Mercury is the planet that rules our thoughts, ideas, and the way we communicate with others. It is a planet of the mind, but the zodiac sign Cancer is all about feelings. Therefore, when Mercury enters this sentimental sign, his sharp, logical edges are softened, offering us an opportunity to understand and communicate our emotions more directly.
We have a real chance to get closer to others during this transit, because we’re willing to hear and share things that are more personal than usual. Mercury in Cancer encourages us to contemplate and discuss the things that make us feel most vulnerable, helping us find greater understanding in ourselves and strengthening the bonds of our relationships.
When Mercury is in Cancer
The mind and the heart grow closer while Mercury travels through Cancer. We think about things on a deeper level during this transit, and have a greater ability to process and express our feelings. Mercury in Cancer gives us a chance to communicate with a softer touch, become more intimate, and share ourselves more personally with others.
Cancer the Crab is focused on all the things that make us feel comfortable, safe, and loved. When the planet of communication is in this sign, it’s easier to connect lovingly with others. We want our family, friends, and loved ones to KNOW they’re loved, and we find it easy to express the most caring and protective sides of ourselves when Mercury is in Cancer.
During Mercury’s transit through Cancer, we should open our minds to the messages we receive from our intuition. As a Water sign, Cancer has a very acute intuition. Mercury’s dance through Cancer doesn’t erase Mercury’s usual logic, but expands it to include instincts and gut feelings -- information that cannot be put into words. This time gives us a heightened ability to draw necessary insights from sources you don’t always have access to.
It has been said that the biggest communication problem we humans have is that we do not listen to understand, we listen to reply. But that’s not the case with Mercury in Cancer. During this transit, we care enough to stop talking and start listening. Even silence can be full of meaning now. Mercury in Cancer is a reminder that real listening is done with the heart, as well as with the ears.
Mercury Retrograde in Cancer
Because Cancer rules all things connected to home and family, these are the exact areas that could experience mishaps while Mercury retrogrades through this sign. Miscommunication with family members or tension between relatives is common during Mercury Retrograde in Cancer. It could, however, be a great time to reconnect with a family member you haven’t talked with in a long time.
Buying or selling a house or starting a big home renovation project are also not advised during Mercury Retrograde in Cancer. Problems like missing contracts, delayed plans, and miscommunicated information can plague the process!
If you were born with Mercury in Cancer
Because you were born with the planet of logic in the sign of feeling, you process the world through a softer lens than others do. Your emotions are part of everything you do, and you tend to make decisions, judgments, and plans based on feeling alone. You can see the real world around you just like everyone else does, but you also take in and process sensitive, instinctual vibrations that others cannot. Because your intuition is so strong, you can understand others’ wants, needs, and concerns, even when they don’t say them out loud.
You like to express love, and express it often. You have a gentle way with your words, making others feel comforted and happy in your presence. However, you sometimes keep important information to yourself in order to protect the feelings of others. Realize, though, that not everyone is as sensitive as you are, and that sometimes stating the truth must be top-priority, no matter what feelings it may stir.
Bonding with others over deep conversation is easy for you. While you may be cautious at first, you warm up quickly when you sense that someone is trustworthy and caring enough to divulge your feelings to. Surface level chit-chat doesn’t really do it for you, though -- your strongest bonds are created when you share your personal ideas, fears, vulnerabilities, and joys with another kind soul.
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