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We all know every year can be challenging when it comes to the holiday season. More and more we are expected to have delicious dishes prepared, bring the perfect presents and to be happy and energized despite living busy lives. But remember, this is the result of capitalist thinking rather than a spiritual perspective. This holiday season I invite you to remember what it is to gather and celebrate being together with love.
Take Care of Yourself
General advice I have for all people is to take care of yourself first. It is so important that we are not pouring from an empty cup and the holidays are just as much for your own personal relaxation as it is to show up and be there for others. If you need to order something from a restaurant or supermarket to bring to the party rather than cook it yourself—do it! If money is tight and it would just be easier to make something at home, do that as well! Anything that can ease your mind and your heart.
If you have a meditation practice, I advise doubling up on it for the day or even a week before the holiday event. There may be added pressure when you're around people and loved ones that may have expectations of you. You are allowed to show up in the entirety of who you are right now and if others have issues with it then it is more of a reflection of them then it is of you.
You may have changed since the last time you saw your Uncle Henry, or you might have different political views than the last time you spoke to your Grandma Diane. This is all okay and it is up to you how you want to engage with them at any point in time.
Staying Stress Free at the Holidays by Zodiac Sign
Here is a Zodiac sign by sign look at how you can navigate and make the most of your holiday gatherings. No matter what you celebrate or when you were born, let astrology help you enjoy a peaceful and stress-free season!
Aries (March 21 – April 20)
Aries you may be the first one to jump up and remind everyone that it’s the holidays and everyone should just have fun! You may have more energy than others and more capacity to celebrate the joys of living but remember that just because people do not celebrate like you does not mean they're not having fun. I would recommend releasing the necessity to guide the party. You may end up being the life of the party anyway, so it is more important to just focus on your joy and what ways you like to celebrate without the expectation that others have to do the same. With this kind of freedom, it will relax you from needing to create the energy and will allow more space for others to follow you anyway.
Taurus (April 21 – May 20)
Taurus, I know leaving your apartment with its comfort and beauty may be difficult for this holiday season, so I advise bringing a little bit of that apartment to wherever you're going. What is so safe about your own space? What is it with that brings you comfort and joy? Is it that favorite scented candle that you have or that certain kind of food that you keep in the cabinet? Whatever it is, see if you can bring a bit of that to the gathering. Bring one of the candles that you have and light it so that it can remind you of safety, joy, pleasure, and love. Also, who knows you could turn your relatives into a total aromatherapy freak, and they will always have you to thank for it.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Gemini, I highly recommend this holiday season to not overthink the unimportant things. You have a perception that is very strong. You can see the possibilities of many different outcomes, but it may just be important to focus on being present with the people who show up to the party. As the great conversationalist, look at this party as your opportunity to continue to hone your gift of the gab. Especially don’t overthink what you’re bringing to the party, how you look, or anything like that because the real gift in what you're bringing is you and your ability to listen, to speak the truth, and be a socialite. People appreciate that. Do you wanna know why? Because they may have been waiting all year to talk to you - their favorite relative!
Cancer (June 21 – July 21)
Cancer it is OK to love the holidays! I know you have a soft spot for family gatherings and eating food, so don’t let others distaste of parties get you down! Give yourself the time and space to enjoy the holiday music, cook your favorite dish, and embrace the season for what it is. All that I ask is not to get discouraged and throw out all your holiday planning and joy if others are not on board. Embrace all of that holiday joy and funnel it into delicious treats and festive music and bring it all with you to the party! People cannot help but be affected by how gracious and spirited you are. As a result, they may certainly rethink their holiday humbugs.
Leo (July 22 – August 21)
Leo this holiday season I want to offer you time. Others may rush to get to the party or only take 10 minutes to prepare and get ready for their holiday outing. But for you it is really important to give yourself the time and space to cultivate an image and a vibe that makes you feel good. Whether this is taking time to adorn yourself with beautiful items or preparing the meal that totally speaks to who you are. Take that time to make your famous cheesecake or pick out the absolute perfect outfit that makes you feel like a million dollars. Do not be swayed by other people’s schedules or ways of doing things because your light shines when you feel good about who you are. And others at the party will totally be jealous that they didn't think of putting coconut shreds on a cheesecake (try it, it’s delicious). Give your uniqueness the time it deserves to cultivate and shine.
