Aries Zodiac Signs (March 21 - April 19)
This retrograde spends the majority of its time in your house of partnerships, Aries — meaning that you’ll probably hit some relationship roadblocks or run into confusing communication issues with your closest comrades. Old disagreements with a partner could suddenly resurface and require further discussion, or past lovers could pop back onto your radar, bringing an opportunity for reconnection or closure.
Be extra cautious about making impulsive decisions or overreacting to retrograde mishaps around Sept. 18, as that’s the peak of Mercury’s opposition to the expansive planet Jupiter in your sign. While Jupiter often brings optimism and luck, this tense aspect could amplify the retrograde’s effects and make misunderstandings seem like a bigger deal than they really are.
Virgo Zodiac Signs (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
We’ll be in the middle of Virgo season when this retrograde kicks off, so as someone born under the sign of the cosmic maiden, you’re guaranteed to feel the astrological intensity. But this is especially true once your ruling planet Mercury backspins into your sign on Sept. 23. The first half of Mercury’s moonwalk will hit your chart’s financial sector, which could cause money mix-ups or draw you to deals that are too good to be true. Be discerning about how you spend your cash, as you may find that the investments you’re eyeing now have some undesirable hidden strings attached.
Additionally, relationship dynamics and matters of self-worth may come up for review around Sept. 26, when Mercury meets with the love planet Venus in your sign. Give yourself some space to explore your thoughts about romance, identity, and your values and ensure that your heart is aligning with your head.
Libra Zodiac Signs (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Most of Mercury’s upcoming backspin will be happening in your sign, Libra, so prepare for these retrograde mix-ups to feel extra personal. You’re dealing with matters of self-expression and identity, so it’s a good time to review how you’ve been presenting yourself and interacting with the world.
While things may be confusing, look forward to a potential moment of clarity when Mercury meets with the sun in Libra on Sept. 23 — the day Libra season officially begins. This is a bright spot in the retrograde cycle, and it also marks a turning point in this cosmic journey that could shift your focus deeper inward. From this point forward, you can use the retrograde to connect with your intuition. Your subconscious has lots to share with you right now, even if the messages seem jumbled, so prioritize some alone time where you can sit with your thoughts. Once the retrograde clears, you’ll have a better idea of what your soul is trying to say.
Capricorn Zodiac Signs (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Professional endeavors are a big deal to most people, but this is especially true for a driven and hardworking earth sign like yourself, Capricorn. This retrograde could be challenging because it spends most of its journey in your powerful house of career and public image. Be on high alert when it comes to potential communication errors at work, and re-read emails and meeting invites before hitting send.
This retrograde also offers you a chance to dig into your belief system and reconnect with your higher aspirations. On Sept. 27, both Mercury and value-oriented Venus will form a harmonious trine aspect with transformational planet Pluto in your sign, activating an intense sense of focus and lots of deep thoughts. This is a great time to dig beneath the surface of previously-overlooked issues or plot some power moves that’ll help you get ahead on your goals.