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Mercury in Cancer

Mercury, the planet of communication, enters the water sign Cancer.

Cancer is the sign of family and home, an archetypal symbol for nurturing and protection. Folks with Mercury in Cancer are kind, empathetic, sympathetic, and motivated by a desire to make those around them feel emotionally safe. Their mental focus is on security and stability, which – in its shadow expression – can result in defensive communication, fearing change and perceiving threats that do not exist.

In the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Mercury is Thoth, the Sacred Scribe. Cancer is aligned with the Divine Parents, Nut and Geb. Nut is the Sky Goddess, arching her body above the Earth, and Geb is the Earth God. These two are madly in love with each other. Together they create our biosphere of air and earth - a safe container for our home here on Earth.

Mercury will turn retrograde in Cancer, resulting in an unusually long transit. Cancer is associated with the ebb and flow of the tides and during this time our emotions will rise and fall. Cancer is an empathetic sign, able to feel what others are feeling. This is a gift but also tricky – while empathy is a desirable trait, it is also possible to get lost in an over identification with the emotions of others. Because this is a transit of Mercury, there will be collective discussion about issues of safety and security. There will also be an opportunity to soften our communications with others. We may not agree with their ideas but we can identify with the feelings under those ideas. Who among us does not want to feel safe?

Mercury/Thoth will turn retrograde in Cancer/Nut and Geb on June 17/18, direct on July 12, and will exit Cancer on August 4.


May 29, 2020 by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.


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