As the planet of communication, Mercury spins backward and causes confusion, should you expect your love life to spin backward too? Mercury will retrograde in Virgo from August 30 to September 22, 2016 -- and we've got tips to help you through this confusing three-week period.

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Get married! A marriage vow is one of the most important promises you'll ever make. Do you really want to tempt fate by making this promise at a time when promises are easily broken? Even if you have absolute faith in your love, Mercury Retrograde can wreak havoc with the wedding ceremony itself. The justice of the peace may not show up, the caterer's oven could break down or the reception hall might reserve the wrong date. Why subject yourself to the potential hassles?

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Renew your vows. If you're already married, there's no better time to reassert your devotion. Take this opportunity to throw a reception that you can really enjoy; you'll be far more relaxed the second time around. You'll feel less frenzied, so you can chat with friends, savor refreshments and dance the night away!

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Pursue a crush! You could be bitterly disappointed once Mercury goes direct again. Someone who seems totally fab will be utterly drab in a few short weeks. Whether you're looking through rose-colored glasses or beer goggles, the effect of Mercury Retrograde is the same: skewed vision.

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Bury the hatchet! If you deeply regret breaking up or having a falling out with somebody, now is the time to make amends. You don't necessarily have to reconcile, but Mercury Retrograde will allow you to release deep resentments. If you do reconcile, work to change the behavior that caused the initial breakup. Mercury Retrograde offers a wonderful opportunity to correct past mistakes

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Initiate divorce proceedings. If you're truly determined to break off things with your spouse, wait until Mercury goes direct to file papers. Otherwise, your divorce could drag out, taking a heavy toll on your bank account and emotions. Besides, the terms of your breakup should be crystal clear. That won't happen if you start divorce proceedings during Mercury Retrograde.

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Exercise patience with your beloved! If you and your mate have a terrible fight while Mercury is retrograde, it is probably due to a misunderstanding, rather than irreconcilable differences. In the event you part ways, wait until Mercury goes direct and then extend an olive branch. The two of you could pick up and move forward as if the breakup never happened. A word of warning, though: if you want to keep your partnership alive, act as though you're still committed, even though you're "officially" broken up. Engaging in a casual fling while you're on break won't strengthen your long-term prospects.

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Let a sweet-talking manipulator get the best of you! Mercury Retrograde has a way of weakening your resolve. If you've always distrusted a flirtatious admirer, take extra pains to avoid this person during Mercury's retrograde. Otherwise, you could end up joining bank accounts with this smooth operator, only to have it emptied out once Mercury goes direct...

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Look up a lost love. Mercury Retrograde could help you rekindle the sparks with someone from your past. Of course, if your romantic interest is involved with someone else, keep things platonic. Remember, if somebody leaves their partner for another person, they are apt to do it again. People who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it... particularly when Mercury is retrograde.

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Go on a first date. Mercury Retrograde makes it difficult to communicate clearly. Consequently, what you think is a fantastic joke could be interpreted as a terrible insult. Alternately, a serious remark could be taken as a light-hearted quip. Even if you manage to get your ideas across, you could hit traffic on the way to the restaurant, or find that the movie you wanted to see is sold out. Instead of starting off things on the wrong foot, wait until Mercury goes direct to make your initial romantic contact.

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Return to favorite old haunts! If you're already in a relationship, this would be a great time to go back to the restaurant where you went on your first date, or take a second honeymoon at the hotel where you originally stayed. Mercury Retrograde tends to deepen your appreciation for things that have always given you pleasure.

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