Light-winged messenger Mercury is the planet that swings closest to the Sun, speeding through a single sign of the Zodiac in around 3-4 weeks.

In the art of Astrology, this small spinning celestial ball activates our communication styles. It affects how we connect with others whilst also influencing how we think, travel, move and process information… not much then!

But what’s worth knowing, is that in addition to the position of this planet in your natal astrology chart, Mercury has a daily influence on our collective horoscope, determined on its current Zodiac sign, plus any major aspects it makes and of course…. whether it’s currently moving direct, or in retrograde motion (the horror!)

When Mercury spins through Cancer, the soft and sentimental cardinal water sign of the Zodiac mandala what does it mean for the collective?

Under this astrology, we all tend to filter life through our feelings.

With its ruling planet the Moon, Cancer is a sign of changing phases, or moods. For this reason, you’ll likely find that you’re relating to people based on what your emotional body is picking up from them, rather than what they’re saying with their words.

Expect this astrology to bring out the emotional communicator in you.

And likewise, other people are more likely than usual to pick up the inside track on what’s going on in your emotional landscape… or are they? Despite expecting everyone to hold the same impressionable and empathic gaze that you do, they may not! (It’ll likely depend on where Mercury and the Moon sit in their personal charts). So, try not to assume you’re all connecting on the same level. You may still need to spell it out for the less emotionally aware amongst us…

Facts vs Fiction

Under this astrology, it’s prudent to try not to confuse what you feel about a situation for the facts of that situation. They’re not the same thing, however much the trickster planet Mercury would have you believe it.

Don’t Rush

Under this transit, it can also take us all a little longer to process information. That Mercurial quick-witted expression just doesn’t cut it here in Cancer. Maybe it’s due to Mercury having to get past that tough outer crab-shell before it penetrates your soft internal space, but don’t rush to respond. Take as long as you need to, in conversations, decision-making, transactions, and travel. Patience is an art, and Mercury in Cancer can help us all to learn it.


This astrological transit is also one of the very best for activating our inner listeners. You’ll likely think nothing of spending an hour witnessing your friend’s emotional unburdening… and they’ll do the same for you.

Focus on Family

The energy of Cancer is family-focused so tender conversations with your kin will feel sooo much more scrummy than casual meet-ups with mere acquaintances. Scheduling in time with those you love deeply is a must with Mercury here in intuitive Cancer, as is keeping your creature comforts close. If you love to talk long into the night with friends, invite them round! If letter writing’s your thing, invest in some beautiful paper and a brand new pen.

Three to four times a year Mercury moves retrograde through the skies, unleashing an (often unjust!) fear across the conscious and astrologically-minded community. Is Mercury retrograde right now? Here are the dates to watch out for in 2019:

  • March 3rd – 28th (through Pisces)
  • July 7th – August 1st (through Leo/Cancer)
  • October 31st – November 20th (through Scorpio)

For the inside scoop on Mercury retrograde, head here….

And for a playlist to ease you through the strife, head here…!

Want to Read About Mercury in Other Zodiac Signs?

About Katherine Anne Lee

Katherine Anne Lee is a writer, truth-teller and edge walker. She specializes in reading, and guiding others through the energetic patterns and rhythms that spiral through our worlds. Katherine has spent almost a decade training in the lunar mysteries, and European Shamanic Practice, gathering extensive knowledge and experience in these esoteric arts. She offers practical tools and methods to help modern humans use and integrate this ancient wisdom, in a rapidly evolving world. Visit The Moon School

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