Mercury isn’t retrograde yet as I write this, and already I’ve experienced several Rx moments. The most unnerving was was getting a phone call on Friday morning before I was awake, reaching for the phone, and … nothing. The screen froze. “No problem,” I thought. “I’ll just reboot it.” Power switch didn’t work. Remove the battery? Tried it twice. Nope and nope.
Fortunately, I have drop-step-on-run-over-fall-in-the-toilet-Mercury-retrograde insurance, but it means being without a phone for a day or two. I was about to submit the form and had a sudden idea to try one more thing, stupid as it sounded. I plugged in the charger. The phone shuddered and came back to life, without rebooting. Actually, I didn’t even plug it in all the way, and the battery light indicated it was fully charged. Just plain weird.
Then there was the credit card payment. The one I thought I made on Friday but evidently didn’t. I must have forgotten to hit “confirm.”
I’m sure I can’t be the only one having early Rx experiences.
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I’m way behind in report orders and consultation follow-ups and have to keep the forecasts brief until I catch up. So here’s a quick rundown for this week:
The New Moon is just after midnight Monday on the East Coast of the United States. The New Moon in Taurus usually is a delightful time of year for romance, good wine, roses, and the first hints of warm summer breezes. However, this New Moon is ridden with frustration, misunderstandings, no-shows, and fights over sex and money. If plans fall through and you find yourself alone, make the most of it. Solitude is vastly underrated. You can still have that glass of wine, or if it’s morning, enjoy a good cup of coffee. Solitary walks in nature are rewarding, too, or visit a park with a rose garden.
There is another dark side to this New Moon, which is conjunct the fixed star Algol by exact degree. The ancients considered Algol to be the most malevolent star in the heavens. It is associated with the mythological Medusa, the snake-headed woman who turned men to stone. She was beheaded by the Greek hero Perseus, as part of his quest to save the fair damsel in distress. Then, the Greeks had a tendency to take the old goddess myths and strip them of their power. Medusa represented a particularly frightening side of female power, that of the enraged woman. But the ancient goddess also embodied deep, intuitive wisdom – which also can be frightening for those who don’t understand it. To be sure, accessing that inner wisdom can take us to dark places in our psyche. Medusa goes all the way back, to when Nature herself was seen as both the creator of life and the bringer of death. And who can rage more powerfully than Mother Nature? It will be interesting to see whether we have any unusually powerful storms in the next two weeks.
Mercury turns retrograde on Monday at 9:49 p.m. EDT. On Thursday, the Sun enters Gemini and adds to Mercury’s game. It’s like encouraging someone to play more pranks by laughing at his jokes. Gremlins multiply in electronic devices like flies.
Also on Thursday, Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto, who’s also getting a jarring vibe via an inconjunct (quincunx) from Jupiter. This mix can be sexy, but not without a certain ick factor. Like meeting someone online, thinking this is finally The One, and being stood up on your first lunch date. Or meeting, being totally smitten, and halfway through the meal noticing the wedding ring tan line.
I try my best to find the positive potential in difficult aspects, but there’s not much to love about Friday’s Sun-Saturn opposition. Communications are difficult, if you can reach people at all. It’s not a day to rely on others. Even good partnerships can seem temporarily unsupportive. If you and someone you love are stumbling over words, forget the talk and just go for a walk in the park and listen to the birds sing.
Hang in there, and find some time to be still and listen to the wisdom of your inner voice. If you find your inner Medusa, give her all the space she needs.
Wishing you all an extra dose of love and courage,