not fighting Mercury in Retrograde

Recently, while watching a program on the mysteries of the Universe, I began to wonder…

…when is the next Mercury in Retrograde period?

The scientists on that program would certainly say: Mercury in Retrograde is bunk.  During those three-week periods, the planet Mercury only appears to be going backward.  In truth, by following astrology, you’re the one going backward—back to Medieval times.

In response, I’d quote a line once sung by Bobby Fuller:

“I fought the law and the law won.”*

In the past, I’ve fought Mercury in Retrograde and lost.  Miserably so, on occasion.  Projects begun during that time fizzled and flopped.  New moves seemed to hit invisible roadblocks.  Connections made never lasted.  Mere coincidence?  Maybe.  Does Mercury in Retrograde defy scientific logic?  Definitely.  Nonetheless…

…from July 7th to July 31st, I will not push ahead with any new plan, major or minor.  No, I’ll take a step back: I’ll organize, I’ll throw out the old and make way for the new.

I say: what if the scientists are right?  What if Mercury in Retrograde is just superstitious hogwash?  Isn’t it still wise to step back occasionally?  To take a few days to regroup…reconnoiter …reassess our goals…

…to clean house—both literally and figuratively?

We can use this time to gather our forces together.  Then, when we again sally forth, we’ll go with renewed strength and clarity of mind.

So I’m keeping Mercury in Retrograde in my toolbox of beliefs.  And not just for purely mundane purposes…

By accepting Mercury in Retrograde as real, I accept the idea that there’s a grand pattern in our collective human existence.  An idea that boggles my mind—that lifts me up, while keeping me humble.

Ironically, that’s why I watched that program on the mysteries of the Universe—I needed that type of boggling.

(* From “I Fought the Law” by Sonny Curtis.  A hit for The Bobby Fuller Four in 1966.)

© 2019, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry

About Michael Patton

To put it plainly: I like to make things...But I’m only semi-competent (at best) when dealing the objects of our physical world. So I make intangible things...poems, tales, and pictures to go with those poems and tales. After a frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own. Now, I'm edging into video. It's all storytelling. Including the poetry. I'm a dreamer in the best and worst sense of the word. In my dreams, I'm not just writing my story, I writing OUR story. In my effort to realize this mad ambition, I'm trying to see the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl in this hard study... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.
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