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If you follow astrology, you know that Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap in the realm of the stars. And I'm as guilty as anyone at pointing fingers and laying blame when it comes to the planet of communication and technology messing up my mojo. (I'm an Aries, I can't help it!)

But I've also said this before, and I'll say it again: Mercury retrograde doesn't have to be all bad. It can be a time of renewal and transformation, especially when sandwiched between a three-eclipse series, like it is this summer, and at a time when several other planets have been retrograde as well. So go on and take that much-needed breather, astro babes. You deserve it.

According to the AstroTwins, it may be tempting at this time, especially as it's ostentatious Leo season, "to charge full steam ahead with a passion project. [But] doing so might only delay the mission further (or worse, cause an epic crash and burn)." Trust us, it's worth it to remember to back up and take that momentary pause to reflect, no matter your sign — so that you can forge full steam ahead once Mercury has stationed direct once again on August 19th. 

And while you're at it? Keep reading to discover what's in the cosmic cards for your sign during this Mercury retrograde.