Friday, March 04, 2005

mercury warning (not about fish)

It’s that time of year again, when the realm of Morpheus has never been more enticing and blissful. Oh, but it is not the yuletide season yet--when the chilly weather makes snuggling under the covers part of the season’s treats. It is a cool March morning and the summer sun is making its presence felt. Still, your warm and cozy bed, or that run-down beat-up sofa or weathered banig beckons and promises a perfect haven for your lethargy.

No doubt, Mercury is in retrograde and there is no fighting it.

Deemed as ruler over commerce, trade, transportation and communication, when in retrograde (appearing from the Earth as going in reverse in its course around the sun), Mercury’s influence may cause delays, setbacks and not a few misunderstandings. Computers can go haywire, with the simplest tasks taking hours to finish. One is best advised to R-E-L-A-X, take things slow, save that file you’re working on, check and double-check or better still, just take a break. Let the cosmic ripple take its course. It is amazing, really, that even the universe allows for breathers every once in a while (in this case, three or four times a year, three weeks to a stretch).

Sadly, in this fast-paced, multi-tasking, race-ahead world, few adhere to this cosmic “warning”. There will always be those, perpetual slaves-to-the-grind, go-getters who will easily dismiss this retrograde as another convenient excuse of the lazy, unambitious idlers. I think it is they who are hardest hit- those who resist and insist, and simply refuse to step back and slow down.

It’s ironic, I think, that Mercury, while in retrograde, “communicates” most to us. And we would do well to sit back and listen. For indeed, isn’t this message from “above” most liberating?


Mercury Retrograde 2005
March 19 to April 12
July 22 to August 15
November 13 to December 3

For a more detailed chart of Mercury cycles and calendar, go to


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