We're so close to the end of 2017, I can practically taste it. As excited as I am to put this hellish year behind me, there's one obstacle I'll have to face before that can happen: the winter solstice, which happens on Thursday, Dec. 21. It marks the first day of winter in the U.S., and it's also the shortest day of the year. Unfortunately for all of us, the winter solstice is the unluckiest day in 2017, according to astrologers. Basically, things are going to get much worse before they get any better. According to astrologer Susan Miller, it will be "a difficult, depressing day." She even says she considered not telling her readers because of how bad things may be. Things you shouldn't do on the Winter Solstice this year run the gamut from things you would normally avoid during Mercury retrograde, to some things you would never expect, so it's best to be prepared going into this day of badness.
Given how unlucky this year has felt, I find it hard to believe that life could get significantly worse, but astrologists are seriously convincing me that Dec. 21 will be awful. According to astrologer Neil Spencer, it's all due to the sun moving into Capricorn hours after Saturn does, which happens once every 350 years. You should stay calm even though the stars aren't exactly aligning in our favor. If you avoid any unnecessary risks on Dec. 21, you'll get through the winter solstice just fine. Here are 14 things you should really, seriously avoid doing on the Winter Solstice.