Aries: Load up on prevention, Aries. Today, expressive Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your sixth house of health and wellness, until September 22. Over the next three weeks, you could be susceptible to picking up the germs floating around. Inoculate yourself against late summer viruses by taking extra sanitary measures. Hit the gym with as much regularity as you can (even though you might not feel like working out)—and stretch out to avoid injuries. Curb self-critical tendencies, especially around body image. With a haywire Mercury in your heady sixth house, you could go overboard with analysis-paralysis.
Taurus: Romantic reckoning? Today, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your fifth house of passion and creativity, until September 22. Don’t be surprised if you get a friend request from an ex, or some other overture from a lost love. Is this former flame worth a do-over? If you’re in a relationship, you could be ruminating on the past, too. Maybe you’re not over a fight, or some old sticking point comes back up for you. If that’s the case, be direct about your feelings. Avoid being sarcastic or passive-aggressive at all costs.
Gemini: Static on the homefront? Today, communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your fourth house of domestic matters, until September 22. During this time, a home improvement project could slow down, or maybe you have a misunderstanding with a roommate or relative, especially a female. Chateau Gemini could be a source of stress. Whatever the hiccup, the friction can escalate quickly, as this is a sensitive section of your chart. Instead of getting caught in the fray, reflect on ways you can take better care of yourself, honoring your emotions and treating yourself with extra love.
Cancer: Say what? Today, communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your expressive third house. Until September 22, choose your words wisely, as there’s a good chance you’ll be misunderstood. Sales pitches and meetings can fall flat, and brainstorming sessions could yield less-than-stellar ideas. To avoid frustration, don’t push ahead stubbornly on new projects. Instead, revisit ventures already in progress, including writing or teaching endeavors. A kindred spirit from yesteryear may emerge out of the blue—stay tuned!
Leo: Check those receipts. Today, thoughtful Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your second house of work and finances. Until September 22, mind your money. Cash flow might get suddenly tight, prompting you to reexamine your budget and also how you earn your money. In a pinch, you may return to an old client or employer for a one-off gig (or maybe to even pick up again continuously). At the office, choose your words carefully, especially in emails. The last thing you need is to find your scathing words making the rounds unexpectedly.
Virgo: Have you been in this movie before? Today, you might feel like you’ve landed in an alternative (and eerily familiar) universe, as clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your first house of self, until September 22. Get ready to flash back to your past. Caution: this won’t necessarily be an easy-breezy cycle. During this three-week period, you could be subject to epic misunderstandings, where your witty words fall flat and even offend people. Too much self-promotion (or any self-promotion) could backfire, too. Spend this time reviewing your progress toward personal goals. You may cut one or two from your list.
Libra: Nobody knows the trouble you’ve seen. Well, not exactly—but a self-pitying mood might be hard to shake, as communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your twelfth house of the subconscious and sacrifice. Over the next three weeks, you could get lost in a swamp of emotional baggage: old wounds, old relationships, old fears. Instead of wallowing, take this opportunity to finally gain closure. If you find yourself lapsing into a self-absorbed state, ask how you can make a difference. Volunteer work, or simply being there for others, might put your woes into perspective.
Scorpio: Friendly fire? Today, clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your eleventh house of platonic connections and group activity, until September 22. During the next three weeks, you may have some frustrating misunderstandings with a friend. A team project, especially a tech venture, could go off the rails with scrambled signals. Watch out for backstabbing and hidden agendas in your circle. When it comes to colleagues and friends, live by the dictum, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Your silence, in this case, could be especially golden.
Sagittarius: Career caution? Today, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your tenth house of professional ambitions, until September 22. Over the next three weeks, you could clash with an authority figure, a high-profile client or a significant man in your life, as misunderstandings are abound. Instead of taking conflict personally, reel in your focus. Ask yourself if there’s a way that you can step into your leadership and power. No matter what your title or salary, you are the author of your own life experiences. Remember that, Sag.
Capricorn: Destination: frustration? Today, clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your ninth house of travel and adventure, until September 22. Over the next three weeks, you could feel annoyingly fenced in. Maybe it’s a job, relationship, or just, you know, your entire life. If you can revisit a favorite vacation spot or spiritual teaching, you could get back in touch with your higher calling, or at least gain some breathing room. In the meantime, why not question some of the limiting beliefs in your life, or examine structures you’ve outgrown? Freedom awaits, Capricorn.
Aquarius: The devil is in the details, so keep that eagle eye sharp. Today, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your eighth house of intimacy and shared wealth. Until September 22, you may feel stretched to the emotional max, either overrun by obsession and jealousy, or caught in a dicey power dynamic. Your suspicions and deep-seated fears may be rooted in something, but that “something” could be your own issues with trust, vulnerability and self-worth. If a shady dealing does come to light, thank the universe. This is information you needed to know.
Pisces: Partnership problems? Today, clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your seventh house of one-on-one relationships, until September 22. A significant other, work BFF or close friend could be a source of conflict. Maybe the balance of your union reveals itself to be off-kilter. You could come to realize that you’re not giving nearly as much as you could, and decide to be a more present partner. Or perhaps it’s the other way around: your generous nature is being exploited. Handle talks and negotiations with care. Since retrogrades bring back the past, an old flame could resurface. Could the second time around be the charm?