Hey it’s Angel…
How’s it going?
It’s been a bit of a rocky road since last week’s New Moon in Gemini, when retrograding Venus and Mercury conjoined in Gemini the same day. Relationships everywhere have been spiraling out of control.
On Thursday May 28th, Mercury slides out of hypersocial Gemini into oversensitive Cancer, changing the tone of our communication and our relationships completely.
Normally, Mercury’s time in Cancer is short and sweet, but as you’re about to see, Mercury’s time in Cancer this year is far more significant this year. This is because Mercury will soon be going retrograde in Cancer.
A Shift From Logic To Emotion
Mercury was in Gemini for only 16 days, making for a fittingly fast move through the most chatty and social of signs.
Gemini is an air sign ruled by Mercury, and likes to share as much information as possible. It carries the energy of variety, change, and desire for the new.
Mercury is logical, calculated, and concerned with the facts when it is in Gemini. It’s the sign of expansion and communication, which Mercury is quite comfortable with.
Here, Mercury wants to connect with as many people as possible. During this time, the world saw a massive uptick in online communication as we all found ways to stay social during quarantine.
This is far different than the emotional undertone of Cancer, where we experience communication in a much deeper, emotional, and almost psychic way.
Mercury in Cancer: Subconscious Patterning
Cancer is the most emotional sign in the zodiac. As a water sign, it’s the only sign ruled by the Moon – the planet of our inner world, psyche and emotional subconscious.
Not to mention, Cancer is represented by the crab. Think of a hermit crab for just a moment. It’s frail, gentle, and vulnerable – so it withdraws inside a shell so it can protect itself from the outside world.
This is the essence of Cancer. When Mercury enters cancer, this sensitive and protective essence becomes our tone in communication.
When Mercury is in Cancer, you may find yourself wearing your heart on your sleeve. Emotional instincts are raw and real, so people tend to speak their heart first, and do their thinking later. Be careful not to overshare or you may get caught with your foot in your mouth!
Unlike the logical, social, and sometimes-cold communication style of Gemini, Mercury in Cancer demands that your heart and mind are aligned. Your communication during this time comes from a deeply emotional place.
This is a great time to get in touch with your inner-world and withdraw from the chaos of the world as it is today. You may find yourself flush with emotional insights, as your empathy levels will be heightened. Use the insights you receive now as a guide to know whether or not you are on the right path. You may notice your emotional intuition is very strong now.
A New Stage For Venus On Vacation
Meanwhile, as Mercury shifts into Cancer, Venus continues her retrograde descent into Gemini. This is significant because Mercury rules Gemini, and while Mercury is in Cancer, he gives Gemini a much more emotional undertone than usual.
This means that Venus retrograde issues will become much more emotional than before. You may encounter patterns from deep within your subconscious that come into your relationships. If this happens, take the time to withdraw and work through your feelings before you respond.
Over reactions will be likely now, so if you find yourself on the other end of someone’s emotional assault, do yourself a favor and don’t one-up them by blowing up even harder.
On the other hand, you may finally have that heart to heart that’s been desperately needed to clear the air and make things whole. There will be a much more nurturing tone in the air than we’ve been used to in May, so take this time to mend wounds between you and those closest to you.
Normally, Mercury would only stay in Cancer for less than a month, but being the season of retrograde we are dealing with, we also find Mercury preparing to retrograde in Cancer next month, adding even more confusion to the mix.
Incoming Mercury Retrograde
On June 1st, a few short days after Mercury tiptoes into Cancer, Mercury will enter his shadow period until he turns retrograde on June 14th.
Pay very close attention to what plans and communications happen between June 1st and June 14th – especially in your relationships. These decisions will certainly be revisited as Mercury retrogrades from June 14th through July.
With both Venus and Mercury retrograding at the same time, their impact will be felt twice as much and it will be easy to get swept away in confusion and uncertainty if you are not aware of it.
I will write a complete horoscope about this in the near future, but for now, start to recognize any shifts in your own heart and mind as Mercury transitions into Cancer this week.
Above all: Be mindful of situations where oversensitivity can hurt you, whether it be coming from another person, or yourself. Do your best to feel into what you are saying, and speak your truth from your heart.
You’ve got this.
P.S. What changes in your own communication have you experienced since Thursday morning when Mercury entered Cancer? I’d love to hear how this transit is affecting you now. Just leave me a comment below <3
Angel Adams made Classical Astrology a part of his life 15 years ago, and has lived by the stars ever since. After reading thousands of charts, personally and professionally, he’s turned to writing horoscopes to help you navigate through the best (and worst) of times. Follow Angel Adams for more horoscopes, and please leave him a comment below!