Mercury Retrograde In Cancer: Remodeling Security

Mercury begins another retrograde process on June 18th which will last until July 12th. This one is occurring completely in Cancer. In the weeks (and especially days) leading up to it, it can already start to feel like a retrograde and some of its themes can get seeded. This is because Mercury slows down from our vantage point on Earth and travels in the part of sky it will be returning to after the retrograde begins. This is known as the ‘pre-shadow’ period which began on June 2nd.

This retrograde is happening during eclipse season. It follows a Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5th/6th, it’s three days before a Solar Eclipse (also in Cancer), and then we’ll have another Lunar Eclipse (in Capricorn) on July 4th/5th. This retrograde also begins while Venus is in the last week of its retrograde

All of this happening in the same period indicates a time of readjustments and shifts in specific areas of our lives connected to these signs as well as how it all corresponds to our individual birth charts. You can read my latest Eclipse and Venus Retrograde articles here and join my mailing list to ensure that you receive my next eclipse article and other future content.

If you have read my previous Mercury Retrograde articles, the first two sections of this article are nearly the same and you can skip to the third section if you don’t want to re-read all the general themes associated with these periods. The other sections are more specific to this edition of it.

Mercury retrograde is known for the problematic effects it often has on communication technology, transactions, motor vehicles, anything with moving parts, and commuting in general. Some people even get headaches near the beginning of it. We could experience some challenges, misunderstandings, and errors around our communications, numbers/details, and commerce, as well as changes, cancellations, or delays in our schedules. We may also feel more challenged when we are excessively analytical without tuning into our internal guidance.

Mercury Retrograde can also be a good time to revisit or redo tasks, projects, ideas, or anything else that was initiated in the past. It can give us a different perspective or shift in thinking that can help us to approach these things in ways we wouldn’t have done before. This may also be a period of reconnecting with old friends, family, lovers, or others we haven’t seen in a while. When we reconnect with people during a retrograde, it can help to facilitate a shift in the relationship. In some cases, issues from the past can come up which may need to be hashed out.

The Deeper Purpose of Mercury Retrograde

Ultimately, Mercury Retrograde is a time for us to recalibrate and adjust specific areas of our lives as well as how we apply our minds towards these issues. It is a period in which we may receive important insights and see things in a new light. In most cases, it can be mildly transformational, but in some cases it can facilitate more major transformations depending on how it corresponds to your personal astrological chart.

During and following the retrograde, certain areas of our lives can go through changes or shifts, or we can experience a re-orientation of some sort which influences how we proceed over the coming months or in some cases, it can have a more long-term significance. In the three weeks afterwards, known as the ‘post-shadow’ period, we move forward with some sort of new awareness, adjustment, as well as new ideas and thoughts that have been seeded which will develop and become more defined as time progresses.

Certain things that have come up specifically in the two weeks leading up to the start of the retrograde could determine where this energy could play out. It is also possible that there could have been changes or developments at that time which may go through a sorting-out process or shift in dynamics during the actual retrograde and in the two weeks following. There could be unknown variables, either positive or negative, that were either unseen or hadn’t been conceived yet, which may become apparent over the coming month.

The sign(s) and element(s) in which Mercury retrograde travels in shows the energy we are re-orienting ourselves with. More importantly, if you are familiar with your natal astrology chart, then your house(s) or any planetary placements being affected will show more specifically which areas of life you will be experiencing its energy in. For the astrologically literate, it begins at 14’46 degrees of Cancer and will retrograde back to 5’30 degrees of the same sign before turning forward again.

Occurring In Cancer As Part of a Series in Water Signs

Mercury Retrograde always happens in primarily one element for 1-2 years. This is the fifth of a series occurring in water signs, with the final one happening in the Fall of 2020. The water element is about emotion, feelings, sensitivity, compassion, intuition, and fluidity. This period is about re-aligning ourselves with these qualities and expressing them in new or revamped ways.

This one is primarily a reorientation around Cancerian energies and themes which is about security, family, home/domestic life, comforts, maternal nature, nurturing, caregiving, empathy, bonding and emotional connections with others. It is also associated with nostalgia and holding on to memories, especially those that are comforting. Cancer energy is also instinctual and protective yet can also be easily offended, moody, manipulative, vulnerable, insecure, smothering, too subjective, clingy, overly emotional, and attached to the past.

