From Jul 2002
Mercury in Cancer
Mercury moved into Cancer this morning. When Mercury is in Cancer, ideas are colored by moods, reactions, instincts, and psychological issues. Thinking shows caution, sensitivity, intuition, receptivity, sentiment, and protectiveness.
This energy is known for being adaptable, maternal, domestic, resourceful, empathetic and traditional. There may be obvious emphasis on family matters, one's private life, and issues concerning home and "history." People feel strongly about security matters and their deep emotional needs - and may be touchy and moody so as to need sensitive handling and care.
Communication comes through "feelings" and subliminal communication. It may be hard to put thoughts and ideas into words ... and so again empathy becomes a valuable, perhaps necessary, resource. Accordingly, styles of communicating may be profound, tender, responsive, symbiotic, and perceptive to the point of being psychic,
Under stress, communication and styles of thinking become unbalanced, resentful, blaming, fearful, compulsive, obsessive, anxious, complaining, depressed, pessimistic, and self-pitying.
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Mercury in General -- Your Inner Selves of Learning and Work ---> Learning stuff, using your mind and putting it to work -- Like Venus, your Mercury energy describes two inner selves. One manages your mind and all its talents; the other is in charge of the work you do ... the ways you use your skills and abilities to help others and build the kind of life your want for yourself. Again, as with Venus, these are usually reduced to the basic categories of "mind" and "work," but they also include whole subdivisions of behavior and talents.
Mercury and the Miracle of the Mind -- Astrology's Search for Intelligent Life ---> As an Astrologer I see both the mundaneness of common knowledge -- handling the basic facts of awareness and everyday rituals -- and a touch of miracles in Mercury.
Mercury Retrograde -- Rethinking Your Present Direction ---> In the territory of the mind -- When Mercury is retrograde (Mercury Rx -- in shorthand), it is a time of rethinking, refocusing and re-communicating. In Astrology, Mercury represents your intellect; your mental focus; your mind and how you use its assets.