How Mercury In Retrograde Will Affect Your Friendships This Month, According To Your Zodiac Sign

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How Mercury In Retrograde Affects Each Zodiac Sign's Friendships In December 2017

Make friends not frenemies.

I don't care who you are or if you even believe in horoscopes, the fact remains that if you've had one of those days where you've poured coffee in your lap, started a fight with your bestie via text message for no good reason, and fallen while walking up the stairs, chances are you've probably wondered to yourself, "Is Mercury in retrograde?"  

If that's been happening to you lately, I'm sorry to report that it's true: that gosh-danged planet is up to its old tricks today, and if you don't prepare yourself, every possible sphere of your life could be thrown into absolute chaos! 

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Many astrologers will tell you (albeit it in much more professional tones than mine) that when Mercury decides to head backwards it takes everything in our life and turns it right around. That is every single zodiac signs' recipe for nothing but disaster.

Thankfully, while Mercury in retrograde sucks, it doesn't last forever, and there are things you can keep in mind to help you get through this backwards time. 

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Mercury is in retrograde from December 3, 2017 until December 22, 2017, but we can weather this storm together. You've got a lot to focus on, so let me help you figure out what this season of chaos means for your friendships, along with what you can do to keep them alive and thriving in spite of the potential for disaster. 

Below is an explanation of how each zodiac sign can expect Mercury retrograde in the planet of Virgo to effect their friendships, and how to avoid destroying them forever.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

You're moving at a break-neck pace these days, Aries, and while you might usually feel like Superwoman doing it all on your own, when Mercury goes retrograde, you're going to find it hard to keep it all together. 

You agreed to go to attend four birthday celebration s in one weekend and of course, each party is for a dear friend. During any other time of the year you'd have no problem making an appearance at each one, but not so now! You're liable to forget about ALL of them altogether if you don't 100% slow your frigging role. 

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TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

You're sparkly and colorful life has been in full tilt lately. The only thing you can be absolutely sure of is that your life today isn't going to look anything like your life will tomorrow. Change is the order of the day and you're reveling in every possible second of it. 

Unfortunately, that may mean you forget to actually take a minute and do some soul-searching about the people in your life. Those fun friends you've been partying with may be able to get into the coolest places, but are they really nurturing your emotionally? Could be time to reconsider. 

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GEMINI(May 21 - June 20)

Man oh man, Gemini, you are in for a tough ride. Mercury in retrograde is so not going to be kind to you and your group of best friends. You've got a close posse, and while it may not be many folks, they are folks who love and appreciate you for who you are... or so you thought.

Now is a good time to watch your ever-loving back. Those closest to you could have ulterior motives when it comes to their relationships with you. There is a silver lining, though. It turns out that someone you always ranked as a second tier friend is ready willing and able to be your ride or die. Not too shabby. 

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CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

God love you, Cancer, you tender, tender scuttling crab. You just don't do change very well and right now thanks to Mercury in retrograde, you've got a lot of it coming. Keep lists, stay organized, and make sure you're getting plenty of you-time in order to prevent a total meltdown.

You might be insightful and emotional and loving, but right now you're going to have a hard time sharing those emotions clearly. Prepare for major misunderstandings with a dear friend and do your best to try and stay as calm as possible. Clarity will come with time, but for now, tread softly. 

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LEO (July 23 - August 22)

You're an ideas person and you've got a great big massive and awesome one in the works. Unfortunately, it's looking like effin' Mercury in retrograde is doing whatever possible to stall your forward momentum, that sassy thing. 

Don't let impatience shorten your fuse when it comes to how your interact with the people who matter the most in your life. The last thing you need right now is to push people away. Take a breath, rethink that thought forming on the tip of your tongue and remember how much you need their support right now. 

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VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

Man oh man, Virgo. You are having a time. Sure, you've got intimacy issues, who doesn't? But they've never made you decide to push away a friend before. Whether or not this is a new acquaintance or someone who has been important to you for a long time, lately you've started feeling like your trust in them was misplaced.

Do not let Mercury in retrograde destroy the special bond that you share. Remember what you valued about this friend when you first met, and do your darnedest to keep your own issues within yourself so you don't end up breaking up this friendship without real cause. 

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LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

Friendships have peaks and valleys. You and your BFF used to talk every single day and text like absolute crazy people, but lately you haven't been communicating as much. There's no bad blood between you. There was no argument. But you can feel the distance as it grows between you. 

Now is the time to take hold of the proverbial wheel and right the course of your growing divide. Don't use this temporary breathing room between you two as an excuse to let old resentments run rampant. If you're feeling something, talk to them about it. That's how this whole friendship thing works, retrograde be damned. 

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SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

You were in a rut but you're out of it now, Scorpio. Bully for you! The physical aspect of your life has taken a front seat and you are all about that fitspo life at the moment. Kudos, kudos, and even more kudos to you. 

Take advantage of all those endorphins and the serotonin running through your system and check in on a friend you haven't spoken with in a while. Don't worry about appearing to be too random. Chances are they will simply appreciate the fact that you've been thinking about them in the first place! 

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Oh my god, you drama queen. Sit down. This is not an episode of "Real Housewives" and you are not "just repeating a rumor." You've been spreading gossip, and if you keep it up at this rate you'll have no friends left by the time Mercury is no longer in retrograde. Sure, we both know it was the stars that had you out of sorts but that probably won't fly with your friends as an excuse for your misdoings. 

Cut back on the drama and stop being so darn messy. Mess begets mess and your social circle has enough of that going on without you sticking a spoon in it and stirring it up. Be the loving and supportive friend we both know you really are inside.

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CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

If you're feeling disconnected from your buddies, Cappy, they are probably feeling disconnected from you right now, too. Sure, you're the Queen of social media, but how are your relationships doing when you aren't online?

Step away from the computer and actually GO to some of those events you've been RSVP'ing to in the affirmative. A witty remark on Twitter is all well and good, what with the retweets and everything, but putting in face time with your real life friends is what it's all about. 

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AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

I love you, Aquarius, but you are about to make a huge mistake. Chances are right now that someone from your life has resurfaced. My money is on an old lover who you kicked to the curb for DEEPLY VALID REASONS. Remember this, remember this, remember this.

Mercury in retrograde might leave you feeling like giving them a second shot is the way to go. Don't discount your good first instincts. This person doesn't want to be your friend. And if you're really honest about it, they never actually were! 

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PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

Your friendships have never been in better shape! Huzzah! Let's keep it that way! You might feel so inspired by your connections to your ladies that you suggest planning a big getaway, maybe somewhere fun like Cancun! 

It's a great idea, but hold off on buying those tickets or making any other big investments with your girls until Mercury is no longer in retrograde. It isn't the time to splash out with cash just now. That could bite you in the butt. Cancun will still be there next month. Chillax. 

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a sex, humor and lifestyle writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman. She hosts the sex, love, and dating advice show, Becca After Dark on YourTango's Facebook Page every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 pm Eastern. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr