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Due to a smattering of less-than-pleasant events in the personal and professional lives of myself and my partner, I was idly wondering to myself – “Gee, I wonder if something is in retrograde.” My darling K alerted me to the fact that Mercury is indeed in retrograde.

Now, believe what you will about astrology. It may or may not be total bunk, I’m not trying to present this as 100% True Facts over here, but it is a “science” that dates back thousands of years in which the central premise is that everything affects everything else. And that, that I believe is totally true. The laws of karma indicate that all of our attitudes and actions create an overall effect on our lives that governs future actions and attitudes, thus perpetuating itself.  Buddhism as a philosophy is based on trying to become mindful enough to break the cycle of karma and reaching a state of Enlightenment in which we exist apart from the outside world and instead become one with all of it.

Well, until then, things like the economy collapsing and scheduling SNAFUs do indeed affect us, and they affect us in a big way. And right now, the pattern of Very Bad Things going on in general is well-described by the description of Mercury retrograde. I know that in my personal life, communications, travel, and appointment SNAFUs have been the rule for the past week or so. It’s been a general nightmare trying to get *anything* done, to the point where I’ve actually been forced to make cancellations on plans that had been in the works for over a month because everything is just falling apart around the edges.

And clearly, on a larger scale, the economy is, in the words of John McCain, “going to crater.” Perhaps we would be wise to remember that during retrograde: “Mercury’s retro phase tends to bring unforeseen changes and blockages, but the aggravation and frustration that many of us experience during these periods is often due to our own inability to roll with the punches.”

Rolling with the punches is exactly what I personally am trying to do. Remembering that all I can control is this moment and even then, the best thing in my power is to just connect and let it be. Even as everything around me is swirling around threatening to take me to Oz in a twister, it’s time to take a deep breath and just stop.

Also: I’ll be under the bed until this all calms down on October 15, if you need me.


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