Mercury is in retrograde: What does that mean for you?


Mercury is in retrograde: What does that mean for you?

Prepare yourselves for a rocky ride

By ELLE team  August 14th, 2017

The cosmic calamity has begun, and this time, everyone is going to be affected. August 12 saw the planet Mercury turn retrograde—basically, take a complete U-turn—in Virgo and Leo, where it will stay until September 5. Since Mercury is the ruler of communication, coding, shipping and travel, expect things in these areas to go awry as long as the planet is in retrograde. Furthermore, the retrograde in Virgo and Leo makes you susceptible to negative thinking, selfishness, lying, deception, fraud and fear. The fact that Mercury is opposite Neptune, God of the Sea, only reinforces these factors. In short, this is a bad time to make important decisions and plans because you are likely to create misunderstandings and miscommunicate your intentions—Virgo, especially, should keep this in mind since it is directly under Mercury’s impact.

However, once this deceptive mist has lifted, it provides you a chance to look deeper within yourself and reflect on how far you’ve come. This can propel you to new beginnings and transformations you never thought were possible.

Here’s what Mercury in retrograde means for your zodiac sign:

March 21 - April 19

Aries, prepare for miscommunication and misunderstanding at work and at home, because Mercury rules these areas in your solar chart. Take extra care when it comes to romance, children, creativity and your daily routine. Be non-judgmental when problems arise; try to rethink how suitable your job or romantic relationships are without jumping to any conclusions. Don’t let frustrations at work get to you. Double check everything you do.

April 20 - May 20

This Mercury retrograde could have you face major communication breakdowns with your family, friends and close partners. Pay close attention to family relations, romance, children and creativity, as these will be the most affected areas. Make sure you are crystal clear when you are communicating with your loved ones and ensure you dispel any misunderstandings before they arise.

May 21 - June 20

Since Mercury rules Gemini’s personal presentation and communications with loved ones, there’s going to be a lot of misconstrued chit-chat that could come back to bite you. You may also feel the need to revisit old issues with siblings or neighbours that are still nagging you. Expect delays in travels (keep some extra time to get to that appointment) and forgetfulness (make sure you jot everything down). Taking some time out to prepare yourself could avert disasters.

June 21 - July 22

Your personal message sector is affected by this Mercury retrograde, which means that there is a possibility of misunderstanding in every area of your life. Finances are going to be your main focus, and this may be the time to revisit old issues about personal finances. Have you lent money to a friend who still hasn’t paid you back? It might be time to ask that person. Are you planning to invest? You may want to hold on to that thought until Mercury goes direct again. Definitely don’t indulge in shopping. The bright side is that this retrograde pushes you to reconnect with an old friend while you give your finances a rest.

July 23 - August 22

Prepare for your finances to take a hit, Leo. Make sure you’re not making any huge financial decisions and spend time re-thinking on innovative ways to earn income. This Mercury retrograde is also going to make you appear emotionally distant, so don’t be put off if people close to you tell you that you’re giving off mixed signals. Be mindful of your body language for that could be the reason for you appearing so hard to reach. 

August 23 - September 22

Since the retrograde is in your sign, it is going to make you overthink everything even more. This could lead people to misunderstand where you’re coming from, and they may misinterpret your body language and the signals you’re giving off. Practice extra care when it comes to your intuition (you may feel your intuition is not as reliable as before) and your body language (are you reading too much into a certain situation?). Take time off to review how others perceive you. Is it working for you or against you? 

September 23 - October 22

Mercury in retrograde affects areas related to travel, legal affairs, education and the past, and you can be sure to expect disruptions in all of these. Be aware of lies, for there could be someone who is deceiving you. You may find it difficult to rely on your intuition right now, and that could be a major source of distress for you. It’s not all in your head, Libra—just make sure you openly communicate with your friends, for they could be giving off mixed signals that you misinterpret.  

October 23 - November 21

Dear Scorpio, this may just not be the best time to hold grudges against your colleagues or bosses. This Mercury retrograde is going to drastically affect your communication and relationships with your co-workers, and you do not want past drama adding on to the effects of the retrograde (something you have totally no control over). What you do have control over, though, is to be as clear in your speech as possible (no, that doesn’t mean speaking up your mind and foul-mouthing people you dislike). Put off taking any actions as your judgment is compromised. Also, you could face some issues with technology. Make sure you back everything up.

November 22 - December 21

All communication with bosses and co-workers should be carefully maintained and monitored, for anything you say can be misconstrued. There could be delays in travel and education plans. If you’re re-thinking your life path right now, it might be helpful to simply think and not take any decisions, as you may regret it later on. If circumstances seem difficult, just remember to be transparent. 

December 22 - January 19

Delays, lost reservations, last minute cancellations… Capricorn, your travels are going to be affected adversely this Mercury retrograde. Finances could be another area that could be hit hard, so make sure you are not making any investments or not missing out your deadline for that loan payment. Steer clear of travel for the next three weeks, and you could happily pretend there’s no Mercury in retrograde.

January 20 - February 18

Aquarius, prepare for a rocky period in all of your partnerships, from personal to professional. Misunderstandings could arise in negotiations and one-on-one communications. There could also be some issues with your finances—ensure you double check everything and read between the lines. Be as non-judgmental with your partner, and be transparent, for there are chances an ex-partner can resurface. 

February 19 - March 20

Decode what people are actually trying to say, Pisces, and you will be able to avert major misunderstandings, especially with your partner. The key here is to focus on the meaning behind the words instead of the words. Try not to over-react and practice non-judgment while communicating with your loved ones. Mixed messages coming from your partner could be a source of disappointment. Steer clear of office gossip and simply focus on your work until Mercury turns direct.