Saturday Extra! A Little Retrograde Mercury Mischief

I predicted that this Mercury retrograde period would be fairly quiet until the first week in September. I guess I spoke too soon.

As I was cruising the headlines this morning, I found this article:

Scary gaffe adds to week of airline mishaps
By Liz Goodwin.

In the middle of an otherwise-peaceful British Airways flight from London to Hong Kong on Tuesday, a terrifying announcement blasted over the speakers. The automated message warned the 275 passengers to brace themselves, because the plane was about to crash into the sea.

“We all thought we were going to die,” one passenger said.

Flight attendants quickly reassured the traumatized passengers that the message was a mistake, and British Airways say they are investigating how the incident could have happened. (A similar incident happened in 1999, when a “mischievous passenger” pushed the automated crash message as a joke on a flight from San Francisco to London.)

This is just the latest mishap to come to light in a wild week for airlines.

(Read the rest here.)

Of course, I wanted to know whether the 1999 incident occurred during Mercury retrograde. It didn’t. In that case, however, the error wasn’t an accident, but intentional mischief. During Mercury retrograde, events are more on the order of, “Oops, hit the wrong button.” Big “oops,” in this case. The airline is investigating whether the cause was a computer glitch or human error. Either way, it sounds like retrograde Mercury mischief to me.

We had our own bit of Mercury retrograde drama here on Vashon, which normally is so peaceful that a drunken bar patron swinging at a cop is front-page news. On Wednesday, our all-volunteer substitute for a city council (since we’re in an unincorporated part of the county), all resigned at once after King County communicated a legal opinion that it had to comply with open government rules, like any other political body. Council members said they couldn’t afford the amount of time it would take to meet all document requests, since they’re unpaid volunteers and already sacrifice a lot of their free time.

I have a feeling this decision will be revisited … say, right around the time Mercury returns direct, or shortly after.

Let’s hope this is the worst we get this time around. Goddess knows we’ve had a rough summer and could use some time to slow down, catch up on unfinished tasks, and attempt to put our lives back together.

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

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5 thoughts on “Saturday Extra! A Little Retrograde Mercury Mischief

  1. jezikadel

    Another big Mercury retrograde event–Mexicana airlines has gone bankrupt and shutdown overnight, canceling all of its flights as of midnight last night. I am here in Mexico City and not personally affected I didn’t fly Mexicana this time, but I know quite a few people who are scrambling to figure things out and the attendant website and phone problems are not helping matters! I feel fortunate that I am not scheduled to fly back to the US until September 12, when Mercury straitens out again!

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  2. terri

    Here in Virginia, the entire state has had to close various agencies due to a statewide computer glitch. I am a bookkeeper at a school and we have all of our teachers coming back and soon, the students. We have had computer problems since Mercury went retrograde. No one knows what is going on. So the retrograde has almost brought our state to a standstill. Interesting!

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  3. Pat Post author

    Hey, Jamie, thanks for the heads up. Now, how do you suppose I can get that No. 1 spot? :-)

    Jezi, so glad you didn’t get caught. As for an airline going bankrupt, that probably has more to do with the cardinal T-square. The flight cancellations, though, definitely have a Mercury Rx signature. After all, not every airline that goes bankrupt leaves all its passengers stranded with no forewarning.

    Ditto the computer glitch in Virginia. Thanks for that item, Terri!

    Anyone else?

    Last, but certainly not least, thank you, Joe, for the encouragement.

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