NaBLoPoMo 11: Cursed be Mercury!

I’m probably going to pay for that, but since I’m already paying, I’m calling him out!

You probably know Mercury, if in no other form, as the FTD Delivery icon. He was also the ancient Roman god of trade and travel. Fast forward: if we were handing out god portfolios today, Mercury would be in charge of travel, communication and even computers (think the travel of information). According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac website: “In astrology, Mercury…is cunning and witty at a moment’s notice. But he is also recognized as a trickster and prone to misbehavior.”

Right now Mercury the planet is in retrograde, which is to say it appears to be moving backwards in the sky. The retrograde is Nov 6 – Nov 26, and when Mercury is in retrograde things within the domain of Mercury go haywire.

Let me give you some examples:

To welcome the retrograde, my laptop went kaput. It tangled, unsuccessfully, with a glass of red wine, and is a lost cause. Being the joker that he is, Mercury had me go through five days of stress before I managed to at least secure the content.

Next, my cell phone. My second new cell phone, for the record (remember the morning I spent with the folks at Verizon?). It started with reminder notices for events that happened days, even weeks ago. I had a barrage of pop-ups about a host of events…all in the past. Then one morning I woke up and my phone said it was December-something-1969. Who knew cell phones even dated back that far…. After three days of living with a phone in “safe mode” (think no apps…no twitter app, no wordpress app, no game apps), the phone is being replaced, again.

On my first day with my new phone I head to Wednesday night’s writing class. As I’m pulling into the garage at what I know, based on the darkness of the daylight-savings hour is 7:30 PM, my car reads 7:30 AM. Not tragic, but I have no idea how to correct for it, and neither does my car, because it is still stuck. (By the way, my writing instructor also met with a computer-related snafu that evening, so it’s not just me!)

Somewhere in there my coffee maker also shut down. I haven’t figure out exactly how Mercury can be held accountable for that one, but I’m pretty confident it’s a thing.

I am invariably hit hard my Mercury retrogrades, so I’m curious to see what’s in store for me next, but I know that it will continue to be quite a ride until the planet rights itself again, which can’t happen soon enough for me!
May your retrograde be easy!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 11:54:15

    I am so sorry about your computer. It sounds like you were at least able to save the data. With the phone, I think they sell insurance for problems like that which they will cover. Maybe worth looking in to. I’ve had some Mercury retrograde too and wondered why I was having bad luck. I think I have a hairline fracture on my toe that I banged in to a piece of furniture yesterday. It really hurts. Will find out tomorrow from orthopedic doc. Meanwhile back to icing it. I hope your luck as well as mine turns around quickly!


  2. Lori
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 10:55:29

    Saving the data is what matters…and I DO have insurance on my phone, which sadly doesn’t make recreating my contacts list or reinstalling my apps any easier. But it is what it is…I’m still standing, and unlike some, I have electricity and heat and family and friends and love in my life!

    Hope all goes well with the doc, Susan!


  3. chemobrainfog
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:06:47

    FYI… my maiden name is “MercurIO” ….. just sayin’ Going to consult my astrologer on this one….



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