What Mercury Retrograde Means For Holiday Hookups

The holidays can bring surprises, especially when they’re coupled with planetary retrogrades. Here are some excerpts from the article “What Mercury Retrograde In December 2017 Means For Your Holiday Hookups”, written by Bustle.com’s Amanda Chatel with photographs by Andrew Zaeh. We wanted to share it because Gifted Astrology was featured in this article and because retrogrades effect us any time they show up, holiday or not. The full article can be seen here: https://www.bustle.com/p/what-mercury-retrograde-in-december-2017-means-for-your-holiday-hookups-6769756″>https://www.bustle.com/p/what-mercury-retrograde-in-december-2017-means-for-your-holiday-hookups-6769756


By Amanda Chatel

The holiday season is basically made for hooking up. Between the ever-popular cuffing season, going home and running into that crush from high school or that fling from college, and all those holiday work parties where everyone indulges in far too much alcohol and merriment, if you’re single, you’re bound to find yourself in one, if not all of these scenarios. Basically, if you’re looking to hook up, having a little romp with some blast from the past or a one-night stand with that painfully adorable co-worker, the holiday season is totally going to play in your favor. But, we’re also in the midst of the last Mercury Retrograde of 2017; something to seriously consider during all this hooking up.

“Some say a retrograde planet’s purpose is to link us to past lives and revisit our old karmic issues that need tweaking and, in the best case scenarios, clearing,” Jaye at GiftedAstrology.com tells Bustle. “Mercury rules the mind and when it’s in reverse (retrograde), it can make life and relationships hazy, but it gives us the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.”

In other words, keep your eyes open and your expectations to a minimum, because Mercury Retrograde is in control for the next couple weeks, and there’s no exception when it comes to your holiday hookups.

  1. You’re Probably Not Thinking Clearly

As Jaye points out, Mercury Retrograde is going to dump a whole boatload of haziness on how you see life and relationships. What this means is that you might not have a good reading on your feelings and could possibly interpret hookup scenarios differently than what they actually are. Because of this, you want to be aware of the fact that your mind isn’t where it’s usually at, so you can sort of fight against it and at least try to see things as clearly as possible — even if this attempt is in vain.

  1. Everything Might Feel A Bit Odd

“Mercury Retrograde energies can stir up a very personal, introspective phase for people,” explains Jaye, “which can be an odd combination with social holiday invites.”

If you’re stuck in your head, overanalyzing everything that’s going on with you, then it can be hard to relate to other people. This means your hookup might feel strained or a bit a off. But if you’re aware of this being a possibility then, ideally, you’ll be able to do your best to not overanalyze and sort of go with the flow.

  1. You Might Not Be On Top Of Your Game

“At this time of year it’s typical to have more invitations to social events, office parties and gatherings,” says Jaye. “But with Mercury in Retrograde, you might not feel like going out and being social, and that’s completely OK because a lot of people will be feeling the same way.”

If you find this is the case, but you push yourself to go to these events, if you find yourself hooking up, you might not feel totally comfortable. Don’t force yourself to do something you really don’t want to do; there’s always next year’s holiday hookup season.

  1. Things And People May Be Delayed

“Mercury in retrograde likes to delay plans,” Jaye tells Bustle. What this means for you, at least in regards to your holiday hookups, is that you want to give yourself enough time to get to social events, so you’re not running late, possibly missing out on your intended hookup and you shouldn’t freak out if you get to a holiday party and the person you’ve been waiting all year to hookup with isn’t there yet. Don’t worry; they’re on their way, it’s just that Mercury Retrograde is making them late.

  1. Any Hookup You Have Will Likely Be Temporary

Even if your hookup extends past a one-night stand and you two end up making it an ongoing thing, keep in mind that it’s still very temporary, so getting attached is a bad idea. In fact, if you want to avoid any unnecessary heartbreak and disappointment, you might want to end it sooner than later.

“When you spot that cutie at a holiday party, remember that Mercury Retrograde hookups are mercurial,” explains Jaye. “Read: temporary, impulsive, unstable, flighty.”

  1. Be Wary About Keeping In Touch With Them

Not only will any holiday hookup during Mercury Retrograde be temporary, but if you have an urge to keep in touch with that hookup, don’t expect them to respond anytime soon — or ever, Jaye says. These hookups are, after all, flighty.

