At 1:02pm Eastern Standard Time on October 4th, Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio. It'll go retrograde in Libra on October 10th until it things go back to normal on October 25th. Whenever this backward spin somehow drags everything forward, I usually get a sudden ah-ha moment when my hard drive stops working or a phone call won't connect *or something!* that makes me feel like a gigantic hippie. And then everyone in my world lets out this collective groan as they brace themselves for the inevitable -- miscommunications, missed connections, problems with electronics of any kind, having to hurry up and wait for the most basic things, and so on.
Like the pull of the moon on the water, it seems that the planets are always yanking hard in some way or another. When Mercury is in retrograde -- having the appearance of traveling
backwards in the sky -- it takes on aspects of the planet in whose house
it resides. Every planet has its own attributes. Scorpio is emotional intensity. Libra is balance.
You've heard all this before, haven't you: don't get married, don't sign any contracts, don't start a new business, don't spend any money, don't make any important decisions, don't buy anything new. I don't pay any attention to any of that stuff until I'm looking for an explanation as to why something weird happened. When all else fails, I hibernate -- especially when it's cold. Aside from slathering myself with gobs of patience, crawling through a 7 day cleanse along with 21 days of eating clean and a fairly steady diet of bikram yoga should be enough of a calming distraction.
The thing to do is redo, renew, review -- and, for me at least, rehearse. I'll be singing and playing at Lincoln Center on November 15th as a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, so this month is prep time. I dug through my hard drive and found three songs I forgot I had. What's especially annoying is that one of them is really good.