Starting June 7 (and lasting until July 2), the planet Mercury went retrograde, causing our lives to go haywire. Mercury Retrograde happens several times each year, but somehow, it never gets any easier to cope with. Mercury is thought to rule communication, transportation and deep thoughts, which skews all these things off-balance when retrograde begins.
Mercury retrograde often inspires people to get themselves into grand predicaments or make rash decisions they later regret. Life feels dreamlike and hazy, emotions are running high, and trains and planes are delayed. It’s almost as if life is moving in slow motion and takes extra effort. People you usually communicate with perfectly suddenly misunderstand your intentions. During this time, our subconscious thoughts come to the surface and rule our minds more than our more logical sides.
I’d be content to hide at home in a body mitten until Mercury is back on track, but life can’t stay at a total standstill until July 2. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, enough people do and are acting wonky because of it that you’ll be impacted by the planetary hoopla either way. Here are some ways to survive Mercury retrograde in the meantime (and in October when it happens again!): Keep reading »
You’d think after a million kazillion years in existence, Mercury, the planet of communication, coordination, thought processes and travel, would figure out how to get moving in the right direction. But alas, it’s started moving backwards in its orbit yet again, which means lots of chaos for us mortals. From now until July 20th, you should expect things to get messy. Yes, Ami spilled her salad on her foot today, but that’s not the kind of mess we speak of. Mercury in retrograde leaves in its wake epic miscommunications, technological meltdowns, and general mishaps of all sorts. Which basically means, back up your hard drive, expect delays at the airport, and for God’s sake, watch your tongue when having a serious conversation of any type with the people you love. The next 19 days are going to be rough. May we suggest giving yourself small daily rewards during this time of reversals, errors, delays and malfunctions? Here are 19 ideas, one for each day until Mercury finally rights itself again. Trust us, you’re gonna need ‘em. Keep reading »
The funny thing is, I wrote this piece last night and scheduled it for 10 a.m. EST, but then woke up to frickin’ malware on the site again (we’ve since fixed the issue, hopefully permanently this time). Damn you, Mercury Retrograde! But I shall celebrate you anyway.
Mercury goes retrograde three times this year — first, back in March, last in mid-November (just in time for my birthday!), and RIGHT EFFING NOW. In astrology, Mercury is the planet of communication so when it’s in retrograde, everything it rules over is thrown out of wack. That means gadgets break, important calls are missed, and miscommunication between family, friends, and coworkers abounds. Typically, Mercury Retrograde makes me want to shake my fists at the astral heavens, but it occurred to me that the havoc it causes isn’t all bad. Here are seven times when Mercury Retrograde comes in handy, based on things that have actually happened to us or folks we know… Keep reading »
Something weird is in the air. Have you noticed it? Nothing seems to be going right. Important e-mails have been bounced. Your laptop or cell phone has gone kaput. Your love life seems to have taken a turn for the worst. You may have even been dumped. That thing you’ve been avoiding? Well, it’s come back to haunt you, hasn’t it?
Blame it on Mercury in retrograde. It began August 20 and will continue its terrible reign until September 12th. Keep reading »
Has your life gone haywire in the last week? Communications amiss? People from the past randomly showing up? Feel like you might be losing your mind, as no one you know seems to make any sense to you any more? Fret not, it’s not you: It’s the universe! Yes, blame the cosmos, as Mercury, the planet of communication, halts and appears to go backwards, causing all sorts of chaos on mankind.
Frightfully, this bizarre phenomenon happens three times a year and, fortunately, this will be the last time in ’09. It officially began at 2:39 pm UT (Universal Time) on Saturday, Dec. 26 and lasts until Jan. 15, though the effects can be felt up until Feb. 4. What does this mean? In general, it means a period of pandemonium for all things regarding communication. That’s right, forget trying to make any major decisions — and definitely don’t sign any contracts (unless the deal comes from someone in the past or it is renewing), back up your software, expect problems with travel and don’t rely on any of the information you get at this time. Keep reading »
Oh, I just love these two. The pair, who got engaged just four months ago and have only been dating for less than a year, got married in a small ceremony in Canada. It’s the first marriage for both. Sigh. Short engagements are where it’s at. But wait — isn’t gettin’ married during Mercury Retrograde a bad idea? [Perez Hilton] Keep reading »