This week, as we wind our way through the final days of Mercury’s three week long retrograde period, news arrives that two couples have decided to part ways- Scorpio Katy Perry and Libra John Mayer, and Sagittarius Paula Patton and her pop star Pisces husband Robin Thicke.
Mercury retrograde isn’t NECESSARILY known as a couple splitter (like, say, Venus retrograde is), however, Mercury retrograde can exacerbate the different approaches, communication styles, and priorities of two people and that seems to have been the case here.
With practical Saturn transiting her sign of Scorpio, Katy has been in the mood to be taken seriously. For evidence of this look no further than her more mature wardrobe makeover, or the fact that Scorpio sign-mates such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey, have had great success demanding to be taken more seriously by critics and the audience.
All this comes while Libra John is having something of an identity crisis, with the Cardinal Cross and Uranus/Pluto square confusing him and putting him at cross-purposes. Katy could have been unwittingly using a little too much pressure with the maybe/maybe not Libra.
Paula and Robin’s split is a bit more interesting, mostly because they have been together for nearly twenty years! While they were only married for 8, these two are in fact high school sweethearts. So cheers to them for making it this far!
However, mutable signs, such as Pisces and Sagittarius are a tough match with one another for long term success, as they are both changeable. When stressors, or obstacles arise, they can retreat into their own worlds, rather than focusing on creating meaningful solutions within the relationship.
This month’s Mercury retrograde in Aquarius exacerbated the differences between these two couples and led to a sad breaking point.