Merc Rx in Aquarius

This is my favourite Mercury retrograde revelation this period (Aquarius rules technology).

Apparently, the new Presidential team, all Macintosh users, who mounted Obama’s savvy campaign with the best of technology, are more than a bit perplexed by the shortage of laptops, outdated Microsoft software on clunky PCs, even disconnected phone lines, in the White House.

Sometimes I wonder how America (or GWB, at least) managed to sustain ‘the most powerful country in the world’ narrative at all.

Following the flubbing by the Chief Justice on the day of his inauguration, President Obama is advised to re-take his oath by senior legal advisers, and does so.

Apparently, some astrologers are in a tizzy about the new development.

Merc rx in Capricorn — caution is definitely kicking in. And Merc rx in Aquarius — what did I say about the unexpected? Ho ho ho.

Update, 24 January 2009: And the music was fake. What else?

On a rare occasion, a new President of the United States is sworn in 5 minutes after the appointed time!

Other minor flubs:

  • The swearing in — fumbling on ‘faithfully’
  • The inaugural speech — 43, 44 oaths.
  • Inaugural parade — an hour behind

A shadow is cast by Ted Kennedy’s collapse during the congressional luncheon, but the proceedings generally go without a hitch. Mercury retrograde needn’t always mean chaos, especially if there has been thorough and careful preparation beforehand, almost an understatement given the logistics of the event!

The New York Times reports that the cellular phone industry is expecting a huge surge in mobile communications during the Inauguration celebrations.

Phone companies are apparently making an unprecedented move by asking its users to restrain themselves while making calls or sending photos or movies over the mobile network.

A prime example of Mercury retrograding from Aquarius to Capricorn if you ask me:

Communications (Mercury) + technology (Aquarius) + caution (Capricorn).

More on Mercury rx in Capricorn soon.

A Mississippi newspaper has issued a formal apology for its previous coverage of civil rights issues — news going back and revising past news — that’s a Mercury retrograde story if I ever saw one! And also true to the humanitarian, visionary, and unpredictable nature of Aquarius. I am reminded of Maya del Mar’s comment which I quoted in one of the first posts on Mercury retrograde in Aquarius:

In Aquarius we look to the future. With the retrograde, we return to the past. Thus with Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, we can move through time, get a sense of history and its consequences, and see patterns and the big picture.

In addition, most of this retrograde period occurs during the Aquarius month of the year, when individualism, change, reform, and revolution are most energized. It’s the perfect time to re-evaluate the status quo and to uncover previously unseen truths. (2001 original here)

If anyone needs a potted history of the American Civil Rights Movement, have a look at the Wikipedia entry.


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