MW: OMG! Astrological Armageddon?
Posted November 30, 2010on:
Mercury will be retrograde between December 10th and December 29th. During this time period, mercury will slow down, appear to stop, then seemingly move backwards. It’s really an optical illusion, and there really is forward motion of the planet, but mercury retrograde packs an astrological wallop. The timing of the retrograde places it in the sign of Sagittarius, ruler of education. Disclaimer: If this and any other post that I might submit during the month of December make less sense than usual, it may be because of a Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius in my natal chart exalting in a current retrograde.
Mercury is the planetary ruler of communications, so retrograde mercury equals haywire communications. Mercury retrograde occurs three times a year for approximately three weeks. While the usual effect is scrambled communicative efforts, misplaced items and tangled projects, some pretty noteworthy events have taken place during mercury retrogrades. The Daily Beast lists these in a recent post:
This is the same astrological weather in effect during the January earthquake in Haiti, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April, the “flash crash” on Wall Street in May, President Obama’s fumble during his January 2009 inaugural oath, the Bush-Gore election nightmare in November 2000, the Wall Street crashes of 2008 and 1987 and yes, the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Astrologers also warn that the effects may well be magnified by the additional forces created by a full lunar eclipse on the Solstice, December 21st. Yikes. There are similarly dire warnings from other astrologers regarding the alignment of Mercury (communications) with Pluto (war). Even more sepulchral are warnings involving Uranus (the planet), which can engender feelings of despondence and uncertainty as it rules the unexpected. It seems that Uranus (again, the planet) will square with the Gemini (ruler of aviation) moon in eclipse, so try to travel by ground during the holidays.
Others say that it won’t be all that bad. Just steer clear of air travel, big-ticket purchases after the 5th of December, and long conversations with just about everyone in your life that you wouldn’t wish to argue with. Don’t sign any legal documents, work on any important projects, or enter into negotiations. Many astrologers recommend backing up your hard drive prior to a MR occurence. Conversely, it can be a really good time to wrap up projects. However on balance, it’s probably best to consider MR as a giant time out. What makes this difficult this year is the timing – all of this miscommunication and uncertainty will land smack in the middle of the holidays, wrapping itself around the already churning emotions of the season. I would say that we’ll get through it and be okay (which we will), but the next one arrives March 30, 2011 and stays with us until April 23rd or so – during Passover/Easter season. Sheesh.
Just look at the mess from WikiLeaks, and we’re 11 days out from the MR. Hopefully, SOS Clinton can get this fixed PDQ before the Uranus/Mercury alignment occurs. Not to mention the North Korean situation – imagine that with Uranus squaring the eclipsed moon in Gemini on the Winter Solstice. Kind of makes you want to spend the holidays under the couch, doesn’t it?
Here is something concrete and beneficial that we can do. Follow the link to “Count On Me” for the national day to call congress. Let them know that you are strongly opposed to cuts in benefit, raising of retirement age, and other measures not in the best interests of seniors and the disabled (present or future). Those of us who rely on these programs for support thank you for your efforts.
Update: Mad has provided a telephone number 1-866-529-7630 at which you can harass your congressfolks. Sign the petition above, but call them all day long.
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