This is a re-post of a story from a couple of years ago. Alas, Mercury is in retrograde yet again! But I’ve figured out how to cope! I use this “three question” technique all the time. You oughta try it!
Mercury is in retrograde. That is my excuse—well, one of them, anyway. My new favorite. That’s why I feel like this.
I’m discombobulated—feeling lousy, anxious and discouraged. All tangled up in my emotions. It all came to a head—or headache, a few days ago, and I staggered out of my office and up the stairs and buried myself under the covers for the rest of the day and night. I didn’t know it at the time, but apparently, Mercury had begun to move backward in the heavens the day before. I say “apparently” because it really only seems that way to us Earthlings. Since Mercury is so much closer to the sun than we are, its orbital speed is much faster and more elliptical. Mercury circles the sun in a brisk 88 days compared to Earth’s sluggish 365. So, three or four times a year, we seem to “catch up” and pass the planet, making it appear to back away from us. (Similar to passing a car on I-10. For a moment, even though the other car is traveling in the same direction, it seems, from our perspective in the faster-moving vehicle, that the other car is moving backward.) Continue Reading