From December 3-22 Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, will travel retrograde in the philosophical sign of Sagittarius. Over these weeks you'll have an opportunity to rethink your moral stance or what might be a self-righteous perspective concerning a specific area of your life. This will also be a valuable time to slow down and make sure you're truly assimilating a subject matter you might be studying. Anticipate delays with travel -- especially if you are traveling overseas. This will be a perfect time, however, to re-test for a certification of license that is due for renewal or to visit a part of the world you never have before.
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Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You'll need extra patience over the next few weeks if you are studying for an advanced degree or are in a class to test for a license or certification. Mercury will be retrograde in your 9th House of Learning, making it an ideal time to hire a tutor or form a study group to make sure you've got all the information embedded into your brain the way it needs to be. Also, if you're involved in a legal matter you might experience frustrating delays. Fortunately, it's all temporary.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
If you recently applied for a mortgage, loan, or line of credit, or if you are attempting to secure venture capital for an investment, you'll need to be patient during this Mercury Retrograde. Expect delays or botched paperwork. You and your financial advisor or accountant might also be playing phone tag with each other for a bit. Don't worry; everything will begin to sort out after Mercury turns direct on December 22.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Now is the time for serious relationship rehab. You and your partner might notice extra frustration with communication over the next few weeks while Mercury travels retrograde through your 7th House of Relationships. Misunderstandings and miscommunication might be the rule rather than the exception. Fortunately, you'll also have an opportunity to go back to unfinished conversations or decisions you've had a stalemate on and possibly resolve them once and for all.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You might have more paperwork come across your desk than you know what to do with -- especially if there are assignments that require extensive revision over the next few weeks. At first, however, you may feel quite overwhelmed at just how much you've got on your plate. Remember -- handle one task at a time. On the plus side, this Mercury Retrograde creates a fabulous opportunity to re-organize your office space and find a more efficient and productive strategy for completing tasks and assignments.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
It's time to clear your mind of the mental clutter that has been holding you back from experiencing the most joyful love life possible. Perhaps you still have unresolved debris from a previous relationship that you're holding on to. If so, this Mercury Retrograde in your 5th House of Love and Dating will be a valuable time to talk to someone you trust so that you can delete the fragments of romantic wreckage from your mind once and for all. If you're second guessing what to do in a current romance, hold off on all final decisions until after Mercury is back on track. For now, ruminate.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
You might find yourself in the middle of a miscommunication with at least one relative while Mercury retrogrades through your 4th House of Family. Recognize that it's all too easy to misunderstand what each other's words and intentions are right now, and do what you can to give your family member the benefit of the doubt. If there is a major decision you have to make with someone in your clan, try to put it off until after Mercury regulates his orbit. Until then, you'll only feel as if you're going in circles.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Out of every sign, you'll be the one most sensitive to problems with communications during this Mercury Retrograde. That's because Mercury will be in your message sector. As a result, you might have to contend with more of the hassles like delays, lost mail, sending an email or text to the wrong person, or even a problem negotiating a contract. Fortunately, this will also be an opportunity for you to find any errors in a writing or other communications-related project and correct them.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
You might realize that you've been mismanaging money recently. In fact, you might notice that money has gone missing and you're not sure why. Before you panic, realize that it's possible you simply forgot where the money went. Perhaps, for example, you signed up for a recurring subscription payment that might have come due. These are the kinds of financial blunders that happen when Mercury is retrograde in your earned income sector. They serve as a reminder that, when it comes to your financial health, you can't let it run on auto-pilot.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
You might not be able to convey your vital thoughts and ideas in as seamless a way as you'd hope to during this Mercury Retrograde. This might be because you're trying too hard or because you're overthinking a situation. Another possibility is that all of a sudden you're second guessing yourself too much. Take misunderstandings with others for what they are now and don't read more into it. Perhaps a better strategy until Mercury turns direct will be to revise your personal goals and approach. Don't implement changes until after the retrograde is over.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
If you have any creative revisions to make on a communications project, the next few weeks might be quite positive for you. With Mercury traveling retrograde in your 12th House of Escape, you'll find a way to carve out extra time in solitude in order to rework your book or other endeavor. Another possibility is that you will go back to visit someone who has been sick in the hospital or is battling an addiction or depression. This person might have a relapse now and need your support. You'll be there.
Aquarius (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
While Mercury is retrograde in your friendship sector, it's possible that you and a pal will go through a phase of frustrating miscommunication. What's equally possible, however, is that you and a friend you have been out of touch with for quite some time will now reconnect. In other news, if you're working on a website or other technological endeavor, this will be a time to exercise extra patience. Anticipate delays and rework what you already have in place rather than forging ahead with new ideas.
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
If you and your boss are not seeing eye to eye over the next few weeks take a deep breath and try to ride it out. Don't approach him or her for a meeting and attempt to discuss your points -- you're not likely to make any progress. In fact, you'll probably feel completely frustrated and as a result, might end up saying something to your boss your later regret. This is the time to quietly re-evaluate your professional goals. Fly under the radar with VIP's until after Mercury has stationed direct.
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