Mercury retrogrades from 11° 35′ Cancer to 2° 28′ Cancer from 15 June to 9 July 2007. The back-end shadow period lasts from 31 May to 14 June and the front-end shadow period from 10 July to 24 July 2007.

As the retrograde period draws to a close, it occurred to me that I ought to make a list of the major events occurring over this period, for future reference. My astrology isn’t good enough to consult their charts at the moment (plus work and time don’t permit me to do so!), but perhaps over time, a pattern will emerge.

  • 4 June 2007 — London 2012 Olympics logo revealed (and reviled)
  • 27 June 2007 — Gordon Brown takes over from Tony Blair as British PM; in the process, the nation is ‘leader-less’ for 68 minutes
  • 29 June 2007 — Car bomb plot discovered in London; bombs failed to trigger due to faulty mobile phones; ElsaElsa connects it with Merc Rx
  • 30 June 2007 — Apple’s iPhone launches, to glitches
  • 4 July 2007 — BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston freed after 4 months
  • Most of June and into July — parts of England, especially the north severely flooded; the wettest June since records began
  • 9 July 2007 — Alastair Campbell’s diaries published; does anyone care?
  • 13 July 2007 — the BBC apologises to the Queen for ‘misrepresenting’ her
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