By Lee Christie
From July 14th, the planet Mercury enters apparent retrograde motion, meaning that Mercury will appear to move backwards across the sky, as viewed from the Earth, until August 7th. Apparent retrograde motion was the phenomena which led the ancient Greeks to give the name “planet”, meaning “wanderer”, and understanding this motion was critical to the development of the Copernican heliocentric model of the solar system.
Being the closest planet to the sun, Mercury enters retrograde more often than other planets, 3 or 4 times per year. Those who believe in the pseudoscience of astrology have been led to attach great significance and perceived bad luck to the phenomena. However, astrology has never been demonstrated to be anything more than pseudoscience.
Lady Gaga allegedly fears that her upcoming world tour, The Born This Way Ball, will be negatively affected by the apparent retrograde motion of Mercury. The rumour has spread to many websites, but stems from an unnamed source quoted by The Sun newspaper’s article as saying:
“… when she found out Mercury is likely to go retrograde, she wasn’t happy and has been talking it through with her spiritual team.” (The Sun – 16th April 2012)
The Sun also takes the opportunity to have their own regular astrologer “Mystic Meg” weigh in on the situation:
“Gaga needn’t worry, because Mercury retrograde on her day of birth makes it the best of times for her.” (The Sun – 16th April 2012)
Although there still appears to be no other source than The Sun’s unnamed, this would not be the first example of reported supernatural fears from the singer. During Gaga’s previous tour in 2010 she allegedly believed she was being followed on her tour by a ghost called “Ryan”.
I don’t have any relevant expertise, but I think I can speak on behalf of The Twenty-First Floor in assuring Lady Gaga and her little monsters not to fear Mercury’s influence on the upcoming tour.