So the astrologers are telling us that Mercury is in retrograde during the upcoming holidays and thus, We Are In Trouble. What To Do?
According to one of the Sexy Beast's interviewees, "shoppers who wait until after Dec. 9 will get stuck with faulty products or presents that no one wanted in the first place. By mid-December, holiday travelers will be hit with bad weather, mechanical errors and possibly, terrorist threats. Wars may break out, marriages will dissolve, people will lose their jobs and, as astrologer Gahl Sasson put it, “the whole planet is going to have Tourette’s syndrome.”" Yikes.
Apparently, among the best advice astrologers consulted have is to finish shopping early. Think practical. Buy gift certificates, not electronics, which I suppose could break down (although they do that even when Mercury isn't in retrograde. And what about the years when all this stuff happens and Mercury isn't in retrograde? I don't understand). Don't overdo. Be flexible.
All good advice. But on the other hand, don't psychologists give out similar advice every holiday? See Relationship advice for the holidays here, travel advice for the holidays here, and depression busters here. Oddly, Mercury in retrograde is not mentioned in any of them.
Carry on. I wish you and yours a wonderful non-denominational gift-giving occasion.