Mercury is in retrograde and it could affect your zodiac

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Mercury is in retrograde. But what exactly does that mean? The term retrograde motion is when a planet appears to be orbiting backwards.

In 2016, Mercury will be in retrograde from August 30 to September 22 and again December 19 to 31.

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The planet is known to influence communication, intelligence and memory. So the retrograde can be blamed for frustration and confusion within one's life. The retrograde can cause the opposite effect.

Astrological advice during this period is to remain relaxed and flexible. However, each zodiac sign will be affected by Mercury's retrograde differently.

Aries
Will be frustrated and frazzled, you'll need to be mindful about how you speak to people.

Taurus
Think before you take action and don't make rash financial decisions.

Gemini
The ruler of communication be prepared to misspeak or lack the ability to articulate the way you use to.

Cancer
You'll likely feel annoyed by simple domestic tasks, you may have to come back to these projects later.

Leo
Your finances and communications with close loved ones may feel strained, avoid making purchases and take everything with a grain of salt.

Virgo
You may feel challenged especially in the workplace -- equipment breakdowns and cranky coworkers can be expected.

Libra
The feeling of indecisiveness may lay heavy but limit purchases and don't make any impulse decisions in terms of your appearance.

Scorpio
Be wary of of your emotions -- you may feel the need to share secrets but try jotting them in a journal to avoid repercussion.

Sagittarius
Don't travel -- you'll run into delays and long lines. Rely on your patience and sense of humor instead.

Capricorn
Avoid situations involving real estate as you're likely to run into issues with packing and movers.

Aquarius
This sign governs relationships and the retrograde could put that at risk, remember to be understanding and mindful.

Pisces
You may feel a lack of creativity and imagination which could lead to feeling overwhelmed.

So if you're feeling a little off -- blame Mercury.

Click through the gallery to learn more about Mercury's transit patterns:

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Transit of Mercury 2016
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Transit of Mercury 2016
ADDS DETAILSThe 2016 Mercury planetary transit is seen in a NASA conceptual image, made of many images captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) during the last Mercury transit in 2006. Mercury will pass between Earth and the sun in the rare astronomical event between about 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT (11:12 - 18:42 GMT) on May 9, 2016. NASA/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
People look at planet Mercury transiting across the sun with solar filters at a public viewing in Kolkata, India May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The transit of Mercury, left, in front of the Sun is seen from St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016. The photo was taken through a hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) narrow spectrum solar telescope that permits examination of the sun's protuberances and showing the surface activity. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
An Indian boy uses a a goggle made of cardboard to watch the rare transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India , Monday, May 9, 2016. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indians school children line up to look through a telescope the rare transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India , Monday, May 9, 2016. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indians school children line up to look through a telescope the rare transit of Mercury across the sun in Lucknow, India , Monday, May 9, 2016. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A man watches through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the Earth and the Sun in a rare astronomical occurrence before the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 9, 2016.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
A man watches through a specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
People watch through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
People watch through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
A woman watches through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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