Mercury in Retrograde

I don't really buy into the astrological almanac--this idea that the relative position of celestial bodies can be interpreted as having specific causal effect on human affairs.

Not to say that various entities are incapable of being influenced by other entities, even those lacking in physical proximity. To be fair, the moon itself carves our tides from a cool distance of a quarter million miles. But I don't think we can prescribe a particular course of action to our day-to-day goings-on as easily as reading a horoscope, selecting an item off of a predefined menu. 

That being said, there is something undeniably inciting about the slowed tempo of autumn. I can't say what the cause is: the time of year, a particular season of life, Mercury in retrograde, the full harvest moon...but something noteworthy is astir right now

The winds of change. A swelling tide. An incubation period for new ideas, waxing more insistent, begging examination. Do I want to be here now? Where do I want to be? How far have I come in the last year? What is to come in the next year?