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By: Alex



Mercury is scheduled to go retrograde on August 30, but if you are sensitive (like me), you have already been feeling its effects for a few weeks. Here are some things I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that illustrate the effects of Mercury’s interference.


In Ham Radio, the sunspot counts are getting lower and there tends to be more noise on the bands, which makes low power operation difficult, if not impossible. Because most of the HF bands are unusable, it forces operators down to the 20, 40 and 80 Meter bands. This increases competition for bandwidth. The high noise levels force operators to use more power in order to get through. The net result is that the loudest stations get heard but the noise they generate makes conditions worse for everyone else in the process.


About a week ago, I was told my mike was bad, because of a loud hum on my transmissions. I bought a new mike, only to realize that wasn’t the cause of the problem. Getting the radio fixed will be expensive, and I’m out of the game in the meantime. At least I got to make a few contacts on 6 Meters before the Sporadic E season ended. This is typical during Mercury Retrograde. If it’s electronic, it blows up. I should have just unplugged all my equipment a couple of weeks ago.


As another example of Mercury’s Retrograde shenanigans, yesterday morning I was in a convenience store. When I got to the counter it was clear the credit card system was not working. I turned around and there were 10 people in line, waiting for this all to get fixed. The woman handling my transaction rebooted the credit card system, but afterwards I had to swipe my credit card twice in a row, which made me feel uneasy.


As I left the store I heard the other woman telling the guy next to me to watch out for double and triple transactions on his bank statement. Triple? Good thing I heard that. Sure enough, I checked my bank account later and there were two identical transactions. Trouble with computer systems (especially involving electronic transactions) are a sure sign of Retrograde interference.


We’re not quite in Mercury Retrograde yet, but these kinds of incidents stand out for me as proof of what’s going on. During a Mercury Retrograde, (this one will last until September 25), everything seems to slow down, or even come to a standstill. And we get to go over our mistakes with a fine tooth comb. (I have 3 blogs I am rewriting now, and it’s taking a long time). It’s not generally a good time to start new things, like relationships, and it’s definitely not a good time to sign contracts or make any kind of new commitments or agreements – they’ll probably have to be reworked later.


You can also expect problems with communication, relationships, and any kind of electronics, phone or computer equipment. About 10 days ago I started getting messages about some kid at a high school in another part of town not showing up or being late. The thing that really got me was that I don’t even have any kids! This went on for about a week. I had to call 3 or 4 times to get them to take my name off their list.


When Mercury goes retrograde, it’s not a good time to have your car worked on. Over a year ago I had a shop adjust the valves in the engine. It took another day longer than the shop originally said it would. I had to call my boss and tell him I couldn’t work that day, but he was ok with it. I was lucky that time but some bosses might not be so accommodating. I also heard another story from a friend about an oil change that went bad. Seems the lube technician didn’t tighten the oil drain plug, which fell out. That caused the engine to seize up. Pretty expensive oil change!


What can we expect from the last two Retrogrades of the year? Kat, one of Foretell’s psychics, thinks they will get progressively worse. She said the upcoming Mercury Retrograde would be bad, but the last one of the year (in December) would basically push us to the limit. That doesn’t sound like much fun, but I am hoping if I look ahead and try to plan things out as well as possible that that will mitigate the effects. Maybe stay home too, and unplug everything!


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