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Don’t Plan A Date With These 3 Zodiac Signs During Mercury Retrograde

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Single and trying to date in the middle of a Mercury retrograde? I wish you all the luck, especially if you're dating an air sign. Mercury retrograde is here until July 12, and anyone dating a Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius might want to have a backup plan prepared in case of last-minute cancellations. According to an astrologer, these three signs are most likely to cancel a date during Mercury retrograde. If you thought they were flakey before, the next few weeks might show you just how flakey they really can be.

In general, Mercury retrogrades have a bad reputation for messing with plans, travel, technology, and communication. But as astrologer Leslie McGuirk tells Bustle, it doesn't have to be all that bad if you understand which signs get influenced most. Many people believe that Mercury retrograde influences everyone in the same way, but that's not really true. For instance, signs like Mercury-ruled Gemini or Virgo are more likely to be thrown off by their ruling planet moving backward than the rest of the zodiac. The same goes for Cancer born individuals since this summer's Mercury retrograde will be happening in the sign of Cancer.

Knowing which signs will be influenced by the retrograde most may make dating easier over the next few weeks. It's less frustrating to get canceled on at the last minute when you understand that some people aren't acting like their typical selves. You're less likely to take it too personally. According to McGuirk, these are the three zodiac signs most likely to cancel a date during Mercury retrograde.

Gemini (May 21 — June 20)

Gemini is known for being one of the flakiest signs among the zodiac. Honestly, it would be more surprising to find them actually sticking to plans. Geminis are very go-with-the-flow and have a tendency to change their minds a lot. When their ruling planet, Mercury, goes retrograde, it can throw them off. They may not be as clever and charming as they usually are. According to McGuirk, the twins may also go back and forth more than usual. Unless they're super, super into you, there's a good chance they'll cancel a date during Mercury's retrograde period.

Libra (September 23 — October 22)

Venus-ruled Libras are flirty, fun, sociable, and make awesome dates. However, they have a big problem when it comes to scheduling. They're big people-pleasers, hate saying no to anyone, and can be a bit forgetful at times. It's not uncommon for a Libra to book two events on the same night, so it's up to them to decide which one they'd rather attend. Like Gemini, McGuirk says Libras also have a tendency to go back and forth on their decisions. If something big and exciting comes up on the day of your date, they'll have no problem flaking on you at the last minute. If they're still interested, they'll try to reschedule.

Aquarius (January 20 — February 18)

Aquarius is a fiercely independent air sign that does whatever they want whenever they want. Because of that, McGuirk says they're usually all over the place. If something comes up or they're just not in the mood, they'll likely cancel on you. You might go out eventually, but just don't expect them to be the first one to reach out and reschedule. Even if they would like to go out with you, they don't really prioritize dating and relationships. You'll have to be persistent about getting them on a date.


Leslie McGuirk, an astrologer and author of The Power Of Mercury