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‘My phone is cactus.’ (Note: “cactus” is an old Aussie term to indicate something is “stuffed”, “had the carrot”, “spoiled” or, well, broken.)
Not what you want to hear in the middle of a Mercury retrograde.
‘And it’s out of warranty so Apple can’t just replace it.’
This just gets better.
‘Anyhow, they offered me a re-conditioned old phone pretty cheap until the end of my contract, so I took it. It looks pretty good doesn’t it?’
Bells were ringing in my head- Mercury retrograde is synonymous with phone problems and one of the things we are told not to do is buy a phone during this time.
‘So I said to the guy in the store, “this should just plug into my laptop and sync to all my music and apps and stuff?” and he swore it would be fine.’
Now I am guessing what is coming here. Mt friend has a pretty bad record with things doing what they are supposed to do- even during normal Mercury times. Last time, when he did the mega upgrade to OS5 on the iPhone, all hell broke loose as a result of a lost password to the work based profile and a subsequent 2 day lockout from the phone.
‘So, I plugged it in, press sync, entered my passwords and…everything was there. All I lost was some words with friends games.’
Wow- a Mercury Retrograde story with a happy ending…see, it doesn’t need to be all bad, the world doesn’t have to end and life as we know stop until Mercury turns back around.
Anyways, onto the skies…which are, on this early Saturday morning in Sydney grey and wet…again. TTM is working with her grandmother at the local agricultural show today at the Dog Obedience Trials, which means there is no rushing around to the usual Saturday morning activities for this Mum. Yay.
The Moon is in Capricorn, which could be why my trainer at the gym yesterday gave me a good solid talking to about goals and accountability. It is also why yesterday afternoon I spent a few hours in what can be termed melancholic musing and extreme doubt over the future. Am I kidding myself? Should I just give myself a kick up the bum and apply for that job a well meaning friend sent through the other day? I’m never going to make a living writing? I need to grow up and be mature about this?
It took my watery neighbour (who always has an instinct when things aren’t quite right) to turn up at the door with Friday afternoon liquid refreshments to bring some perspective and optimism back.
The Capricorn Moon is like that. It can be the best time of the month to set targets, goals and strategies. But it is also the time of the month when we are more likely to fall into glass half empty mentality and the general mood is one of dreich. Dreich? It’s an old Scots word to describe the weather (the Scots have more words for weather than most other races) when it is a combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable.
For me it is when I go from “how hard can it be?” to “it’s too hard”, when you go from absolute faith in the future and an intuition and inner knowing that everything will work out OK to everythings raining brown stuff on my parade and I may as well resign myself to it.
The Capricorn Moon gets me like that every month. Maybe it’s because I have a pretty crap Saturn. Maybe it’s because I am quite strongly influenced by the Moon and the Moon is in her detriment in Capricorn. Maybe it’s because in the 1st half of her trek through the dry, grey and rocky landscape that is Capricorn, La Luna is bombarded with aspects from some pretty big planetary hitters. Or maybe it’s because at least once a month those doubts just naturally settle in.
My pre-occupation with practicality and money/security issues could also be a leftover of the grand earth trine that is now becoming weaker.
Anyway, the mood will prevail for most of the next day, although she is void of course for most of that time (meaning no major aspects are made to any planets). The next one will be a soft-ish sextile across to the Sun.
I’ve been a little slack uploading photos, so todays shot is actually the “cloud” word from a few days ago. It is another that I took from out at Fort Denison in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Oh, and before I forget, I have a Facebook page up and running for the blog. If you are on Facebook ,come on over. It is simply under Jo Tracey Astrology. Aside from linking to the blog posts, I also pop other little tidbits up during the day. I’ll pop a widget linky think on the side bar once Mercury turns direct and once these annoying spambots and gutless, bollockless hackers settle down and run away to annoy someone else.