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The planet Mercury governs ground transportation (cars, trucks, motorcycles, bikes) and communications (including cell phones, computers, printers) plus the post office, accounting services, newspapers, copy services, buses, taxis and couriers. For the last time this year, Mercury will be retrograde from Sept.17 to Oct. 9. But these dates don't reflect when Mercury slows down beforehand; or later catches up to where it was when it first went retrograde. The outer dates are Sept. 8 - Oct. 24. If buying something expensive, use the outer dates. This means we have one week left to begin things! After that - best to finish old business. Mercury retrograde focuses on your past, which means this is the perfect time for an orphandectomy (that's where you have your family removed).

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Mercury retrograde is about to take place in the sign of Libra, which is 180 degrees opposite Aries. Because this entire event is opposite you, it will affect your partnerships and close friendships. Since every Mercury retrograde summons the past back into the present - you will hear from old friends and ex-partners. These ex partners could be professional partners or ex-spouses and old partners. You will definitely run into these people or hear from them in some way. Make an effort to look good when you go out, because you never know when you will bump into someone significant - and living well is the best revenge! ("Look what you're missing.")

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a playful, romantic, creative time! Lucky Tauruses are on a vacation, living the good life. "More whiskey and fresh horses for my men!" However, many are also busy redecorating or renovating where they live or exploring real-estate deals. If you are beginning something new that you want to really take off - begin this in the next week because after Sept. 8, (and definitely Sept. 17) you will be better off finishing what is already on your plate. (During Mercury retrograde, it's easy to finish old business; but difficult to begin something new.) Delays, breakdowns and communication snafus will frustrate you at work for most of this month and October. Oy vey.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This week, you might have some confusion at home, especially with a parent or a family member. Fortunately, your communication skills are sweet and strong now, which means you can talk yourself out of anything. But in a week, your ruler Mercury starts to slow down to go retrograde on the 17th. This will definitely attract old flames back into your life. Woo woo! This could be interesting or horrifying, depending on your past. The rest of the month is the perfect time to finish creative projects and wrap up business related to vacations, the arts, your kids, the entertainment world and the hospitality industry. How sweet it is!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

When Mercury slows down next week, it will create delays and confusion to anything in your life related to home, family and your personal world. This will particularly affect those of you involved in family businesses. It will make it difficult to go forward with new business; but fortunately, it will make it easy to finish up old business - anything that already exists on your plate. Family reunions and people, (especially relatives) from your past might visit you. (Or you might visit them.) To be ready for anything, clean up your digs and stock the fridge because company's coming. Use this time to finish old projects that you have already begun. Ah yes, there's no time like the pleasant.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Each Mercury retrograde is different because it takes place in a different sign, which means it occurs in a different part of your chart. The Mercury retrograde that starts in a week will be a pain in the proverbial butt because it occurs in the part of your chart that focuses on Mercury activity: communications with others, especially siblings, relatives and neighbours; and transportation - short trips etc. This means you will hear from family members you haven't heard from for a while, especially siblings. Please give yourself extra time for delays due to missed buses, trains or breakdowns with your car or truck. There will be frustrations but fortunately, Venus, Mars and Jupiter bless you and balance things in your life beautifully

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Things are going well with you with both the Sun and Jupiter in your sign. It doesn't get much better than this. (Well, there is always better, isn't there?) This particular Mercury retrograde, which starts a week from now, and intensifies on the 17th, will affect your cash flow, earnings, assets and possessions. Almost certainly, cheques in the mail will be late. In fact, all kinds of financial transactions will be delayed. However, the good news is that money deals that you want to complete will easily be wrapped up. You might find something that you misplaced or lost. Or someone might return something to you. You have divine protection this year with Jupiter in your sign. Yes!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You will feel this particular Mercury retrograde because it's happening in your sign. This means you'll be plagued with silly errors. You might miss an appointment time or have the wrong place. You might misplace papers, books and magazines. You might forget things and be late for appointments. Frustrating delays will frazzle you. Friends and people from your past, including ex-partners, will be back on the scene. On the upside, you can swiftly finish something you've been wanting to do. Oh yes. You will attack these stalled projects like a hot knife slicing through butter. Well, you win some, you lose some. Brain cells come and brain cells go but fat cells live forever.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

It will be an interesting, productive Mercury retrograde for Scorpio. You love secrets. (All Scorpios have the mind of a sleuth.) And because this Mercury retrograde takes place in a hidden part of your chart, many hidden things will bubble up to the surface. For starters, your ability to research anything, or discover secrets and solutions to old problems will be excellent during Sept. and Oct. This is good news! The bad news is that your own secrets that you have buried so carefully and deeply might also be exposed to the world. "I didn't do it! I've been framed!" (Always tell the truth unless you're an exceptionally good liar.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

It's an exciting time because you're about to set off on a new journey - and there's nothing better than new journeys! This journey however, is special. It's a once-in-a-30-year cycle. Among other things, it's a journey where you will reinvent yourself from 2015 to 2023. And hey, you had to give up so much in the last couple of years. (Groan.) Meanwhile, back at the homepage, friends you forgot you even had will be popping up in your life again. (Remember the friendship rule: If you lend someone $50 and never see them again - it was probably worth it.) Actually, it's good to have history with others. Plus, Sagittarians know how to water their trap line so they can have places to crash all over the world.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Do pay attention to the ramifications of this particular Mercury retrograde and how it will affect the sign of Capricorn. For starters, you have to remember that respect and status are important to you. Your reputation counts. Therefore, to have mixed-up communications and missed appointments and lost paperwork with authority figures makes you grind your teeth at night. Horrors! You want to impress others - not look like a flake. Nevertheless, this will happen. Stay on your toes to do damage control. You will also meet old bosses and authority figures from your past, including parents (unless you had an orphandectomy, see All Signs.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This Mercury retrograde will be useful for you but it will have pitfalls. The good news is it will help you to finish a book, an important paper you're writing or help you study, especially history or anything from the past. You'll be surprised at how easy it will be to do this. The bad news is Mercury retrograde will create delays, mixed-up communications, missed appointments and confusion in travel reservations and dealing with foreign countries. Some of these errors will also apply to legal matters and anything to do with medicine. The upside is that legal matters can be finished quickly; however, you will have to be alert for errors and silly mistakes. (This is mostly peanuts. Hey, two percent of zero is almost nothing.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a tricky Mercury retrograde coming up for you; and you will start to feel its effects within a week. On the plus side, it will impact a lot of red-tape details in your life, especially dealing with inheritances, shared property, taxes, debt and insurance issues, in other words, anything where your wealth, money or assets are tied up with someone else. This means that you will be able to quickly bring these matters to a fast conclusion a resolution. This is good. However, on the downside, these same areas will be subject to mistakes, errors and little details that might be overlooked. This is not so good! I think the benefits will outweigh the disadvantages, which means you can wrap up a lot of loose details in the next six weeks.