[ad]Mercury in Scorpio went retrograde today, and I’ve noticed — looking back at recent advice questions — that it’s really hard for people to just trust one another at face value. I’m not naive — I know humans lie and deceive, cheat and manipulate — but does it serve us to be so self-protective? Nobody wants to be burned, but the fear of being hurt keeps us so isolated!
The planet of communication has been in the sign of secretiveness and power plays since September 27. Mistrust is in the air, and we are all looking at each other with suspicion, wondering about ulterior motives. The danger in this approach is that we overlook the essential goodness and kindness in human beings. We are not only base creatures focused on survival, employing a kill-or-be-killed strategy in finding the perfect mate. There is love in the world.
As Mercury apparently moves backwards in the sky, we can use this opportunity to reflect on past betrayals, and see how the armor we’ve adorned to shield ourselves also keeps us at arm’s length from others. And be sure to remember the positive aspects of Mercury in Scorpio: deep, probing conversations that facilitate a strong emotional bond; the revelation of personal information to help transform ourselves and others.
Sometimes when someone says, “I love you,” it means just that.