The travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano from last week is very much an effect of Mercury retrograde writ large (Lynn Hayes mentions this), as the cardinal t-square intensifies. This is not to say that Mercury retrograde ’caused’ the eruption or the delays, merely that the planetary positions appear to reflect events and experiences on earth.

It is hard to not to be awed by the spectacle of this unprecedented event in modern times. The last time this volcano erupted was in 1822, modern aviation hadn’t yet been invented to be disrupted. Although the disruption is extensive — not just impacting holiday travel, but also business and trade — the lack of hysterical demands for accountability is conspicuous. It’s a worrying situation obviously, but how can one find fault with a volcano that is doing what it does? As this op-ed article from The Observer notes:

… we cannot blame the volcano, only observe how liberating it is sometimes to be powerless before nature.


I have been relatively quiet this Mercury retrograde on this blog, mainly because work has suddenly accelerated, and I have deadlines to meet before I travel for two weeks from 13 September. I seem to travel a lot during Merc rx! (Trust me, I wish I didn’t have to!!)

This may just be the retrograde of retrogrades because there is a lot of other stuff happening astrologically while Mercury retrogrades at this time, in that the outer planets are on the move. Because the outer planets remain in direct motion or retrograde for such long periods of time, the point where they change directions or change signs or make exact contact with other planets can be momentous.