Say what you will about astrology, but even some skeptics brace when they hear Mercury is in retrograde. To many, it means disruptions in communications, travel, electronics and just general chaos. To add to that, the effects of the retrograde are supposed to be felt a for a couple weeks before starting tomorrow, actually and after the actual retrograde, which is a three-week period lasting from Dec. 10-30 this go around. According to astrologer Rob Tillet, it'll be Jan. 18 before things feel normal again.
Check out this post, "Astrologers Predict Holiday Hell," on The Daily Beast about the predicted nightmare before, during and after the hollydaze for more on what the stars have up their celestial sleeves:
This is the same astrological weather in effect during the January earthquake in Haiti, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April, the so-called flash crash on Wall Street in May, President Obamas fumble during January 2009 inaugural oath, the Bush-Gore election nightmare in November 2000, the Wall Street crashes of 2008 and 1987 and yes, the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Decembers Mercury retrograde takes place first in the sign of Capricorn (from Dec. 10-20) and then in Sagittarius (from Dec. 20-30), promising to stir tensions inside families and between governments. People are probably going to be forceful about their agendas, says astrologer Ophira Edut, who with her identical twin sister, Tali make up Elle magazines AstroTwins. There could definitely be some holiday throw-downs and international tensions rising up between the 20th and 30th.
But complicating things, astrologers say, are a series of other challenging planetary shifts. As Sasson describes it, on Dec. 13, Pluto, the planet of death, Mars, the planet of war and Mercury, the planet of communications will be so aligned as to inspire people to be more manipulative and say things they dont mean.
The position of Uranus, meanwhile, is making people will feel their lives are falling apart, says astrologer Michael Lutin.
Theres a tremendous, more than ever, level of uncertainty, says Lutin. Its washing like a tsunami over the entire earth.
Then on Dec. 21, theres the total eclipse of the Moon in Gemini (which rules aviation), which is square Uranus (which rules the unexpected) that falls during the winter solstice. This, says Miller, is a recipe for disaster.
Read the entire article, by Gina Piccalo, here; it includes tips on how to cope with this celestial commotion. Seriously.
Tips on coping should signal to you that there's hope. If you know what the stars are plotting, you can protect yourself and those around you with patience, understanding and good humor. Hey, it's the holidays: Things are supposed to be fun and easy anyway, right? And keep in mind: In general, Mercury retrogrades are a time of "re," as in review, re-do, re-evaluate, recover, repeat, re-start, retreat, etc.
On the other hand, there are plenty of people who think Astrology is bunkus. Here's Carl Sagan, the famous astronomer, on astrology:
Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.