Thanksgiving cornucopia filled with autumn vegetables, pumpkins and fall decor isolated on a white background

Adults make it to Thanksgiving and are relieved to have a day off. It is acceptable to wear stretchy pants while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Folks just want to eat turkey, drink a beer, chill out and watch a little football. 

It is a no-pressure holiday until you undercook the dressing or can’t get the shell off of the boiled eggs for the deviled egg tray. (Been there on all of the above.) Then, overnight, innocent-looking little Thanksgiving morphs into Black Friday at Walmart.

We all know the origin story of the first feast with the Pilgrims, Squanto and the Native Americans. We all have our own cast of characters (or family) that we whom we annually break bread that day, and those meals are not without stories: dishes gone wrong; fights; love; hilarity; and maybe even dread. 

To that point, a friend brought up the interesting angle of Mercury being in retrograde this year during November.

Luckily for everyone else, by the time this column is out, it will almost be over. Mercury has been in retrograde since Halloween and will continue to be through Nov. 20. 

Thanksgiving 2019 is on Nov. 28. That means all the crazy energy should evaporate from the atmosphere before you are under one roof with your extended relatives. Thanksgiving should not implode. Hurray!

Are you lost yet? I myself did not fully understand the term “Mercury is in retrograde,” until I read up.

According to Farmer’s Almanac: “Because of the Earth’s daily rotation, the objects in the night sky appear to move from east to west through the night sky. While the location of the stars relative to the Earth is fixed, at least from our vantage point, the other planets in our solar system all orbit the sun at varying speeds. The outer planets – Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – all take longer to orbit the sun than the Earth does, because their orbits are larger. Because of this, the Earth often laps these planets in its journey around the sun. When the Earth overtakes an outer planet, that planet appears to travel backward, as compared to the stars, for a time.”

To elaborate further, the inner planets – Mercury and Venus – appear to go retrograde when they lap Earth. Mercury completes its orbit around the sun in only 88 days, so the planet becomes retrograde three or four times in a calendar year, for about three weeks at a time. Outer planets have less frequent, but longer lasting, periods of retrograde motion.

Astrologers believe this causes chaos in the lives of us mere mortals. Everything from crashed computers, cars and power outages, to havoc in the work place is possible. (Ironically, I wrote this on Halloween, and my power was out!) 

There are many articles on the internet that will tell you what that means for each Zodiac sign; however, most of us do not have the luxury of hiding out at home for three weeks. We must go out into the world, hustle and plan for the holidays.

As a Virgo, my sign under this retrograde said my takeaway for those three weeks was to not gossip – easy enough. My lips are sealed. 

Until the pecan pie comes my way …

~ Lacey Howell is a recovering English major from Auburn who now lives on Lake Martin, sells real estate, rides horses and loves good wine. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @LaceyHowell.