Okay, so that we don't give a bad reputation or rap to Cancer, let's first look at all the positive traits of the 6th Zodiac Sign (it's actually the 4th, but it represents the 6th and 7th months of the calendar year) which falls in the water element, opens the Summer Solstice (in the northern hemisphere) and is represented by both the Moon and the Crab, both which have a connection to the sea. And as I say those words, The Waterboy's "This is the Sea" and "The Whole of the Moon" scramble in my thoughts. Michael Scott of the Waterboys, and who composed those classic songs, has his Rising Sign in Cancer. Ah, no wonder he sings about a crazy Moon and the wide ocean. But I digress.
Cancerians know all about moods, the coming and going of the tide, when it's best to hide under a rock and cuddle with other like-minded crabs or to slam the door shut of their proverbial shell and not let anyone near them. Cancerians are motherly (both the men and women), caring, nurturing, creative, sensitive, empathic, and are good cooks because they love food, especially comfort food. They make good parents if they heal their own childhood issues first, otherwise, watch out! They are childlike even as adults, and when they're not feeling too vulnerable, they're a lot of fun with a sometimes sentimental or nostalgic sense of humor which they also share with their polar opposite, Capricorn. In fact, coming from a family of Cappies and Crabs, we waltz down Memory Lane a bit too much. Cancerians have a tendency to live more in the past than the present and they fear the future with a vengeance, always worrying with what ifs flying through their thoughts at the speed of light.
|The Chariot (Cancer)|
Now, let's get to Mercury RX which represents the realm of communication, education, the media, the thinking process and mechanics or machinery. Since Cancer equals life force Mother, food, safety and security, we will revisit those issues when Mercury is RX in Cancer. We might read many fearful articles on national security especially with the US and Canada, two countries ruled by Cancer. Food safety and distribution problems will arise. I predict we will see more food recalls than normal because the food is toxic or infected with harmful bacteria. Since Cancer rules milk (as far as I'm concerned), we will hear a lot about the dangers of milk products and health issues that arise with this nurturing and life-giving source.
Cancer rules the breast and stomach so these organs will end up in the media or we will pay more attention to our stomachs and breasts in our daily lives. If we had an ailment in those areas of the body we will return in some way to that ailment, either it is finally healed or reoccurs to bring healing now or in the next three weeks. We will hear more fear-driven stories of women cutting off their breasts because they think they might get cancer in the future, but don't have it now. And we will keep debating this issue.
|Mercury RX, the Trickster|
When any planet is transiting through a water sign, pay attention to intuition because it is actually heightened during this time and for all of us, with so many planets in water signs at the moment (virtually all of them), we are all tuning into our Higher and Wiser Selves. Pay attention.
Now, with Mercury RX, it is time to revisit and reunite with old friends. Have you been thinking of someone a lot lately, call him or her, or send an e-mail. Since Cancer rules our most intimate relations, mostly our birth family, we could get in touch with them too and even heal issues from the past. It's time to upgrade software on your computer and make sure your security software is working properly. Clean out any unnecessary files from your hard drive too. Clean out the file cabinet while you're at it too especially when the Moon is waning (which it's doing now).
If you're looking for work, apply at places you either worked at or applied to in the past. If you are relocating, move back to an old neighborhood or in with a friend or colleague from your past or that you have known for many years. You'll find the past revisiting you a lot now, and don't grow overly nostalgic which this time in Cancer will cause us to do. We will feel more sentimental than usual and slip into denial too. With Mercury going inward we won't have the power of this planet's analytical thinking either.
Obviously, this retrograde will play out differently for each of us, but with some overarching themes we will all share. The Fourth of July in the US and Canada Day (also at during the first week of July) will seem more surreal than normal causing people either to feel overly patriotic to the point of denial or antagonistic toward their respective country. We might even see some kind of rally or protest on these days. Look behind the curtain to see what the Wizard of Oz is really up too and don't get caught up in blind faith. This isn't Kansas any longer and with the Cancer theme, we still believe, as we must believe, there is no place like home. And on some days we will feel as bewildered as the young Dorothy out for an adventure along with her barking terrier, Toto.
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