Sunday 15 July 2012

Scribbles & Moonwalks Mercury Retrograde

Mercury, planet of spins, trickery and sleight-of-hand, has started to roll back on itself. Its finally ‘gone Retro’. It is running backwards. It is writing backwards. It is in effect the ‘spoiler’, smirking to itself whilst secretly instigating pranks and being the only one finding them even remotely amusing.
Much like ‘The Saturn Return’, ‘Mercury Retrograde’ is a phrase that has infiltrated the mindset of people who do not ordinarily understand or take much notice of astrology. Both of these concepts, Saturn’s 1st Return at about age 30 and Mercury’s Retrograde, which happens every so often ( but why always when we are about to travel?), are deemed as negative, disruptive, scary and basically ‘things we don’t want’. A bit like Friday the 13th. Oh, just had one of those, as well. 
Astrology contains much that is positive, uplifting, hopefully inspiring and talks to us often about 'positive things we do want’ in our lives. 
Having said that, back to Mercury in Retrograde, which is what we are experiencing right now until August 8th 2012. This event can be a complete 'mare'. It can shuffle around and really mix-up the well laid out cards in your hand and make a completely different order out of them. Unfortunately this may be an order that, to all intents and purposes, we didn’t order – grr!! 
It can be frustrating, it can be very annoying and it will force us to rethink. We will have to, we will have no choice because the cards are all messed up. Now, was it ordered in suits, highest first, by trumps? You may have to start again I’m afraid. Same cards, different ordering, different patterns
We astrologers love patterns, we see them everywhere, we smile with delight when we find one, and yet a cursory breeze over Twitter, Facebook or Astro blogs written by highly competent astrologers will unearth the litter and litany of real life examples of how even the best prepared can be – well – upturned. 
Crunch, there goes another technology crash, yikes, there goes a well-worked list of readership, whoosh, there goes another soul into the abyss of communication melt down.
Mercury in Retrograde is traditionally going to mess up travel and meeting schedules, our favourite gadgets and communication devices. It screws up the very words you utter as well as exiling those you ‘nearly said’ into the void forever. It gets to the heart of how, why and what we communicate. 
Mercury is in Leo, the sign which ‘rules’ the heart, so there you have it, or not, as the case may be. Muddled communication that is heartfelt. 
Do I have any pithy advice, a few words to gladden the heart, a match to strike which helps illuminate these trials? Well, no and any words I say could easily look like an indecipherable scribble.
Actually - thinking about it - that’s not entirely true, I have natal Moon in the ever optimistic and ‘lets rush off to the next cloud’ (even if you have not saved) sign of Sagittarius. So, I do have a few words of hope, and they may well be misconstrued but here they are -
Look again at the apparent disorder and start to make new connections. You’ve actually got a chance now, yes I’ve said it “it may turn out to be a good thing!” 
Before you say just you wait, just you wait’ I will say that given the state of my natal Mercury I naturally think ‘weird’, processing ‘backwards’ and sometimes, what can appear as, in odd random ways. I am highly dyslexic (had to spell check that word - ha!) and so Mercury running counter clockwise can feel somewhat normal. S;; yjr ds,r oy oy gtidytsyomh…oops... fingers on the wrong keys and sometimes those keys don't work anyway or in quite the way they were originally intended.
Mercury Retrograde does feel frustrating......I have two broken things on my hands whilst writing this - my moon phase radio controlled clock and my beloved expresso coffee that is a tragedy. None of this is the planet's 'fault' per se but rather a reminder that now may be a time to Re-assess and Re-configure because both of those incident were to do with organisation and focus. (India Powerless)
Old advice also but essentially true advice is to take extra care and triple check such things as travel schedules, meeting times, the small print, and any contracts. Back up your data, send everything to the cloud and last but not least cross your fingers. Maybe use the Retrograde to sort through 'old stuff' whether that is Re-organising your 'stuff'- emotional- physical-stationary..... and moving.. ha! Also Re-member to engage in things that amuse you and try to be fairly lighthearted. 
Mercury is a bit of a joker-'jack-the-lad' trickster but don't dwell too long because he gets fed up easily and moves on - even backwards he moves on - he Moonwalks away....
Also read Mercury's journey through Leo, stirring up and agitating the passionate mind, as well as noting the time of its passage through 'The Shadowlands' . While you are waiting for something to download for the third time etc......
'My Mercury's in retrograde' - Bloc Party

This is not the time, the time to start a new love
This is not the time, the time to sign a lease
Try not to worry about what's forgotten
Try not to worry about what's been missed

Scars on my shins and scars on my knuckles
Today I woke up in a basketball court
Jonjos in Sydney and he aint returning
I'm sitting in Soho trying to stay drunk

In any bar in the world
From Silver Lake to Williamsburg
You could pick another stranger
And fall in love

Mercury's in retrograde

This is not the time...

Bleeding gums and veins protruding
You're starting to hate all of your clothes
Neumayr's in L.A. and she ain't returning
I'm sleeping with people I don't even like

In any bar in the world...

Mercury's in retrograde

When I saw you last night, I wanted to say:
"Run away with me, away from the cynics"
That this could be the start of something truly real
But all that I could say was "hey"
Was "hey", was "hey", was "hey"

Mercury's in retrograde.....................

posted by pippa ponton & jphibbs (pontoon & phibes until 8th Aug 2012)

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