My Mercury Retrograde Experience

We recently had the ultimate retrograde experience!  

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My husband and I really needed to upgrade my Galaxy S3 and his Iphone S4 phones which were three years old and giving us trouble. So when my husband stopped at the phone store to get help with his ailing phone and learned about the special promotion to upgrade cell phones until Christmas and pay just an additional $10 a month, he called me and was going to order one for himself . We would return in the morning to get mine!  However when he went to sign paperwork, there was nothing in writing about the special pricing and he decided to go home and check with the carrier about that.   I knew that Mercury was to go retrograde and we would be in the shadow (slowdown) period, but thought maybe it could work out, still being 3 days away.  It does affect signing contracts as well as communication equipment.  But, this deal would be over if we waited until after January 8th!

He called and they told him this was definitely the current promotion, so we went to the store the next morning but could not seem to get waited on.   They were very busy and so we left after an hour.  We went home and went on their website to order the phones, but the screen kept locking up or timing out.  We got a salesperson through the website and she tried guiding us through the process unsuccessfully.  She gave us a number to call to place our order.   After being on hold over an hour we got a rep and placed our order for new phones..  We then had to go to our email to find a link to accept the contract.  The contract was the standard one at full price and we questioned having to sign a contract not stating the price we were to be getting.. We could not complete the transaction because the screen again kept locking up or timing out.  That person told us to close and try again, which we did, once again unsuccessfully.  Next we were transferred to a Tech and at this point it was about 1:00 in the morning!  If there had not been such a huge savings, we would have quit right there.

This guy was actually from Global Tech and assured us we would get this special price. He said he had just ordered 3 new phones for himself and his family and would check his personal email to see if his confirmation stated the sale price, and we went on hold.  Naturally he could not access his emails.  We were told they were doing maintenance on the website due to the heavy traffic.  He said he did not see that our order had been placed, although we had been assured by the first Sales Rep that it was placed and just would not be shipped until we accepted the contract on line.   He put the order in for us and promised it would not be duplicated.  We accepted the terms on line and he said they would ship free by Fed Ex  in 2 days. At 2:15 am we were finally off the phone!  I must add that all the reps were more than helpful.  The big sale coupled with all the retrograde issues made for a heavy load for them.

Our phones did arrive in 2 days and we set about to transfer the old phone information over to the new phones.  Of course mine would not transfer.  We called Customer Service and  she asked for all the numbers on the box.  The rep got the transfer process to start by giving the phone a bump from the office.  She stayed on the phone with us for 30 minutes until she had to go home.  It was still not finished.  She promised to call us the next day to see if all was well, which she did!    Even though I had charged the phone fully after opening it, the phone ran out of battery life.   Sigh!    I plugged it in and went to bed.   In the morning when I unplugged, it appeared that everything had transferred over, except my pictures.  But I found them later in the cloud.   My husband also had some trouble getting his phone transferred and had to restart it several times before being successful.  Note that in our email confirmation, we did get credit for the promotional savings!

Now after a week, things seem to be working and we are really enjoying our new phones. We did pay a price in time and frustration due to the timing with pesky Mercury.  I thought the details were interesting enough to share with y’all!

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Mercury Retrograding so Purchase Now

M&M Attention PleaseMERCURY IS GOING RETROGRADE ON DECEMBER 19th!!

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With Christmas coming and so many electronics and mechanical things being purchased as gifts, you do not want to get these types of products during a Mercury Retrograde, nor even 2 days before or after in the shadow period. Mercury goes Direct on January 7th.  Hopefully you have already made your purchases for Christmas.

You could be lucky, but frequently communication devices and other electronic equipment purchased during these Retrograde periods do not work properly or need to be returned for some reason.  This applies also to cars and many mechanical products.  

Another thing is that Mercury Retrograde often delays travel and causes all kinds of miscommunications to occur.  Do not sign contracts unless you check them over very thoroughly before signing; sometimes there is no choice!  Often messages get forgotten, or folks forget to call you back.  So, if you don’t get a return call, please make the call again. 

Avoid December 17 – January 9th and even allow another day or two on each end to be sure!    I will definitely be going out tomorrow to buy a new phone.  I would not have waited even until now but I just learned there is a great sale going on so I want to take advantage of that!    

Let me know if you find this to be true if you do shop during these dates.    I always appreciate feedback!

Daylight Savings Time – More Than You Ever Wanted to Know

 

 

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Recently while working on a Birth Chart, I once again came up against this crazy system of Daylight Savings Time in regard to recording birth times.  During the summer months did nurses record the birth time as DST or did they record  the ‘real’ time, which would be one hour earlier?   Was the birth during War Time when DST was observed?   Were you born in a state or county that chose not to observe DST during the summer?   Having an accurate birth time is important because it tells us what sign was rising over the horizon when you were born.  This becomes your Rising Sign or Ascendant, the part of you that is seen by the public.     Here are some interesting facts I discovered while researching DST:

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In March, 1918  Summer DST was observed for 7 months, until October, 1918.  Then again in March, 1919, DST was observed…

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You Can Visit Mars

Elon Musk hopes SpaceX will send humans to Mars in 2024

I did not know this, did you?    Fascinating!!

