Mercury Gets Right, Rainbows Connect

I know it was a bit of a tease – I showed up on Medium and then made three posts in three days and then…silence. Knowing I risked losing whatever tiny amount of momentum I had managed to amass, I made the calculated decision to take the week off before resuming regular activity next week. I’m on vacation! I’ve liberated myself from self-imposed productive demands (actually, I’ve liberated myself from pretty much all demands).

There’s still technically three days of vacation left, but this seemed worth a quick suspension of the rules. Today’s the day we move out of 2018’s second Mercury Retrograde (of three). And thank all that’s good and holy for that. Pat yourselves on the back. Breathe deep. Relax your shoulders. You did it. We did it. We made it through. Raise a glass.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m more than a little bit self-conscious – yes, I can’t help but feel a little bit like an idiot – about writing yet another post involving astrology. I try not to let things like that stop me. For the millionth time, in my own defense, I’m really not into this shit, but all these retrogrades this year seem to be kicking my ass in a compound way that I can’t really ignore.

Mercury retrograde is over now and I made it out, and it gets even better because there’s only a few more days before the fucking heavy-ass, angry-ass Mars Retrograde ends, too. I’m happy to be moving into a new phase of time, and I hope you are happy, too. Whether or not you’ve been having a hard time and/or a seemingly endless series of mishaps and mixups and obstructions and failures to communicate, I extend to you congratulations, blessings, and well wishes.

Now, I may be ashamed to write about astrology, but I have never been ashamed to write about signs despite the fact that some might consider them equally as illogical. Just as I sat down to write this, I got a notification on my phone. Hayley Jane, who’s fast become one of my absolute favorite living musical artists, was going live on Facebook to sing a couple late-night songs. I switched it on. She explained that she’d felt compelled to go live to send love and good vibes to all the poor Phish fans currently devastated by the last-minute cancellation of a big multi-day Phish festival due to catastrophic flooding at the venue of Watkins Glen. Strumming her guitar and smiling, she launched into “Rainbow Connection,” most famously sang by Kermit the Frog and a song that cuts deep, straight to my heart. I am moved and filled with joy. Hope, too.

The video in question, a sign:

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Someone requested a second song and so Hayley sang another song I love, “That’s Life,” most famously sang by my sometime-patron saint, Frank Sinatra himself.

Too much, too cool. Thanks to Haley Jane for shining her light at just the right moment, and thanks to Mercury for getting its shit together and itself right at long last.

I’ll leave off with some of the “Rainbow Connection” lyrics that just nail me. I think they’re appropriate on multiple levels:

Who said that every wish
Would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that
And someone believed it –
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it,
The rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers, and me –
All of us under its spell,
We know that it’s probably magic!

Have you been half asleep,
And have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound
That calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it,
It’s something that I’m supposed to be;
Someday we’ll find it,
The rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me…

Laaadadadeeedadadoo, etc. – these words I see as literally true.

Happy Friday. Welcome to Mercury Stationed Direct. Enjoy. We’ve got until mid-November before we have to go through this all over again.

And spare a thought and a prayer for those poor Phish fans – that really does suck and I too am very sorry. Chalk it up as the retrograde’s last stand. Onward!

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