Most of the country is already going nuts from freezing temperatures of winter, and the usual Christmas money stress and children about to be home from school for 2 weeks and playing outside may not be a option. This year gets a extra dose of Holiday nutso with a big fat Mercury Retrograde landing on it !
Travel delays will be worse then expected, return lines at stores longer then normal due to electronic glitches. Setting up the Christmas morning electronic toys and gadgets may require a emergency prescription of Xanax.
Those who lost relatives maybe hit the hardest with past memories, try to honor those and if adding a little Samhain ritual to this Christmas is something that calls to you, do it.
Exs may suddenly show up out of the blue, driven by Holiday loneliness, or seasonal depression.
The key to through this all is honoring your experience of it. We other it’s being extra patient to the cashier whose register has totally spazed on her, while the single mom behind you in lines 3 kids have her holding back tears, this is the time to smile and wish them light and love. And be as graceful and patient as possible. This is how you pass the lessons of a Retrograde. With slowness, grace, gratitude and kindness even when all hell is breaking out.
It’s buying a coffee for the elderly person stuck next to you waiting on a delayed airplane even though Christmas attacked your wallet.
It’s accepting that you will be mourning your recently deceased Father and Grandmother while the kids are home from school and their friends have descended on your home as always and you can’t really stop and break down, but you can still honor those loved ones, teach the kids to make bread for the dead, or sweet bread. Teach yourself to make mead and leave a little out for Grandpa 😉 And never be afraid to call on your ancestors for strength. A quick prayer or shout out in the bathroom is all it takes. Ask for help.
And if you do New Year’s Vision Boards or Resolutions, Ritual or Non Ritual.
If you can’t really focus on the future and your dreams, it’s ok. That’s really hard to do in a Retrograde. It’s ok to procrastinate just a bit this year to mid January, it’s better to wait then push it during the Retrograde.
What you can be doing is a reverse vision board, write down all the things you’d like to get rid of and burn that paper safely!
Also great time to clean out homes and hit charities, often times pre Christmas we’ve been extra charitable, then in January it’s like boom, stops. This year clean out things your no longer using and start the New Year off giving it away
Take it easy, Take it slow, and you can still have a magical, wonderful, Holiday Season even with a Mercury Retrograde!