Mercury Retrograde Significant Dates

Below are some of the dates and information for some of the major astrological configurations during this retrograde.

*The dates below are based on the Americas. The further East you are located, you may need to consider it as the next day.

June 17th/18th Mercury begins its retrograde at 4:59 am Universal Time (June 18th). 

Mercury retrograde themes and complications may come up strongly at this time and in recent days leading up to this. You may get some sort of indication of the things that may be playing out for you over the next month based on how you feel or what transpires. It’s possible that certain things that happen at this time, which may seem insignificant, can somehow be connected to how this retrograde process will affect you.

June 21st Solar Eclipse In Cancer

This is a powerful annular eclipse happening on the Solstice and in the same sign as the retrograde, putting an exclamation mark on Cancerian themes. This will be the final of a series of eclipses in Cancer which have been occurring since summer 2018, yet its energies will reflect the following 6 months. I will be writing a separate article on this eclipse, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

June 25th Venus ends its retrograde and goes direct. 

Venus has been retrograde in Cancer’s neighboring sign Gemini since mid-May with its themes beginning in April during its pre-shadow period. From this point onward we can begin to move forward in different ways pertaining to Venus areas such as love, relationships, values, social dynamics, finances, creative/artistic interests, or things that are aesthetic related.

However, with Mercury being the ruler of Venus’s current position in Gemini, and considering that the Mercury pre-retrograde shadow began during a significant period of Venus’ retrograde, it is possible that this Mercury retrograde (lasting until July 12th) can extend some of its themes. Both Mercury and Venus will conclude their post-retrograde shadow in late July and by that point things will have more clarity and forward momentum around certain issues that have been playing out since April.

June 29th-July 2nd Mercury Retrograde Conjunct the Sun in aspect with Uranus and Chiron, Jupiter also conjunct Pluto 

This is the halfway point of Mercury retrograde, known as the ‘inferior conjunction,’ which is when it returns to the Sun. This can be a period of increased insights, and the themes or circumstances pertaining to how this retrograde is affecting you may come up more during this period.

Complications and frustrations can also be stronger at this time depending on your circumstances or how you are applying yourself. This may also be a period of ridding yourself of certain thoughts, ideas, perceptions, old interests, expectations, or other things that are not serving you while the potential for new ones may be seeded.

The aspects with Chiron and Uranus can reflect originality, inventiveness, and creativity. Communications, thoughts, and realizations can be stimulating and have themes that are holistic, bridging, healing, or pertaining to achieving wholeness. However, pains and issues connected to wounds and blockages can also come up.

Jupiter is also in an exact conjunction with Pluto which is peaking at this time, yet this energy has been prominent since June 19th until July 10th. This is the 2nd of a series of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions happening this year. The first one began in the second half of March when it was strong until mid April and the 3rd (final) conjunction will be in November.

This energy can bring hidden matters to light and it can be a time of acquiring deeper understandings and perspectives. Issues pertaining to abuse, control, power dynamics can surface. This combined with the inferior conjunction can also have a transformational theme for certain people.

July 4th/5th Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn 

This will be the final eclipse in Capricorn as part of a series we’ve been experiencing for the last year and a half. The effects of this eclipse will also influence the following months. I will be writing a separate article on this. Join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

July 7th-9th Mercury Retrograde square Mars 

This can be one of the more annoying periods of this retrograde. Conflicts, arguments, irritability, and impatience can occur more easily during this time. We need to be a little extra cautious during this period to minimize the risk of saying things incorrectly or making impulsive decisions that we may regret later.

July 12th Mercury transitions from Retrograde to Direct 

Mercury will slowly begin to move forward from July 12th onward. The areas of our lives that have been affected by this retrograde will start to become more clear and things will fall into place more easily as we progress into the coming days and weeks. As Mercury gradually picks up speed, we can move forward in the areas of life that have been affected. However, usually the first few days after it ends can still feel like its retrograde, as complications may occur due to Mercury’s stationary position. It’s usually best to wait until at least 3 days afterwards before finalizing decisions, agreements, etc.

Later on around August 17th/18th and/or in the days following, there may be even more clarity around certain things that have been seeded during this retrograde. From there, things may develop further with a better perception, or circumstances may indicate lack of sufficiency, not what was anticipated, or that something needs to change.

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