It's not unusual for transportation to be interrupted when Mercury stations Retrograde, as it has this week. That's just classic Mercury Retrograde. Combine that with a Pluto station in early April, and the 4th Saturn/Uranus opposition the end of this month... and you get the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption in Iceland, with the airlines in Scandinavia and northern Europe being grounded as a result of the volcanic ash that is being spewed into the sky. When Hades rolls over in the Underworld, we feel its effects here on the surface of the Earth (Taurus). So therefore we have had interruptions in transportation (Mercury Retrograde) due to a disturbance in the ground (Taurus).
And while Saturn (delays, obstructions, challenges) opposes Uranus (air flight), for its 4th go-round, not only have airplanes been grounded, but NASA's moon program as well:
“We are proposing canceling the program, not delaying it,” Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday.
Taurus is the sign of finance and security. The repercussions of the airlines being grounded in northern Europe and Scandinavia is having its effects rolling throughout the globe. Not only have airlines lost $200,000,000 per day in revenue (Taurus), passengers are stranded, events have been cancelled or put on hold, tourist economy is suffering, and the rippling effects in commerce are being felt internationally.
Another Mercury Retrograde in Taurus event is the recent news that the Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Goldman Sachs. Goldman had created a way to bet against the housing market, even while including investments in the housing market in their portfolios that they sold to investors. In other words they were betting against their own investors winning... while holding all the cards. As a result, while investors' portfolios plunged, a prominent hedge fund manager (how Taurus can you get!), John Paulson, made some $3.7 billion in 2007 betting that the housing bubble would collapse.
As a result of the suit, Goldman's stock fell 10% on Friday eliminating more than $10 billion of the company's market value. That's Mercury Retrograde in Taurus.
So what does Mercury Retrograde in Taurus mean for us? Taurus has to do with security, with finances, and Mercury Retrograde brings us dilemmas, choices, opportunities to correct previous mis-judgments or mistakes. It shows us what is, or is not working. And is asking us to consider our own attitudes towards security, income, values and setting our own priorities. It may be that you may not be able to get what you want. Perhaps it is time to explore what it is that you really need... what is really necessary to invest in. You may have to ultimately make a choice between the better and the dearer.. taking the less costly choice over the one that may be better. Another thing to explore is what you consider to be your own self-worth.. Explore your own talents. What is it that you truly enjoy doing? Can you turn something you like into something you would love to do? Or could it be that you were chasing will o' the whisps, and now it's time to face economic reality? Or have you stubbornly pursued a goal in such a way that you are distracted from what you are really supposed to be doing? Mercury Retrograde is compelling us to stop, step back and take inventory, and then re-prioritize. It may be that what you want, is not what you really need.