I have been trying to publish this for the past two days, but either kept getting interrupted or had connection problems — oh well.

Mercury is currently stationed in Taurus and due to retrograde from 17/18 April to 10/11 May 2010 (depending on which time zone you’re in), from 12°38′ to 02°40′ Taurus. And as usual I have slid straight into it.

I lost my car key today (Friday), but as with me and Mercury, it is never just the one instance of loss that makes it a Merc rx moment. For me, a real Merc rx moment has to have an element of cheeky coincidence about it.


The car was bought when Mercury retrograded in Libra last year. I’ve waited eight months for a parking permit at my place of work, which I received about a week ago. So effectively I lose the key just as I’m beginning to feel pleased about driving to work.

The car park (or parking garage, as they say in the US) is only 2 minutes walk away from my building and I didn’t leave the office all day. So it’s either still in my office somewhere (I looked about 5 times) or it might’ve dropped out of my coat pocket sometime within that 2 minutes. I discover the loss in the middle of the night as I leave the office late. The building is dark — the porters having left for the night and the lights are centrally controlled — so there’s really no question of crawling about in the dark looking for a key. I get to the parking garage, relieved that the car is still there. But now I have to get home for the spare and return within the hour because the garage will be locked up. I take a cab – making sure to ask the driver if he accepted credit cards (in some countries, they do). I think he didn’t understand me because he said yes, but then didn’t. As it turned out, I have just enough change, with about 10p leftover. And I make it back on time. Whew. It’s not the end of the world but I wish it wouldn’t spin so fast.

The next day (Saturday) I go back in to ask the porter if a key had been found. He said, I have to ask the weekday porter on Monday. Sigh. A friend suggests that I should get a steering lock in case someone had picked up the key and tried the electronic transponder on every car in the garage. I get a steering lock, and it’s the wrong size. I know when to give up. It’s Mercury retrograde after all. The key will turn up or I’ll just have to get the locks recoded.

Previous posts on Mercury and Mercury retrograde in Taurus here:

Image: Australian cart. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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