Mercury went retrograde on August 20th and I don’t think I – or anyone else – can wait until it turns back around. While this cycle is only 12 days old, it seems about 11 and a half days too old and that’s really saying something. Usually retrograde periods have some sort of a theme about them, just a general something that gets affected detrimentally while a planet is retrograde. This time around it appears the target of Mercury is vehicles. I have heard so many from friends and co-workers about how something unexpected has put their car out of commission, and these have all happened within the last week and a half.
The good news is that even though Mercury is afflicted while retrograde, it is still super dignified in Virgo where it experiences both domicile and exaltation, so while there are going to be unexpected problems and days when cars just aren’t going to want to do anything for you, whatever is wrong should be fairly easily fixable with no recurring problems; that is, no recurring problems as long as you don’t seek to fix it during the retrograde period. If you do, then you may find yourself having a similar problem before the planet goes direct.
Mainly, the instances have been mostly electrical and wiring in nature. I’ve heard one case of a car not starting due to a wire discovered to be detached from the battery, and reattaching it solved the problem. A second car that wouldn’t turn its engine over was due to an electric issue with the alarm system, where the car thought the operator was a thief and simply refused to start. The dealership was able to handle that, though. There’s a third car with a broken heater coil and something causing it to handle improperly, but there’s no word on what the cause of that is as of yet. A fourth car turned up with a flat tire after someone slashed the tire. I’m not completely sure that’s a Mercury retrograde thing as it doesn’t necessarily fit the theme of wiring, but it gets an honorable mention in that a store “patched” the tire and not fifteen minutes later that same tire was again flat which fit in neatly with the retrograde pattern.
Now, silly me thought that I would get out of this particular period without anything happening because I had been experiencing an electrical problem with my car since before Mercury went retrograde. Due to an electrical component going out, I’m forced to drive with high-beams as my low beams will not turn on. The quote for this corrective service was an astounding $500+, so I’m still sitting on it saving up to put it back in the shop. Now that my sob story is done, I thought I was doing pretty good and was confident that I would simply be cursed to sit with this problem until after Mercury went direct…and then the universe (looking at you Mercury) threw a deer at me! Yes, Mercury is not above having deer jump out of the woods and smack into cars leaving dents and destroying the inside of headlight lamps. Luckily that was the extent of the damage, no one was hurt, and while the deer may have an injured back leg, it seemed to be doing pretty well as it bounded off into the woods undoubtedly with a smirk on its face having completed its mission (but no, seriously, I do hope the deer will be okay).
Everyone be careful out there and please share your Mercury car meltdown stories in the comments!