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Mercury!   7 comments

All right, we are back in a “Mercury Retrograde” again.  A lot of you probably know quite a lot more about this than I do, but if I understand correctly…..the placement of this planet in the constellations and they way they are all moving right now makes Mercury appear to be moving backwards through the zodiac.  This is alleged to cause all kinds of havoc with things Mercury is in charge of, like communications and equipment that manages things of that nature..  Good thing we’re not a very communications-dependent culture, right?  Heck, we don’t need our machinery.  Anyway, I have often railed about people who blame absolutely everything on Mercury Retrograde.  Tripped over your feet?  Retrograde!  Lit yourself on fire on the stove?  Darn that Mercury!  Yes, I make fun of it because I think it is WAY overthought.  It is a scapegoat to blame everything on; the latest modern superstition….so says I.

Look, it finally uploaded! Took me three times.....

However, lest I get too cocky or guffaw too much, I must confess, I had some incidents this week. Like phone calls just drop.  Land line phone calls (yes, the ancient stone age kind…) just drop.  A lot.  And then my personal favorite: the copy machine.  Yes, the beloved copy machine that I have used eight thousand times would simply not do the job I asked it to do, period.  I had a very simple task to perform: take these two pages, turn it into a single two sided document and give me 20 of them.  I’ve done that task so many times I don’t even know how many. I ran the job and it was suddenly spitting out way more pages than I asked for.  What the heck?  This thing had made copies of one of each page with a single blank sheet in between.  I have no idea why.  So I tried it again. Checked my settings, etc.  Ran it again and got 60 pages of nonsense I could not use.  Oh, and it said it was out of paper.  Except that it wasn’t because I put the paper in myself and all the drawers were full.  It then started beeping, shut itself off, started back up, spit out an incoming fax (it does do faxes) and started the copy job over again….the wrong way.  I also locked myself out of my computer and I am SURE I typed that password right.  Stupid Mercury.

At this very moment, I am really attemping to upload a very pretty picture of what I think is a nebula in our beautiful universe into this blog post.  It says “uploading” and has said that for about 20 minutes now.  If I say that the retrograde is real, will Mercury forgive me and let me have my picture in here?  I’m sorry Mercury!  I didn’t mean to doubt your powers!  But seriously, why the frick are you always going backward?  Are you lost?  What is wrong with you?  Sorry…..really…..I just want my photo to upload.


Posted March 14, 2012 by Jessica in Uncategorized

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Mercury Retrograde!

I understand that the ‘mercury retrograde’ is almost over but I have had this entire (however many) weeks of the retrograde to think about what that all means.  First, I will admit that I am not a person with any astrology knowledge to speak of.  It makes my head hurt.  I also think I have a mental block about learning it because I read things and it just reads like “blah blah blah” to me, and I am not known for having any reading comprehension issues.  What I do believe I understand from what I have read is that during this time, Mercury appears to be moving “backward” in a manner of speaking, through the zodiac chart.  Since Mercury is the ruling planet that impacts communications, interpersonal and otherwise, people can expect that their communications can run all amok.  I am told that this also can impact communications devices like phones and computers and so forth.  There are some positive aspects of this retrograde thingie too that I won’t get into here because it’s not relevant to my main point.

This whole thing got me thinking.  Aren’t interpersonal communications and devices like phones and computers ALWAYS problematic?  Mine are.  I have noticed a lot of witches and assorted new age types blaming everything they possibly can on “the retrograde.”  They announce “mercury retrograde” before it starts like it’s the coming of the black plague.  Until I became aware of this great astrological mystery, I lived more than 30 years of my life just rolling with it when things ran afoul of how I wanted them to because I believe that’s just life.  Is it possible that things just go wrong in daily life and we are perhaps overthinking it by trying to find a reason why it must be the fault of Mercury going backward through the zodiac chart (or whatever it is, because truly, I don’t fully understand it)?

Is it possible that the reason a person got a speeding ticket was not because Mercury is retrograde but because she was speeding?  Is it possible that the reason a couple is arguing is because she isn’t sleeping well at night and he’s not taking his medication?  Is it possible that a guy’s computer flubbed up because he has been a slacker about installing his anti-virus software?  Furthermore, is it possible that these issues happen all the time, just as much, even when Mercury is doing whatever it is that it’s supposed to do when it’s not retrograde?    I think that’s possible. When does the line get crossed from witchy, arcane knowledge into just plain superstition?   I think it is possible that we’re overdoing it on the whole “retrograde” thing. 

 I hope I’m correct about this because Merury is retrograde a LOT and as a Gemini, Mercury is my ruling planet.  If I’m wrong about this whole thing, that would mean that I can look forward to being completely screwed for weeks and weeks every dang year.

Posted April 20, 2011 by Jessica in Uncategorized

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