Mercury in Cancer is surreal and ethereal: the realities and fantasies of the mind conjoin (Image Courtesy of Google).
On Thursday May 29th, Mercury leaves Gemini (at least temporarily), and enters Cancer. In astrology, Mercury deals with all facets of the mind: information gathering, processing, sharing; learning and deductive reasoning; and overall conversational tones. Natal Mercury signs (in conjunction with other factors in the natal chart) reveal how the native tends to communicate with others. Thus, when Mercury passes through signs that are different from our own natal can be either harmonious or disharmonious to our communication needs at the time.
Mercury, when in Water Cancer, the planet functions emotively and intuitively. Generally speaking, astrologers label the planet as “objective”, “rational” and relatively decisive in matters of brainwork. So when it traverses through the Water family, things become muddy (pun intended). This group is occasionally labeled “mute signs” as the exchanges occur unconventionally. More so than any other sign, Mercury in Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces focus much more on nonverbal cues and subtle changes in the environment. Eye contact, hand gestures, body stance, and voice tone play a MAJOR role in the way Mercury in Cancer processes information. Unfortunately, this can lead to Cancer responding to things emotionally when the situation doesn’t call for it. Crabs are immensely intuitive and subjective: information is collected and shared based on how it makes them feel versus what is known to be true. As a result, they can sometimes dismiss facts and figures because it doesn’t “sit well” with them. Compare that to Mercury’s most recent transition through its home constellation of Gemini: cold hard facts and evidence reign supreme with this Air sign. Positively, this Mercury in Cancer transition encourages us to think empathetically in our verbal and written correspondences with others.
As a Cardinal sign, Cancer likes to take the lead—even if they do so passively. Crabs always know just what they’d like to say in a debate/discussion: feeding off the clues emitted from those around them. But sometimes what Cancer wants to say isn’t exactly what comes out their mouth. Have you ever seen a crab on the beach? They move in a “side-to-side” motion , seemingly avoiding moving in a straight line. This is precisely how one could describe a Mercury in Cancer native: dancing around issues and conversational points. Positively, Mercury’s vacation in Cancer (before the retrograde plunge next month) emboldens us to take charge of conversations and express limitless compassion in our interactions with others.
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Overall, we are drawn to the ethereal, mystical and hidden parts of life. We may be most inclined to daydream and fantasize in a surreal fashion. This is a wonderful Mercurial change for those who work in the creative fields: writers, playwrights, actors, artists, marketers and the like. This dreamy change with our communication planet jolt our minds to look for information (and intellectual outlets) that stimulate us subjectively instead of objectively.
This transit is best for those with a natal Sun sign and/or Mercury sign in Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. The emotive qualities between these signs parallel one another and there is a gentle flow of energy regarding how they tend to process information.
This transit may be most uncomfortable for those with a natal Sun sign and/or Mercury sign in Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. The Air family prefers rationality to intuition or subjectivity. These three signs funnel information quite differently from Cancer.