It’s kinda interesting that the Swine Fever news breaks just as Mercury is in slo-mo to go Retrograde. It’s not till next week but we are in the zone. Mercury nips into Gemini (sign of his rulership) and then goes retrograde back through Taurus & thus squaring Neptune, Chiron & Jupiter several times in May. The very same signs lining up in an glorious & rare Age-Of-Aquarius style astro-weirding for late May. Mercury in dodgy aspect to Jupiter means things go O.T.T. real fast. To Neptune – it reeks of deceit & shadowy motives. Chiron…A lesson? A healing?
My first really cynical thought re this was that there’s a buck to be made here. And if everyone is inside glugging echinachea & spraying lemongrass around, doing “i am in vibrant health” affirmations there’s less likely to be a middle-class riot as the late Scorpionic novelist J.G. Ballard predicted. And then i thought, how weird that there is that old phrase ‘capitalist pig’ – i heard it a bit when dating the Uranian last year – and now there is apparently a potential pandemic of Swine Flu.
Anyway, Mercury goes retro soon & with all the weird squares from Taurus to Aquarius so lots more warps and tangents in this tale yet. Eric Francis on Planet Waves is doing a really detailed analysis of the Pig Fever if you are interested.
Mercury is a fascinating planet/god. He is a psychopomp – a fantastic word meaning guide of the souls or soul conductor; This character who goes between worlds with ease. He is the messenger of the Gods & in astrology, the planet Mercury signifies how you think/talk etc. But Mercury is also the God of Commerce! And so Mercury going Bats (retro) in mostly the sign of Taurus this time is going to be quite interesting, non? Lots of interesting info coming to light. And maybe some really fresh ideas.
These amazing pics are from old US Stocks & Bonds – they often loved to depict Mercury due to his reign over commerce. There are a whole lot more cool illos on the site itself.
And, in the spirit of wonderful Mercury, what are your thoughts on the Piggy Fever? Are you freaking out, really over the news of late or cynically waving it aside as yet another ‘construct’ from the Matrix or something.
This is so NOT, btw, to belittle the vileness and pain of what has actually occurred in Mexico, obviously.
I may be totally wrong on this as the astrology of shit-happening is so not my thing, but i don’t think Pluto in Capricorn has much to do with pandemics…Saturn in Virgo opposite Uranus in Pisces is more like it. So, if that were the key signature, as opposed to a Mercurial Bats square Neptune Wag The Dog scenario, then it’s looking more like a crisis/opportunity to massively reform a whole pile of things from factory farming to the ease with which peeps flit around the globe as disease vectors & this is without even going into eco issues.
UPDATE: Okay, it IS kinda Pluto in Capricorny – big biz cost-cutting & creating hellishly revolting pig abbatoir etc in place where labours costs/laws soooo low & all here.