Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mercury in Retrograde

My Rob Brezsny Leo horoscope for this week:

Hurry up, please. It's time. No more waffling or procrastinating. You really need to finish up the old business that has dragged on too long. You really should come to definitive decisions about ambiguous situations, even if they show no sign of resolution. As for those nagging questions that have yielded no useful answers: I suggest you replace them with different questions. And how about those connections that have been draining your energy? Re-evaluate whether they are worth trying to fix.

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Wow. Exactly.

And speaking of horoscopes: I overheard a couple of girls in my office talking Wednesday:

"WHEN is it going to be OVER?"
"This Saturday. FINALLY! I can't wait. I've been a mess. I can't get anything done."
"Me, too!"
"If you want to know exactly when, there's a website that'll tell you..."

[OK, by now I was just DYING to know what the heck they were talking about!]

"... look up 'Is Mercury in Retrograde.'"

[ME to myself after hurriedly checking out the site: "Ohhhhhh. Ha!" BTW: It ends this Saturday at 2:22pm Eastern.]

Now, I know horoscopes on a basic level, like the characteristics of the signs, what month is what, what rising and moon signs are, etc. But I didn't know anything about what "Mercury being in retrograde" meant. Apparently, it's something like this (from AstrologyZone):

What happens when Mercury retrogrades? You miss appointments, your computer equipment crashes, checks get lost, you find the car you just purchased during Mercury retrograde is a lemon. (Or, you hate your haircut, the lamp you bought shorts out, your sister hates her birthday gift.) There will be countless delays, cancellations and postponements--but know these will benefit you in the long run. Don't fight them, although your frustration level and feeling of restlessness will be hard to cope with at times.

All machinery and things with moving parts--such as computers, VCRs, camera equipment, garbage disposals, and so forth, will reveal any weak links now. It is critical that you back up your data system and be more careful and vigilant than ever. Projects will demand more time and money than anticipated this month.

In matters of the heart, if your boyfriend or girlfriend breaks up with you or says something hurtful, take a wait-and-see attitude. Since Mercury rules speech, they may not mean what you think they are saying now. Let them have some space...

When traveling, leave early and allow for extra travel time. Have all bags double-taped closed, count your belongings, double-check addresses and reconfirm appointments. Things get lost when Mercury messes us up. Take NOTHING for granted...

Why would the Universe give us Mercury retrograde? Because to move forward it is sometimes necessary to backtrack and reconfigure our paths in life. It is important to reconsider, repair, reflect, and reconnect. Mercury forces us to slow down and fix what's broken, and in so doing, rethink things. It also gives us time to get to projects we have put on the back-burner.

Some activities are lucky or actually improve when Mercury retrogrades. You are likely to bump into old friends that you haven't seen in years. Adopted children tend to find their birth parents during Mercury retrograde periods, or people locate their long lost siblings. Prosecutors often find clues to crimes that had previously remained unsolved for years. (Although sometimes the reverse is true--there is a greater danger, or example, that police can bungle evidence during a Mercury retrograde period, for clear thinking doesn't come easy for any of us then.) Mail that went astray weeks or even years ago shows up during Mercury retrograde. Some things that were lost reappear.

Now is also a good time to dress old wounds, clean up relationships or to simply bury the hatchet. Some people have great breakthroughs in psychotherapy during a Mercury retrograde period. For salesman, it is a positive time to backtrack over previous contacts rather than call on new ones. It is a perfect time to schedule work on projects that you haven't had time to do and you've let pile up. Bring your resume or portfolio up to date, and clean out your closets. Take time to paint the house. Clear your decks.

Just try not to start new things...

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After checking a couple of other sites about "Mercury in Retrograde," I noticed one thing over and over again: Don't make major purchases (computers/electronics specifically mentioned everywhere)! Yeah, well... I didn't KNOW that when I bought my new high-end computer 10 days ago! Which has been a huge ongoing headache!

I bought it primarily for 3 reasons:

(1) So I could do freelance editing faster.
(2) So I could work on my Joan website faster.
(3) So I could burn my CD collection faster.

Well, surprise:

(1) The Adobe Acrobat program for editing that I purchased via download only back in February won't transfer over to the new computer.
(2) My old web editor also won't transfer.
(3) The new computer, despite its glam slimness (my 11-year-old nephew, a real anti-size-queen when it comes to electronics, will be impressed when he sees it) didn't come with a CD/DVD-writer! (Though I specifically ASKED the guy at Best Buy, and he said it did!)

So now I'm scrambling around trying to get stuff done, "toggling" (i.e., plugging and unplugging) between my old computer (which has the programs I need but is tremendously slow) and the new whiz-kid, which is just dying to be put to use...except for its lack of the programs I need and cannot afford to re-buy since I just spent $1000 on the new computer!

I blame some of this on Best Buy. I spent $100 to have their Geek Squad transfer all of my stuff from the old computer to the new. Only, they wouldn't transfer the programs (Acrobat, the web editor, Word/Excel). The last time I had to transfer everything, back in 2009 in NYC, the independent Geek I paid for a couple of hours' work found all of the necessary keys and got EVERYTHING transferred just fine; thus I avoided then all of this ongoing current WORRYING! (I just want to come home and do my stuff, dammit!)

THANKS, MERCURY IN RETROGRADE! ;p

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