arrow-right chevron-down chevron-left chevron-left chevron-right chevron-right close facebook instagram pinterest play search shallow-chevron-down shallow-chevron-up soundcloud twitter

Surviving Thanksgiving this Mercury Retrograde

Nov 21, 2018

Surviving Thanksgiving this Mercury Retrograde


Don’t let the notorious planetary transit spoil your dinner.

The most wonderful time of the year? Not so fast. Madame Mercury, the planet that governs communication and travel (among other things), decided to take one of her notorious backspins on November 16th, just in time for Thanksgiving! No, Mercury doesn’t actually move backwards—technically speaking, it’s just moving a little slower than Earth right now—but it may feel like your life goes completely off the rails during this periodic planetary transit. The good news? Mercury will return to its normally scheduled programing on December 6th. Until then, here’s what you need to know to get through a Mercury retrograde Thanksgiving.


Some signs will get hit harder than others.

Geminis and Virgos always feel Mercury retrogrades more intensely, since Mercury is their ruling planet. However, this specific retrograde is happening in Sagittarius, so firey Sagittarians may feel a little extra spicy in the coming weeks. Sagittarians aren’t exactly known for their diplomatic tendencies, so Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius means everyone may forget to mind their Ps and Qs at the dinner table. This could be a recipe for drama with a side of disaster around problematic relatives and family friends with questionable political views. With that in mind, best to keep dinner conversations as light as the marshmallows on your sweet potato casserole. If you don’t have anything nice to say, keep your mouth full of turkey.


Delays, cancellations, and missed flights, oh my!

Mercury retrograde and travel are a notoriously sticky mix, and this particular retrograde is likely to be especially rough in that respect. Sagittarians are known for their jet-setting ways, so this Sagittarian Mercury retrograde is bound to wreak all kinds of havoc on your itinerary. Give yourself some extra time to get to and from wherever you plan on celebrating. If you’re driving, be careful on the road, especially in inclimate weather. And if your flight gets grounded, don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Keep an eye on the oven.

Computer glitches and technical SNAFUs are to be expected during Mercury retrograde. Machines are more likely to be on the fritz too. That being said, even the most seasoned Thanksgiving chefs will want to be more mindful than usual in the kitchen. Set two or three timers on that turkey so you don’t end up with a burnt bird, and don’t overload your dishwasher. Now is definitely not the time to try out a new appliance or gizmoo either. Save your first sous-vide for another day, ideally after the first week of December.


Block your ex’s number.

Communication breakdowns are par for the course during Mercury retrograde. Important emails may never make it out of your outbox, you could miss a devastating typo, and letters and packages are likely to get lost in the mail. During Mercury retrograde, it’s always a good idea  to re-send, re-read, and re-track everything. However, be careful not to re-make past mistakes, especially in the form of an ex. The backwards theme of Mercury retrograde may stir up all kinds of people from your past. If you’re not ready to hear from someone again, do whatever it is you need to do to resist temptation, because that person is likely to reach out, or worse… show up at dinner.