Mercury is in retrograde and it could affect your zodiac

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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