Mercury in Cancer and Mercury’s Upcoming Retrograde

“The world is so full of homes in which I have lived for a day, a month, a year or much longer. One night in a room with a leaping fire may mean more to me than many months in a room without a fireplace, a room in which my life has been paced less excitedly. ” Margaret Mead

“Nothing is itself without everything else.” Thomas Berry

Mercury will leave the airy sign of Gemini and enter the watery sign of Cancer today. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon and governs  mothering, nurturing and the home. The crab, the symbol of Cancer, carries her home on her back. When threatened the crab can retreat into her shell.

Mercury will transit up to 14 degrees of Cancer to its retrograde station on June 18. The retrograde period will last through July 12 when Mercury will resume forward motion at 5 degrees of Cancer and will stay in this sign until early August.

This provides an excellent time frame to think about matters having to do with home and family as well as how we nurture and care for ourselves and each other. It’s a good time for entertaining ideas about how to make  your home a more comfortable and nurturing place.

The sign of Cancer also rules home in a larger sense – our planet, our communities, our neighborhoods. So this summer presents a good opportunity to think about how we would like to improve things in these realms.

We are moving into eclipse season with the first of three – a Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees of  Sagittarius on June 5.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

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