7.20.21 – Shaking out the cobwebs with Mercury in Cancer sextile Uranus

art by Catherine McElroy

Mercury, planet of the mind, is in Cancer right now where our thinking tends to be more emotional and sensitive.  Cancer is an acquisitive sign – it likes to gather and collect things of sentimental value, including thoughts and assumptions about the people around us.  The unlayering process of yesterday’s post with Mercury in a square aspect to Chiron continues today, but where Chiron exposes the sensitive wounds that have been dormant for some time as part of the healing process, Uranus breaks up the energy that’s become stuck and helps us to move through any blocks.

Meanwhile the Moon is in Sagittarius, encouraging freedom of thought and adventure in ideas, and it conjoins the South Node this morning (EDT) to help to liberate us from old patterns which hold us back.  Some planetary alignments of liberation can be frightening, but this one is a gentle unloosening of any bonds which have kept us locked into thought patterns which don’t serve us.  A harmonious sextile from the Moon to practical Saturn in late morning (EDT) helps to stabilize any lingering chaos, and a trine from the Moon to Chiron in the afternoon (EDT) will complete the process of healing the old wounds which have emerged over the past couple of days. ❤️


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By |2021-07-20T07:37:31-04:00July 20th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

7.12.21 – Let the heart guide the way today with Mercury in Cancer trine Jupiter

art by Gede Lila Kantiana

Mercury just moved into Cancer where the mind (Mercury) embraces the entire realm of feelings (Cancer), and meets for a brief moment with Jupiter (optimism and good fortune) at the first degree of Pisces.  This happy connection brings a day or two of optimistic and open-hearted experiences that reveal what is really in the heart and helps us to see where new possibilities could lead us.  As planet of the mind, Mercury is typically focused on thoughts and ideas on a more cerebral level, but when Mercury travels through water signs, such as Cancer right now, our feelings take on a legitimate role in the thought process.

Today and tomorrow we can think big, with the help of Jupiter, and that thinking will encompass our feelings as well. The Leo Moon encourages us to find a way to feel good about ourselves, and the Moon translates the upcoming Venus/Mars conjunction for a boost of general good will and good energy.  There’s not too much to complain about today astrologically, so let’s make the most of it! ❤️

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By |2021-07-12T07:40:18-04:00July 12th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

7.10.21 Weekend Update – The New Moon continues to blossom today

art by Margaret Barry

Think about a New Moon as being like the bud of a flower which is just ready to open.  The moment of the astrological New Moon, the conjunction of the Sun and Moon, is the pregnant pause just before the bud begins to blossom.  Today the new beginning promised by the New Moon begins to unfold as the Moon completes her journey through her own sign of Cancer.  Today is the perfect day to center our attention on the heart and see what it has to tell us.  Where are the hard edges?  Where are the soft and squish spaces which need to heal?  We have greater access to the heart today than on many days, and our feelings take center stage.

The Moon leaves Cancer for Leo Saturday night (EDT), but Mercury shifts into Cancer on Sunday at 4:35 pm EDT.  After a long journey through Gemini, this movement of the planet of the mind into Cancer helps us to continue the journey into the watery realms of feeling and intuition, something which may have been lost in the Aquarian energies of early 2021 and the chatter of Mercury in Gemini over the past couple of months. Still, with the Moon in Leo on Sunday there will be some need for self-focus and hope for a joyful day. ❤️


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By |2021-07-10T08:11:59-04:00July 10th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

The meaning of Mercury in Cancer: May 28-August 4, 2020

art by Ellen Uytewaal

Mercury, the planet of messages and information, is typically in a sign for less than a month, but because of the upcoming retrograde it will remain in Cancer until August 4th.  Any retrograde Mercury period is important since a retrograde planet applies greater emphasis and tends to dominate the astrological influences. This year, however, when Mercury turns retrograde on June 18th it will  just one of five planets in retrograde (followed by Neptune a few days later for a total of six).  You may want to catch up on this article about the summer of retrogrades.

But back to Mercury in Cancer.  Cancer is ruled by the Moon, the luminary that governs our emotions and our secret inner selves.  To understand Cancer you need go no farther than the Crab which is one of Cancer’s symbols.  With a soft tender shell in their youth, the Crab is very vulnerable and tender, caring deeply for others and for the world as a whole.  However if the Crab is hurt or wounded it may develop a hard shell in later years making it difficult to express those tender feelings.

Mercury is typically objective and seeks a certain amount of order in our thinking and transmission of information, but in Cancer the need for an open mind can be subsumed by feelings and sensation.  Cancer thrives on a sense of being at home, both physically and with our families or our tribe – the people with whom we feel more at home.  Much is being written these days about our “quarantine tribe” – the people that we are closest to and choose to spend time with even while in quarantine […]

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By |2020-05-29T08:17:11-04:00May 29th, 2020|Planetary cycles|3 Comments

Mercury retrograde tips: July 2019

mercury retrogradeWhen a planet appears to move backwards, its astrological influence is altered somewhat.  The matters that the planet represents tend to work differently – not as straightforward, and often somewhat murky.  Mercury rules communication, conversation, mental function, and short travels so all of these kinds of things are sometimes affected when Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury will change direction on the 7th, but before the actual turn it slows down to a crawl and we begin to see the effects of Mercury’s upcoming retrograde.  Sometimes this is called the “shadow period” and you can read more about that here if you like. Mercury is retrograde for three weeks about four times a year, so this is not a rare occurrence.  Much has been written about how you should basically never do anything while Mercury is retrograde, but that kind of advice isn’t only unhelpful, it’s just wrong.  We can’t stop living our lives just because Mercury is retrograde, but we DO have to be more careful about the things we say and the decisions we make, and we should expect that we may encounter glitches along the way.

Every Mercury retrograde period is different, depending upon the signs that Mercury travels through and the angles that are made to other planets.  This particular retrograde period begins with Mercury in the sign of Leo – the sign that celebrates the Self and seeks joy in everything.  Mercury is pretty happy in Leo – it’s love for movement and discussion is enhanced by Leo’s expansive view of the world.  But Mercury is aligned with Mars right now, and that alignment will tighten when Mercury turns retrograde on July 7th.  Expect tempers to flare, resulting in arguments or […]

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By |2019-07-02T07:28:50-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Mercury retrograde|1 Comment
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