The last Mercury retrograde of 2020 occurs from Tuesday, October 13, to Tuesday, November 3, in the sign of Scorpio. Yes, the last day of Mercury retrograde is Election Day, and, yes, Scorpio is known to be an intense sign, but this retrograde is not all drama. It's also a period of transformation, on a personal and a global scale. Let's examine the major players, and break down exactly what to expect from the epic few weeks ahead.
Mercury is the messenger of the gods. This planet rules communication, travel, and technology. When it goes retrograde, those areas of our life become unpredictable and chaotic. That's why this particular time period is infamous for awkward email exchanges, contracts gone wrong, travel delays, and reappearances of exes. However, there are positives. Whenever a planet goes retrograde, we also get an opportunity to review and redo the areas of our life the planet rules. So while you may want to hold off making any major financial decisions (and if you have to, go over the documents with a fine-tooth comb), you can also correct and redo any communication errors you've made in the past. Second chances are possible.
Scorpio is a water sign ruled by both Mars and Pluto and is the sign of death and rebirth. At its worse, this sign can be jealous, obsessive, distrustful, and paranoid. At its best, Scorpio is sexy, loyal, and highly intuitive. In addition to the scorpion, Scorpio is represented by the phoenix, which means that even in the toughest of times, Scorpio isn't afraid to take a risk on something new because it knows it will rise again, even if things don't exactly pan out the way they were supposed to. During this retrograde, we have the opportunity to let go of old, unuseful ways of communicating and find newer, more suitable methods.
Beware of paranoid thinking when Mercury goes retrograde in intense Scorpio. Life, in general, is painful right now, and it makes sense that you — and those around you — may be hyperaware of your surroundings. This particular retrograde may make us a bit extra suspicious, even of those we deeply trust. However, now is not the time to turn against friends and loved ones unnecessarily. We need all the community we can get. Work on a self-care and mindfulness practice (meditation is a great place to start) to help stay grounded.
Scorpio is the detective of the zodiac, so this Mercury retrograde could reveal skeletons in some closets. For example, if you or your partner has been unfaithful this year, that may come out. During this retrograde, we will see people for exactly who they are, and sometimes this can be deeply upsetting. But it also means that loyalties will be revealed and you can offer people around you the ability to do better by you, should you be willing to give second chances.