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Mercury represents how we Communicate and interact with others. Whenever Mercury goes Retrograde (or backwards/slows down) there is a tendency for all properties of this planet to go haywire. Mercury rules computers, cars, cell phones, travel, travel schedules and all things related to how we communicate and utilize these methods of communication.

Schedules or your best laid plans can be interrupted on short or, in fact, no notice at all. People can arrive late or not show up at all. Traffic, cars, planes and any other form of transportation especially can be a nightmare during this time. If you buy anything during this transit, chances are very high that your purchase will malfunction or need to be returned. If you order something on the Internet, it could arrive only to be the wrong size, item or color. Another example of Mercury's influence would be that your mail doesn't arrive or it's sent someplace else. Associates, employees and others will make mistakes that will need to be corrected at a later date. And if you sign any contract during this time, expect problems to arise and probably a need to go back and renegotiate.

Cover your tracks and double check the fine print during Mercury retrograde. During this time, it is best to postpone major purchases, romantic commitments (you could change your mind and not want to be with this particular person after all) and be clear and concise in all of your communications with others. Say things twice if you have to so that you can be certain that nothing is left open to interpretation. You might notice that people from your past tend to come back into your life (or at least try to) during a Mercury retrograde. So, be on the lookout for people from your past reaching out to you during this time as well. Think of Mercury retrograde as time of rebuilding, revisiting, rethinking and rewriting. The key word is re:! You might want to rethink, review, return or reevaluate someone or something in your life. This is not an ideal time to begin new projects or relationships according to Astrology.

This year, Mercury will retrograde three times. Make sure to see which will give you the most trouble during the Mercury retrogrades in your sign this year. The sign into which Mercury goes Retrograde also can give you an idea into additional areas that will be strongly affected.

(January 21st - February 11th) in Aquarius - 1/21 - 2/11

(May 18th - June 11th) in Gemini - 5/18 - 6/11

(September 17th - October 10th) in Libra - 9/17 - 10/10

Mercury (Communications, travel and intellect) affects all of us and even though you may not be a Gemini, Libra or an Aquarius, the Mercury retrograde will affect you in some way. Unless you were fortunate enough to have been born at a time when Mercury was retrograde, expect major hassles in communications, with your electronics/computers and issues with cars, transportation in general, home appliances and travel plans.

If you are an Aquarius, Gemini or a Libra, realize the effects of this year's transits can intensify and really get to you. The best way to deal with this period is to review, reflect, revise, reorganize and finish up important projects. Rest and relax and try to take it easy as much as possible. The good news is that you can find a better way to communicate during this time!  Every sign will be affected by the retrograde - especially the signs of Gemini and Virgo as Mercury is the planet that rules these two mutable signs. Check the House that Mercury will enter to see what additional areas will be affected. You could find that the properties of the House that Mercury transits will be areas that tend to cause you more frustration, miscommunications or delays. However, remember that you can use this time to your advantage by rethinking the way you come across and communicate with others.

Aries

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (11th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (3rd House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (7th House)

Taurus

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (10th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini  (2nd House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (6th House)

Gemini

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (9th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (1st House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (5th House)

Cancer

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (8th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (12th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (4th House)

Leo

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (7th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (11th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (3rd House)

Virgo

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (6th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (10th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (2nd House)

Libra

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (5th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (9th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (1st House)

Scorpio

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (4th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (8th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (12th House)

Sagittarius

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (3rd House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (7th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (11th House)

Capricorn

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (2nd House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (6th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (10th House)

Aquarius

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (1st House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (5th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (9th House)

Pisces

January 21st - Feb 11th in Aquarius (12th House)

May 18th - June 11th in Gemini (4th House)

September 17th - October 10th in Libra (8th House)