A recent blog comment from Dale Dassel led to an interesting discovery about Mercury retrograde:
“I’m presently reading a newly published book called The Triangle by Mike Bara (a frequent commenter on Ancient Aliens), and something just occurred to me during the chapter detailing the vanishing of Flight 19 in December 1945: Was this a Mercury retrograde period? Because it seems that virtually everything that could possibly go wrong during that mission, invariably did, including the disappearance of one of the search planes sent out to find the lost squadron. The entire episode was fraught with one mishap after another, an unbelievable string of bad luck.
And while we’re on the subject, I can’t help but wonder if Merc retrograde also played a hand in other notable disasters, like the April 1912 Titanic sinking, the May 1937 Hindenburg explosion, or the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in July 1937? That would certainly be an interesting pattern!”
So I looked up the 4 events that Dale mentioned. Flight 19, which took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 5, 1945, and disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle was the first date. And yes, Mercury was retrograde in Sagittarius that day.
The Titanic sank on April 14-15, 1912. Yes, Mercury was retrograde in Aries.
The Hindenburg explosion happened on May 6, 1937. Yes, Mercury was retrograde in Taurus.
Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2, 1937. Mercury was in Cancer on that date, but it was in direct motion.
Out of the 4 disasters Dale asked about, 3 featured Mercury retrogrades. Beats the odds!