You've probably heard of Mercury retrograde — or, more likely, you've heard murmurs about this chaos-inducing astronomical phenomenon once or twice and went on to start blaming it for pretty much anything bad that's happened in your life since then. Honestly, no judgment. After all, it's pretty handy to have such a convenient excuse for tech glitches, communication misunderstandings, and all manner of other daily annoyances. There's another retrograde happening, though, and if you're already convinced of Mercury's powers, I'm sure you're anxious to learn more about how Saturn retrograde will affect communication for each sign in 2018.
According to Astrology King, this year's Saturn retrograde began on Apr. 17 and will continue for nearly five months, wrapping up on Sept. 9. Serendipity Astrolovers notes that "retrograde" for any planet refers to the period during which that planet appears to be moving backward. Because this is quite literally the opposite of normal planetary movement, there are a lot of theories about how retrogrades — including the 2018 Saturn retrograde — impact our lives here on Earth.
Generally speaking, NYC-based astrologer Lisa Stardust doesn't feel that Saturn retrograde is an especially bad period. It can, however, bring certain kinds of conflicts and conversations to the forefront. "Often, issues with authority figures, structures, and paternal figures are brought into light as problems within these dynamics are brought to a head," Stardust tells Bustle. "It's also a time when people reevaluate relationships with others."
If you're curious about the conflicts and communication issues that you might encounter in the months ahead, read on for Stardust's sign-by-sign predictions.