Dun dun dun…it’s that time of year again! Mercury Retrograde is back. The planet of communication, commerce, and travel is going retrograde on September 9, and it will moonwalk backwards until October 2, moving through Libra (until September 23) and Virgo. The cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are feeling this transit the most, while the air signs Gemini and Aquarius are having a less dramatic retrograde.
No matter your zodiac sign, Mercury Retrograde is a big astrological red flag for drama with exes (ex-lovers, ex-friends, and even ex-coworkers), and this is especially true since Libra is the sign of relationships. That doesn’t mean that every single ex is going to start sliding into your DMs! But a few key connections that you never truly moved on from are coming back into your life. This could include someone that you have moved on from, but they feel like there are unaddressed issues that they intend to bring up.
With Mercury being the planet of communication, this is also a time to take a close look at how you connect with others. Are you honest? Do you listen just as much as you run your mouth? Do you hold back your true thoughts and feelings? Do you talk a lot of shit about people, and rarely say what you need to say to their face? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you can certainly count on having to deal with the consequences!
Take a look at your calendar: Mercury Retrograde ends on October 2. You should spend the next few weeks reflecting, reviewing, and redoing—this is not the time to start any new major projects or relationships. That’s because the way you think, the way you communicate, and the way you approach your relationships is subject to change over the course of the retrograde. What you want now might not be what’s best for you in the future. Avoid signing contracts, too. And if you absolutely have to renew that lease/accept that job/sign that NDA, don’t let the retrograde stop you! Just make sure you pay close attention to the fine print.
Free advice: Pay very close attention to your schedule during Mercury Retrograde. It’s easier than ever now to forget appointments, run late for important meetings, and run into issues re: travel, like your train running late or missing a flight. Make sure you stay ready!
Most of all, don’t freak out! Yes, Mercury Retrograde can be a tough time, but it’s a necessary time. You’re being given the chance to move on from the past, learn how to communicate better, and revise your day-to-day life in a way that makes things run more smoothly. Good luck, and make sure you think very carefully before you speak!
Read your Sun/Rising sign horoscope for Mercury Retrograde below:
This retrograde is happening in your chart’s relationships zone, so if you’re boo’d up, expect there to be some misunderstandings between you and your partner. Learn to listen, and try to focus on compromising. If you’re single, watch out for your ex—they’re defs lurking!
Life on the job is getting hectic! You need to tidy up your desk, stay productive, and figure out a way to make the best of your time at the office. Get organized! Oh, P.S.: You need to be a little more cooperative with your coworkers.
This retrograde can be rather productive for all of you boo’d up Geminis out there! If your sex life feels stale, this is the time to work with your partner and find a way to spice things up. How can you make sexy time feel more, well, sexy? Experiment and play around, and you’ll have a great time!
First of all, there’s a big chance that home appliances can break down this retrograde. Try to fix them up, and wait until after the retrograde to buy anything new. Second of all, this is a bad time to move house—if you must, make sure you scope out your new place and don’t sign the lease until you’re positive it’s a good fit!
Every time you open your mouth, it’s just word salad. You need to think before you speak and choose your words more carefully. If you don’t expect plenty of misunderstandings over the next few weeks. Also, make sure you spell-check every text or email you send!
You need to take a look at your relationship with money, specifically when it comes to how much you spend! Try to preemptively re-budget, otherwise a surprise bill or expense might put you in the hole. Save up as much as you can right now!
With this retrograde happening in your sign, you’re getting the brunt of the drama. The way you speak, the way you work, and the way you move from place to place are all being highlighted. If you can’t hold yourself accountable for how you operate in these areas of life, you can expect a rough few weeks.
This retrograde is in your chart’s 12th house, which governs your innermost self and the completion of cycles. It’s a very emotional transit, and you can expect to deal with past connections, projects, and jobs that you never fully moved on from. This is an intense time, but try to view it as an opportunity to find closure and truly move on from the past.
Your friend group is shuffling around, and it might feel like your squad is playing musical chairs for the next few weeks. If you have any toxic buddies, you need to kick ‘em to the curb. If a frenemy of yours is acting especially shady, now’s the time to tell them to hit the road. Clear out space in your crew so that you can find new, better friends after the retrograde.
You’re always planning for the future, Capricorn, but you can’t reach your long-term goals until you deal with what’s in front of you. It may feel like busy work, but if you don’t address the incomplete assignments in your way, you’ll never achieve your dreams. Work through the small stuff now, and you’ll be surprised at how much progress you’ll make post-retrograde!
If you have any travel plans, please triple-check your schedule! Make sure everything you need is packed, you have your plane tickets on hand, and you’re 110% aware of your schedule. This is the worst time of year for missing flights or cars breaking down, so make sure you’re extra prepared if these issues pop up.
There’s an imbalance in your relationship, Pisces, and it’s up to you to find that lost equilibrium. This applies mostly to the emotional investments you make with your partner—are you both honest, open, and equally affectionate? If not, now’s the time to talk things out and find a solution. If you can’t, you might want to part ways.