*Eleditor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy!
Time to get up from your downward dog pose.
This has been a crazy three weeks with many weird things happening. Here are a few examples of recent news stories to support this point.
Typical Mercury Retrograde News Stories.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI)—CEO Bradley Tilden, the head of Alaska Airlines, which proudly touts a baggage delivery guarantee policy, made an embarrassing confession—his own airline misplaced his luggage.
ROME, Sept. 30 (UPI)—Police in Rome shared a snapshot of a man who was given a warning for cruising the Tiber River in an unusual boat—a modified vintage Maserati car.
BRUMADINHO, Brazil, Sept. 30 (UPI)—A referee in a Brazilian soccer match is facing potential disciplinary action after he pulled a gun during a dispute about a call.
ELLSWORTH, Maine, Sept. 29 (UPI)—Police in Maine said a small dog was to blame for driving its owners pickup truck into a lake by knocking the vehicle out of gear.
Regardless of the problems you encountered during this retrograde, if you do some simple things when Mercury goes direct, you’ll derive huge benefit and make yourself (or someone else) quite happy. Here are five ways to accomplish this.
Five Ways to Make Someone Happy!
1. Agree to get your hair styled, please! During the retrograde, you changed your hairdo. Mistake! It’s clear that your Donald Trump “comb-over” look wasn’t right for you. Now that Mercury is direct: make an important hairstyle decision to change it.
Before the retrograde began, you may have been evaluating areas of your life where you needed to make decisions. Perhaps, it was inconvenient to delay making those decisions, waiting for the three weeks of the retrograde to pass. But you’ll be glad you did, because as the direct period begins, you’ll discover mistakes you might have made and learn some useful information you didn’t know. With these facts in hand, you’ll be ready to make the right buying decision to purchase that expensive car or home, begin a new project with greater confidence of success, more competently select a new attorney for estate planning or a plastic surgeon for your cosmetic surgery.
2. Apologize for mis-speaking about your mother-in-law.
When referring to her, you did not mean to say, “That nosy b*tch!”
Resolve misunderstandings that have occurred. We all make mistakes in the way we communicate with others. Unfortunately, we tend to make a lot of them during the Mercury retrograde period. But what separates the men from the boys and the girls from the women are the way we clean them up, when we make them. If you’ve had an argument at work with a colleague or boss, or had a big fight with a loved one or called a loved one’s mother a harsh name, Mercury direct is the ideal time to discuss what’s upset you, apologize or forgive someone.
You’ll have the mental clarity to express yourself appropriately and reach a new understanding that will resolve your upset and create a more harmonious relationship.
3. Return your girlfriend’s parrot, Freddy, who you swore flew out the window.
This is an excellent time to find items you’ve lost. (Even a parrot, who screams, “loser” each time you pick your girlfriend up for a date.)
The direct period is a time to find those things that were lost (or that you had a hand in losing). Keep in mind, that we all lose things of value, even when Mercury is not retrograde. However, during the retrograde, when people are especially careless and mistake-prone, there is a higher propensity to lose important items such as money, clothes, rings or other valuables (or even a parrot). The direct period is a fortunate time to find, not only items that you’ve lost during the retrograde, but valuables you’ve lost over the years.
Make a list of any items you’ve lost recently, or even months or years ago. Think back to when and where you lost them. Your mentally clarity is especially sharp now, allowing you to recall details you had long forgotten. You’ll think of a new place you’ve never looked before and magically, your lost item will be there. Or, you may suddenly remember someone you should contact who could help you recover what you’ve lost.
4. Thank the Lord that three weeks ago, you said “no” to being Rick Perry’s Campaign Manager.
Happily you can accept that other job opportunity now to work for Bernie Sanders.
During the retrograde, you may have had some confusion about whether to accept a promotional opportunity or a new job offer. However, when Mercury goes direct those doubts will be gone. The fog lifts and your vision is 20/20. You’re now able to evaluate the good, bad and the ugly of any employment opportunity and chose the one that’s right for you. It’s also a positive time to begin a new position because you’ll be communicating clearly without the confusion that causes misunderstandings or bad first impressions.
5. Admit to your co-workers that your recent idea was pretty dumb.
Let them know that you understand why they burned your picture in effigy in the company lunchroom as a throng of people loudly cheered and clapped.
Mercury direct is a time to slow down, reflect and re-evaluate all your plans and projects. Re-consider your ideas and what you’ve learned. If you’ve consciously done this—you’re now more conscious of changes you can make to improve it. To help you with this task, make a list of people you’ve had questions about, projects you considered undertaking and activities you were contemplating. Ask yourself: what have you learned about them that you didn’t know three weeks ago? This new knowledge will help you make needed changes and more successful decisions.
Take advantage of this period of sanity when the world is no longer quite as crazy, that is, until January 5, 2016 when the next Mercury retrograde begins. Until then, get busy; you have some things to do to make some people happy.
If you want to know if you were born with Mercury Retrograde; and, where your personal transits are—to see how they are affecting your life, go to the FREE Transit Calculator and enter your birth date. And, if you’re curious to learn more about your personal Horoscope and what it says about your love relationships, career, investments and health: Order your customized Report: Your Horoscope & Future in 2015-16. Or, a report on—Your Love Compatibility with another person.
Author: Larry Schwimmer
Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock
Photo: flickr/Larz Ploughmann