with “understanding”. We always have the choice in front of us, with each situation, to grow, understand and love. 

Astrology and numerology can help us understand the Divine opportunities in our life so we can grow this Divine consciousness. Each day we are given many situations and circumstances that have within them the gift of growth, understanding and love. It is our task to respond and bring forth these qualities to allow God within to be expressed in our everyday life. Our response to challenges are the qualities that we bring forward to fill up the holes and empty parts of our life. The glance from the end of our life brings our view to see the sparkling diamonds of Divine qualities brimming out of the holes of our challenges OR qualities of blame and anger fill the pot holes of challenges to show our lack of understanding. Situations are given to us, but our choice of response is our free will. Alpha Life Trends opens the door for greater understanding of events in our Life and the continual presence of our Divine-oriented choices.

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