If you've been feeling like things are going a bit wonky in your love life out of absolutely nowhere over the last week or so, there is some good news and some bad news for you.
On the positive side, it's probably not just your imagination and you're definitely not alone.
On the negative side, there is an astrological reason for it and that reason isn't going away just yet.
Yes, as of July 7 and through August 2, 2019, Mercury is in retrograde — again — in the sign of Leo, and depending on your zodiac sign, it may mean the issues in your relationship(s) will actually get worse before they get better.
What is Mercury in retrograde?
Renowned astrologer Susan Miller explains that "Of all planetary aspects [Mercury retrograde is a phenomenon] that affects everyone... About three or four times a year, Mercury speeds past Earth, and that is when we experience a Mercury retrograde period. If you were in a car and another car passed you, you could tell it was going faster than you. But if it slowed down and you then passed it, it would appear that that car was actually going backward. Then when the other car speeds up and passes you again, it kicks up all of the dust in the road."
"As Mercury speeds by," she continues, "it is like a train flying past, creating a powerful, turbulent gust of 'wind' in its wake. The turbulence and disruption Mercury creates when it retrogrades can affect what we feel on Earth in our everyday lives."
Mercury is the ruler of communication and coordination, and given that all relationships depend on both of these things in order to thrive, it's only natural that every time we go through one of these three week phases even the happiest couples among us are likely to feel some serious bumps in the road.
To keep things with the person you love going as smoothly as possible, check out what each of the zodiac signs should be wary of during this Mercury retrograde in the planet of Leo.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Aries are known for being passionate, devoted and caring lovers with intense sexual appetites, which makes them incredibly exciting and fun to be around, especially if you're lucky enough to spend some of your time with them in the bedroom (*wink wink*). That said, the flip side of that fiery passion all too often presents as impatience and frustration, two traits you want to keep an eye on as much as possible during this time.
Try taking advantage of the natural coziness of winter to cool your Aries heels with your sweetie by a toasty fire instead of expecting this to be go-go-go at full speed time like usual.
Pay extra attention to how you talk with your partner about what you want and need from them right now. Yes, Aries, you will still more likely than not get your way like always, IF you can remain patient and keep your sometimes overly-excitable wits and desires about you.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
During Mercury retrograde, just about everything in life becomes fluid and changeable, which can be quite the challenge for Taurus, who everyone knows wants what they want when they want it and as they like it.
Anyone in a relationship with one de facto has to be able to accept their stubborn ways year round, and Taurus can sometimes take their partner's flexibility for granted.
Check in with yourself now that you are aware that these three weeks are likely to require more compromising than you usually prefer in order to keep things on track with your love. It will be worth it once the two of you are out of the woods, just in time for the New Year.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
Gemini are just about the most quick-witted and sharp-tongued people you'll meet, and they love to give their partner a good-natured ribbing whenever they see an opportunity to do so. They are also typically the best communicators of the signs, but typical has pretty much flown straight out of the window for now.
As well as your humor is usually received, recognize that others around you, including the one you love most, are likely to be highly sensitive and nervous right now.
Joking that might come off as hilarious at other times of year could be quite upsetting until Mercury gets back into gear. Please, for everyone's sake, be gentle.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
Cancerians live for quiet nights at home and they crave stability there with the love of their life more than just about anything else. In case you haven't pick up on it by now though, this is not a great time of year for the status quo and people who live for it.
Miscommunications abound right now, Cancer, so keep that well in mind when you feel like that man or woman of your dreams is trying to suddenly rock your boat.
Everything will settle back to the way it was soon enough. Hunker down and keep your eye on that prize. It's only a few weeks away.
LEO (July 23 - August 22)
Leo loooooves the spotlight and every single thing about drama in every aspect of their life, and that goes for in their relationships as well. They may even be one of the few signs who generally escapes Mercury retrograde unscathed, thanks to their impeccable judgment, generous nature and strong sense of self.
The biggest risk for you, Leo, is letting your self get too caught up in all of the over-the-top hysteria you observe in those around you.
Come August 3, everyone else will be pretty much over it, but if you let yourself get overly involved up in your partner's highly emotional state, you may unintentionally prolong what could have been over and done with for you both.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
Virgo, Virgo, Virgo. You are such a perfectionist, and while that means everything in your life is pretty much tied up with a string and topped off with whipped cream and a cherry, it can make unpredictable times like these unbearable.
Worse than that, for your life partner, it can make you kind of unbearable to be around.
Do your best to leave your critical nature on hold and roll with the punches, or you could get so high-strung there will be no relationship at all left waiting for you on the other side.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
Libra lives for a life full of harmony and balance, which makes them wonderful partners in relationships. They try to work on themselves as much as they work on their relationships with others, and they typically keep their opinions and complaints to themselves (unless things are truly getting to be too awful to allow to them to continue).
This is a really, really good time to keep up the good work Libra.
Let whatever comes your way from your honey roll right off your back and all will be right as rain before you know it.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpio is misunderstood all.the.time. While they love with a fierce passion and their feelings for their partner run deep, their words can leave those they love most feeling as though they've been stung from out of nowhere and for no reason.
They do have an excellent knack for overcoming obstacles, so if you're a Scorpio, what you need to overcome right now is your tendency to speak more harshly than you intend.
Even the person who knows and understands you better than anyone else is prone to read things the wrong way during this phase. Until Mercury retrograde is over, holding your tongue more than you usually would is probably your best bet.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)
Sagittarius is a true master of the art of reinvention, so during times like these, when anything and everything tends to be different from minute to minute, are right up Sagittarius' alley.
You roll with the punches as fast your partner throws them at you, which benefits you both.
Just keep in mind that these times probably aren't going quite as smoothly for others. Remember to check with your mate to make sure they're holding up alright as well.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
The home is definitely where the heart is for Capricorn, and these sea goats excel at keeping things organized, practical, steady and upbeat for their partner in crime. Life doesn't always like following even the best laid plans, however, and when Mercury pulls back like this, flustered-on-the-inside Capricorn has a tendency to clam up and shut down.
The wonderful thing about them is that they make the most loyal and connected friends their lovers will ever have, and when the planets falls back into alignment, Capricorn's soothing companionship is sure to return to normal as well.
As tough as it can be for you Cappies, see if you can't break that shell open to make sure your partner knows you're still with them. They may be feeling the jolt in ways they need to be able to talk with you about, even if just over a super quick check in.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
Aquarius is just about as quirky as they come, so they view a little bit of a rocked universe as an avenue to fascinating new journeys to explore at this time. How this whimsical view of the wildest of life's rides effects their relationships will have a lot to do with their partner's sign, as well as whether they share a similar sense of curiosity or if they instead become wrapped up in fear.
Your partner (and your relationship) will benefit on the whole if you can turn your quizzical nature toward keeping an eye on their well-being.
If you focus too much on exploring all of the new and interesting commotions out there, you risk leaving your love feeling lonely and insecure during a sensitive and scary time. Eyes open, water bearer!
PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces are selfless and devoted to a fault. These old souls feel things deeply, and while they may come across as naive at first, they are typically well aware of exactly what's up at with those who mean the most to them.
Just make sure you don't forget to tend to your own needs during this astrological event, Pisces.
Your partner loves you for you, but if you don't pay attention to how the stress in the atmosphere is wearing on you right now, there may not be much of you left for them when the universe settles back down.