Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio on Oct. 4. Named after the Roman god of communication and commerce, Mercury retrograde signals a time when you will be plagued by misunderstandings, malfunctions and faulty merchandise. This is why you always want to check under the hood — both literally and metaphorically — when this planet is traveling backward (Oct. 4 to Oct. 25). This allows you to identify any potential snafus or fiascoes. The other thing you’ll want to be careful about is the way you handle backpedaling out of situations where you’re in too deep. Panic and you’ll surely sink; work to find a solution that everyone can live with and you will successfully negotiate your release from a dire predicament.