The same day that Olympic champion skater and recent Dancing With the Stars winner Kristi Yamaguchi waves the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, the planetoid Chiron turns retrograde. Mercury and Neptune go retrograde the next day, when the victory celebration actually takes place.
Neptune, the North Node, and Chiron (the wounded healer) are traveling together in Aquarius these days, as they were during the Kentucky Derby, when tragedy struck and the filly Eight Belles had to be euthanized after placing second. With the help of Beth at www.astrologyexplored.com, who commented on my post “Stars Rise Over Indiana,” I learned that the asteroid Indiana is conjunct the Aquarius stellium this weekend.
A conjunction of Neptune and the North Node can produce mass suffering or intoxication. I’ve never been to the Indy 500, so I’m hoping it’s the latter that’s going to take place at the 92nd running of the race this Memorial Day weekend.
With the Mercury “station,” a powerful time when a planet changes direction, there’s talk of the Indy 500 returning to its glory days. Some of this enthusiasm is due to the February merger between the IndyCar Series and Champ Car. From what I’ve read in the sports press, this gives racing fans more confidence that the best racers will be present in Indianapolis.
When Mercury is retrograde or about to go retro, there’s often a psychological return to the past or a physical trip to a place where you used to live. Anything that has the prefix “re” is favored. Here’s a link to a Fox News story about the pride being back at Indy: http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/8165808/Starting-with-Indy-500,-the-pride-is-back-for-IndyCar?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=166