Every Mercury Retrograde has potential for weirdness but this one is uniquely so. Any old rumor could be a psy-op, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II generated a vortex of commentary, every day feels epochal and for peak Mercury Retro fuqery, Optus – Australia’s second largest telco – was hacked, exposing the details of millions of customers, past and present.
To put it in perspective for non-Australians, the company is akin to America’s Verizon or Vodafone in Europe and to say “hack” is flattering.* Telecommunications companies are already supremely annoying and a number one perp for any Mercury Retrograde fuqery but this situation raises deeper concerns that go beyond transient inconvenience. Do corporations have the right to demand as much vital data as they do? And if it is necessary, what recourse does the average person have as to how they use it?
It’s totally Pluto in Aquarius – data, privacy, corporate surveillance etc. Note also that society has essentially evolved to make it impossible to navigate without a smartphone. So you have to have one, you have to supply your full array of i.d. to even talk to these fuqers on the phone or in live chat and yet there is apparently no ‘have to‘ for the companies to protect the data?
Has anyone else noticed how the more slack the service or the harder a company makes it to push through the maze of bot suggestions, the more lugubrious and faux-caring the messaging becomes? When you see a term like ‘happiness technician’ or ‘wonderfulness faciliator’, settle in for a nice long brain-curdling ‘support encounter.’
I would love it if Pluto in Aquarius saw more consumer and people power – yes, I am aware that currently it seems to be trending more toward a messy deglobalization and power tustles – but still, the potential is there. There are other scenarios going as well, of course.
But how are YOU going with this Mercury Retro weirding?
Anecdotally, I’m clocking record amounts of door + key mishaps, time anomalies and nostalgia voids.
*It wasn’t a sophisticated cyberattack that somehow breached their epic defences; it seems to have been more like if you left your back and front doors open all the time but then tried to tell everyone that somehow an elite gang of thieves managed to rapel down the side of your place, before decrypting your incredibly cryptic passcodes and getting through the killer laser beam matrix.