Two hours after Mercury went Retrograde yesterday, I watched aghast as emails spontaneously purged themselves from their folders on the email client and webmail. As they included a bunch of emails with passwords and admin info, it felt very Mercury in Sagittarius: clean-slated by the universe, wind in the hair, what is ‘identity’ anyway?
But still, it’s infuriating for a Mars in Virgo person. Upside: I am getting multi-Aquarius in to declutter the unwieldy, ghost-ridden Gmail. Why do folders full of emails from 2016 suddenly reappear? Folders with no longer pertinent names on them re-emerge like D-list alien movie zombies while the emails I want to keep auto-purge. So the Mercury Retrograde is forcing a higher level of organization. Probably as it’s Mercury squaring my Mars in Virgo, mysterious ways and all that.
When something happens virtually straight after Mercury goes Retro, it means that the Mercury Retrograde means business. Like when a storm starts up by just blowing tennis ball sized hailstones through the front window or up-ending your neighbor’s tree.
This thing has weeks to run (until December 7), and it’s already, well, thought-provoking. And hands up who’s felt compelled to transmit some truth-zaps? The Mercury Retrograde questions and anecdotes are already whizzing in. Here are a few posts here with my answers f.y.i. The Horoscopes will also feature alerts and cautions as we move through this strange part of Astro-Town.
Between the cracks of Venus and Mercury retrograde – a revelation.
Mercury retro or whatever, this morning I opened my laptop to discover that my GMAIL wasn’t functioning, having surpassed my storage limit. Enter a massive, joyful 2-hour email purge and thus re-discovery of my old self via photos, emails, and chats with ex-colleagues and ex-boyfriends, etc.
Along with a much leaner inbox, I am now left with an epic realization of how far I’ve come, how radically my life has changed over the last three years, and how hard I fought for this new chapter. Awesome! AND, ultra helpfully, that there’s no way in hell I can allow my current zombie crush to ruin my new life – I simply worked too hard for it. Much needed solace, gained.
I think Gmail is doing something funky with their storage limit, maybe to force payment or something. It’s purging what you want and keeps what you want to be gone. But I am happy you had this experience, and I completely get it. A la the previous post, the Electrical Spirit Guides have ways of bringing your attention to what you are meant to be seeing or understanding afresh. When trying to sort out what the hell had happened to my Gmail, I found some s**t in the Sent folder that did not read as if I had written it. It was straining to be witty and nonchalant to some guy, and the contemporary me would not have written it. So yes, a Zombie Crush is only going to take away your hard-fought-for strength and coherence. Fuq that.
Mercury retrograde is upon us, typically a trying time for many regarding communication. I also often see warnings of “don’t sign anything!” during this period. So I’m wondering – what can you do if you’re stuck in a period of Mercury retrograde and unavoidably have to do non-stop work presentations AND sign contracts? In my area, it’s “conference season” until mid-December, and there’s no getting out of it! I can imagine that as the year draws to close many others might be in the same boat. I for one also need to sign documents relating to my house and my car before the month is up. What timing! What is a girl to do during this retro communication period?
P.S. Mercury retrograde has me so jumpy I’m not even sure I’ve communicated everything properly in this message!
Dear Double Gemini,
First, don’t freak. Jupiter in Sagittarius goes a long way to down-tuning the Mercury Retrograde in the same sign. Secondly, if you have to sign something, you have to sign. Not signing during Mercury Retro applies way more to situations where you – say – go into a store and are all like “I want that” and you sign up for some ridiculous payment plan on the spot. Or impulse commit to a gym with a contract that may as well be signed off with your ancestor’s blood and some dragon venom; it’s so hard to get out of.
But your scenarios sound as if you’ve already done the cool-headed negotiation part of them and this is just a formality. Not signing during Mercury Retrograde is an ideal. And the caveat is always “if you can avoid it.” And if you can’t avoid it, all you need to do is be more diligent with the terms and conditions than you would typically be.
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