It’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot : “When will Mercury retrograde end?”
Yes, lots of people are aware of Mercury retrograde periods.
Not just astrologers.
Even folks who don’t seem to know much more than their horoscope Sun signs want to know when will Mercury retrograde end.
And I don’t blame them.
After all, this has been one of the most intense – and most challenging – Mercury retrograde periods I’ve ever experienced.
And I’ve been through a few of them – 214 at last count.
In this case, Mercury went retrograde on Halloween, October 31.
Since then I’ve been through the usual madness.
Miscommunications and cancelled appointments.
Inconvenient travel schedules, strange Uber mix-ups, and insane airport delays.
The Big Mercury Retrograde Event
But the biggest bit of Mercury retrograde craziness came just a couple of days before the transit of Mercury at the inferior conjunction.
It’s what has made this particular Mercury retrograde cycle stand out for me.
I discovered it when I checked my email.
There wasn’t any in my inbox.
In fact, there hadn’t been any for six or seven hours.
That’s unusual for me.
But since I was staying in a hotel at the time, I figured maybe it was a temporary glitch.
I left my hotel room to go to an appointment, and then came back several hours later.
Still no email.
In fact, I soon discovered that the site that hosts my email was down.
I decided to submit a trouble ticket to the hosting company.
That’s when I discovered the full extent of the problem.
Much Bigger Than I Realized
I couldn’t access the hosting company.
As it turned out, nine of my web sites were down completely.
A little more digging soon revealed that the hosting company, SmarterASP.net, had been hacked earlier that day.
It was a ransomware attack. It has encrypted all the sites and databases for roughly 440,000 hosting customers around the world.
So I wan’t alone. Not that that was any consolation.
The industry professionals who reported the ransomware attack estimated that the sheer size of the mess meant it would take awhile to get cleaned up.
Like three weeks to a month.
Needless to say, that didn’t make me very happy.
As it turned out, however, the hosting company was able to get everything back up and running in about 72 hours.
A big relief.
But still, an over-sized (and very memorable) Mercury retrograde mishap.
That’s why I’m particularly glad to see this Mercury retrograde period getting ready to come to an end.
When Will Mercury Retrograde End? On November 20!
Yep, we’re just about done with this one.
On Wednesday, November 20, Mercury will be making its direct station.
Remember, though, that sometimes the direct station is a particularly challenging time.
And Mercury will still be in its shadow phase until the retrograde return.
That won’t happen until December 7.
So even though this particularly horrendous Mercury retrograde adventure is almost over, we still have a few more weeks to deal with its after-effects.
I think I can handle that.