Mercury stations direct after three weeks of retrograde motion on July 12th, at 4:26 AM EST.
As the planet ruling over logic and communication transits through the sign of the Crab, we have the opportunity to clarify any misunderstanding that happened during the retrograde phase. Yet, clarity does not happen immediately nor automatically: it is the byproduct of conscious integration and reflection.
When Mercury was moving backward, we have been reflecting, reviewing, and reassessing the way we usually think and speak to ourselves and others. During the rest of July, we will keep working on integrating more kindness and empathy in our verbal exchanges, especially with our family and the people closest to us.
Mercury Stations Direct in Cancer: Processing our Feelings
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini and Virgo, reflects the way we communicate with ourselves and others. It is related to how we learn, gather, and organize information through our logic and left brain.
Cancer correlates to family, childhood, and the parental home: while Mercury transits through this sign, we may feel inspired to elaborate events of the past and see them under a different lens. Be present and stay curious about the deeper meaning of the experiences coming up during these days.
Mercury in Cancer reminds us that emotional pain is real, it is part of the human experience. We shouldn’t feel ashamed of it or think that being emotional is not spiritual. Emotions are our truth: they inform us about our deepest needs and desires, that may not have been taken seriously by our caregivers when we were children.
Mercury stationing direct is an opportunity to process and give names to what we are feeling, become aware of the causes behind it, and find personal ways to cope with it. Mercury will be in Cancer for the rest of July, inspiring us to cultivate compassion, deepen our emotional intelligence, and get in touch with our inner child and their needs.
Mercury square Chiron and Mars: Elaborating our Repressed Pain
As Mercury travels through Cancer, he is going to square both Chiron, that just stationed retrograde, and Mars in Aries. The square to Chiron is exact on July 21, while the square to Mars is exact on July 27.
Squares are aspects of tension: by making us feel uncomfortable, they motivate us to change something in our life. The conflict between Aries and Cancer is about wanting to move forward and initiate something new, but at the same time feeling threatened as we leave our comfort zone, because we feel safe there.
Mars in Aries is pure impulse, passion, and desire: during these days, we may be holding our instincts back through our left brain, Mercury. This situation could be due to unconscious insecurities and deep wounds, represented by Chiron, linked to how we assert ourselves and our needs.
These squares emphasize the need to find ways to deal with the fears, the pain, and the self-imposed limitations that are not allowing us to take spontaneous action and move forward in life.
Mercury Sextile Uranus: Developing a Higher Perspective
On July 22, Mercury forms a supportive sextile to Uranus in Taurus, which helps us open our minds to new perspectives and points of view. Uranus in Astrology is considered the higher octave of Mercury, which means it is a higher vibration of a denser expression.
While Mercury is the left brain, Uranus is the Higher Mind: it inspires us to develop a higher perspective of events and an objective understanding of what happens to and around us.
Sextiles represent an easy and intuitive connection between two planets: they enhance the function of both. This aspect between Mercury and Uranus is supporting us in the integration and interpretation of whatever comes up during these days. The sextile inspires us to cultivate objectivity and detachment and helps us not get too caught up in our personal story.
Mercury opposite Jupiter and Pluto: Transforming our Mind
On July 30 Mercury forms an opposition to Jupiter while the next day it opposes Pluto.
The opposition between Mercury and Jupiter represents the archetypal conflict between the left and the right brain, between logic and intuition. Mercury in Cancer believes that the most rational choice is staying safe in our comfort zone because we are sure our basic needs are covered. Jupiter in Capricorn, on the other hand, is looking for creative ways to expand into the unknown, explore new possibilities, manifest and build something innovative.
The presence of Pluto, also moving retrograde in Capricorn, emphasizes the need to completely transform the structure of our mind and the way we think and speak. The Mercury-Pluto opposition requires us to deal with any mental resistance that is preventing us from adapting to the changes that have been happening in the world lately.
Mercury trine Neptune: Putting Feelings into Words
On July 30, Mercury forms a trine to Neptune retrograde in Pisces, allowing an easy flow of information between the collective emotional body and each individual.
Cancer and Pisces are both water signs, connected with emotions, feelings, and our inner world: during these days, we are likely to feel deeply affected by what’s going on in the world. Luckily, the influence of Mercury helps us put feelings and sensations into words, understand them better, and share them with others.
This trine also inspires us to transmute the emotional energy through writing or other forms of artistic expression, especially those involving the use of our voice, our hands, or sound.
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