Weekly column by Loretta Redd
Astrologically speaking, when Mercury goes ‘retrograde’ 3 or 4 times a year, communication goes absolutely bonkers… and the American Presidency is not immune to such planetary influence.
I’m not referring to Nancy Reagan’s White House psychic, Joan Quigley, who helped Ronnie and Nancy plan Presidential travel, press conferences, his cancer surgery, and even the nuclear treaty with the Soviets…nor do I speak of Hillary Clinton’s channeling of Eleanor Roosevelt.
The planet Mercury rules intelligence, communications of all types like messages, texting, talking, computing, and travel. Bad time for any decisions; worse time for new projects. Its rather like the astrological signature for Murphy’s Law: “If something can go wrong, it will.”
Although Mercury is a more practical than emotional planet, seeking truth, intelligence and education, the word ‘retrograde’ indicates a backwards moving motion, which of course puts all of those attributes in reverse. Contracts and mail gets lost, software glitches, computers crash…ah, the trickster of the Universe, Mercury, is at is again.
Unfortunately, Mercury enters his ‘retrograde’ moment on November 6th…the day of our Presidential Election.
Remember Bush-Gore? Another retrograde of history changing proportions…and this one is likely to be no less dramatic. Mercury tends to have its strongest influence at the beginning and end of its mischief: Bush and Gore at the end of 2000 and Obama-Romney at the beginning of this potential catastrophe.
Already we are dealing with tropical storm/hurricane/drenching Sandy, forcing the shifting of schedules and rock concerts and -darn it all- giving us something to angst over OTHER THAN the absolute end of ‘the American Way of Life As We Know It’ that the other candidate portends.
You aren’t convinced that the star alignment with the planets actually rule our Presidential race, are you? You might actually think that the outcome has more to do with the nine hundred million dollars of advertising paid for by loyal ameri-cuns at Crossroads USA, or billionaire corporate moguls living in Beijing or Oman.
Not only did the Bush-Gore debacle occur during a retrograde, but more recently, Rick Perry- Republican party darling with absolutely every reason to win the nomination, kicked off his candidacy during a retro. Don’t know about you, but I thought the guy had it in the bag…good looks, swagger, ‘Gubner ‘ of the great state of Texas, smart and well-spoken…until he spoke, that is. Yes, the MIS-communication of Mercury raised its mischievous head and his hand-made boots were firmly planted in his mouth time after time until he exited the candidate stage.
As Mercury zips between forward and backward pressure, between two worlds, between the two halves of our brains, we have this juxtaposition between acute clarity and wobbly reality. I’m guessing most voting Americans by now feel that they’ve been on a flight between heaven and hell with loss of cabin pressure one minute and suddenly gaining altitude the next.
Unfortunately, this is not a time to put your life…or our Presidential election…on autopilot. Astrologically speaking, we have President Obama– a Leo who loves the stage and limelight, but has a steady hand of leadership opposed by challenger Romney– a Pisces, who swims against the tide of doubt, but is slippery as a fish when changing directions.
Mercury may have well been in cahoots with Mother Nature today, trying their darnedest to alter the date of the Presidential election by drowning the East coast and destroying communication and power lines along most of the original 13 colonies. We will likely recover, given our post-Katrina standards, and the polls will be open on November 6th…just in time for Mercury Retrograde to turn this election on its head. I wouldn’t expect a decision as to who takes the White House until several days later…