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Is the Universe Making Your Life Crazy?

May good luck be your friend in whatever you do and may trouble be always a stranger to you.

-Irish blessing

Evil Eye Tree by Anita Donohoe

Last week was knock-down rough for me. I was coming undone. Half my brain was galloping away, kicking the other half into the blowing dirt.

My husband and I had not one or two (well within our married range), but several jumpy quarrels about nothing. Nothing. At. All.

All but one photo disappeared from my computer. Cute manipulated Photo Booth shot of V in front of the Eiffel Tower, though.

Everyday routines with my students, routines I’d been molding for nine weeks, were met with blank, what-on-earth-are-you-talking-about-Madame, stares. You’d think I was speaking French. If only! The confusion was in English.

This was by Wednesday.

Frustrated that my life was going haywire, I caught a mental flight to St. Tropez to ride out the week.

Finally, on Friday, I busted out to my neighboring co-worker, “What is going on around here?” I motioned to the rogue student mid-meltdown in the hallway, and explained my mental breaks (the above situations times three).

She concurred – something is way off.

“Full moon?,” I responded, a natural go-to when there is just too much craziness in the air.

“No, that was last week.” She reflected a moment and came up, “Mercury must be in retrograde.”

I looked at her blankly, “I have no idea what you are talking about.”

So she googled it for me. Sure enough.

If you’re as clueless about this phenomena as I was, let’s get a little superstitious. And if you’re skeptic, well, pay attention anyway. You’ve consulted the stars once or twice, right?

Here’s the Intel.

Astrologers believe that every planet exerts a unique influence on the world and the people who inhabit it.

Mercury is thought to rule communication, clear thinking, computers, and travel. Right now, from October 21st to November 10th, it’s streaming backward in the sky. When Mercury is moving in reverse, all things communicative get tangled up and move in a confusing, backward direction as well.

I checked my horoscope in relation to the retrograde: “It would be wise to be especially clear when it comes to communicating with romantic partners, and children; or take this time to re-examine issues rather than communicating about them prematurely.”

You don’t say. Where were you last week, jerk?

In retrospect, my horoscopes are often on the money. Yet I don’t let the stars rule my life, maybe enlighten it with a pre-read – once in a while.

However, I am all in on stashing a few symbols of good luck in intentional places.

You know the likes – scarabs, four leaf clovers, evil eyes, dream catchers, wishbones, rainbows, coins, stray eyelashes, and crickets.

Every culture has them.

And they’re passed on from generation to generation.

I chanted, and am teaching my daughters, “Find a penny, pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck. Give a penny to a friend, and your luck will never end.”

Below are my lucky charms:

  • A rooster is France’s unofficial national symbol and one in the kitchen is thought to bring good luck. Cock-a-doodle-doo! Perhaps it’s about luck, prosperity or virility. Or just about the rooster waking you up at the crack of dawn. ça m’est égal. They’re charming, and I won’t say no to un peu de good luck.
  • Owls. Some say they are bad luck, actually. But the Japanese disagree. I’ll stand with them. This is my favorite lamp:


  • Black Tourmaline over the front door. It’s a crystal used in Feng Shui to protect, purify and ward off negative energy. Bye-bye toxic energy.
  • Bamboo. Is it lucky to have 2, 3, 4, 5 … what number? Well, I asked around and the consensus is, don’t go with four. The number name is close to the word death Chinese. Currently, we have two. But when we had four, I threw our the fourth, leaving only three. Crazy? … Maybe.

What is your talisman?

Ciao for now.

P.S. I recovered my photos yesterday! More of a Rudey snafu then the universe’s design.

2 Responses to “Is the Universe Making Your Life Crazy?”

  1. brynnharrington

    Great post. I read Susan Miller astrology every month, and she warned about mercury being in retrograde. 🙂 Hadn’t thought about the lucky charms though…we have an eagle eye hanging near our front door, and I like to think it keeps us safe. “I think it also means we are all the same human beings, even if we think we’re different.”

    P.S. I felt Mercury this week!


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