[Update 03-13-2013 We have ascertained that Mercury was Direct when I was born, but was retrograde when I was conceived. More research to do.]
[Disclaimer: The author in no way espouses a belief in what is popularly known as "Astrology" in this country nor is it my intent to encourage you to believe in it either. What we popularly call astrology is in fact a decadent pastiche of many ancient belief systems that were held in high regard throughout the ancient world, each in their various ways, cultures and time periods. As a field of academic study in what people believed in various times of history, I think Astrology suffers from a non-benign neglect because of a fear of being accused of believing in it. On the other hand, I do get a lot of amusement when Astrology does seem to predict events as I believe it tells us something about how we perceive coincidence, if it is indeed coincidence, to fit certain categories and beliefs. It would be disingenuous of me not to admit that there have been some striking coincidences over the years that does give me pause, and which I will narrate in this blog from time to time, but I do not believe that Astrology predicted them. Rather I think they are obviously related to Atlantean Crystal Wisdom. For those who are interested, I am a Leo with moon and sun signs in Scorpio.]
But there is an elaboration that I read about that takes this to a higher level. In this variation, there are people for whom the normal retrograde effect is itself reversed. When Mercury goes retrograde, communication does not get worse for these people, it gets better. The downside is that for the rest of the year, when Mercury is going forward as normal, they also experience the reverse effect on communication, etc. It is like one long horrible "Mercury is Retrograde" for most of the year, broken up by brief periods of constructive normality. This would be very bad of course for the individual who was so affected.
Who might be susceptible to this variation? One explanation is that one is born during a retrograde period. I do not know what other situations or events might cause this. But I am highly motivated to know, because I have noticed for many years now that for most of the year I am completely paralyzed and isolated, unable to get anything moving. Then, for some reason, things start working normally, for a brief period of time, but then stop and revert to their previous paralysis.
Then I had a horrible thought and checked, and yes, it had all started when Mercury became retrograde about two weeks ago. I think you see the obvious implications. If I am right, then the only time that communications, machines, ideas, deals and so forth can make progress and work for me is when Mercury is retrograde, three short periods of the year.
Mainstream post-enlightenment culture sees no other rational explanation for these events beyond sheer perverse randomness. It is not about my effort, or my attitude, which is consistently bad, or because of how much energy I put into things because I always put a lot of energy into my work except when I hold my head in despair. If not reverse Mercury retrograde, what other possible explanation is there beyond mere randomness or the untested power of Atlantean Crystal Wisdom?
The following is a table of all the times that Mercury went Retrograde in the last century (e.g. 1901 - 2000). The term "MR" means "Mercury Retrograde" and the term "MD" means "Mercury Direct".
1. Actually the Romans did have computers, but they were analog and mechanical ones. A sundial is a computer, so are many navigation devices etc. These people were not dummies.