May 28, Mercury enters the most emotional sign of the zodiac: Cancer. It will remain in this sign until August 5th due to its retrograde June 18-July 12.
Mercury is the planet that rules our speech and communication, and mercurial energy will change from fact oriented Gemini to becoming more emotional and sensitive in our communication. The emotionalism of Mercury in Cancer will be something we will need to watch given the amount of propaganda and conspiracy theories that plague social media and other platforms in abundance these days.
When Mercury is in Cancer we often intuit our feelings and conversation more than during other times. The keyword for Mercury in Cancer is “I feel” as opposed to “I think.” Mercury in Gemini is intellectual, Mercury in Cancer is emotional. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, the luminary that governs our inner emotions so while Mercury is in Cancer, it is in the Moon’s natural sign. During this time we will be more concerned with our emotional life, the emotions and feelings of family members and those closest to us.
On the downside, this can lead to overly emotional displays as well as overly sensitive feeling that can be hurt. Some people who have a hard time containing their feelings will be prone to lashing out when emotional subjects come up, as well as digging up the past. With Mercury in this most emotional of signs there will be times we must learn to not react so emotionally, as though our total well being depended on it.
Mercury turns stationary retrograde on June 18, at 14 degrees of Cancer joining Venus, Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter in their respective retrogrades. During this time we will delve deeply into what is working and what is not in our emotional lives. The ‘shadow period’ of this retrograde begins on June 2, and at this juncture you may start to feel the shifting of energies.
As Mercury stations to go retrograde we can expect to encounter confusion, delays, missed meetings and equipment breakdowns.
In the strictest sense of the word, the planet of communication does not actually go backward, it only appears to. Thinking can become deeper, situations often change altogether, and sometimes our focus shifts.
Mercury retrograde is often a frustrating time to be looking for a job. That does not mean you should not take a job if you need one, but be aware things could change on down the road.
This is not the time to get married, start a new business, new projects, purchase high ticket items, important gifts, paint, or anything you expect to be there for a long time if you can avoid it. Retrograde Mercury is a time to finish up the old, and redo, re-organize or re-work. Retrograde Mercury is part of the natural cycle of life and it is not anything out of the ordinary as it happens 3 or 4 times a year. This is a time to slow down a bit, reflect, rethink, re-do, re-plan and reorganize and reconsider, and another way of looking at it is a period of correction. Important contacts with people from our past can sometimes be initiated, and there is generally a focus on the past or past situations that can come back up to be resolved.
Mercury turns direct again July 12. This is called the retrograde direct station, and at this time we may feel the energy shift once again, and it is possible our direction and thoughts could change once more before Mercury resumes its normal speed.