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Mercury in Cancer ~ July 3 to 17, 2009

Mercury leaves the light, airy, logical realm of Gemini and braves the watery depths of Cancer. In Gemini, our minds are quick to think and move on, our thoughts logical, our words articulate, and truth may unfold through reasoning. In Cancer, our minds need to believe or feel what we think, our thoughts rooted at the heart, our words driven by emotions, and truth may be revealed through intuition. Cancer is the first water sign of zodiac, feminine (receptive), cardinal (creative/leader), and governed by the Moon. Cancer represents our inner sanctum, emotions, intuition, and matters relating with women. Mercury's transit through Cancer begins on July 3rd at 3:19 p.m. Eastern and ends on July 17th.

Those with water Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Rising sign may fare a little better with Mercury in Cancer; the rest will be thankful Mercury will only stay in Cancer for two weeks. However, for those two weeks, we are reminded that our words have meaning, beyond their definition. Mere words can uplift or discourage, bring joy or sadness, comfort or frustration, courage or fear, confidence or doubt, facilitate peace or incite war, express love or hate. What we communicate and express are seeded by thoughts and ideas that form in our minds. Our mind's method of processing information help formulate the most basic of our thoughts. Mercury in Cancer encourages us to seed our thoughts with consideration that our spoken and written words illicit emotional responses as well as academic or intellectual ones -- our thoughts and words rooted from our intent.

While Mercury is in Cancer, he will make connections with other planets on (all dates reflect Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):

  • July 4 ~ Mercury oppose Pluto. Our minds turn to unearthing that which is hidden. Is it something in the past? A dream or desire we’ve long forgotten but now strikes your fancy? Someone who’s wronged you? In our daily interactions, be mindful and remain objective. With Mercury in Cancer, our minds may be more sensitive than usual and thoughts formed may be too emotionally-based. As Mercury links to Pluto, our existing perceived realities are intensified. It's easy for things to be blown out of proportion now.
  • July 11 ~ Mercury sextile Saturn occurring a day after Jupiter-Neptune conjunction (blending of energies) and perhaps revisiting some of the energies from late May when Jupiter and Neptune first met prior to yesterday. When our mental activities are aligned harmoniously to Saturn, we are given the opportunity to solidify plans, organize our thoughts, build lasting and mutually fruitful contacts, and increase our productivity.
  • July 13 ~ Mercury conjunct the Sun. Our ideas and communication reflect our conscious will. It's a good day to be heard. Find the words to thoughts. Communicate effectively.
  • July 15 ~ Mercury quincunx Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune. Make adjustments on what fill our minds now. Don't dwell on what was and done with and should be left in the past. Instead, draw from those memories, experiences, hurts, and disappointments to conceptualized a forward-thinking plan/idea/belief system that propels you out of where you don't want to be and towards where you do want to be :)
  • July 16 ~ Mercury trine Uranus. Brilliant ideas. Busy, busy, mind. Can't keep up. Make sure to write them down! Find unique ways to express yourself today.
Where will this Mercury transit fall on your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Cancer. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Cancer zodiac sign on your birth chart.

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Look for your Sun and Rising Sign below then click here for an explanation of Mercury transiting those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 11th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 10th houses
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 5th house

Alternatively, you may cast your own chart to use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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