How Mercury In Retrograde REALLY Affects Each Zodiac Sign (Because YES, It's BAAACK)

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Prepare yourselves.

If everything seems terrible in your life, whether you love horoscopes and believe in zodiac sign predictions or not, you may ask yourself, is Mercury in Retrograde?

We have bad news. 

There are times in our lives when everything just feels like a chaotic mess.

Cell phones break. We fight with our boyfriends. Planes get delayed. Our boss gets mad at us for no apparent reason. 

 

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Those moments of "what else could possibly go wrong" usually tend to fall during the periods when Mercury is in retrograde. Astrologers (and people who are looking for something to blame their series of bad days on) believe that the time can insanely effect our lives in the areas of communication, clear thinking, travel, and truth.

When this planet goes backwards, so does everything else.

The dates for Mercury in Retrograde this year are kind of tricky. Yes, it is already in effect. The shadow period started July 24th and the official period kicks off August 12, 2017 and goes until September 5, 2017 and could come with a lot of irritating, chaotic moments.

It's basically going to feel like your mind isn't functioning as well as it usually does for a few weeks. 

 

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While this might tempt you to hide in a hole until the astrological storm passes, there are ways to make it out of a retrograde alive.

Below are what each of the zodiac signs can expect from this mercury retrograde in the planet of Virgo and how to survive without messing up your life. 

 

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

It's time to slow the eff down, Aries. While your sign might be in the mood to go at full speed, taking on too many projects, dinner dates, work assignments, and social outings could cause you to short circuit. 

Instead of driving yourself nuts trying to multitask, use these few weeks as a time to slow down and simplify. Organize your home and your life and figure out what things you want to make priorities and what things can be put on the back burner now. Trust me, it'll be nice to breathe for a change. 

 

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

Lately, you might be feeling like the only thing constant in your life right now is change. While that can be exciting, it's easy to get caught up in the new and colorful things in your external world and forget to focus inward. 

Use this retrograde as a chance to go deep and really process any emotions these changes have brought on. You might be indulging in some self-destructive habits that you need to break. See a therapist or talk to someone who knows you well. 

 

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Get ready for a good ole fashion shake-up, Gemini. This retrograde could leave you feeling out of sync with your inner circle. 

Rather than freak out and try to make sure everyone sticks together, use this time to really think about these friendships. Which ones are really worth putting an effort into? Is there anyone who's been bringing you down or holding you back? This could be the exit you were looking for to casually let communication with that person die down. 

 

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

This retrograde could mean a big change in your career path. While this could inevitably lead to something better or more suited towards your goals, there is a chance the road there could be a bumpy one. 

Prepare for the potential plot twists by keeping your things in order and being wary of being misunderstood. Make sure you're expressing what you want as clearly as possible. It could make all the difference. 

 

LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Any plans you might have made or are in the process of making could take longer than expected. This doesn't mean it will never happen, Leo, but your big ideas need some more work. 

Take this time to reflect on what it is you want and identify any additional steps you need to take to get there. Remember: slow and steady wins the race. 

 

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

If you recently rushed into something, you might be feeling like you made the wrong decision. Issues with intimacy and finances could be making you feel this way, but don't make your escape just yet. 

Take stock of why you're feeling the way you do and try to make sure your feelings are unresolved from a previous issue. Give yourself some time to breathe and really give the situation a chance before you leave. 

 

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

A relationship you're in could feel a little suffocating. While you might be yearning for freedom, that doesn't mean you should totally indulge. Give each other some room to breathe, and you'll probably realize that that was all you needed. 

This is also a time for you to heal from any old wounds that are resurfacing. Don't sweep any bad moods under the rug. Feels your feelings and let them go. 

 

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

It's time to get moving, Scorpio. While you might have some trouble at first, this could be the time you find your groove when it comes to your workout regime. It's okay if the first one or two tries aren't sticking, you'll find your way. 

If you're flexible with your routine, you'll find success.

 

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Drama queen, you're gonna want to take it down a few notches. This retrograde will not be good to you if you stay in situations that really get under your skin. 

Make sure you're not doing things just to get attention because it will definitely backfire and make you look bad. Instead of engaging in a fight, chill and focus on your long term goals. This is a good time to plan. 

 

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

It's possible that this period could change your living situation, Capricorn. Go with the flow and if the place your living feelings more chaotic and less like home, use this as an opportunity to find a new place. 

Also, you could really benefit from a break in social media during retrograde. Get offline and get outside. 

 

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

There's a really good chance that someone from your past could come back. While it might be tempting to rekindle an old flame, think twice about opening this door. Especially if this person left you a mess last time you spoke. 

It's an emotional time, so make sure you protect yourself. Guard your heart, Aquarius. 

 

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

If you're thinking of taking a risk, don't. This retrograde is about planning and more planning, so any thing that feels too much like a gamble should be avoided. 

Also, use this period to be careful with any big purchases or investments. It's worth it to wait. 

 

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