While Mercury retrograde (taking place between Jul. 26 to Aug. 19 this year) isn't going to throw us completely out-of-whack in the way that some like to think, it does have the power to complicate things. So instead of defining yourself as either the kind of person who freaks out over retrogrades, or the type of person who doesn't pay them any attention, draw from both mentalities and do a little precautionary planning to play it safe. There are certainly big decisions you shouldn't make during Mercury retrograde in summer 2018, as you won't want to risk the chance of planetary interference. When you're making an important choice or a taking a risk, you want the odds to be in your favor. Though you have protect yourself from the effects of Mercury retrograde by stayed extra focused and flexible, double checking everything, and being intensely communicative, you can't account for how other people behave.
So if you're up against something big that could change your life, you might want to wait until Mercury is direct again, and the people around you are functioning more efficiently, too. Some decisions that are entirely in your control, like baking a birthday cake from scratch rather than getting one from the store are totally fine to commit to. But other decisions, that involve a lot of moving parts, higher stakes, and other people, like buying a house, are going to need to be put on hold until after Aug. 19. Here are some of the other big decisions you should put off for a few weeks.