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Prepare for Chaos, Because Mercury Retrograde Is Back

The stars are looking real chaotic right about...now. Aries season has us all feeling wired and ready for action, the recent eclipse has everyone’s life turning upside down, and now? It’s time for Mercury Retrograde! This Mercury Retrograde will take place from April 1 to 25 in the sign of Aries, so the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn will be feeling the heat the most right now. Leo and Sagittarius, however, will have a bit of an easier time.

ICYDK, Mercury Retrograde is a time where technology can glitch out, cars can act funky, and important messages get lost, so it can be a generally frustrating time. While Mercury’s retracing its steps in the sky, you’re also going back—people, old jobs, and projects all from the past come around. (And yes, this includes your ex.) This is a time to figure out whether you want to reintroduce these things into your life, or find a way to get closure and move on for good.


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When it's in Aries, Mercury is fiery, creative, and loud—great for being a leader, coming up with bright ideas, initiating new projects, or starting important conversations. But when it’s retrograde, Mercury in Aries can easily be misdirected. Instead of fiery and fun, you might come off as aggressive. Instead of loud and extroverted, you might come off as extra, over-the-top, or annoying. Plus, Mercury Retrograde in Aries makes you love to talk, but hate to listen. So for the next few weeks, be mindful with your words and try your best to be patient!

As people and projects from your past come flooding back, take this Mercury Retrograde as an opportunity to take stock. Figure out what needs to stay, what needs to go, and what needs to come back into your life. This is not a time to start new relationships, sign any contracts, or make any big decisions—this is the time to clear out your life so you can make those decisions in the future. Good luck!

Read your Sun/Rising sign horoscope:

Aries

This Mercury Retrograde is in your sign, so you’re getting hit the hardest (sry!!!). Watch your mouth: You’re extra prone to word salad-ing and misspeaking, so thinking before you speak is extra important. Try to keep your temper in check, too. If you start any fights, you are not gonna win.

Taurus

You got haters praying on your downfall, Taurus. It could be fake friends or shady coworkers, but it’s most likely an ex of yours. Not necessarily an ex-lover, just someone who used to be important to you. Instead of starting a fight and being aggressive, try to squash the beef as nicely as you can. You might even be able to move forward as friends. It’s really not likely, but it’s possible!

Gemini

Your friend group is playing a game of musical chairs this Mercury Retrograde. People are being exposed as fakers and haters and players, so you’re not sure about who to surround yourself with. People are spreading rumors, talking shit, and it’s all coming back to you. If you’re the one being shady, then they’re defs going to hear about it, too—just a heads up. Keep it simple: Focus on getting closer with your friends that actually matter, get rid of the haters, and look forward to finding new replacement friends in the future!

Cancer

It’s all eyes on you at the moment, so you better be extra careful this retrograde. There’s a lot of miscommunication happening at work, especially with your boss. You need to mind your ps and qs, Cancer, because what you think is an innocent remark or question could come off as rudeness or even insubordination. Pay special attention to the details on any projects you’re working on, too. Try to avoid delivering your final results until after the retrograde.

Leo

Mercury Retrograde is notorious for technology glitches, transportation issues, and scheduling mishaps. If you’re going on any trips this spring, you need to make sure you’re on time and fully prepared. You’re also having your opinions challenged this retrograde. Disagreements can easily turn into arguments or straight-up fights, so I encourage you to practice patience and keep an open mind. It’s okay if people have different opinions, y’know!

Virgo

This Mercury Retrograde is trying to help you get your finances together, Virgo. If you haven’t been keeping on top of all of your bills and borrowed money, things could get a little tricky. Money’s tough to come by right now, I know, but if you’re able to make payments or start putting away some $$ to pay off any loans, I suggest starting that now, because you’re likely to face additional unexpected bills and expenses. On the bright side, if anybody owes you money, you’re sure to get paid back soon.

Libra

Your chart’s zone of relationships is being activated by this Mercury Retrograde, so there’s potential drama happening with you and your boo or your bestie. It’s not the end of the relationship by any means, but Mercury Retrograde is here to help you work out the issues. Focus on being a strong communicator and active listener, and encourage your partner to open up as well. P.S.: You’re very likely to run into an ex or two soon, so watch out!

Scorpio

If you’re feeling cruddy, get it checked out. This Mercury Retrograde is in your chart’s health/wellness zone, so you’re feeling amplified symptoms at the moment. If you’re not eating right, staying active, or getting enough sleep, the side effects are coming on strong. Don't worry, though—this is merely an exaggeration of symptoms you’ve already been feeling. Set healthier habits now and they’ll stick for a long time.

Sagittarius

You’re having the easiest time with this retrograde, Sagittarius. Your chart’s zone of romance, sex, and fun is being lit up by Mercury Retrograde right now, so there’s a chance of running into ex-flames—and I'm not talking about someone you dated for five years, I'm talking about people you didn’t have anything really serious with. This is an opportunity to reconnect and link up again, if you want. There’s potential for issues in the bedroom, but you should use this as an opportunity to try something fun, ~kinky~, and new! Don’t stress, you got this.

Capricorn

First of all, you can expect a dishwasher, a microwave, or some other appliance to break soon, because this Mercury Retrograde is in your birth chart's 4th House, which rules your home. Try to fix it yourself, or at least avoid ordering a replacement until after the retrograde. There’s also potential for miscommunications and even big arguments or fights with your family or roommates. Keep a level head and try to talk things out. Finally, this is a bad time to move or buy real estate, so if you can wait it out ‘til the end of April, I suggest doing so. If you can't, triple-check every sentence on that lease.

Aquarius

Start using spell check on every message you send, Aquarius, and check your spam folder regularly. This retrograde is all about communication mishaps, so you’re missing calls, forgetting to send important emails, and unintentionally ghosting people left and right. A little mindfulness goes a long way right now. I strongly encourage you to think before speaking or hitting send.

Pisces

You gotta rebalance your budget, buddy. Frivolous spending, too many “treat yourself” days, and other forms of financial irresponsibility are catching up to you. In fact, your bank account might start looking a little empty if you don’t get your act together soon. This is a time where surprise bills can trickle in, so you want to be prepared for anything!

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