the Portable Mercury Retrograde
The shorthand abbreviation, really portmanteau of an acronym, looking at Mercury in Retrograde, or Mercury Retrograde, with RX being the most common symbol in my astrology to signify “retrograde,” and the “M” standing for Mercury. Sure, makes sense. Three letters are more clear than two glyphs that’s slightly more arcane and less understood. Got it?

The idea for a book was hatched close to a dozen years back, but I finally complied the best — and worst — of the Mercury Retrograde Experience into a booklet called, “The Portable Mercury Retrograde.”


Been in publication for almost ten years now. In some respects, a little long in the tooth, but then, also remarkably cogent and applicable in current times.

The idea was, still is, Mercury moves into apparent retrograde motion three or four times in a year. Kind of seasonal and cyclical.

Not like this is new data.

Part of my goals is to provide a fresh way to express existing energies. Mercury in apparent retrograde motion is the easiest one to grasp. The manifestations are most obvious. Easier to explain.

Kind of a rambling screed, but there was a point to its existence, having to do with explaining the mechanics, and possible solutions for Mercury in Retrograde.

Personally, I get tired of explaining about it, and that’s why, I tend to ask, “Have you read the book?” It’s available as a digital imprint, hard copy can be ordered from Amazon, and so forth.

Since its launch, I’ve continued to hone, refine, toy with, and address the machinations of Mercury. Still, as a starting point, this one felt complete.

Could be me, and I might be biased.

the Portable Mercury Retrograde
The cover art was always special to me. I was living in an old warehouse, converted, and along my various paths around downtown, one time, there was an old TV repair place, sort of a garage business, with its guts spilled out. Dead TVs, for a whole block. Just a perfect Mercury in Retrograde metaphor, in my mind’s eye.


As noted before, can’t say I didn’t warn folks about this one, way back when — all of this was mentioned then.

None of this is a surprise.

The book stands — and fails — on its own.


the Portable Mercury Retrograde
Portable Mercury Retrograde – Kramer Wetzel

Old writer advice?

“If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate. The Ode to a Grecian Urn is worth any number of little old ladies.”
— William Faulkner Interview—1955

(via Pink Cake Quote Collection)

To me, I was thinking more along the lines of letting a project loose unto the wild and seeing where it landed. Never got the killer traction I hoped for, at least, not yet, but then, it was a labor of love, more than anything else.

Pink Cake: The Quote Collection – Kramer Wetzel

Pink Cake

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