Speedy Mercury, the Planet of Communication leaves the Sun behind for a few more days in Gemini and enters the Cardinal Water Sign Cancer. The detachment and analytical thinking of Mercury can function almost in any environment, however, Cancer with its focus on the intangible, such as feelings (positive or negative), emotions and intuition is not a very good placement for this planet.
Mercury was comfortable in its own air sign Gemini, the sign of communication, ideas, writing, speech and intellectual exchange, but now it will have to navigate fundamentally different waters. Cancer is the original 4th sign of the Zodiac, and wherever it falls in the Birth Chart, it will always bring with it the values of the 4th House. Emotions, well being, comfort, the home, and also the mother (or motherhood). Although communication (the main function of Mercury) is vital in every aspect of our lives, the potential problem here is the “mode” of communication.
The Sign of Cancer, ruled by the Moon promotes intuitive communication, which leaves poor Mercury a bit confused and frustrated. No opportunities for its sharp logic, quick decision making and analytical thinking, practical Mercury will be annoyed and turn its attention to emotions and feelings. However, Mercury is not really adept at dealing with the intangible. This short transit (10th-26th of July) will see Mercury trying to understand, analyze and “classify” our emotions. On the bright side Mercury will provide a much needed playfulness and detachment to the Cancer enclosure, bringing a bit of up note to this otherwise all too emotional area.
Mercury joins Venus the Planet of Beauty, Love and Creativity in Cancer, and the Mighty Sun will also follow on the 15th of July. There are no aspects on Cancer during the transit of these 3 planets, so we will be receiving pure Cancer energies through the Sun, Venus and Mercury. Focusing on the inward, on our feelings, emotions can be truly beneficial, but make sure you don’t get bogged down in the lunar waters of Cancer and avoid descending into depression or giving in to neediness.
The inherent vulnerability of Cancer is interestingly the source of its strength, because intuitive power cannot thrive among unacknowledged feelings and denial. We cannot process our emotions without truly feeling and experiencing them, and there can be no progress without this potentially painful, but necessary step. Mercury is going to overtake Venus on the 16th of July at 10 degrees Cancer. Similarly to Venus, Mercury will also become an Evening Star, visible right after sunset for a very short time.
This short transit of Mercury in Cancer is not well suited for activities we need Mercury’s energies for, so don’t expect much in the fields of finances and business generally, except industries focusing on real estate and “home”, such as home based businesses, furniture, interior decorating and home improvement. As with every transit of every planet, the exact results can be predicted only after a look at an individual’s Birth Chart, as to establish which House (bhava) or houses the transiting planet is ruling for the given person. The “general effects” of a transit will always manifest mostly in those areas.
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