Mercury had ours minds spinning during his lengthy stay in Gemini, but mental relief is here as the Messenger moves into the cozy, watery realm of Cancer. Sometimes there are no words that can touch what we feel, for our emotions transcend the mind and the material plane of understanding. This mercurial mood offers us an opportunity to express our feelings with a softer touch, and share ourselves more personally with others, as well as encouraging others to share themselves with us.
“Cancer is a Water sign. The mysteries of water cannot be spoken, only felt. This time is a reminder that real listening is done with the heart, as well as with the ears.” –Nancy Detweiler
Conversation is likely to be more personal than usual, with a greater capacity for intimacy. We respond to emotions as much as facts, believing that if we feel something intensely, it’s got to mean something! Which isn’t always the case. Rational aspects of perception are
hijacked fuzzy in the ever-changing emotions of Cancer. Our thoughts slow down as we tend to reflect more and say less. We take in information on a deeper, more instinctive level…a rhythm beyond our conscious control.
“When Mercury is in Cancer a compensating psychic permeability permits the absorption of ideas without labored explanations. With the Sun also in Cancer, the intuitive powers are intensified, but they may be denied recognition because of the reticence of the sign.” –Leyla Rael
This placement adds a measure of sensitivity making us more sympathetic than critical. Our thoughts are colored by our emotions, so it’s more challenging to be objective..or, to be easily swayed by the pulling of heart strings. We ourselves can take things extra personally or may be tempted to say what we think others want to hear. Emotions fog our thinking.
Cancer’s sensitivity is heart-breaking – or more precisely, it breaks our hearts open to unwanted vulnerability. We may turn nostalgically homeward; reflecting on the past/our childhood. Mercury here can access memories that carry a gravity we would like to reduce, if not remove.
Passive aggression is also likely now, making it easier to avoid our own wounding with secondary feelings like anger and self-pity. All of that water boils to a point that emotional fury can scald. Opening to our source pain is a critical step in emotional mastery. It all must come up and out, in order for inner peace to flow. It takes real courage to address vulnerable inner spaces.
“It will be important to ignore all of the negative voices of doubt in your head along with the talking heads in your life that are always offering unsolicited advice. Cancer sun season is about following your heart, the Capricorn moon just reminds you to bring your head along with you. With your head and heart working together, there is very little you cannot resolve.” –Aeterna
The challenge here is to articulate emotions without being overcome by them. In the right situation, there’s illuminating and insightful delivery of what’s most meaningful. Tuning in to this energy can teach us that compassion can change our inner world. As a result, a history of emotional sludge can be cleared like never before.
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