Today Mercury retrogrades in Cancer through July 12. Retrograde Mercury is always about a review, reorganization, rethinking, reconnecting and re-contacting. In the sign of Cancer there is an extra hefty dose of reflecting on the past. This retrograde is about reclaiming and reconnecting to the past. Cancer demands a review of history on a more psychological level. On a national level it is a continued review and revision of the USA's complicated history. What exactly is the truth of our heritage? It's an important crossroads of coming to terms with reaping what we have sown.
As individuals we must review our own personal past and have a clearer vision of what that is as well. It's time to revisit family matters for clarification. Reclaiming a personal past or a countries historical past is about setting things right and communicating with an open heart where feelings are hurt. Cancer is a feeling oriented sign and Mercury is a mental and logical planet. There has to be a balancing of the heart and mind with this combination. Feelings must first come to the surface before they can be processed mentally. Mercury retrograde joins Venus retrograde as well as Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto and Neptune. That's an awful lot of retrograde energy, so if you don't like to take a step backwards you may be forced to in the coming weeks. You cannot move forward in life without reflecting on past mistakes as well as glories. It's time to plot what needs to be fixed and adjusted before setting a new plan into action. Now is the time for deep, reflective, internal work. Plot your eventual course of action and redefine your template.
Your family will become more important during this time. The definition of family may change and expressing love for family bonds will be heightened. A retrograde in Cancer is also notorious for more family quarreling and arguing. If that's the case, there is a reason certain issues are coming to light now so do your best to listen as well as self-express.
This is a very intense time as we also are approaching a Solar Eclipse on June 21. Many of us are dealing with more intense and fated life situations. Do what you must in the moment, but let other decisions that can wait a couple of weeks remain on hold.
We are in a period of darkness but the light will return. Sit in your power.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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