Whenever an occurrence of note occurs in my life, I look at it to see what its message is. I do not always understand it, but Mercury is an excellent reminder of what I need to know, sometimes uncomfortably so. He has taught me a lot in the last week: being a Master at the manipulation of technology and electricity, it was no coincidence that a direct lightning strike destroyed my internet connection and and therefore my ability to do much of my usual work. There were separate problems affecting my phones also, and so communication was limited and sometimes impossible.
I wrote recently about how this period is one when we will be reminded of our frailties and attachments, and about what we need to look at within ourselves. Mercury showed me, through the force of nature, how much I like my “tools” to be efficient, how I take the convenience of the internet for granted sometimes, how I dislike my work routine to be interrupted and clients inconvenienced, how I become anxious when the people who promise to mend the broken equipment fail to do so and when fixing one problem exposes another one. He has told me this before, and I needed the reminder. None of what happened mattered.
It was a few days after the storm that I discovered that my outdoor trail camera, used for years to record videos of the wildlife in my garden, had been hit directly by the lightning. It was extraordinary to see the hole in the top of it, and a black ghostly finger laid upon the screen where the bolt had passed through. This force of nature, directed by Mercury, was telling me that - just as humans often watch their phones and not life around them - direct experience is more important than watching a film, to use my eyes not a lens, and not to be over-attached.
While it is here, I will continue to use the convenience and interest of the internet and indeed my (new) nature camera. I hope, however, I will remember that everything is transitory and not to be taken for granted, and that appreciating life in and around me is far more important than the distractions of technological toys. I get the message from Mercury, but I will be very glad when he moves forward once again!
(Image by Evelyn de Morgan)