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Retrograde Report

Posted 03/02/2020 by Erin Maloof

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Mercury is in retrograde so tune in to see what you should do during this time period based on your astrological sign!

“Retrograde” in astrological terms is when the planet’s orbital alignment causes it to appear as if it is moving backwards in the sky. For Mercury, this happens three times a year. This year, Mercury is in retrograde from February 17th – March 10th, June 18th – July 12th, and October 14th – November 3rd. Periods of retrograde are generally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration in daily life like missing a train or plans being cancelled. It’s important for people to be prepared so the retrograde doesn’t catch them off guard. Here are the best ways to endure the retrograde according to your sign.

Pisces (Feb 19th – Mar 20th): Pisces! As a sensitive sign, the retrograde can sometimes hit you the hardest. Remember to speak your mind on things that matter because your voice deserves to be heard. However, don’t let yourself over-analyze things to the point of worry. Rely on your friends to listen and help you when you’re lost and you’ll be just fine. 

Aries (Mar 21st – Apr 19th): Aries are full of energy and get straight to the point. However, with Mercury in retrograde, communication can be difficult. Aries like conversations to be quick and direct, but those kinds of conversations are rare during retrograde. Try your best to stop and listen to others because believe it or not – they might actually be right. Frustration comes easily but patience is better, so be patient with people because they are probably struggling too. 

Taurus (Apr 20th – May 20th): Mercury rules over communication and financial issues, so be careful making big purchases during retrograde. When problems arise with money or relationships, don’t be stubborn. Taurus signs can be very hard headed, so try especially to listen to others and accept help when you need it. 

Gemini (May 21st – Jun 20th): Gemini! Spend time with yourself this retrograde. Misunderstandings are common during this time, so make sure to be patient with yourself and reflect on your ideas before sharing them with others. It’s a new year and retrograde is a great opportunity to make amends with yourself regarding past transgressions or unresolved issues. Tie up those loose ends and get ready for a fresh start.

Cancer (Jun 21st – Jul 22nd): As one of the more sensitive signs, your intuition usually serves you well. However, be wary of relying on it too much during retrograde. Be careful about anything you do when it comes to work – double check everything you do to avoid mishaps and don’t consider starting any big new projects until retrograde is over. Feel free to reflect on and continue old projects, but avoid starting anything new.

Leo (Jul 23rd – Aug 22nd): Mercury in retrograde spells trouble for your financial situation, Leo. Make sure to save your money and spend it wisely during this time because making big purchases could backfire. Be especially kind to your loved ones and show them how much you care. It’s important to be patient when communicating during retrograde and so keep your cool and try not to let people get under your skin. 

Virgo (Aug 23rd – Sept 22nd): Mercury rules over Virgo’s career matters so be careful not to make any big decisions regarding your job or direction in life right now. Make sure to continue to work diligently and double check your work during this time. Virgos don’t like making mistakes, but they are bound to happen during retrograde. Remember to be patient, forgive yourself, and try again to achieve your goals.

Libra (Sept 23rd – Oct 22nd): This retrograde you may find yourself being extra forgetful Libra! Remember to take things slow and communicate clearly. Give yourself extra time during the day in case there’s anything you forget to do. Be wary of packed schedules and try not to burn yourself out. Retrograde is a great time to slow down, take a breath, and spend time with those you love!

Scorpio (Oct 23rd – Nov 21st): Be careful, Scorpio, as retrograde can really throw your financial situation for a loop. Take a hint from Virgo and be more frugal than normal. Be especially careful with spending your money on others because it might not be reciprocated right now. Emotionally, try to keep your cool when others are frustrating you because sometimes your words can come out a little harsh, especially during retrograde. 

Sagittarius (Nov 22nd – Dec 21st): Sagittarius, socializing is definitely one of your best skills, but your body language may be misinterpreted more this month. You might give off a lot of mixed signals to others. So, this is a good time to reflect on how others perceive you. Be true to yourself and communicate clearly and those who appreciate you most will have your back. Be careful and try not to confront too many people because fights will surely ensue.

Capricorn (Dec 22nd – Jan 19th): During this retrograde, you might find it hard to stay on track with all things “adulting”. Try your best to plan out your days and be diligent when getting your work done, but remember to take time for yourself to rest up! Mishaps will undoubtedly happen so try not to blame yourself when things go wrong. You might also find your intuition is lacking and you might not be able to pick up on the signs that you normally do. Avoid deep conversations this month Capricorn, especially if there are things you wish to keep concealed. 

Aquarius (Jan 20th – Feb 18th): Aquarius, you may find yourself reminiscing about old friends during this retrograde and some may even make a reappearance in your life. However, be careful not to make any rash decisions regarding them. Remember, some relationships ended for a reason, so be wary of giving people second chances. It’s important to remember your self worth and reflect on how much you have grown.