How Mercury Retrograde This Month Affects Your Thanksgiving Travel Plans

Is this the season... buying overly expensive plane tickets or sitting in crazy traffic after get off work trying to get to your hometown in time for that weird 2pm family "dinner"? That’s right: Thanksgiving is here. But guess what else is here? I’m going to rip this Band-Aid off: 2018 is another year of Mercury retrograde. Don't act too surprised that 2018 isn't here (if you've seen/read/done anything in the last 10 and a half months, you'll realize that). Mercury rules travel (among other things, like the transfer of information and how we communicate), so the timing of Mercury retrograde during one of the busiest travel days of the year is almost comically cruel. If you're one of the lucky people who doesn't make a mad dash to your hometown or another plane or road trip location after work over Thanksgiving, you're in luck. But if you're one of the millions of people out there , it's time to educate yourself on how Mercury retrograde will affect Thanksgiving travel, as it will affect all sun signs. Maybe just consider that final Rx the cherry on top of your 2018 sundae?

So, yes, 2018's crazy, seemingly never-ending retrograde train has officially begun as Mercury goes retrograde again in fiery Sagittarius this November 16th. Over the next few weeks, until December 6, it will appear to be reversing through space and returning to Scorpio territory - subsequently reducing the travel, technology and communications sectors of our lives to ash, as it did did that – but of course, taught us some lessons along the way.

One of the standard rules of thumb for Mercury retrograde is this: avoid it. travel. Beyond that, hold off on contracts, triple-check everything you post for typos, and avoid making any long-term decisions. But for many people, especially during the holidays, not traveling is not a reasonable choice, so taking a step back is preparing for the effects of the retrograde. "Mercury retrograde brings communications and technology glitches, stress and anxiety, travel delays and lost items," Astrology King shares on its website. Yeah, a bit of a perfect storm, but that's life.

Retrograde is actually a really good time to be introspective, take a step back and review what you've done, make plans for the future (don't try to write anything in stone), and reflect on where you're headed. Unfortunately, the non-stop hustle and bustle of the holidays isn’t exactly conducive to this inward journey, so we all must do our best to navigate the rough, retrograde waters of this winter. Mercury transits.

Here are some friendly neighborhood tips and warnings for all signs to help you prepare for the hectic drama that may arise in your inevitable Thanksgiving travel plans during Mercury retrograde. Say it with me: We did it!

First thing's first: maintain your posture!

If you're stressed, remember: We're going to make this retrograde work. We always do it! Retrogrades get a bad rap, but they also provide you with the opportunity to pause and reflect on everything currently on your T̶h̶a̶n̶k̶s̶g̶i̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ mental chart. Bustle spoke with astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo, who shared, "During this Mercury Rx season, channel the power of gratitude by paying attention to where you are." Unaffected by Mercury Retrograde Secret trap doors don't exist, so it's best to accept the card you're dealt - even if that card happens to include a six-hour wait before catching your next flight. No matter what happens, staying present and practicing gratitude will help you stay semi-sane.

Be prepared for delays

Speaking of six-hour wait times, it can help you put yourself in a calm space when dealing with potential travel obstacles. "If you have to go on vacation, you might get into some trouble, but look for something fun to do during the trip. That way, it won't matter so much if you end up walking a long way," shares Dolan Yadu with Bustle . Keeping your spirits high (and arming yourself with all your favorite books and podcasts!) will help you weather any potential misadventures during the crazy holidays with relative ease. Enjoy the scenery, enjoy a podcast binge, maybe wear a mask in public — do whatever you can to pass the time in a positive way.

Triple-check your travel itinerary

Have you ever caught a flight at the wrong airport? I have, but it's not fun (I swear, we could have sworn we booked into Oakland instead of SFO...). Regardless, learn from the mistakes of my youth and double-check your itinerary because now is not the time to be careless. Bustle spoke with astrologer Lisa Stardust, who shared, "Mercury retrograde can cause travel stress, like flight delays and overbookings." Since this Rx can put a damper on your plans There are influences beyond your control, so make sure you are diligent in completing the “I” and reaching across everything that is within your control.

Active defense

If you're driving out of town over Thanksgiving, take your car in to have your tires inflated, make sure your oil has been recently changed, and double-check that everything is in order. Better stay safe! "Drive carefully, too! Mercury retrograde can lead to annoyance, frustration, and accidents," advises Stardust Busy, "Travel with caution." Once on the road, stay focused and drive defensively—it's a wild, A world affected by retrogrades. If you are looking for crystal healing to help you on your journey, my favorite crystal for road trips is Smoky Quartz because it has grounding properties and helps cleanse negative energy.

leave early

My usual approach is to leave home five minutes after I'm supposed to leave (wind issue?), so pretty much anyone but me can leave and give myself extra time to move around. Seriously, plan to leave with extra time and then leave even earlier than that time. This is classic Mercury retrograde, and you'll encounter unexpected obstacles and make you late. This is part of the game. In some cases, it's just an annoying delay, but in other cases - if you're trying to catch a flight, for example - it can be a minor holiday disaster. Give yourself plenty of room for error and you'll lower your chances of missing your flight (or even Thanksgiving dinner).

Keep your devices charged

This seems like a no-brainer, but I’m going to say it anyway because planets work in mysterious ways, and when Mercury is retrograde you won’t realize you’re in the 1% before you even get to the airport. Keep your batteries fully charged and your charger handy, you know? Go old school and keep a printed copy of your trip itinerary and the phone numbers of anyone you might need (whether for a ride or in an emergency). Technology glitches do happen, and Mercury Rx only enhances their potential. Like that time earlier this year when my phone screen went black while I was calling up directions to a meeting in another city and I was already late? Yes, I blame it on retrograde motion.

Pack essentials into a carry-on bag

With the upcoming Mercury Rx, lost and misplaced items are another thing we have to worry about, so be aware of that when traveling. If you're flying, put all your valuables and essentials in your carry-on luggage. You know, basically your Glossier stuff. Honestly, just the thought of lost luggage gives me the beginnings of panic, but you'll be able to travel easier if you know that at least you won't be stranded without the absolute essentials because your checked luggage is lost.

Try~keep calm~

Communication in general is already retrograde by the time Thanksgiving week rolls around, but with the Moon squaring Mercury, the likelihood of getting into arguments and heated debates increases. That’s what family Thanksgiving is all about, right? Just kidding. "You can be very opinionated on a particular topic and not care much about what others think," Astrology King writes. "However, now is not a good time to preach to others and tell them how they should think or act." Think before you speak to avoid major drama, especially when it comes to sensitive topics or even a text message that could be misunderstood. It's always important to speak your truth, just be careful not to lose your mind over something, if possible, as the potential for miscommunication and disagreement is high. Grab your Black Tourmaline Crystal to support you in transforming any and all negative emotions and calm down .