January 12, 2009

Astrological Madness

My planets are aligned. Jupiter has entered Aquarius and crowned me the celestial favorite this year says Susan Miller, my favorite online astrologer. She also says I will attract many new people to my path and I will benefit from my association with many of them. I can see that this is already happening through my many new associations on Twitter, new design clients and an informal, inspirational group of fellow entrepreneurs in my town. The fact is astrology is so much more than zodiac signs, horoscopes or compatibility charts. Wikipedia says “Astrology (from Greek ἄστρον, astron, "constellation, star"; and -λογία, -logia, "the study of") is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs in which knowledge of the apparent relative positions of celestial bodies and related details is held to be useful in understanding, interpreting, and organizing information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters.” I’ve been following the monthly astrological guidance of Susan and the daily and weekly forecasts of Bridgett Walther for many years. Call me new age-y but astrology makes me feel that there’s just one more influence that can give me a perspective. It may not be based on real science but its fun and a lot of times uncannily accurate.

Mercury, the planet of communications, has just entered its first 3 week retrograde period for 2009. There will be 3 more this year, 1 more than usual. When a planet goes retrograde, it appears to be moving backwards, at least from our perspective on Earth. In astrology, this typically means that travel plans are disrupted, electronic communications like emails and faxes could be lost, one-on-one conversations can be misconstrued. It is advised to not sign or enter into any contractual obligations or buy new electronics because whatever you do may have be returned, re-done or re-worked once Mercury gets back on course. Unless you’re a believer, you’re probably laughing right now but during Mercury’s last retrograde period for 2005 and 2006, my computers imploded and all data was lost both times. In 2007, I missed receiving 3 very important emails with call to action requests on 3 different days during a retrograde. Last year, while traveling to Philadelphia by train, the tracks which we were traveling on separated causing a 4 hour delay. I can give even more examples of frustrating situations that have happened to people I know during Mercury’s fury. Coincidence? Bad luck? Perhaps but I lay low when this planet’s in a time warp. The best astrological advice I’ve received for how to coexist with these forces is to use the time to reflect and regroup. It’s the perfect time to organize your existence and plan for the future. Yes, life goes on and we are powerless to stop it but we can use caution in our everyday decisions and dealings. Check out this 2008 Mercury retrograde calendar and try to remember what kooky but significant events may have occured that could have been the result of this planetary phenomenon. If you’re still not a believer, that’s ok. I’ll bet that now when your Blackberry stops working or you don’t receive an important voicemail message from your boss, you'll remember this blog post and wonder...

By the way, this retrograde period ends on February 1st. Oh yeah, backup your laptops now too.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I am definitely feeling the effects already...trying to lay low but life must and does go on!



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