Mercury Retrograde: John McCain Does the Time Warp

Astrologers know that John McCain is a Virgo and the planetary ruler of his sign, Mercury, is in retrograde phase right now. That means its apparent motion, when viewed from the earth, is backward.

Well, McCain appears to be doing his own version of the Time Warp. The Wall Street Journal reported that the GOP Presidential candidate and former prisoner of war addressed a crowd in Pennsylvania as “my fellow prisoners”.

Perhaps he meant “prisoners of debt.” According to the U.S. National Debt Clock, outstanding public debt as of today is $10.2 trillion, and each American’s share of this is $33,547.65. In fact, our debt is so great that the National Debt Clock in Times Square doesn’t have enough digits to report it, according to the Associated Press.

My fellow astrologers, it gets even better. It turns out the blog item on the WSJ’s Web site has a mistake in it. It calls McCain “the Republican vice-presidential candidate” when, of course, he is running for President. I’m sure they’ll fix it soon, but gaffes abound during Mercury retrograde.

Along similar lines, I was reading a fascinating article in this month’s issue of Vanity Fair about Ingrid Betancourt that is missing a byline. In the text of the story, it talks about a school being named for the author, Maureen Orth, the widow of broadcast journalist Tim Russert. Somebody reading those galleys wasn’t doing his job. Orth’s byline is on the Web version of the story, though.

What Astrologers Say About Ingrid Betancourt’s Rescue

I’ve been following the case of Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt with great interest ever since she was captured by rebels six years ago. I was thrilled to see that she was rescued on July 2 in a daring rescue mission.

Michael WolfStar at StarIQ has dedicated his entire July 8 NewsScope column to Betancourt’s story. It’s an amazing piece of analysis. You can read it here: http://www.stariq.com/Main/Articles/P0008829.HTM

Here’s what Dutch astrologer Marga Bervoets has to say about Betancourt’s rescue: http://astropost.blogspot.com/2008/07/ingrid-betancourt-liberated.html

British astrologer Marjorie Orr and her readers are having a lively discourse on the astrological aspects that triggered Betancourt’s liberation:
http://www.star4cast.com/index2f.asp?page=forum_article.asp?id=1

If you don’t see any references to Betancourt, scroll down as Orr updates her thread constantly.

I think that one reason why I’m fascinated with political hostages is because a cousin of mine was one of the Iranian hostages who spent 444 days in captivity before being released in the first days of Ronald Reagan’s administration.

I recently posted on Burmese Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been imprisoned for 18 years by Myanmar’s repressive military regime. https://astrologymundo.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/its-hard-to-have-a-happy-birthday-under-house-arrest/

Maybe her story will have a happy ending the way that Betancourt’s and Nelson Mandela’s did.