Artist's concept of SpaceX's Red Dragon capsule on Mars. Credit: SpaceX
Artist’s concept of SpaceX’s Red Dragon capsule on Mars. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s plan to send a Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018 will be the first in a sequence of unmanned commercial missions to the rust-colored world before the first voyage with humans as soon as 2024, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Wednesday.

The company announced in April its intention to dispatch a next-generation Dragon spacecraft, an uncrewed derivative of the vehicle SpaceX is developing to send astronauts to the International Space Station, to Mars on an interplanetary test flight in 2018.

Speaking at Code Conference 2016, a tech industry conclave sponsored by Recode and Vox Media held this week near Los Angeles, Musk said SpaceX will send a mission to Mars every two years beginning in 2018, when the positions of the planets allow spacecraft to make a direct trip from Earth.

Known for announcing ambitious schedules, Musk acknowledged the timetable is ambitious and rife with uncertainties, but the plan is a stepping stone toward eventually sending large numbers of people to Mars, along with millions of pounds of support equipment.

“The basic game plan is we’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards,” Musk said Wednesday night. “They occur approximately every 26 months. We’re establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on for cargo.”

“That’s what’s necessary to create a self-sustaining, or a growing, city on Mars,” he said.

SpaceX has not revealed what the “Red Dragon” mission in 2018 will carry, but NASA has signed on to provide deep space navigation and communications support, along with a suite of sensors.

The launch opportunity to Mars in 2018 occurs in May, followed by another window in July and August of 2020.

“I think, if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025,” Musk said.

“When I cite a schedule, it’s actually a schedule I think is true,” Musk said in a response to a question at Code Conference. “It’s not some fake schedule I don’t think is true. I may be delusional. That is entirely possible, and maybe it’s happened from time to time, but it’s never some knowingly fake deadline ever.”

He did not specify whether the mission would land on Mars or just orbit the planet.

Travelers will not go to Mars aboard the upgraded “Crew Dragon” vehicle SpaceX intends to launch to the red planet in 2018. Its internal volume is roughly equivalent to an SUV, making for an uncomfortable ride, and it will not have the ability to return to Earth.

Musk plans to unveil his architecture for colonizing Mars, a prime mission of SpaceX when he established the company in 2002, in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“That’s the game plan — approximately 2024 to launch the first of the Mars colonial transport systems with people,” Musk said Wednesday.

SpaceX will have to develop a giant rocket, larger than the Saturn 5 moon rocket or the Space Launch System currently pursued by NASA, to make Musk’s objective a reality. The design of the new rocket, and the location of its factory and launch base, have not been announced.

The cost of Musk’s Mars dream is also unquantified, at least publicly, but he said SpaceX needs “a lot of money” for the project from revenues earned through lucrative contracts with NASA, the U.S. military, and commercial communications customers.

In parallel, NASA is working on its own Mars program, aiming to launch astronauts aboard the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule on a mission to the vicinity of the red planet in the 2030s. The cost of that government-backed program is also unclear, and it still lacks technical and schedule detail.

NASA plans to launch a series of crewed flights to cis-lunar space, a region near the moon, beginning as soon as 2021 to test out deep space operations, life support systems, solar-electric thrusters, and habitats for the round-trip voyage to Mars.

The space agency’s plan for robotic Mars missions is more defined, with a stationary lander named InSight due for departure in May 2018 to detect quakes and study the planet’s deep interior.

A rover based on the Curiosity vehicle currently exploring Mars will follow with a launch in 2020, carrying with it a set of scientific instruments to help search for evidence of past life and hardware to demonstrate the ability to generate oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. That is key to future human expeditions, which will need to make their own breathable air, water and propellants.

The rover launching in 2020 will also collect rock specimens for retrieval by a later probe to return them to Earth.

In 2022, NASA tentatively plans to send an orbiter to Mars in the second phase of a program to robotically return samples from the surface of Mars to Earth. The craft could be powered by an efficient solar-electric propulsion system, allowing the orbiter to move more freely around Mars and test the ability to rendezvous with another object in Mars orbit.

A lander to actually pick up the rock samples could follow later in the 2020s.

The European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover is also scheduled for launch in 2020. It will burrow up to 2 meters, or 6 feet, into the Martian crust to gather core samples that have been shielded from ionizing radiation that scientists believe damage or destroy the organic signatures of past life at the surface.

China is developing its own rover to launch to Mars in 2020, and the United Arab Emirates is funding a planned Martian atmospheric research orbiter to lift off from Earth the same year

by Stephen Clark

A Good Home Business for You

Find enjoyable and successful work by your Sign!  As always please incorporate your Sun Sign and Rising Sign.  If you have your chart wheel, look at your 10th house ruler too (the area of career) and the planets placed there!

Aries especially love professional independence and they are very active by nature.  They are the pioneers and risk-takers.  They will like teaching aerobics or fitness classes in their home.  They can lead hikes or teach mountain climbing or parachuting.  They will teach you to play tennis or racquetball or even how to ride a motorcycle safely.  They could run an auto repair business from home.  They could do air conditioning and heater installations or maybe do custom carpentry for others.

