MERCURY IN RETROGRADE
A Public Service Announcement.
The 1960s “New Age” Astrology
The 1960s were an extremely enlightening time that presented many different new ideas and concepts and re-discovered arcane views on an unlimited amount of subjects for deeper understanding of life through personal beliefs.
One of the main attractions of the ’60s was the diversity of thought and action and the freedom to express them with virtually no condemnation from Counter-Culture peers. Individuals lived the way they wanted to with the freedom to be whoever they wanted to be and to get involved in anything they liked. “Do your thing” was an honored right – and to insure that right, if needed, there was always the polite mental or verbal follow-up, “Just don’t do it on me”. This evolved attitude presented itself in a vibe that, without malice, could short-circuit any Jesus Freak, Hari Krishna, Pan-handler or Straight from approach.
With his ever-expanding interest in the Occult, anything “Astro”, be it Astrology, Astronomy, or even The Jetsons family dog – 00individual was into.
A viable and thriving Counter-Culture sub-culture of Bohemian Intelligentsia that bordered on the fringe were into the whole “New Age” movement which focused on the Zodiac; the Astrological birth signs of the year. Those true believers and professionals unfortunately started the whole “What’s your sign”, a serious meaningful inquiry that turned into a superficial pick-up line that became a joke.
People’s opinions haven’t changed that much since the ’60s regarding Horoscopes (forecasts of a person’s future, typically including a delineation of character and circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person’s birth) as the upscale version of the Fortune Cookie, and merely entertainment at best. However, this arcane science is based on real things that exist, like the Sun, and the Moon.The Moon
00individual speaks Tribal Truth: regardless of your beliefs or feelings about Astrology and its influence on humans and the world in general, the truth in fact is that the Earth’s oceanic tides are directly influenced by the Moon. Since Earth is 71% water with a population of humans that are each approximately 60% water (and stardust) common-sense dictates that human reactions and actions can very easily be attributed to the phases of the Moon. Throughout history it has been documented that the Lunar cycle has had a very strange effect on humans, especially during the days before, on and after a full Moon. The term “Lunatic” is literal verification of this true cause and effect.The Planet Mercury
Mercury which goes retrograde (not actually physically, more of an interplanetary illusion) several times a year for several weeks is said to negatively effect technical, mechanical, communication, travel, and similar non-animated entities like contracts and agreements. These engagements seem to unravel to varying degrees when initiated within the Mercury In Retrograde period.
On the positive side this can present a period of opportunity to review, re-design, and re-think decisions in preparation to pull the trigger once outside the M.I.R. influence.
If the Moon can have definite influence on the inhabitants of planet Earth, then the alignment of the planets to allow Mercury to “pinball” its influential effects several times a year does not seem difficult to comprehend at all.
00individual has had his share of Astrological and Horoscopic experiences in his life to verify these concepts as valid – not through self-fulfilling prophecy – but as a keen observer of not only aspects within his own life, but with others’ as well.Mercury In Retrograde’s Assault
While creating visual website-candy, branding, and conceptual designs for an online start-up several years back, 00individual was two days into M.I.R. when a co-worker and he both had car issues. Several days later attempts to set up simple existing computer installations within the workplace caused nothing but problems, and in one case one programmer noted that an error came up which he had never seen before.
When the computers finally worked properly, Mercury’s Retrograde influence would sneak in at night to sabotage the previous days efforts, . . . seriously.
Prior to all of this, the art department’s color printer performed reliably smooth – but just days into M.I.R. the printer took on obstinate human characteristics of defiance with an outright deliberate evil sense of schadenfreude – 00individual felt as though he was being punked.
To go on would be like reading a grocery list of M.I.R. shenanigans: sure a female writer was electrocuted but lived to tell the tale, and another was door-jammed locked in her office for 4 hours and out of desperation held a “call 911” sign to her window, and sure, otherwise everyday male “Jekyll’s” frustrations triggered their “Hyde” side, but in the end, determination, awareness and enlightenment was shown as the benefit for surviving yet another Mercury In Retrograde Assault.
At least these M.I.R.s are preparation for when Skynet and/or the Zombie Plague arrive – when reliance will be on ingenuity and mental fortitude, not technology and indifference – unless this is all one big Matrix-like joke humorously cooked-up by the Cosmic Jokers.Showtime
The next Mercury Retrograde cycle begins August 30, 2016 (6:04a PT/9:04a ET) and if reviews are good; will run through September 21 at 10:31p for the West Coast and on September 22 at 1:31a for the East Coast.
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