This Week in Astrology With Nick Newmont: Dec 15-2, Mercury Retrograde…Again; Dec 19-Jan 8

by Nick Newmont

nickandaudprofessional-001Saint Nick (not me) and all the shippers has asked me to remind all of you that Mercury retrograde is upon us. In case you have not been watching your spiritual calendar, Hanukkah begins on the 24th. So we have Hanukkah and Christmas on top of each other! Where does Mercury retrograde come into play here? If everybody decides to ship gifts at the last minute…well, you get the picture. On December 19th at 2:56 a.m. PST, Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn. On January 5th it goes back into Sagittarius before going direct on the 8th at 1:43 a.m. PST.

So what does this mean? People are going to change their minds about what gifts they want and probably at the last minute or everybody fails to communicate and one person gets the same gift from four different relatives. Due to Mercury retrograde, double and triple check travel itineraries and that is pending the weather allowing travel to cold weather locales. I hate to sound like Scrooge, and I do love this time of year, but this Mercury retrograde will cause a lot of returned gifts. Do you really want to brave the stores on the 26th?

If you are an NFL fan, this is one of those weird years when football is played on Christmas Day. Remember to set your DVR. Do you really think your family is going to allow you to watch seven hours of football on Christmas? Mercury retrograde likes to tinker with electronics, remember? What electronic devices are you buying and setting up on Christmas or Hanukkah?

The most important thing is to have fun. Mercury retrograde is like Murphy’s Law. Sure, something can always go wrong…if you let it.

Have a great week,

Nick Newmont
Your Ho Ho Ho Conejo Valley Astrologer

Nick Newmont, a licensed hypnotherapist and astrologer, runs The Newmont Center for Balanced Living in Agoura Hills. For more information, go to 

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