Menopause, Mercury in Retrograde and other Mania

Mercury1I can’t sleep. All forms of technology are going wacky. Appliances are on the blink. I feel like I am in groundhogs day. I am hot. I am cold. I am bloated. I am starving. I can’t complete a task, let alone multi-task. The sun is in my eyes. There is a bump in the bowling alley. The dog ate my homework.

I am in a funk (and I am NEVER in a funk!)

Ok, you get the point. Things are just a little amiss these days. I could have written it off to turning 50, menopause (because everything gets blamed on that) or simply cyclical mania which I suppose I can be accused of being prone to. Hell, I could even blame it all on being the Magnet For The Absurd.

But thankfully both Yogamom (2nd shout out to you, babe) and my sister-in-law have pointed out that Mercury is in Retrograde from September 7th till October 18th and that crazy devil, that cosmic trickster, can cause all types of problems. And what, you ask, does this actually mean? Read this from

A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. According to modern science, this traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play. Click here for more on the science of retrograde planetary motion.


Whatevs. My takeaway on this is simply things will be back to normal on October 18th.

Define normal!

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9 responses to “Menopause, Mercury in Retrograde and other Mania

  1. Gail

    thanks for the shout out! Here is a blog that has a little more specific info, I believe that we will actually be out of retrograde by Sept 29th. (phewfh! as my son says!)

    not sure the blogging protocol on posting a blog, so please forgive me if I didn’t follow properly!

  2. Everyone keeps saying Mercury is in retrograde, but I still don’t get it. Maybe I’ll click on the link in the above comment.
    (But then how do I explain the crazy crap in my life when this ends??!)

  3. Gail, no apologies needed. I am a firm believe in link love, that is what makes social media so cool. And as you can see, Maureen is already using that link to get more info.

    Who new my discombobulation would lead to such clarity ; )

  4. Oh and Marueen, I was thinking exactly the same thing!

  5. judy

    nothing goes back to normal on 10/18….my baby will be 20 that day–NO MORE teenagers!! and you think you’re old???

  6. J.

    (Slapping forehead.) OF COURSE! It was so obvious. Yet another reason why I need to read this blog before I plan my day. Mercury is in retrograde! (And btw, that is NOT sarcasm.)

  7. Too funny! Love your blog! There is something to this mercury retrograde business – at least I am really feeling it, and generally do because (according to my astrologist friend) I have a lot of mercury on my chart or something. Communications get weird, difficult, and my normal calm exterior goes a little ballastic!

  8. Jeffrey

    Great read! I have been researching a lot about menopause with my wife and we have learned a lot about bioidentical hormone therapy as a healthy option. Here is a website that has helped us learn a lot,

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