Interestingly, Mercury isn’t in Retrograde (meaning it doesn’t appear to move backwards in the sky, therefore causing communications havoc due to Mercury being the god of communications) until March 23rd this year. So the communications error wasn’t caused by that.
Especially since the Spring Equinox is March 20th, signaling a new beginning (and season), closing off the old.
Busy time astrologically.
Why You Care
And no, there’s no real reason to care about that either. Nor about Mercury in Retrograde or the equinox, except to entertain your less grounded friends or to celebrate the coming warmth of Spring.
The Middle Kingdom
China, aka The Middle Kingdom (Zhongguo, or “Central” prior to the European mistranslation) has been in the news frequently this year. This time it’s because President Xi Jinping is consolidating power.
Chairman Mao ruled China for decades, bringing both modernism and totalitarianism. Mao died in 1976. In 1982 leader Deng Xiaoping “reformed” China, including putting a two-consecutive-term limit in place. Xi is President, head of the military and head of the Communist Party (which is effectively the only relevant party in China) has just abolished those term limits. As well as getting two other Constitutional Amendments: A political philosophy “Xi Jinping Thought”, and a new “National Supervisory Commission (NSC)” for investigating party members and civil servants. These seem likely to lead to McCarthyism.
In an interesting call-back to the left’s protests of President Trump, who won a democratic election, we now also have Xi’s Not My President protests:
Posters @ London School of Economics and Political Science. It's amazing to see people around the world, Chinese or not, decided that they will not back down and they're determined to have their voice heard! Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org #IDISAGREE #我不同意 pic.twitter.com/jpEFdDbcUX
— Xi's Not My President (@StopXiJinping) March 5, 2018
Another throw back to the Trump campaign, China’s parliament chairman, Zhang Dejiang, told delegates it was time to get behind Xi’s push to “make China great again”.
Why You Care
China is a world power, on par with the U.S., and instrumental in containing North Korea. The reversal of the anti-corruption progress and the entrenchment of power is a bit scary. Xi is only 64 years old, so he could continue to rule for a while.