  1. Unless, Of Course, You Think They’re The One

While there’s no guarantee that your holiday hookup will feel the same as you, in regards to being The One, you never know until you put it out there, right? If that’s the case, if you’re really feeling like this is more than just a hookup and you’ve found your legit soulmate, then it’s time to understand that timing, thanks to Mercury Retrograde, is everything.

“If you think he or she is The One and you’re ready for a lasting love, get their number and set a date after December 22nd, when Mercury goes direct and energies are more supportive and stable,” says Jaye.

Although holiday hookups are great, especially since it’s such a festive time of year and most people are feeling happier than usual, it’s important to take into consideration the effect that Mercury Retrograde will have on these hookups during the next couple weeks. You may not be able to control things, getting them just as you want them, but in simply being aware, you can prepare yourself accordingly.


How To Walk Your Star Path – Finding Your Purpose With Astrology

Walking a “Star Path” is another way to describe a path that brings us closer to being the fullest expression of our true essence. Though it may not be the most dominate expression in everyone’s natal chart, Sun Signs influence the core personality. There are paths that each Sun Sign can follow to support their overall mission and walk “on purpose”to make the most of the natural gifts that support each sign.

  • Aries — the path to Courage. Being brave is an Aries trait, but sometimes seeing something through to completion takes strength of character. It’s easy for Aries to start new things, but follow-through and finishing takes courage.
  • Taurus — the path to Serenity. Taurus are the best at burying their heads in the sand when life gets hectic or when they’re being called to the carpet. Walking a path of serenity is done by building a solid and peaceful foundation within and being okay with the truth.
  • Gemini — the path to Openness. Gemini’s communicate with ease, but sometimes the speedy chatter can be a quick cover for some real feelings that are buried deep within. Communicating in the most truthful, open ways will bring more authenticity to a Gemini’s life.
  • Cancer — the path to Self Love. Cancers are so very good at taking care of others but when it comes to taking care of themselves, they’re usually last on their own lists. Show others how to love you by leading by example with your own actions.
  • Leo — the path to Trust. Big bravado can certainly light up a room but sometimes it can be a cover to avoid intimacy. Trust that people will love you for you. No fanfare needed.
  • Virgo — the path to Refined Skills. When the world has so many problems that need fixing, how can anyone ever relax? By choosing where to focus and making small changes in specific areas. Just remember, we will never catch up to entropy.
  • Libra — the path to Harmony. Harmonies are created when different notes are vibrating at the same time. It’s not a harmony when the notes are the same. Learning to accept the differences in others and realizing that they will never do it like you will keep you on your path.
  • Scorpio — the path to Honest Depth. Transformation is not easy, and that’s what you were tasked with when you chose to come into this life as a Scorpio. The hardest changes are those that take place in your foundation. Don’t avoid those depths. When you come up for air, be honest with yourself first and then continue the honesty when interacting with others.
  • Sagittarius — the path to Real Insight. It’s easy for you to see another culture or another way of being and appreciate it from afar. But what happens for you after that initial acceptance? Do you trust everything they’re doing is the best for you? Look at the hard facts and decide what’s best for your own heart before you give away the farm.
  • Capricorn — the path to Integrity. Step by step will get you to the goals that you’ve set for yourself, but don’t mow others over in the process. Staying on your star path will involve scrupulous attention and always being the good guy/gal (who just happens to be kicking butt).
  • Aquarius — the path to Individuality. As the most visionary sign, listening to others opinions of how you live your life is futile. It will never feel satisfying. When you determine what’s “cool” or “in”, your’e on the right track.
  • Pisces — the path to Transcendence Of Self. It’s easy for you to forget yourself and fade into others, feeling confused and lost when you finally return. Transcendence of self is the path that helps you go beyond boundaries of dimensions while maintaining your own autonomy. Take yourself wherever you go.

When we step off our paths and get off track it feels uncomfortable, but the discomfort is our inner alert system letting us know that its time to recognize the stuck patterns coming up for release. That’s the time to stop, take a deep breath and stop judging yourself for past behavior. Healing begins when we love ourselves enough to step back on the path and try life again in a new way.

As seen in Medium.com: https://medium.com/@Giftedastrology/are-you-walking-your-star-path-20529ed60a33