Miscellaneous


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 14 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 153 posts.

The busiest day of the year was April 23rd with 359 views. The most popular post that day was Mercury Rx.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were aquariuspapers.com, astrodispatch.com, thinkastro.com, horoscopicastrologyblog.com, and ifreestores.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mercury retrograde, hermes greek god, neptune, mercury in retrograde, and ical vs google calendar.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Mercury Rx March 2006
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2

The myth of Mercury/Hermes I October 2007

3

iCal vs Google Calendar? August 2009

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Merc rx trine Neptune rx: Talking through a fog May 2008
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What Mercury retrograde is good for July 2007
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[Cross-posted in my other blog]

I wonder if people had any thoughts about Mercuries squaring in synastries. Mercury-Neptune opposition notwithstanding, every now and again I bump up against — not even a communication breakdown as such — but like a communication misalignment.

I once lamented about my Mercury in Gemini trying to communicate with a Mercury in Virgo. When the square is exact it makes a T-square with my Mercury-Neptune opposition which exacerbates my problem. I don’t know if other people experience Mercury squaring in the same way but for me the frustration is extreme, especially when even the attempt to communicate the frustration (as one removed from the original subject at hand) is not getting through. Triple Gemini (with Saturn in there) doesn’t know how to give up — so ends up explaining more and more and more, and ends up making the cloud denser and more obscure.

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Like for a lot of people Apple’s MobileMe sync screws up when I am trying to sync my iCal calendars across different computers due to the mysterious ‘inconsistent data’ problem. Nothing works so far. And the MobileMe calendar on the web doesn’t do subscriptions.

I know that many of you subscribe to my Mercury retrograde calendar, so if you have a solution, please offer one. I haven’t tried Google Calendar yet. Would it work better?

I’ll leave this post at the top for a while to give people time to respond.

On another note, I know I haven’t been updating this blog for a while but this summer of eclipses has been gruelling. You can check out my other blog if you’re interested, otherwise I hope to have something up about September’s retrograde soon.

I blogged last year about Mercury retrograde (in Gemini) trine Neptune retrograde (in Aquarius) as ‘talking through a fog’. Energy flows smoothly in a trine. Mercury (in Taurus) is currently making its third and final square to Neptune which is currently retrograding once again in Aquarius. The first pass was on 25 April, the second on 23 May, and the third on 9 June. Energy passing through a square can feel like it is forced over an obstacle or through a very narrow passage.

Red_King_sleeping Mercury (albeit direct now) square Neptune can produce blocks in communication, perhaps resulting from fuzzy (Neptune) logic (Mercury), or overly idealistic (Neptune) thinking (Mercury). It may also drain (Neptune) the energy out of communication (Mercury), or too much thinking (also Mercury)! But I am not certain how many experience this — I’m certainly feeling it. It may be that my own natal Mercury is opposite my natal Neptune, or that Neptune is currently squaring the ruler of my Gemini Sun (Mercury) and conjunct the ruler of my chart (Jupiter).

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[Cross-posted in my other blog, A Question of Mindfulness.]

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In honour of Mercury retrograding in material-minded Taurus, I’ve posted a link to my Amazon Store on the side bar, where I’ve gathered the books I’ve reviewed or mentioned and a few more besides.

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Some people have asked when I’m going to post the Mercury rx in Gemini update. I’ll try and do so within the next week.

The recent Pluto retrograde square Venus retrograde plus the Uranus-Saturn opposition on the angles of my chart have taken their toll and all I’ve been feeling is the call of the duvet…

The thought of Mercury retrograding over my natal Sun, Mercury and Saturn in Gemini is making me want to bury myself under the covers further, but as Mars and Venus meet next week in Aries, I hope to find my energy renewed. More soon.

[Cross-posted in my other blog]

In preparation for Mercury rx in Gemini and Virgo later this year, I thought I’d share a little life example that occurred to me recently of a conversation between someone with Mercury in Gemini (me) and someone with Mercury in Virgo. Although Mercury rules both signs, their conversational styles, processes of analyses, and most of all what they prioritise are completely different.

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