Hey There, it’s Luna Dragonwell.
I hope you’re staying safe and finding opportunities to feel connected and inspired during these powerful and turbulent times.
As if things weren’t complex enough in our lives right now, Mercury is going retrograde today.
Don’t worry though. In this brief forecast, we are going to break down the Mercury Retrograde cycle and work through it together.
Retrograde Summer: It’s Mercury’s Turn
We currently have four planets in retrograde, and things are about to get even crazier with Mercury joining the mix in just a few hours. This Mercury Retrograde will take place in the watery sign of Cancer and last until July 12th.
When Mercury goes retrograde, the cosmic tides shift in a way that has us reevaluating our plans and communication for three weeks, and with Mercury in Cancer this season, the topics we revisit will be matters of the heart.
During this time, important issues concerning your home, family, cultural traditions, and anything in your life that provides emotional security will be undergoing a review.
If necessary, you will be pushed to adjust course and release relationships or lifestyle dynamics that haven’t been providing the support that you need and deserve.
You might also find that an unresolved family matter, even one that is decades or generations old, will come to completion. Keep your heart open to what family issue this may be, and who in your life you need to resolve things with. This cycle is a great time to do it.
Retrogrades Are Mandatory Cosmic Maintenance
Imagine driving a car every day and never taking it in for repairs. Day after day, you press the gas, hit the breaks, and drive it mile after mile.
Eventually, it will break down and stop working altogether. However, if you regularly go in for a tune up, you’ll be able to fix anything that needs repairs before it causes you trouble down the road.
On a cosmic level, retrogrades are like going to the mechanic. They are the necessary maintenance we need in order to keep progressing in our Soul’s Evolution.
Every now and then we have to stop pushing ahead to make sure we’re not losing our way and that all our parts are in working order.
Mercury Retrograde has a bad reputation for making everything go haywire, but it can actually be a positive experience if you understand how to flow with the energy of it.
This Mercury Retrograde in Cancer is no different. You will find yourself presented with many opportunities for personal evolution through encounters with things from your childhood, family, and issues in your current home life.
A Sentimental Three Week Journey
Cancer is the first of the three water signs.
With it’s cardinal position, it creates the foundation for your emotions, intuition and spirituality.
Although experiencing emotions can expose your tender underbelly, Cancer’s hard crab shell provides protection from the dangers of the harsh world.
It is concerned with creating a safe environment to feel, sense, and nurture yourself and your loved ones. Cancer rules the home, family, traditions, and your sense of security.
With Mercury retrograding in Cancer you may find yourself on a sentimental journey.
You are likely to catch yourself reminiscing and telling stories about your childhood, sorting through childhood objects, reconnecting with childhood friends and relatives, reviving old traditions, or reevaluating your current living situation.
By the end of these next three weeks, you might wake up to realize that things in your most intimate and personal life are much different than they are now.
Expect Changes On The Homefront
Until July 12th, your home will be under Mercury’s critical gaze.
If you are ready to move to a brand new place, try to put off signing the lease until after July 12th. Otherwise you may find that your new home does not become a long term residence.
If you are returning to a childhood or ancestral home, or moving back in with your parents to save money, this is supported by the retrograde. You will find that this move allows you to complete some important karmic work with your family.
Another possibility is that your current home undergoes some transformation — whether by a change in occupants, relocation, or refinancing your home. The changes will reflect your current needs, and allow you to feel more stable and secure.
Sometimes our need for security churns up unconscious or unhealthy desires. We will also have to deal with intense emotional forces during this time.
Confronting The Crabby Codependency Monster
The shadow side of Cancer is clingy, insecure, invasive to other’s privacy, moody, and co-dependent.
When Cancer expresses itself unconsciously, it makes other people responsible for maintaining Cancer’s emotional security. This causes codependency and can be very stifling and disempowering for the person being tasked with preventing the other’s emotional insecurity from getting triggered.
If you have clung on to another person, this retrograde will bring up arguments as your partner or family member struggles to break free from your emotional demands. You may be flat out rejected by someone you love.
It could also happen in the reverse, where you are the one working to establish your own emotional autonomy, independent of a needy person in your life.
Either way, codependency will not be comfortable or easy to continue during this retrograde.
If you’ve been in a situation that violates your boundaries or makes you feel threatened or scared, your internal discomfort will reach a breaking point and propel you toward taking immediate action to create a more secure, peaceful, and nurturing situation.
A Focus On Emotional Security
Everyone wants to feel safe and secure, and if you haven’t been expressing your authentic feelings lately, this cycle will help you voice your boundaries and create more stability in your world.
Cancer is all about emotional safety, so this retrograde will be instrumental in helping you get clear about what truly makes you feel safe and emotionally secure.
The ultimate lesson of Cancer is to provide your own emotional security, rather than relying on others to make you feel safe.
You may find that a situation, person, or childhood object you have clung to is no longer needed to provide a sense of security. It’s possible that you have outgrown your crab shell and are ready for a new, bigger one.
Remember: It IS possible to turn this retrograde energy into a major boost in your life. You only need to know what opportunities to expect.
Three Tips For Mercury Retrograde
To make the best of any Mercury Retrograde, here’s what to look out for:
- Missed Opportunities: Mercury Retrograde often brings back opportunities that you missed the first time they came around. This gives you a second chance to make an important decision that you may have not been ready to commit to in the past.
- Changing Directions: Mercury Retrograde supports you in changing directions, especially if you’ve chosen a path that isn’t working out for you. Your plans are bound to be revisited during this retrograde so be sure to stay flexible.
- Greater Clarity: Mercury Retrograde helps you see how well certain areas of your life are functioning. It will intensify any weak points needing attention, particularly in the areas of communication, mental processes, and even electronic devices. This allows you to move forward with greater clarity and better communication when Mercury goes direct again.
Overall, you’ll want to stay on your toes and expect old opportunities and connections to come back around. Remember, just because something or someone old and familiar returns to your life, doesn’t mean you have to do anything about it. Trust your instincts! Any NEW plan or connection that happens during this time, for the next three weeks, is subject to change.
In the sign of Cancer, this Mercury Retrograde will manifest through awareness that comes from your core inner world.
It’s Time To Reconnect With Your Roots
This Mercury Retrograde has a mystical aspect. All of the water signs are intuitive and spiritual, and Cancer is no exception.
The way Cancer’s spirituality manifests is through long-standing traditions, and the generational wisdom passed down through your DNA. If you’ve felt disconnected from your ancestral roots, this retrograde will present you with opportunities to reconnect.
From now until July 12th, the cosmos fully supports rediscovery of the meaningful values and practices of your ancestors. This applies both to your personal lineage and as a larger, human collective. Mercury retrograde in Cancer encourages us to bring the wisdom of those who came before into our lives to guide us into the future.
Above all, this Mercury Retrograde in Cancer wants us to revive elements of the past that are useful but have been forgotten or neglected, while releasing elements of the past that are no longer useful and don’t contribute to our overall well-being and security.
Now that you know what to look out for, I have every confidence that you will be able to gracefully navigate this Mercury Retrograde.
Knowledge is power, and you are a powerful being!
P.S. Have you already started to notice changes on the home front or in your family dynamics? Comment on the blog and let me know!