Outbreak (source: slashfilm.com)

I got a call from the manager of the gym where I am employed letting me know that I will be returning to work on Monday. While I won’t actually be going there physically for a few more days after that, I’m eager to get back into a routine. Having the warmer months off wasn’t a big deal for me, but I know that being stuck at home in Edmonton in the dead of winter is tough on my psyche. Been there, done that.

Anyway, getting that call within hours of Saturn going direct made me wonder what I was doing the last time Saturn was on this particular degree: 25°20″. I soon discovered that the ringed planet crossed this degree in the first week of February — the week that I came down with shingles!

I don’t know if I should connect these events, but both of them have something to do with viruses that have had a significant impact on the quality of my life. Weird, huh? Saturn takes almost thirty years to orbit the sun. Within that cycle, a specific point will only be conjoined three times at most. That’s some coincidence!

But what’s really weird is that I have a strange obsession with the monkey from the viral pandemic-themed movie “Outbreak.” A photo of the monkey is even my avatar on my Microsoft account at work!

I know that this all sounds crazy (and the paranoia-inducing full moon is currently opposing the sun in my delusional twelfth house), but there are some connections here that I can’t ignore. Am I going to get sick again? Am I going to catch a virus as soon as I get back to work? Is it going to be COVID-19, a recurrence of shingles, or some new monkey-borne pathogen? And when did they start allowing monkeys in my gym?

I’ve got so many questions . . .

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