Mercury's stay in Cancer is prolonged due to its retrograde cycle in this sign from June 26 until July 20. Information comes from within and requires more contemplation during this period of backward motion.
Mercury is associated with intellect and Cancer with
feelings. This combination offers us an opportunity
to perceive and communicate our emotions more directly
at this time. Conversation is likely to be more personal
than usual, with a greater capacity for i
However, objectivity may suffer as awareness is filtered
through the powerful issues of security, family and
Every astrological pattern offers its challenges
and opportunities. In fact, they are really two faces
of the same thing. In this case, the challenge is
to articulate emotions without being overcome by them.
The opportunity is to soften the separating aspects of the logical mind to connect with others in a more
Cancer is a water sign. The mysteries of water can
not be spoken, only felt. Mercury's passage here does
not erase the rational aspects of perception, but
it broadens them to include information that can not
be put into words. Know that silence can be full of
meaning. This time is a reminder that real listening
is done with the heart, as well as with the ears.
Mercury in Cancer shows up in the charts of conservatives
like Nancy Reagan, Bob Dole and Pat Boone. Prince
Charles, a watery Scorpio, has met this placement
with both Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles.
David Duchovny and Isabella Rossellini speak with
Mercury in Cancer soulfulness, as do storytellers
Bill Cosby and Arlo Guthrie. Cat
Stevens' Mercury in Cancer helped lead
him to Islam, while Salman Rushdie's has led him away.
Cancer adores tradition, the home and the garden.
So, it's not surprising that food, style and do-it-yourself
goddess Martha Stewart was also born with Mercury
in this sign.