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

I am a poet, novelist, and storyteller...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... 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.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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