Astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis, now hooked up with the Hubble Space Telescope, work to repair the fabulous far seeing telescope some 350 miles above Earth. This final set of repairs to the scope should extend its life another five to ten years and hopefully give NASA and astronomers time to figure out what’s next… given the aging shuttle fleet and the nearly two decades of Hubble service.
Some astrologers expressed chagrin about the mission prior to its start, especially given the hype of the second shuttle standing by in case some catastrophe should occur high above the Earth. Mercury is retrograde, after all. And according to a quote I heard at a conference back in the 1990’s, “NASA always launches during Mercury retrograde.” Patently false is that statement. If one goes back to the post WWII era when the space program began with the test launching of all the V-2 rockets confiscated from Germany and follow up to the present, the number of Mercury retrograde launches coincides in a tidy fit with expected Mercury retrograde occurrences.
Back in the 1980’s I became enthralled with Heliocentric Astrology largely due to Michael and Margaret Erlewine’s work, The Sun is Shining. When the first helio ephemeris came out I remember not sleeping for days while exploring charts. It was as if the Sun was always shining. A huge fan of NASA and the shuttle program, it quickly occurred to me that heliocentric astrology applies to any event above the Earth. Events on high flying aircraft and space vehicles have no technical geocentric coordinate and the rising sign and house system quickly goes amok as one rises above Earth. This concept was driven home by NASA’s SMM mission of April 1984 when astronauts diligently work to repair the Solar Max satellite as Mercury stationed and went retrograde during the mission. During every Mercury retrograde, Mercury makes a simultaneous conjunction with both the Sun and the Earth. What a perfect time to shed light and conscious attention on matters mundane and /or communication devices, especially things like satellites, whose purpose of existence (not counting defense satellites) is to enlighten Earth about the Heavens.
Early next week, Monday to be precise, Mercury-Earth-Sun align. Early next week astronauts install new battery packs into Hubble, waking up the telescope now dormant during repairs. It’s perfect. During Mercury retrograde it is totally cool to fix/repair/amend/address things commenced before. So the context of this repair mission perfectly fits the astrological nature of Mercury retrograde signatures. Given the time given to Mike Brown, dwarf planet discoverer, after Hubble returns to life, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Brown speculates that in the range of Sedna there could be another 60 objects or more, including one of substantial size. Oh, I so hope. Hail Hubble!
More practically, one can personally apply Mercury retrograde to follow up on previous pitches, check in with the book editor, reexamine software code, rewrite portions of a grant, make contact with lost contacts (just don’t respond to the fake Facebook messages trying to steal your info or any of the IRS/eBay e-mail campaigns… there are so many phishes in the cybersea). Use Mercury retrograde wisely. Should Jupiter form a great aspect to Venus or Mars or Moon during Mercury’s apparent reversal of track, go for Jupiter to avoid regret and Mercury retro be damned.
The “you’ll never see Mars this close again” e-mails have already started. It’s even earlier this year. Usually the e-mails, touting an event in August 2005 as happening now (which makes it an e-mail scam) wait until July. Be warned, all you professional e-mail forwarders: I shall dispatch the Pleiadian Planetary Police to enter your domicile and hide your mouse in a place even the cat wouldn’t consider should you forward me this e-mail and waste my time having to explain the correct scenario. With the Mercury-Earth conjunction on Monday, let’s affirm a rule. Forward no e-mail you do not research and investigate thoroughly. Snopes.com has the Mars e-mail thing correct, so there’s no excuse!
Finally and sadly, Venetia Phair (Bruney), who as an eleven-year proposed the name for Pluto resigned residence on Earth on April 30th last, one day short of the 69th year anniversary of the acceptance of the name Pluto. Thank you, Venetia, for a most perfect namesake.