How to Navigate Mercury Retrograde During the Holidays

Posted on December 04, 2017

It’s that time again! Mercury retrograde. Let the groans begin. Unfortunately this year, Mercury retrograde is also happening right smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, for the second year in a row. We’re just that lucky! I really mean it. We’re just that lucky. Put the groans the way.

The only thing you need to get through Mercury retrograde during the holiday season is this handy guide, so let’s get to it.

What is Mercury Retrograde?

If you have been reading with us for a while, thank you, you already know the basics of Mercury retrograde. If you haven’t, then this will serve as a handy tool to give you everything you need to know about Mercury retrograde. Either way, the information will be useful as we are all beginning to get mind cluttered with the holiday season.

Wrapping our heads around Mercury retrograde is just one more thing we don’t want to do, so today we’re going to make this super easy for you. When a planet is retrograde, it is appearing to move backwards. In reality, it’s just moving slower, but because it has slowed down, that means all of the themes that planet rules also slows down.

This is why people groan over Mercury retrograde. When a planet is direct, its influences are on the things that are moving direct in our lives, like external events and day-to-day matters. When Mercury is direct, the themes it rules, such as communication and travel, are moving at lightning speed and are happening in external events that happened directly to you.

When Mercury is retrograde, these things are happening in slower motion, and happening behind the scenes. Because Mercury rules transportation, communication, short journeys, and all of the gadgets and tools we use to ensure those things move smoothly in our lives, these are the things that are going to be most impacted by Mercury retrograde.

We see more flights delayed or canceled, and we see important mail get delayed. We might see some server issues if you are running a website, and in many cases we see communication systems crash entirely. This time around Mercury will be retrograde in Sagittarius from December 3 to December 23, so basically during the entire busy section of the holiday season.

Of course when stuff like this happens, especially during the expensive holiday season, it can be very, very frustrating. It can create a lot of internal combustion that you just don’t need right now. Now that you have a good grasp on what Mercury retrograde is, and what to expect during it, here are some tips to help you prepare. Let’s start with shopping tips!

Holiday Shopping Tips Under Mercury Retrograde

The online world is a billion dollar industry when it comes to holiday shopping, and it’s very handy. I myself probably do about 90% of my holiday shopping online. I would much rather pay shipping on something than spend half of Saturday morning in line for something, or in line at the checkout stand, or going from one end of the city to another to procure an obscure item.

Holiday shopping can be tricky during Mercury retrograde, so you want to be sure that you beat this problem before it becomes a problem. These are tips any zodiac sign can use.

1. Don’t order anything if you don’t know for sure when it will arrive. That seems like a no-brainer during a hectic holiday season, but trust me, it’s very easy to overlook this very tiny detail.

Before you hit the buy now button, find out exactly when your item is going to arrive. If you can’t tell by the listing you are looking at, contact the seller, contact the customer service department of the business you are buying from, just make contact. Remember that your answer may come back in a slower time frame under Mercury retrograde. Don’t freak out!

It’s always better to use retailers that you’ve used before, when you are purchasing holiday items under Mercury retrograde. Then you know exactly what their lead time is in getting something to you, and this takes some stress out of the equation. But if you can’t, just make sure you know when your items are going to arrive.

2. Next, if you’re shopping in the real world, make sure your car or transportation device is in good working condition before you head out. If your car is going to break down in the middle of holiday traffic, it will do so during Mercury retrograde.

Before you are heading out to that big day long shopping event with your favorite people, just be sure the oil has been checked, there is gas in the car, and you aren’t leaving anything on in the car when you’re heading out into the malls.

The last thing you want is to arrive to your car at 9 PM at night, only to find the battery is dead and it’s going to take two hours for roadside assistance to get to you.

3. The last holiday shopping tip you will need - make sure you have extra cash saved for a rainy, or snowy day. Every time you go out shopping, or every time you pay a bill, put some extra cash aside for yourself.

This is a little trick I adopted one year after I was unable to access money from a bank machine, because of a technology shut down that occurred with our local banks during one Mercury retrograde. When I say put aside extra cash for yourself, I mean actual extra cash! Put actual money in an envelope for a rainy day, just for the three weeks Mercury is retrograde.

This is especially important for Scorpio and Taurus who will have their money houses touched under this transit. You may never need it. If that is the case, then great. You’ll have a little extra cash over the holiday season. Who doesn’t want that?

If you do you need it, then it’s right there waiting for you. $20 here, $20 there, it adds up after a little while and it’s a nice little insurance policy to have during Mercury retrograde.

Those are your holiday shopping tips for Mercury retrograde. Next, let’s look at what to do with your travel plans under Mercury retrograde.

Travel Advice During Mercury Retrograde

The only thing you really need to do in this case, is make sure all your travel plans are handled as early as possible. With every travel plan over the holiday season, you want to be sure you have checked and double checked every detail. This is especially true if you are using a service you have never used before, or traveling someplace you have never traveled before.

Even for the plans you have triple checked, always, always, always, triple check them the night before you are traveling. You can never be too safe when traveling during Mercury retrograde. Confirm all reservations in person by talking to an actual human, and have contingency plans for your contingency plans.

Have a friend on stand by to pick you up from the airport just in case something happens with your ground transportation when you land. It’s the holidays. Everybody is having the same problems and stresses that you are at the airport during the holiday season.

The last rental car has to go to somebody! If your plane was on the tarmac de-icing for three hours before you departed, it may not be you no matter how many times you checked your reservation beforehand. It happens.

I always say, try to avoid making holiday travel plans during the Mercury retrograde time frame. Sometimes things come up, life is life, and this just cannot be helped sometimes. Just make sure all of your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed on every travel arrangement you are making during this time frame, and have contingency plans for your contingency plans.

Concluding thoughts…

Mercury retrograde is a time for us to review, reflect, remember, and re-focus our vision for the future. With 2017 wrapping up, our future is looming with a brand new year. Don’t groan over the thought of Mercury retrograde. See it as the blessing it is, and prepare for it. Being prepared is half the battle, and makes the stress of confusions and delays a little easier to take.

Life is life, there will be tests along the way. It is not the outcome that matters, but rather, your attitude. Our Daily Horoscopes can help guide you in your day-by-day-during Mercury retrograde in the holiday season. How are you preparing for the Mercury retrograde holiday crunch?

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