Why I Haven’t Installed the Latest iPhone Update

Let me put it this way: Mercury is in retrograde.

That sentence may or may not make sense to you, but I have written about that silly, menacing planet before. Here’s a quick recap.

In astrology, Mercury is the planet that rules communication, both interpersonal and electronic, as well as clear thinking, truth, and travel. Three to four times a year, the planet appears to move backward in the sky, known as “Mercury in Retrograde.” During such periods, you will find that things go wrong—more so than usual.

According to Greek mythology, Mercury represents the god Hermes who, in addition to being the messenger, has a reputation as a prankster. Hermes is a patron god of messengers and commerce, so no wonder everything business- and communications-related goes haywire when Mercury is in retrograde!

Interpersonal communications, such as speaking and listening, buying and selling, and negotiating, and commerce-related functions like transportation and logistics, travel, and negotiation, are affected when Mercury is functioning in its sluggish state. Delays and challenges are more probable, and these random mistakes or glitches can be costly.

Needless to say, it is not advisable to sign contracts, engage in important decision making, or launch a new business when Mercury is in retrograde. It’s also a good idea to plan for travel delays, communication disruptions with loved ones or customers, and technological failures during this time. (For goodness’ sake, back up your computer and network before Mercury goes into retrograde!) It’s like Hermes himself is pulling a prank on you.

Frieda's Specialty Produce - What's on Karen's Plate? - Mercury in retrograde

Unbeknownst to me, Mercury went retrograde on October 4 and remains so until midday October 25.

If you’re skeptical about this whole Mercury business and want some evidence, this is what I’ve witnessed during the last few days:

  • I texted and left a voice mail message for a friend this weekend. When I didn’t hear from him, I emailed him on Monday. He told me he had installed the new iPhone update on Friday and lost everything. When I told him Mercury was in retrograde, his comment was: “Now you tell me!”
  • One of my work colleagues had her laptop crash and her electric toothbrush die yesterday—both for no apparent reason.
  • My daughter’s driver’s license never came in the mail from the DMV despite confirmation it was mailed weeks ago.

Mercury in retrograde is not all bad for everyone. If you are the creative type or like to think outside the box, then this is the period when you can make great progress. For everyone else, this is the time to sit back, relax, and wait for the tide to change.

So you can plan ahead, here are the dates when this celestial phenomenon will occur in 2015:

  • January 21 to February 11
  • May 18 to June 11
  • September 17 to October 9

Good luck!


P.S. You can read more about Mercury in retrograde in the Huffington Post and TIME Magazine.

3 thoughts on “Why I Haven’t Installed the Latest iPhone Update

  1. Oh my goodness. This explains why my car has been having electronic issues and while the Volvo dealership was doing the final test run to ensure it was totally fixed yesterday, someone ran a stop sign into it and totaled my car! I should have known……

  2. When Mercury is in retrograde it comes looking for me! Lets see… clutch completely failed on my new car (had to completely replace!), NEW computer completely crashed for no apparent reason (had to send it in for new parts!), flight back from PMA was delayed so badly I missed my connection and had to stay in Houston overnight (worst Marriott Ever!)…. I thought it was bad luck but apparently not!

    Great seeing you at PMA. Hope to see you in December for the NY Produce Show.

  3. So that explains it! As a teacher, every smart podium, projector system, and computer I’ve been assigned to work with at two different colleges has failed in some way in the last few weeks exactly when I needed it for class! (Not to mention some problems with my own – knock wood – no more!) My goodness! Now I see it!

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