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Monday, September 15, 2003  

Wired.com on Astrological Phenom
Wired.com has an article about Mercury's Retrograde movement and its effects on computers and technology. Since Mercury is seen as the planet of messengers, Business deals, and verbal agreements, its seeming reversal of direction in the night sky has been heralded by astrologers as a time of miscommunications and misunderstandings. My mother is always first to point out that "Mercury is in retrograde" whenever there is a disagreement or SNAFU during the planets thrice yearly reversal. The Wired article explains that a lot of people also feel that Mercury greatly effects telecommunications and computers and its retrograde movement can cause all kinda of wacky and unforeseen operations. Say what you will about astrology, but my e-mail accounts have been acting up for the past couple of days for no good reason. Mercury returns to its "forward" movement on the 20th of this month so until you might just want to watch your ass on verbal agreements and business dealings. I'm not telling you that Mercury DOES fuck with us, but It don't hurt to be careful.

One last thing: While I don't generally subscribe to the tenants of astrology, I certainly don't outright dismiss them either. I have a hard thinking that the moon has the power to move the oceans but doesn't effect humans as individuals. Science is one thing, but I think it is pretty damn conceded of us to think we understand the workings of the universe. Astrophysics begins to sound a whole lot like new age drivel when you get right down to it. It just has the "math" to back it up.

posted by JMV | 9/15/2003 08:16:00 PM
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