When Mercury goes retrograde, for three weeks every four months, communication and machinery break down, and the logical mind goes on vacation. The trickster gums up our thinking so that we find ourselves storing the butter in the dishwasher and dropping our checkbook in the trash. It’s an aggravating time. But the next time we curse this tri-annual event, we should remember this retrograde and Faisal Shazhad, the would-be New York bomber. Despite his college education and terrorist training, he bought the wrong kind of fertilizer, erased one but not all of the auto’s traceable VIN numbers, and left the keys to his house and getaway car in the SUV that was supposed to explode. So even though the hard drive on my computer crashed, my cassette recorder died, and my iPod broke two days after its warranty expired, I’m singing “Thank the gods for Mercury retrograde!”
Mercury stationed retrograde on April 17 and will station direct on May 11.