Mercury, planet of communication and travel, has been flying through its favourite sign, Gemini, for a couple weeks now. This upbeat energy has been like your brain shotgunned a Red Bull or 10—you’ve been über chatty, your brain has been moving a million miles a minute, and even on, like, 3.5 hours of sleep, you’ve felt pretty perked up! But if Mercury’s time in the air sign has left you feeling winded, you’re in luck. On June 4th, Mercury gets cool for the summer and slides into the low-key water sign Cancer. Cancers, Scorpios, and Pisces experience the best of this transit, while Aries, Libras, and Capricorns can feel like they’re swimming against the current.
You probably already know about Cancer’s reputation as the zodiac’s mom friend. Cancer Sun signs are the types to feed you whenever you come over, send you emoji-filled texts of encouragement whenever you need them, and call you just to check in more than your actual mom does. You take on this energy in the way you think and communicate with others with Mercury in Cancer—your focus revolves around your closest relationships, your home life, and, most important, your feelings!
Mercury enters water sign Cancer today, & opposes Saturn later this month, making for some major dumb bitch energy. What will you use this super power for?— Annabel Gat (@annabelgat_) June 4, 2019
Cancer’s stereotype for being so crabby (har har) comes from how insanely sensitive it is, so with Mercury sailing through the water sign, you become way more touchy-feely. The words you say don’t matter nearly as much as how you say them now. You become an emotional sponge for the next couple weeks and intuitively pick up on and absorb the feelings of others, whether you want to or not. Deep talks with your partner, best friend, or family member OR connecting with your crush more intimately is the best use of this energy. Your head is strongly connected to your heart right now, so everything you think and say has depth behind it, which is a big turnaround from Mercury in Gemini’s scatterbrained, spontaneous, I-do-what-I-want vibes!
Cancer is a mostly passive-aggressive sign, but you’d be surprised at how furious a li’l shade or an eye roll makes you right now.
What about Mercury in Cancer on a bad day though? The sweet, nurturing, maternal archetype that you embody right now can flip and make you more like a wicked stepmother if someone rubs you the wrong way—even by accident. Example: Your roommate or coworker is in a bad mood and short with you. Not only does Mercury in Cancer’s emotional sensitivity make you feel like you’re feeling what they’re feeling (can you tell feelings are a big emphasis here?), but one snippy remark from your roomie feels like they’re telling you to f*ck right off. Cancer is a mostly passive-aggressive sign, but you’d be surprised at how furious a li’l shade or an eye roll makes you right now. Your attitude and behaviour are both tied closely to your emotions right now, but reminding yourself not to take everything personally will help you cut out tons of drama during this transit!
Oh, and by the way, the next Mercury Retrograde is in Cancer. It’s not until July, but you should still prepare for the regular retrograde miscommunications and confusion. Pre-retrograde shenanigans start popping up after June 20th, so watch out for your job being more gossipy than usual or your car starting to make weird noises toward the end of the month. Sorry!!!
Basically, Mercury in Cancer forces you to get in touch with all your softest feels. Instead of intellectualizing or straight-up ignoring them (@ air and earth signs), you’re becoming much more open for the next couple weeks. Mercury in Cancer can be great for strengthening your emotional rapport with friends, turning your situationship into something more serious, or just tuning out the hectic Gemini season atmosphere and lying low. Just try to remember that this astro-weather makes you way more defensive of your opinions, but you can avoid turning on the waterworks by trying to see the bigger picture outside of your subjective perspective and not taking everything as a personal attack—otherwise, this transit might feel like a total crab roast! 🦀
Jake Register Jake Register (better known by his Instagram handle, @jakesastrology) is a Libra and the author of Cosmopolitan’s weekly Sexoscopes.