On July 11th, Mercury entered the sign of Cancer. Mercury has been in Gemini since May 3rd, an unusually long stay due to retrogradation. When not retrograde, Mercury usually zips through a sign quickly, generally anywhere from 14 to 30 days. This ingress will bring some sweet, sweet relief from the frenetic pace of Gemini where Mercury is home, all tools at its disposal to short your cerebral circuits.
In Cancer, Mercury travels from the brain to the heart, from objectivity to subjectivity, from what makes sense to what just feels right. This transit will offer us a guilt-free detour into our feels, which to Mercury in Cancer, can be just as accurate a source of information as any encyclopedia. Mercury in Cancer knows that the gut is a second brain, so why not listen to it? Intuition, or that gut, can cut through the needless analysis of airy Gemini, answers arriving in whispers when we dare listen to our hearts. Such is the brave act of the cardinal water Mercury: initiating deeper reflection.
For a few days, forgiveness is easier, spiritual studies are enhanced, inspiration is a-plenty, writer’s block is banished, and good news flows
Until July 27th, when Mercury leaves Cancer (see how quick that is!), we have the chance to think tender thoughts, to communicate with softness, and plug our sensitivities into more nourishing, creative, spiritual and healing outlets. While the contemplative and compassionate nature of Mercury in Cancer will broadly apply, check where Cancer is in your chart to see what specific areas of life may call for emotional reorganization. Is Cancer your 3rd house? Then siblings, content, short-distance trips and habitual learning may require your caring attention or instigate a more emotional response from you. If Cancer is your 6th house, then you may think about ways to add more care and ease into your lifestyle.
Mercury will immediately be greeted by Jupiter in Pisces through a supportive trine. A trine is an aspect of harmony, both planets in the same element, essentially agreeing with and supporting one another. Jupiter’s alchemical support from its home of Pisces elevates the empathic energy of Mercury’s ingress into Cancer. For a few days, forgiveness is easier, spiritual studies are enhanced, inspiration is a-plenty, writer’s block is banished, and good news flows. Jupiter is the planet of travel and education, so booking a vacation or studying for that exam will feel easy.
A word of caution: trine’s get good PR, but energies that flow together go together, thick like thieves, and collusion can form between the two planets. Mercury in Cancer can make you moody, passive aggressive, and jump reactively to conclusions. Jupiter can expand upon those tendencies plus make you verbose, arrogant, and deluded. With Jupiter around, becoming mindful around excess is a must.
Think more about radical acts of self-care and where they need to be even more radicalized
On July 20th, Mercury will form a sextile to Uranus in Taurus. For a few days, your ideas may be radicalized and electrified. Uranus encourages liberated and innovative thought, and the sextile to Mercury allows those thoughts to be realized through flashes of insight and eureka moments. Events that force you to think outside the box and on your toes may present themselves. In the signs of Taurus and Cancer, Uranus and Mercury are conceiving of new ways to value, nourish and care for ourselves, our communities, and our planet. This transit may ask us to think more about our radical acts of self-care, and where they need to be even more radicalized.
Towards the end of its stay in Cancer, Mercury will trine the planet of Neptune in Pisces and then oppose the planet of Pluto in Capricorn. The former of these two transits is ethereal, imaginative, tapped into a universal source of loving-kindness. Life becomes poetry, all impressions romanticized. The latter transit is jarring, confronting, and transformative. Words stab like knives and mental landscapes darken. But what these two planetary encounters share is the desire to move closer to the soul, to study it, to wonder about it. Neptune through the gaze of spirituality and magic. Pluto through the throes of disturbance, obsession, and complexity. Become mindful of the way your mind is working as July draws to a close.
When Mercury is in Cancer, the impressions you make have the power to trigger your sensitive spots and deliver an education that will test your emotional intelligence. Overall, this transit can be best used to become familiar with your own intuitive juices and manage the information highway that is your specific life from a more heart-centered place.