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Taurus is usually great in business and has an aptitude for numbers and could therefore do accounting for others.  With their natural green thumb, they could grow fruit trees and vegetables and sell them.  They often have musical ability and could give music or voice lessons along with playing music at clubs and weddings.   They could help you with your finances and balance your checkbook.

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Gemini has abundant energy which is helpful for starting a business and they are great at communicating.  They could run an answering service, tutor students in languages, or do freelance writing for magazines, deliver groceries or offer  chauffeur services.  They could sell anything from magazines to clothing to cosmetics.PC Exploding

Cancerians love being in their cozy homes so a home business would really appeal to them.  They could turn a favorite family recipe into a business selling their special cookies, sauces, or other specialties for a profit.  They can do ancestry, checking for others or restore antiques, or provide care-taking services for children or the elderly, Perhaps they would love teaching swimming or sailing and even raising and selling tropical fish.

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Leo loves being in charge and will really like being their own boss.  They could start a theater group, teach acting, or be a freelance entertainer at parties or corporate events. They might plan and cater parties for others, have a costume rental service or sell special hats or clothing.  They could sell original paintings and art work for others, create and sell jewelry or take portraits and set up displays.  Or they could run a small hair salon and also apply makeup for special events.party words

Virgo loves neatness and organization, so a house cleaning and organizing business would suit them,   Perhaps a window washing service or carpet cleaning business of their own would work well. Doing typing for others in a home secretarial business could be very profitable.  They are usually very knowledgeable about nutrition and could sell vitamins and health products. They could take surveys and compile statistics or do some technical writing.

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Libra could do modeling or run a talent agency.  They are great at interior decorating or providing staging services for home sellers.  They can do wedding consulting. sell floral arrangements or other artistic creations.  Selling clothing, jewelry and hair accessories will be enjoyable and profitable.  They could design greeting cards, add their own artwork and sell them.  Hair Salon services and makeup artistry could work well. Any business involving color or design or beauty fits them.

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Scorpio will like a business where they can do some detective work, have a locksmith service, or be a bail bondsman.  They could do psychic readings or be in their own Hypnotherapy service.  They could do stage magic or entertain as magicians at kids parties.  They have a flair for research work, computer troubleshooting or could do some investigative journalism.  They might do some work as a historian for organizations.

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Sagittarians could run pet sitting services or give dog training and obedience classes. They could also train birds or breed them as well as fish, kittens and puppies.  They could teach horseback riding, arrange hiking trips, fishing, river rafting or other adventure outings.  They could write and sell stories about animals and wildlife for publications.  They could be  safari guides.  They are very honest and very trusted and would be able to sell any products easily.

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Capricorns are real entrepreneurs.  They have a knack for building a business on a solid foundation and then expanding it in different directions.  They could prepare income tax returns, sell coins or stamps, polish and cut semi-precious gems or work with leather goods.  They could try pottery making, sculpture and stained glass and sell them.  They know that hard work is sure to bring rewards eventually.

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Aquarians are the inventors and have lots of great money-making ideas.  They are good at working on computers and electronics and can do this for others. Many of them become professional Astrologers, being drawn to the psychology  and counseling side of it.  They enjoy Astronomy and could lead astronomy groups to learn about the heavens.  They could start a dating service or do welcoming services for newcomers.

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Pisces would enjoy shopping for shut-ins,  caring for handicapped or special needs kids.    They could take in foster children and even foster animals.  Perhaps giving dancing lessons, selling footware, designing dance shoes or even special costumes. They would be  good Massage Therapists or Reflexologists.  They might create dolls, toys and games as well as anything connected to the sea and sell those.  They are excellent photographers and could also sell their pictures.

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Start doing something toward getting into your own business, instead of just talking about it.  Put your mind and energy to work, research, prepare and when you are ready, seek investment capital or a small business loan or maybe even someone you know will want to invest in you!  Nothing ventured nothing gained!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Then It Was Winter

This was enclosed in a Christmas card and I liked the message enough to share it:

You know … time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is… the “back nine” of my life and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that “I was only on the first hole” and the “back nine” was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is … my friends are retired and getting grey… they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change … Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant … but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore … it’s mandatory, because if I don’t on my own free will … I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so … now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the “back nine”, and I’m not sure how long it will last … this I know, that when it’s over on this earth … it’s over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done … things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not on the “back nine” yet … let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the “back nine” or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life … so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember … and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. LIVE HAPPY!

LASTLY, CONSIDER THIS: Your kids are becoming you …. but your grandchildren are perfect! Going out is good … Coming home is better! You forget names …. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!! You realize you’re never going to be really perfect at anything. The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore. You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “prelife,-sleep”. You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch…You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”…” ??? Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere. You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!! What used to be freckles are now liver spots. Everybody whispers. You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet … 2 of which you will never wear. But old is good in some things: old Songs, old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, “Old friend!” Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in agreement!!! It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY!

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