If there's a hammer under the table, it must be Yule.
Yule being the microcosm of the coming year, we have it from the ancestors that it's a good time to take precautions, what in Anthropologist they would call apotropaic (literally, “turning away, averting”) behavior.
So if in Ukraine you look under the table while enjoying the Thirteen-Course Midwinter's Eve feast (one course for each moon of the coming year), you'll see some unusual things.
Last week I got a parking ticket in the exact same place where I got a parking ticket last time Mercury was retrograde, but for a different reason. Last time, I fed the wrong meter. This time, I failed to read the street sweeping sign. It's said that Mercury retrograde periods will bring back the same lesson until you've learned from it and received the hidden blessing within. And, as I relaxed in the bathtub yesterday it popped into my mind that it might be very fun to create an amulet to ward off parking tickets and to hang it from my rear view mirror...Could that be the hidden blessing? It's certainly a way of making something magical out of something dreary, so why not?
You may have heard that Mercury goes direct tomorrow. Also, Wednesday is Mercury's day, so this Wednesday would be an excellent time to create this amulet, but really any Wednesday when Mercury is direct will do.
I recently wrote a couple of articles for my column at Patheos’ Pagan channel about cyberspace and witchcraft. This sparked a very interesting discussion among my clan about the nature of cyberspace in general. I don’t know if any of you are science fiction fans, but a theme in the genre that you often see or read about involves someone projecting their consciousness into a computer system and navigating it as though it were its own internal reality.
Did you ever try to have a conversation with someone while he or she is on Facebook or Twitter? Kind of like talking to a wall, isn’t it? As my life partner pointed out, “when you’re surfing the net, you’re not really here.”