As always, the planets can explain events occurring around the world. Over the last couple of weeks there has been the swine flu outbreak. With Jupiter and Neptune in close conjunction, everyone wants to know if this will become a pandemic, serious enough to shut off borders between countries and stifle commerce. The tendency with Jupiter is to go “over the top” and Neptune is not able to see the situation clearly. So here we have the authorities having a knee jerk reaction by raising the alert of a pandemic to level 5. However, it is likely that this will not turn out to be a major pandemic. Jupiter and Neptune are principles that can coincide with mass hysteria and panic, and not reality. This suggests that it will not become a pandemic.
Mercury goes retrograde on May 7th until May 30th so don’t go out and buy a new computer or any piece of technology. Try not to upload any new software into your computer during this period. Allow extra time to arrive at your appointments as delays and miscommunications are to be expected. Don’t schedule any very important meetings or any job interviews during the retrograde period. It’s a great time to complete any outstanding projects that you already had underway and also a wonderful time to do any in-depth research. As far as the financial markets are concerned, I expect them to move in a direction for 1-4 days, pause for about 20 minutes, and then swing in the other direction for another 1-4 days.
The biggest focus will come between May 15th and 18th, as three things happen then. First, that will be around the middle of the retrograde period, when sudden reversals happen. It is more important than usual because Saturn will be turning direct on May 16th and heliocentric Mercury will be entering Sagittarius from May 18th – 30th). (Heliocentric Mercury is viewed from the Sun rather than the Earth.) Saturn stations in a bear market have been associated with a high in a bear market. Also, heliocentric Mercury in Sagittarius tends to correspond to sharply rising prices in precious metals and currencies, and declines in stock prices.
The other thing to remember is that during Mercury retrograde, whatever you think is supposed to happen, usually doesn’t! Many things go exactly the opposite of what you anticipate. So my recommendation would be to take any profits you have sooner rather than later.