Twenty-one days of Mercury Retrograde

What is Mercury Retrograde? Three, and sometimes four, times a year, the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky for a period of approximately 3 weeks. “Appears” is the key word here, because, technically speaking, no planet actually moves backwards in their orbits around the Sun. In fact, they don’t even slow down. Retrograde-station-direct cycles are essentially illusions that result from our point of view from Earth, simply because the Earth is also orbiting the Sun at a different speed than the other planets. Mercury turns retrograde more frequently than any other planet. It can never be more than 28 degrees from the Sun, and whenever it reaches its furthest distance from the Sun, it changes direction. –


October 4th—Stop beating yourself up because you still suffer from social anxiety now and again. Don’t let those moments hang around and get the best of you. If you need to contemplate something make it all those times YOU don’t have an anxiety attacks when you meet new people


October 5th—sometimes it’s good to do nothing even if it’s just because you can’t get organized to do anything.


October 6th—ZIP your tote bag so the $100/month prescription doesn’t get lost. Isn’t it kind of the Universe you found it! And it only took an hour of panicked looking.


October 7th—Just because results are delayed doesn’t mean something terrible is wrong. Have faith in yourself and your body.


October 8th—Sometimes things have to get really sideways so you can step away and see the bigger picture and realize what’s missing. In this case, it’s meaningful work. Find meaningful work and pray the work you’re doing becomes meaningful.


October 9th It’s really cool how a retrograde can make me more introspective. Forces me to slow down.


October 10th Sometimes computers just stop working. Servers go down and everything comes to a grinding halt.


October 11th Traffic jams on a Saturday? In Loveland? But it was fun to look over the pumpkin patch where kids were playing leapfrog over the freakishly large pumpkins. It must be fun to snap your gourd off the vine and take it home fresh from the farm.


October 12th The big diesel fill was a task and a half. It was a little cold in the truck but the conversation was warm.

October 13th Mercury seems to be winding down with his slow down. I’m falling into the groove of slow. Luckily it’s without navel staring ennui.


October 14th but at the same time I’m overwhelmed by details and tasks I can’t seem to finish. This degree of procrastination is out of character for me.


October 15th Thank goodness she was home after Elsa wouldn’t start at the grocery store. And thank goodness it was an almost balmy night.


October 16th Oh you tricky tricky retrograde…the car won’t not start. In other words, I sent the mechanic out and you started right up…hilarious. And what’s with losing text messages? Again, hilarious. Mercury has a sense of humor.


October 17th And just where to I begin? Oh you vixen of a planet just waiting to pull out all the retrograde stops That’s ok…I’ve got this. I found silver in the rain cloud. It’s what I do best some days. That and troubleshooting computer systems.


October 18th sometimes people who love one another miss the forest for the trees and take the long road around to the same place. But it’s painful and could cause harm if each does not tread carefully and with great love and respect.

October 19th Taking the long way through town to see autumn’s gold touches, and the snow tinged mountains in the background.


October 20th: there was a great Facebook meme: “There is so much awesome shit to be happy about” on a friend’s wall today. And it was so true. I had an epic day. Epic great and I laughed in the face of Mercury’s flouncy treatment of my computer system.


October 21st Thanks for being so generous with all this introverted energy you’ve been lavishing on me Mercury. It’s been fun…No really…it has been. I am opening up and confessing deep secrets and that helps me own the places I need to grow and allowing a new friendship grow the sort of roots only possible via emotional intimacy.


October 22nd Sometimes it’s really cool when you make the computer system slow way down or stop. It gives me a chance to breathe and not focus on the next task but focus on the blue screen, maybe get a little hypnotized by the whirling thingy on the screen when my program is “thinking”.


October 23rd—I’m starting to feel comfortable with the idea new tasks aren’t going to come easily to me and I get to do them not once not twice but three times. You are making me pay close attention.

October 24th—I was thinking about you when I awakened this morning how you’ve forced me to examine a couple of things in my life. I mean look hard, deep, and long at my plans no more than measures in getting in my own way. Your retrograde ways with your slow downs on contracts and money matters put the brakes on my Self-Sabotage Tour 2014. Thanks for the big boulders on the path of my well-laid plans. But really, you can come out now because I’m totally over an unstable Windows environment and server crashes.


October 25th—Boom done! Life moves again. Thanks for the lessons. I promise they are learned this go round. No need for the same lessons next time. I would really rather write a novel next January/February when you go into the shadow again.

About Laura

When my nest emptied I moved from the big city to a little big town to tend to a ramshackle yellow house on the edge of town. These are my Yellow House Days.
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8 Responses to Twenty-one days of Mercury Retrograde

  1. Now what am I going to blame all of my screw ups on?!?


  2. Michelle says:

    I knew it was something…


  3. I had a major epiphany on the 9th. It just came out, sort of like one of those God to Moses moments. It created some havoc for others, but it was crystal clear that I needed to depart from that particular volunteer function. Later that day I read about Mercury and have no doubt that it was responsible. The rest of this period has been a bit stressful as I and others dealt with the chaos resulting from my decision–I’ve just been reminding myself to live the life I need to live, to be honest and trust the voice/intuition!


  4. OMG I love this … how you noticed and how it all happened.


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