Virgo (August 22 – September 21)
Virgo this holiday season open up of the possibility of personal space. It may be difficult to be in a group of people you may not spend time with year-round. You may not always have the capacity to hear out every single one of your family and friends about the last year in their lives. So, give yourself space to be alone and recharge. This could mean taking a walk outside for a minute or even taking a quick meditation in the guest bathroom. Because of your mutability it can be easy for you to get stuck in hopping around with other people and burning yourself out socially. In order to make the most out of your connections and energy, find spaces to just be with you.
Libra (September 22 – October 21)
Libra it will really help you if you plan, plan, plan and then forget, forget, forget. Plan out your clothes, plan out the food you're bringing, and plan who you want to talk to you… then forget it. There is no need to make last minute decisions or hyper focus on the one person you want to talk to if they are busy talking to someone else. Just plan to have good intentions and be in the moment. If you're not feeling the outfit you picked out remember that it could just be that you haven't drunk enough water and might be grumpy and just wanting some holiday cookies. Because Libra you KNOW everyone is always drawn to your energy and wants to connect anyway, so why worry about what you are wearing when it is probably fabulous anyway!
Scorpio (October 22 – November 21)
Scorpio this holiday season I would invite you to focus on activities. Activities in particularly expand your awareness around feeling connected to others. This may be playing a board game with your family or having a movie night with the kids. Try to learn about their new favorite Christmas movies while you share all the classic holiday films and TV specials from your childhood. Games and activities (like cooking and eating) can really help foster connections. And through these activities, see how much you can get to know about the people in your life, and how much you can offer them in return. You may find there are so many more mutual interests than you realized before.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarius this holiday season I advise embracing shenanigans. Embrace that part of you that wants to be bad and eat a million cookies and run off with a bottle of wine into the woods! Embrace that part of you that is wild and free and uses any holidays as their social playground. Perhaps it can be contained chaos, so you don't get thrown completely off track but really lean into your way of fun during the holidays and not turn it down just because others are in your groove. Chances are everyone’s gonna want to hang out with you anyways so don't be surprised if your cool fun loving cousin label gets you some attention.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Capricorn remember that you don’t always have to be in charge. You do not have to be responsible for everyone else’s joy and experiences. You are allowed to just create a perfect space for yourself. Others may rely on you too much to make sure that everything happens and that everyone’s needs are met. But I offer you this holiday season to just focus on the brilliance of your own experience. Invite others in, but only if they are going to not put their happiness in your hands. Create the schedule of events you choose and follow it on your joyous and precise timeline. Be ready 10 minutes before everyone else and feel good that you are living out your needs.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Aquarius, this holiday season I advise to create a backup plan. Take time envisioning and creating the perfect afterparty to whatever gathering you are attending. This will allow you to show up with no pressure and no obligation to enjoy the gathering. The pressure is lifted because there is somewhere else you could be, right? You can choose to use this back up plan or just knowing that it is there may give you a little more ease to be in the moment.
Pisces (February 19 – March 21)
Pisces, I know there are a million different ways this holiday season can turn out but don't overwhelm yourself with envisioning every single possibility. It is best to take things moment to moment and really notice how you are feeling. If you are beginning to get stressed out, I advise taking a moment, breathing, and letting go of any responsibility that others put on you. It is important for you to stay nourished, which can come from accessing your emotional abundance. If you are feeling emotionally balanced and light that is where your charisma will get you through any dull moment.
Remember, there’s no one right way to celebrate at the holidays (or any time of year). It is about being together and having an enjoyable time and relaxing which is totally personal to you and what you need. If you're still having difficulty in figuring out how to navigate relationships at the holidays, dreading a lonely holiday spent alone or even just overcome thinking about the stresses of the season, then I advise reaching out to one of our amazing Psychic Source Advisors and getting a reading to help support you in anything that may be blocking your joy and nourishment of the holidays.
Marlo is a Psychic with a passion for Tarot Reading and Astrology. She holds a Masters Degree in Art from an Ivy League school and is a certified Spiritual Coach with 13 years of professional psychic reading experience—she even has read for several celebrities! She is a poet, author, and performer and in her spare time runs covens and community circles for women to heal and overcome their difficulties.