I find myself contemplating a chuckling Mercury as I sit at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport with my flight to Tokyo delayed for 4 hours. It is this kind of thing that happens, little frustrations – my onward connection in Hong Kong will also be missed – and I need to get a message to Tokyo about when I should eventually arrive. I might be able to do it if the battery on the iPhone doesn’t die before then.
Astrologers are aware of this phenomenon that impacts travel arrangements, communications, information systems and technology. This Mercury retrograde period started on April 1st (Hahahaha! April fool I hear him echoing through the cosmos) and ends on Good Friday. The trickster will play the fool with us during this time.
I was aware of this period when I booked my ticket, but arrangement times were set and I could not but fly during this time. On April 1st, Telkom had to visit my house because the phone line went on the blink. I had a longer than usual day at the office trying to upgrade accounting software. It seemed to take forever – and the helpline people weren’t being good at answering the helpline!
This is not a period to take risks with your technology. Don’t take shortcuts in frustration, and remember to make good backups of your important information. Check that your memory sticks or other devices are actually working… it is a time where the last laugh can be on you!
Since my return journey is during this period too, I am hoping that this humble acknowledgment to the Trickster will spare me the pain of delays on the way home… I’ll keep you posted.