Mercury madness! It's time for another round of Mercury retrograde, and this one occurs entirely in water sign Cancer. Let's dive in!
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The basics - What is Mercury retrograde?
A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at.
Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when it's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
Mercury Retrograde in Cancer 2020 Key Dates:
Mercury Retrograde Effects:
The second round of Mercury retrograde in 2020 comes to use in water sign Cancer, the sign that rules emotions. This increases emotions for everyone, making us more sensitive, more subjective, and more easily prone to fits. We can take everything personally, and feel slighted over any little thing. We can lash out irrationally, and this can cause problems as a result. It's important to give yourself support and make sure your support system is solid and secure in order to cut through the emotional drama.
Cancer rules the home and family, so we may feel less patient with our families, get into little fights with relatives, and feel less connected to them. Issues with them may have existed for a long time, and this retrograde just brought them to the surface. Work on the issues to improve the relationships. It can be a good period to reconnect with family you haven't seen in a while.
Homes may have all sorts of little things go wrong, like leaking pipes and electric shocks and infestations. Have a good plumber and electrician on standby! And try to take deep breaths when little things pop up. This period can be excellent for renovations, remodels, and redecorating, as well as revisiting places you've lived before.
Cancer is the very bottom of the Zodiac and relates to our core, our foundation, our roots. We may feel shaken at the core, or feel insecure about unstable foundations. It's important to strengthen ourselves internally and strengthen the foundations of anything in our lives that are shaky. It can be good for reconnecting with our roots and getting back to basics.
With Cancer being the bottom, we may see some things/people/groups "bottoming out" or "hitting bottom". This can be an emotional experience, but it may end up being for their own good in the end. This especially ties into the Cancer solar eclipse on June 21st.
The Eclipses & Mercury Retrograde
As mentioned, there's a Cancer solar eclipse on June 21st; this eclipse isn't conjunct Mercury retrograde, but it is in the same sign. That eclipse occurs at 0 degrees Cancer, which is the very very bottom, hence the potential for something bottoming out.
Then there's a Capricorn lunar eclipse on July 5th, and that eclipse is actually opposed by Mercury retrograde exact on June 23rd. So, around them, we may see important developments related to the lunar eclipse (to do with goals, responsibilities, direction, countries/corporations, the traditional and conventional). Perhaps tying into the ever-changing new normal? Watch that space!
Venus Retrograde, Saturn in Capricorn, & Mercury Retrograde
Venus is retrograde when Mercury retrograde starts, until June 25th, and it's in a sign that Mercury naturally rules, Gemini. So communication is a hugely important part of these retrogrades, and with Mercury turning retrograde in Cancer, it becomes important for us to not just get lost in our heads but also remember what we feel. Feelings may be even stronger and more out of control if we don't find some balance between the head and heart.
Saturn gets in the mix as this planet retrogrades back to Capricorn on July 1st and is at a sensitive degree for the first half of the month, so later in the Mercury retrograde. Capricorn opposes Cancer, so we may be feeling at odds in some ways, like we have these polar opposite focuses or concerns or responsibilities or dramas. A juggling act? Practice now!
Mercury Retrograde in Cancer 2020 Aspects:
During the retrograde, Mercury makes 3 major aspects to the other planets:
- sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) Uranus on June 30th (the first Mercury retrograde this year also sextiled Uranus; helping us think about the future, be independent, and work on change)
- conjunct (aligned with) the Sun on July 1st (this is the Inferior Conjunction, a positive point in the retrograde for starting something that can be a focus for the next 6-8 weeks; find where 9 degrees 44 minutes Cancer falls in your chart, and that may be where you can start something)
- square (hard aspect, three signs away) Mars on July 8th (bringing out frustrations, fights, and increasing tempers when emotionally provoked; in need of a healthy outlet for anger)
Moons of Mercury Retrograde:
The Moon is in play for this Mercury retrograde in a short period of time. It's in Gemini, naturally ruled by Mercury, June 18th (5AM ET) to June 21st (2:01AM ET), where it enters Cancer, the sign of the retrograde, until June 23rd (8:33AM ET). It's in Virgo, naturally ruled by Mercury, June 25th (1:04PM ET) to June 27th (4:27PM ET). So basically, June 18th - 27th, the Moon will be in play with this Mercury retrograde, which includes when the eclipses are in play. This is pretty much right as the retrograde kicks off, and it also includes when Mercury is at a critical degree, 13 degrees of Cancer, June 22nd - 25th, plus the tail end of Venus retrograde. Eeks!
Going into this retrograde is probably going to be rough. The Moon naturally rules Cancer, so we're going to feel the Moons stronger that tie into this retrograde. We'll likely feel the retrograde energy stronger, and see it play out in ways that feel very personal. Try to find some objectivity, give yourself some space where you can, remember to have a healthy outlet for what you're feeling, and get and give emotional support.
The retrograde begins at 14 degrees Cancer, so those of you Cancerians born July 3rd - 8th may feel the start of the retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 5 degrees Cancer, so those of you Cancerians born June 24th - 29th may feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others. If it's in your natal chart, check out this article about Mercury retrograde in the natal chart.
Suggested Reading: Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrogrades page for general interpretations of Mercury retrograde in the houses and aspects