I awoke this morning to my friend Janine’s wonderful post about how an update took down the theme for her blog. I hate to say I laughed a little, but I’ve become quite accustomed to this kind of thing (and I wasn’t laughing at her, of course I was laughing at the entire situation!).
Allow me to explain.
I’m a huge fan of astrology (I actually do astrology readings). While most people don’t put much stock in astrology, too much in my life has happened during astrologically significant phenomena for it to be a “coincidence.” My car accident for example.
One of these astrological events is occurring right now, and is the main reason for all of the technological mishaps (like Janine’s blog), and communication glitches that have been occurring recently. Mercury has gone retrograde.
Mercury is the planet that rules thought, communication, travel, transportation, and technology among other things. In Greek mythology, Mercury was the trickster and the messenger of the Gods. He carried the caduceus, a symbol that represents the medical field today and has wings on his sandals, which gave him quick speed. You know the FTD symbol, the little guy with wings on his feet that signifies their speed? Yep, that’s Mercury. This is also where Quicksilver, a nickname for the element Mercury, came from.
Mercury, the planet, was very aptly named because when this planet goes retrograde, all hell breaks loose. Retrograde means the orbit of the planet has slowed down considerably. So much so that from our perspective here on the blue marble, the planet looks like it’s orbiting in reverse. Specifically, it looks like it is going backwards through the zodiac.
There are several steps to this process, and the whole thing from beginning to end typically lasts about 7 weeks. Without going into all the science, essentially there is 2 weeks of pre-retrograde, 3 weeks of retrograde, and 2 weeks of post retrograde energy to deal with. The current cycle of Mercury retrograde began on October 19, 2012. The official 3 week retrograde period began on November 6, 2012. This full-blown retrograde period is when the most damage occurs. The post retrograde period begins on November 30, and the whole thing finally ends on December 14th.
You’ll see quite a few cars pulled off on the side of the road with their hoods up, lots of computer glitches, miscommunications, and anything else you can think of. Mercury retrograde allows Murphy’s law to have compete freedom, or so it seems. Myself, I’ve had a number of bank problems and my ability to focus on anything but staring into space is severely compromised this time around.
One of the main things to remember during this wacky time is don’t make any major decisions, sign any contracts, or make any large purchases. Make sure you double and triple check everything you do, it’s very easy to miss some major mistake that could cause you quite a bit of trouble in the future.
Things you should do during Mercury Retrograde? Anything that begins with the prefix Re, such as re-evaluate, re-consider, re-write, re-organize, re-plan, re-do, etc. You may also notice that memories that have been buried for a long time, but may not have been REsolved begin to surface. This happens to me every time, and it really affects my ability to focus (and this is a really bad month for this to be happening!!). Meditation can also be very beneficial.