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The Best and Worst Times to Travel

Planning your next big getaway? You may want to take a look at the planets before booking a flight. There are a few times of the year that are astrologically better than others for travel. Here are a few dates to keep an eye on as you dream up your next trip.

Mercury Retrograde
Because Mercury rules travel, getting from point A to point B can get a little sticky when this planet turns retrograde. Of course, with Mercury retrograding three times a year, it would be difficult to never hit the road during one of these periods, but you should tread lightly, if possible.

For example, don't start or end your trip while Mercury retrograde is beginning or wrapping up. The days this planet changes directions may bring about more communication mishaps and transportation snafus. If you research your next vacation during Mercury's retrograde, wait until the cycle is over before pulling the trigger on your plans. Vital new information may only become apparent once the messenger planet shifts direct. If you can't hold out, be extra diligent as you comb through contracts, and double-check the details of your itinerary.

On a more positive note, planning a trip to a location you've already visited during Mercury's backspin could be beneficial! This astrological event encourages us to learn through retracing our steps, so you may now discover amazing sites and cultural insights that you had previously overlooked.

Planetary Stations
Mercury's not the only planet you need to watch. Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto change directions twice each year, shifting retrograde and then turning direct. When these planets station—meaning when they slow down to change directions—their themes seem to amplify, so you may want to avoid scheduling stages of your trip that involve complex travel logistics during their shifts.

Saturn represents restrictions, and getting away during Saturn's station may yield more frustrations than it's worth. This planet deals with the realities of space and time. For example, oversold flights may occur more frequently during this time.

Uranus is associated with shocks and surprises. Sure, out-of-the-blue events can be positive, but traveling is already stressful. Why not minimize your chances of running into something unexpected like a flight delay or an agitated infant as a seatmate?

While Neptune relates to the poetic and mystical, it's also linked to confusion, illusion and disillusionment. Avoiding Neptune stations will help ensure that people will provide you clear information and important details. It may also safeguard against things such as your personal possessions disappearing.

When the energy of Pluto is strong, things that have been hidden—including emotions—often come to the surface. It can be a time when people are more inclined to make power plays and want to exert control. In other words, behaviors that can lead to tense situations may be more likely… not exactly something you want to deal with at the airport.

Void-of-Course Moon
The time period after the Moon makes its last major aspect to another planet before it shifts into a new sign is known as void-of-course. Since the Moon isn't anchored, it's thought that things that are initiated now don't turn out as envisioned. Avoid paying for your trip or signing agreements related to your travel plans when the Moon is void.

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