Mercury has just gone Retrograde again and it will stay that way for approximately three weeks. I know that some of you do not believe that there is a lattice of causality that underlies the apparent coincidences of the material world, what Jung called "synchronicity", but he was a fool ! He never listened !
Understanding this story requires that you accept that I am *reverse* mercury retrograde, e.g. in this time period is when things go *right*.
In other words, a nice car repair person just happens to order a part for my car, the exact part I need, and delivers it to UCSD in the exact 2 hour period that I am on the UCSD campus (the second time in my entire life that I have ever been on that campus), at the exact place and moment that I am walking to my car (otherwise I would never have even known about this), but it is not for me.
Could this be just a coincidence or did space aliens arrange for the windshield to be there?
But when the lattice is against you, well, its best not to think too much about that.
1. The funny thing about this, is that in fact it probably *is* just a coincidence. But what are the odds and how would we calculate them? What this really means is actually something more interesting but explainable/rational than Mercury Retrograde, something along the lines of: our lives contain examples of "miracles" (as defined by extremely small chances of occurring) but they probably occur because we are constantly rolling the dice, we just don't notice it. This is not a new idea, but it probably needs more discussion than I have done here to make it comprehensible. I admit it, cosmic energy forces or conspiracy would be the more amusing explanation.
2. In a Facebook discussion with Ken Cope, Ken pointed out that many people do not realize that Mercury does not go backwards, that this is apparent motion which is a result of the elliptical orbits of the planets around the sun. But what is also interesting (to me at least) is that in the 3rd Century BC, if you observed the sky and did not realize about elliptical orbits, and just reported what you saw, you would describe a dot of light that appears to regularly move in a path in the sky, but then from time to time reverses direction, then resumes its original path. That part was not superstition, that is what they observed, and you could observe it too, and predict when it would happen. Astrology may be wrong as an explanation of phenomena, but in general it is based on real observations made as best they could at the time.