Mercury Retrograde happens when it looks as if Mercury is moving backwards from our position on Earth. Of course it doesn’t happen in practice, we’d have some real shenanigans in the Universe if planets started bobbing backwards and forwards! But this does have an effect here on Earth and I think it’s interesting to keep an eye on world events when this sort of cosmic happening takes place in the heavens above us.
Mercury Retrograde – this time taking place in Sagittarius – is a time of care, not only in communication, but also in checking that you back up your computer, you don’t buy new electrical equipment where possible, and you examine contracts very carefully. This particular retrograde also demands honesty but also care in expressing that honesty – don’t go blurting out the first thing that comes into your head, try for tact, but also acknowledge the need to be true to yourself.
The first thing that happened for me, on the day Mercury turned retrograde, was that my computer went on the blink. A similar fault happened before and I managed to correct the problem with a bit of patience and sheer luck as I really don’t know what to do if things go haywire in the gubbins of my infernal machine. This time I managed to resurrect my computer by getting it into reset mode where it returns to settings of a couple of days ago. And it worked, much to my glee.
On the same day, Thursday 25th, some interesting shenanigans hit the Australian Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives. To explain the background to events last week, since the last Federal Election, the Labor Party has been in office with the support of the Greens Party and Independent MPs. This unwieldy melange has tottered along with a one vote majority, leaving a lot of instability this year (and to my husband’s relief as I didn’t scream or yell or lie on the floor kicking my heels!).
On Thursday, the Speaker – a member of the Labor Party – resigned his position at very short notice to rejoin the ranks of backbench MPs. And in a bit of deft juggling and behind-the-scenes manoeuvring, the Labor leadership managed to get a defector from the Opposition to take up the position of Speaker, which also meant he resigned from the Liberal Party. It detracted one vote from the Coalition and added one to the minority government giving more certainty in government – perhaps as you never know when The Trickster is involved.
In point of fact, the MP in question had been facing a pre-selection battle where he was certain to be unseated prior to the next election. So he had nothing to lose by jumping ship to take a very important, pivotal position in the House of Representatives. He actually had a lot to win as he gets heaps of perks and a huge hike in salary. Whether this political sleight-of-hand and backroom dealing will blow up in the face of Labor leaders down the line remains to be seen, but it is certainly like a trick cigar exploding in the face of the Federal Opposition who had been confidently predicting an early and easy ride into government. Another example of Trickster jokery, perhaps!
But it also seems to me that, if you know certain galactic events are taking place, it’s worthwhile placing extra awareness and attention on the world around us because you can place seemingly unrelated events in the context of galactic goings-on. I thought that the trickery, games and the fact this position actually involved the Speaker position was a simply wonderful example of what can erupt on Earth when heavenly movements exert their influence at this material plane.
And then on Saturday, the news broke that NATO forces had managed to attack and kill 25 or more soldiers of a supposed ally, Pakistan. This was most likely due to a stuff-up in information with the wrong forces being attacked by mistake. It could, however, have huge ramifications for the whole region, including US and NATO relations with Pakistan and the course of the war in Afghanistan. Another example of Mercury Retrograde trickery and stuff-ups in the field of communication.
It’s not my intention to sit in judgement on these events, although obviously I have my own views, but I like to highlight events like these because they illustrate so well our cosmic links and our inter-connection with far more than is visible to the naked eye in our lives here on the material world of Mother Earth. It reminds me of the words of Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter: “Vigilance! Vigilance! Vigilance!”, only I’ll change it to: “Awareness! Awareness! Awareness!”. And you can add “Vigilance!” if the fancy so takes you!